Swimming Pools & COVID-19

COVID-19 certainly has changed the way we go about our daily lives. From masks to hand washing to staying at home, it certainly has changed the way the summer is shaping up as well. We have a few things you should know about your swimming pool and swimming pool construction during this very interesting time.

Swimming Pool Construction
This has been a busy season with more homeowners wanting a backyard pool than before. During this ongoing health crisis, we want you to know that we are taking all necessary precautions to protect our customers and our employees while we work at your home.

Our construction team follows protocols each day that include having their temperature taken with infrared, wearing masks around the homeowner and all tools are cleaned daily to ensure the safest work environment.     

Healthy Habits Poolside
The CDC has stated that “there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to humans by using pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”

They continued, ” it is important for individuals as well as owners and operators of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety.”

With that in mind, we have suggestions on how to care for yourself and your guests when at the pool. However, always review and follow CDC guidelines as we are not experts in how to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Mask up. Many families are allowing their children to have playmates over and this may hold true for the pool as well. Mask up until you’re ready to jump in. However, the CDC suggests that swimmers do not wear a mask in the water as it is difficult to breathe through them when wet.
  • Follow the 6-foot rule. This is good advice in and out of the water. 
  • Cover when you cough. Again, a good rule to follow at all times but especially during this pandemic.  Developing the habit of covering your mouth, preferably by coughing or sneezing into your elbow, can help slow or prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Keep your things to yourself. Don’t share goggles, towels, snorkels, etc…. This is a quick way to pass along germs that you don’t want.
  • Put someone in charge. It’s always important to have an adult present (and paying attention) when there are kids in the pool but especially now when greater attention is placed on social distancing. Don’t expect the kids to continually remember to distance and practice safe swimming rules when they’re playing in the pool.

Pool Care
As a pool owner, it is always your responsibility to be sure your pool has been properly cleaned and as stated before, even more because of the virus.  As a start to your list, you should regularly clean and disinfect:

  • Pool surfaces
  • Ladders and handles
  • Water slides
  • Lounge chairs
  • Tabletops
  • Pool noodles and toys

Be sure to test the chemicals in your pool regularly to ensure your pool is clean and disinfected properly. The CDC offers guidelines to keep everyone safe in and around the pool.

Enjoy your summer at the pool and stay safe! 

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