Recently, we received several calls from people asking us what to do about hot tubs and swimming pools that have to be temporarily closed due to the US spread of COVID-19. Many properties are unsure if they should drain the entire thing, keep the water flowing, or stop the circulation. This is a very difficult question. This article will discuss the best practices to prepare your hot tub and pool for any downtime caused by COVID-19 response requirements. These are the issues we’ll address in this article:
- Do you drain or keep the water?
- Water Circulation
- Practices to prevent infection
Do I need to drain my pool because of COVID-19?
The question of draining our pools is becoming popular due to decreased use and sometimes even the closure of some pool areas. Draining is not a good idea, in our opinion. We recommend keeping the pool circulating and full. Draining the pool will cause more problems in the long-term financially and concerning effort than keeping it full. Many of us live at the highest level possible for groundwater. This means that you need to make sure your sump has a hydrostatic valve. (The pot under the cover) It’s difficult to tell if your pool is full if it doesn’t have one. The hydrostatic valve is essential to keep your pool from bursting out of the ground. It is vital to maintain water levels in your pool. However, keeping your pool hydrated is not the end.
Keep the Water Moving
Circulation is one of the main factors that keep our pools clean. Standing water can lead to algae growth that skyrockets, so it is important to make sure your water moves. Filtration also helps to maintain water purity. Filtration helps to keep your water clean and healthy. Filtration alone won’t keep your water clean and healthy.
Maintain Chlorine Levels In Your Pool
It is vital to maintain the pool’s disinfectant levels. This will keep your pool free from pathogens that can thrive in watery environments. This helps to keep your water clean and free of algae.
To prevent the spread or growth of water-borne pathogens, we recommend keeping your water chemistry and disinfectant levels at their current levels.
An algaecide may be a better option than chlorine. Remember to bring the disinfectant levels up before anyone can use the pool.
Do I still need to heat the pool?
Properties can heat pools in colder areas, such as Colorado. A pool can be heated in a regular operation. Warm water is a favorite among swimmers. Heating water can become very costly during downtime. Heating a pool can be the most expensive part of operating a pool. Put, heating a pool increases fuel consumption by 10% for every degree above 80 degrees. There are many ways to reduce pool heating costs.
Cover it while it is closed
A 5 mil. A poly bubble cover can cut heating costs up to 50%-70%
Pour the water into the pool
Infusion pool returns can be a great choice. More information can be found at their website ( Infusionpool.com)
Turn down the heat, but don’t let it get too cold
Most states have minimum temperatures. Before you set the thermostat, make sure to check your local codes. Keep temperatures at 70 degrees. This will make your heater condensate excessively, which can cause the heater to clog the burner tray or exchanger.
Many of our facilities cannot be fully enclosed within a locked building. We recommend that everyone unable to lock down the pool area fully put on their safety covers. This will prevent any unwanted guests from entering the pool.
What can I do to learn more about swimming pools?
It isn’t as easy as it seems, especially after COVID-19. It takes more training to safely manage and maintain an aquatic facility than you can find online or this article. There are many options available to learn more about keeping your swimmers safe. CPO classes with Pool Training Academy are one of the options. CPO(r), or Certified Pool Operator, is the best way to become an expert in your pool. This certification is required in many states to operate a spa or pool. Pool Training Academy is the number one CPO(r) provider, Certification. Our classes are engaging, fun, and relevant to your specific needs. Register here for the next class in your area. For those who prefer it, we now offer online classes. We hope this article helps you get through the temporary closure. You’ll be healthier and wiser after this time.