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Pools Make Nice Beds for Bugs

Pools Make Nice Beds for Bugs

The cold winter months are behind us and as the weather starts to warm up, so too does the propensity for pools to become breeding grounds for bugs.
 
First National Real Estate Pope Nitschke Principal, David Nitschke says recent research showed that 96 per cent of Australian pools take a dive in health during the cooler months, leading to a build up of harmful bacteria which could affect the health of those swimming in it.
 
“Untreated pools can cause real harm to family and friends with the increased levels of microorganisms, algae and bacteria posing serious health risks like diarrhoea, ear infections and eye and skin irritations,” Mr Nitschke said.
 
“Out of more than 1000 pool water samples recently taken across the country, just four per cent of pools showed a healthy pH balance and only one in five were properly chlorinated.
 
“Pool owners, including tenants leasing properties with pools, should take the time now to check their pools so that they can enjoy them safely throughout the warm summer months.”
 
Mr Nitschke said using the services of a professional technician, such as the pool and spa care experts at PoolWerx, to conduct regular water health and safety checks is sensible and frugal.
 
“Expert services are far more affordable than it would be to seek help once the water has turned ‘green’ from flourishing bacteria,” Mr Nitschke said.
 
“Not to mention the reduced emotional stress and costs associated with a loved-one, friend or tenant becoming sick through infected pool water.”
 
First National Real Estate Pope Nitschke offers these top five tips for early-season pool maintenance to ensure pools are healthy and ready for summer:
 
  1. Check the pool equipment to ensure it is in property running order.
  2. Ensure the pH level is within healthy levels.
  3. Make sure chlorine levels are adequate to disinfect all microorganisms.
  4. Vacuum and skim the pool regularly.
  5. Organize a regular professional check up.
 
“Now is also a good time to check the pool’s compliance with state laws and regulations,” Mr Nitschke said.
 
“Each state and territory in Australia has laws governing pool safety that all pool owners and operators must comply with.
 
“So, make sure you stay safe this summer and can swim with free abandon.”