Indoor pools have always been a great spot for relaxation and recreation since their idea was conceived. They offer recreation and respite at all-time irrespective of the month or time of the year you decide to use one. They provide a unique way of exercising the body muscles and a way of relaxing especially after working one’s ass off at work. They are also one of the few ways of beating the winter cold as well as the intense and hot heat that accompanies summer. Indoor pools also give the perfect opportunity to socialize with other people and a good place to be if anyone wants to pass the time.
One reason why indoor pools are so popular is that they are indoor which means proper monitoring can be done if a kid wants to use it; it also provides privacy for adults who want it. it can be used by anybody and is used by adults and kids alike. Of course, there is no need to say that babies have to be kept clear of the water right?
As much comfort and safety they provide and even though they are very beneficial, sports facilities with indoor swimming pools always face similar issues when it comes to maintaining and cleaning the pool. The truth is, cleaning or maintaining a pool is not easy at all; in fact, it is a very daunting task. This is one of the reasons why not all sports facilities or centers have swimming complexes. Indoor pools require a lot of attention, care, and maintenance. The good thing you can take away from this is that with the right training, preparation, consistency, and guide, you can easily maintain your facilities’ indoor pool without encountering any difficulty. The major reason why it is difficult to clean pool and wet floors is that they are made of materials and in structures that combine with a lot of things that can make cleaning very difficult. For instance, non-slip swimming pool mats that are used in a lot of swimming pools and shower room when combined with skin oil, scale, and soap residues will be very hard to clean.
You must know that the only secret or way of running successful indoor pool maintenance is by doing it regularly and properly. There are a lot of processes involved in maintaining a pool. From small things that require not much stress like keeping the humidity level of the pool under check to difficult ones like shocking water the water in the pool, a lot of time goes into having a healthy and clean pool which will drive swimmers or customers back to your sports facility.
Because of the importance of keeping indoor pools clean and healthy, we have some essential tips for you that you can apply when taking care of your pool. These maintenance tips will also give you insights on what you might be doing wrong that is making cleaning your indoor pool a difficult task.
Use the proper and right amount of Chemicals
Maintaining the chemical level of an indoor pool is paramount. It is the first thing that has to be done. This is because the chemical level of a swimming pool is critical to the health of anyone who uses it. the chemical level also dictates how healthy a swimming pool is going to be. Too much of chemicals in the pool is bad while not enough is also dangerous.
When the chemical level of the water is not balanced properly, the water in the pool will give off a foul odor, look murky and if swim in, can irritate the skin and eyes. An improperly balanced swimming pool is also a great breeding ground or habitat for bacteria as well as other microorganisms. Also, too much chemical than the pool can handle can cause a reaction between the materials used in building the pool and the chemicals.
To keep the water in the swimming pool of your spa center, aquatic facility, sports center or even health club chemical balanced and healthy, you need small chemistry knowledge. you don’t have to be a wiz or guru in things relating to chemistry but there are a few things you need to know that will aid you in handling chemicals properly. The best way to acquire the required knowledge and skill to handle this aspect of pool maintenance is to undergo a CPO training. Before you are certified, you will be provided and shown all there is to know when maintaining swimming pools. You will also gain lots of techniques necessary to maintain a healthy swimming pool complex.
Here are some tips on keeping the chemical level of a pool balanced:
- Ensure you keep proper and accurate records of what the chemical level is at specific intervals. You should also record how frequent disinfectant is applied.
- Super-chlorinate, or as the process is commonly called “Shock”, the water once every week. When you do this, ensure you follow all the directions on shock treatments provided by the manufacturer to the letter.
Also, when super chlorinating is being done, ensure there is proper ventilation and that plenty of air is being circulated in the water.
- Always ensure that several trained and skilled staff are present in your facility whenever the indoor pool is to be open. This is because they would be able to assist if there is an unexpected need for chemicals to be added to the pool.
- Every pool comes with recommendations from the manufacturer. The recommendations cover some crucial information. For instance, you will find the right alkalinity levels, pH balance, hardness level of the swimming water and the chlorine level the pool can handle.
Ensure the Pool’s Circulation System works properly
Yes, keeping the chemical level of the pool water balanced is very important, it is however not the only important aspect that needs taking care of. There are some other important factors and aspect you need to monitor too.
