With all the headlines in the news these days about harmful bacteria at beaches, as well as in water parks and public pools, the cleanliness and overall sanitary condition of your pool is more important than ever. Dirty pool water is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and germs that can cause sickness and infections. But making the effort to keep your swimming pool and water as clean and safe as possible can help minimize the possibility of illness. Hiring a swimming pool service in Frisco TX can relieve you of the burden of keeping up with your pool’s sanitary condition and keeping it safe for your family, giving you peace of mind.
The bacteria that has been causing all of the hullabaloo is a particularly hardy parasite called Cryptosporidium. This little bug comes surrounded by a tough shell, making it difficult to combat and well suited for inhospitable environments – including chlorinated water. In fact, this bacteria is a major cause of the outbreaks that occur in treated water, such as hot tubs and pools. The virus also causes acute gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea. The CDC notes that the bacteria can live for up to ten days in treated water, which is particularly troubling. To put this into perspective, other bacteria that find their way into pools (such as E.coli) can only last mere minutes in treated pool water.
The bacteria tends to affect a disproportionate number of young children, which is due to largely to the fact that younger children tend to use pools more frequently and they tend to carry more germs. While the bacteria and the resulting infection can usually be cleared from the body in a few weeks, for those with a weakened immune system, their condition can quickly become chronic or even fatal.
To combat the possibility of Cryptosporidium showing up in your pool, make sure to regularly sanitize your pool with chlorine and test the water to make sure you’re maintaining the correct pH level. The CDC recommends a pH level that remains between 7.2 and 7.8. You should also remove debris that collects in your pool daily and heavily chlorinate or “shock” your pool once a week with liquid pool shock, and even more often if you use the pool a lot or have young children who do.
Keep your pool safe and clean with swimming pool service in Frisco, TX from Allied Aquatics. Call us at (972) 439-9034 or visit us online at www.alliedaquatics.com to find out more about our swimming pool services.
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