Eco Tech Pool Service Learning Center:
Eco Tech Pool Services believes that the more you know, the more you can do to keep you and your family safe so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of having a pool! Here are some helpful tips from our helpful service professionals.
+ What are Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI)?
Swimming in a well maintained swimming pool will reduce your likelihood of developing a recreational water illness (RWI) as many of the germs are killed by chlorine. Although most bacteria, viruses and organisms are killed by the pool water being properly sanitized, there are some that are resistant and take time to die even in a pool with correct chlorine levels. Simply shocking a green pool blue once in a while is not sufficient to ensure healthy water conditions.
Key Recreational Water Illnesses
- Cryptosporidium: Mainly from Diarrhea. Stays active at normal Chlorine Levels for 6-7 days.
- E. Coli: Mainly from Fecal accident. Active for 1 min.
- Giadiasis: Mainly from Fecal accident. Active for 45 min.
- Hepatitis A: Mainly from Fecal accident. Active for 16 min.
- Swimmers Ear: Psuedomonas Infection of Outer Ear Canal.
- Legionnaires Disease: Stays Active for 16 min.
- Pseudomonas Dermatitis: Hot Tub Rash: Active less than 1 min.
How do you protect yourself and your family?
Most importantly your pool water should be properly maintained, balanced and sanitized. Eco Tech Pool Service will maintain your pool to ensure a healthy pool. Avoid swimming in a pool that has cloudy or off-colored water. It is especially important not to swim in a pool when you cannot see the main bottom drain. In Addition, there are some healthy swimming behaviors which can help to protect you and your kids from RWI’s and will help stop germs from getting in the pool in the first place.
- Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.
- Don’t swallow the pool water.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Take a shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or after changing diapers.
- Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often.
- Change diapers in a bathroom and not poolside.
- Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming.
+ How do you protect yourself and your family?
Swimming in a well maintained swimming pool will reduce your likelihood of developing a recreational water illness (RWI). Although most bacteria, viruses and organisms are killed by the pool water being properly sanitized, there are some that are resistant and take time to die even in a pool with correct chlorine levels. Simply shocking a green pool blue once in a while is not sufficient to ensure healthy water conditions. At Eco Tech Pool Service, we like to take a proactive and SAFE approach to sanitizing your swimming and minimize your family’s exposure to harsh effects of chlorine and other caustic chemicals. We use the Go Chemless Bio Sanitizer, which will reduce your family’s exposure to these chemicals by 90%. We offer the Go Chemless system to clients free to use for using our services.
+ My water looks green, why?
- Low sanitizer or chlorine level
- Filter may not be running long enough
- Filter needs to be replaced, cartridge filters need to be replaced every 9-12 months
- Water is not properly balanced (pH and Alkalinity)
- Stabilizer level is low causing quick deterioration of chlorine or salt
- Inadequate or poor circulation (dead zones)
+ Why is my water cloudy?
- Water is not properly balanced
- Filter is not running long enough
- Filter is dirty, clean or backwash filter
- Inadequate or poor circulation
- Pump may be sucking air, creating a vacuum leak
- Not enough sanitizer
+ Why do my eyes burn after swimming?
- Chlorine, chlorine! Yes, even pool salt which is chlorine
- Water is out of balance, usually pH and or Alkalinity
- What are you dumping into your pool and how much?
- One helpful fix is rinsing your eyes out with milk or water to help absorb the chemicals
+ Why is my pump making weird noises?
1. Pump is sucking in air causing cavitation
2. Check skimmer basket
3. Check hair and lint pot (Pump basket)
4. Pump is not getting enough water to prime and run smoothly, this is a circulation issue
5. Pump is too big
6. Piping is too small
+ How often should I clean my pool filter?
It is recommended that pool filters be cleaned at least two times a a month. Cartridge Filters should be replaced every 9-12 months, regardless if they still “look clean”.