Feature Article - April 2014
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Keeping Pools in Tiptop Shape

Automation and More to Boost Pool Maintenance

By Deborah L. Vence


Valuable Tips

"Take a fresh look at today's options. The industry facts suggest that manual operation of a pool is unstable and more costly. The fact is that there is a 25 percent to 30 percent reduction in chemical cost to a properly managed pool."

Ensuring first-rate pool maintenance requires some tips to keep in mind, too.

"There are a few simple goals an operator should work to achieve to minimize risk," Lachocki said.

  • Encourage people to learn to swim.
  • Make sure your staff is trained and certified so you have eyes and minds to minimize risk, improve efficiency and improve the experience.
  • Establish engineering controls to limit access to unsupervised children.
  • Make sure water always is crystal clear, has proper disinfectant levels and is balanced.
  • Make sure all equipment is maintained and operating as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Handle all chemicals as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Make sure all main drains are secured and comply with the Pool & Spa Safety Act to minimize entrapment risk.
  • Make sure your staff and management is trained and certified.

Fowler stressed that "Having a regular inspection of the pool and regular monitoring of the chemical controllers or testing of the water is a must to stay away from problems. Also, make sure the filter system is properly maintained and backwashed on a needed basis."

No matter what, facilities should get a system, any system that has structural or empirical structural steps and procedures. What do you do? When do you do it? Richards noted.

And, lastly, Richards added, "… Take a fresh look at today's options. The industry facts suggest that manual operation of a pool is unstable and more costly," he added. The fact is that there is a "25 percent to 30 percent reduction in chemical cost to a properly managed pool."