Your Pool’s Circulation system is one of the other important aspects you need to monitor. A good and working circulation system is very important in keeping a pool crystal clear and clean. The circulation system of a pool include the pump and filter that keep dirt out, drains where water leaves the pool, a network of skimmers and returns as well as a bunch of other parts. They all work together to ensure that the chemical applied to the swimming water does what it needs to do.
However, for the circulation system to function well without issues and efficiently, it needs to be kept free of debris and dirt at all times. Here are a few tips to help you:
- Make sure you clean the filter at least once a month. The best way is to use a chemical cleaner. Chemical cleaners will be able to break and dissolve dirt in spots that manual cleaners won’t reach. Ensure you rinse well after using the chemical cleaner. Also, backwash the filter if required
- Always empty the pump basket as well as the skimmer in the circulation system every time the swimming water of the pool is being replaced.
- Ensure you drain the water of your pool every week.
Install the flooring that is suitable for use in Pools
This can easily be overlooked but it plays an important part in keeping indoor pool health. A swimming pool floor has to be safe, beautiful, durable, and also meet some standard standards. It’s maintenance also has to be easy and not overly expensive.
There are different flooring options for a pool. Some are easy to maintain while others are not. One thing you should consider before installing any kind of flooring is its maintenance. You should also consider how comfortable it is after it is installed.
The poolside floor must have anti-slip features. This is because a lot of swimmers walk barefooted when they are about to take a dip in the pool. Hence you need to have the type of flooring that swimmers and other people using your facility would be able to enjoy without slipping or falling. Your pool floors should not be ab eye-sore as it also contributes to the total satisfaction a swimmer derives from your facility.
Before choosing a flooring, especially for your poolside, try as much as you can to install ones that come with open grid surfaces. These kinds of floors allow water to drain through them which further removes the risk of a swimmer slipping. It also reduces the chance of mold growth.
Some machines can be used to clean floors of swimming pools and its poolside. If you have the budget, you might want to install a floor that would be compatible with machines like that.
Clean the walls and floor of your indoor pool
The surfaces of your pool must be kept clean always. This is one of the things that contribute to having a healthy pool. Besides, the wall and floor of a pool are always in contact with the swimming water in the pool. Also, some people can’t help brushing the sides of the pool. This is why it is important to keep the pool surfaces free of germs, slime, and mold. This will keep the pool hygienic, safe and clean.
Hence, as soon as you drain the swimming water drains from the pool, before pumping another load into the pools, scrub and remove the germs and slime the surfaces might have accumulated. Here are some tips to help you with it:
- Remove all calcium deposited on the sides as well as the bottom of the pool with a pool brush. Ensure you brush the deposits or sediments as close to the main drain in the pool as you can get. This will make it easier to vacuum.
NOTE: There are different pool surfaces and each has to be cleaned with the right brush to avoid damage on the surface. For instance, if your pool is concrete and plaster-lined, you will need a stiff brush to ensure all the calcium deposits are removed. Whereas if your pool floor has fiberglass or vinyl tiles, you need to use a soft brush – especially one that has nylon bristles.
- The pool deck should also be cleaned. You can do this by sweeping, washing and disinfecting it.
Swimmers love and frequent sports facilities with clean swimming pools. However, nobody wants to visit a humid swimming complex with little fresh air. Hence, regardless of how clean your pool is, you still need proper and adequate ventilation to make it healthy.
The reason why you need proper ventilation in your facility for the pool is because of the chemical level. We mentioned earlier in this write-up that it is a must that you super-chlorinate your pool once every week. Super-chlorinate simply means using a large amount of chemical (Chlorine) to purify the swimming water because it kills bacteria. What then happens is that other impurities in the water like body oils, lotions, grease, and perfumes are neutralized by the chlorine. They are then released as gases into the surrounding air. Unlike indoor pools, the gases produced in outdoor pools will escape straight into the atmosphere without any problem. Indoor pools, on the other hand, are restricted. The gases will only hit the ceiling and come back down. The gases then contaminate the water again as well as the air quality.
Hence, it is necessary to avoid a situation like that.
- The only way to avoid it is by having proper ventilation in your swimming complex i.e. enough windows or vents low enough to extract the gas once it is released
- You can also install fans in your swimming complex
- Ensure you open windows immediately you shock the water. This will ensure that the air is pleasant and healthy to breathe in. it will also help maintain the humidity level of the pool and its surrounding.
As you can see, it is very easy to maintain a healthy and clean swimming pool once you know the necessary things. Hope this information helps.