Pool Maintenance: 4 Health Issues Your Pool Could Cause 9th December 2015
Investing in a luxury pool can add value to your home, provide hours of fun and bring together friends and family for barbecues and outdoor parties.
However, you must approach pool maintenance diligently to ensure your guests are protected from any illnesses or other health problems that are common in the water.
Here is our list of potential issues a swimming pool can cause:
Researchers have found a link between high chlorine levels in pools and asthma issues. According to the study, the by-products of chlorine can irritate the eyes, lungs and nose, causing an allergic response.
Chlorine is essential for sanitising your pool against bacteria, viruses and parasites, but you must maintain the appropriate levels to achieve the right balance.
- Swimmer’s ear
When water becomes trapped in the ear canal while swimming, it can lead to a serious infection. Symptoms include pain, fluid discharge and intense itching.
Swimmer’s ear is typically more common in dirty or polluted water. However, putting chlorine in your pool should eradicate the bacteria that cause the condition.
Often called ‘Crypto’, this parasite is particularly nasty because it’s resistant to chlorine. Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, fever and vomiting.
Aside from pool sanitisation and maintenance, you can also put in place best-practice hygiene rules for pool use. For example, you should ask parents to watch toddlers who aren’t potty trained and advise people who have suffered a stomach bug in the last two weeks to avoid swimming in the pool.