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Swimming Pool Maintenance and Drowning Prevention: What Pool Owners Need to Know About Common Pool Hazards

GL Pools Team
Swimming Pool Maintenance and Drowning Prevention: What Pool Owners Need to Know About Common Pool Hazards

by the Pool Service & Repair Experts at GL Pools

At GL Pools, we provide more than just swimming pool maintenance services. Because we are 100% committed to our customers’ safety, every new hire undergoes water safety training and pool drowning prevention advocacy/advocate training before running their own route. That way, they are well-equipped to promote water safety and prevent accidents if necessary. Through our pool safety campaign, our staff learns to take ownership of their work and express concern for their clients by raising awareness of potential pool hazards. Additionally, we’re committed to preventing recreational water illnesses by maintaining a proper chemical balance in our clients’ pools.

Swimming Pool Maintenance and Hazard Prevention

GL Pools is an advocate for families, which is why we promote the importance of properly cleaning and maintaining pools. Failing to do so can result in a dirty, unsafe pool that is hazardous to swimmers. While this might sound surprising at first, regular pool cleaning and maintenance go a long way toward preventing drowning hazards. For example:

  • Ensuring clear water visibility. Maintaining a clean pool allows swimmers complete visibility within the pool’s waters so they can spot and avoid potential hazards, such as toys or debris.
  • Maintaining a proper chemical balance. Regularly scheduled maintenance helps promote well-balanced chemistry, which helps prevent bacteria and recreational water illnesses.
  • Promoting efficient equipment function. Properly maintaining pool equipment and proper pool filter cleaning can help to ensure your pool is operating efficiently while reducing the risk of malfunctions that could cause accidents.
  • Making timely repairs on pool equipment. Regular San Diego pool repair and maintenance can identify potential hazards so that you can repair them before they become a danger to swimmers. Things like loose tiles and broken ladders can cause people to slip or fall and ultimately drown. While this is true, we won’t really work on broken ladders or tile. We usually refer that work out to another company.

When you take the time to clean and maintain your pool properly, owners can help provide a fun, safe swimming environment for family and friends. Installing anti-entrapment pool drain covers and keeping your system in good working order will reduce the risk of malfunctions that could cause accidents.  A reliable San Diego pool service can help you maintain your pool’s equipment and ensure everything is functioning correctly.

Embracing The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Per the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act which took effect in 2008, things like your anti-entrapment pool drain cover and anti-suction pool drains are a must for preventing suction-entrapment hazards in pools and spas. This is significant because, without such safeguards in place, people are susceptible to drowning due to suction entrapment from faulty equipment. With drain covers, vac locks, and safety vacuum release systems (SVRS) in place, suction power is reduced, promoting a safe swim environment for all.

The Importance of Barriers

GL Pools encourages pool safety through our pool safety campaign, which raises awareness of potential pool hazards and the importance of safe swimming practices. GL Pools does not work with fences, gates, covers, or alarms. Still, to further promote swimmer safety, we strongly recommend installing effective barriers as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. With protective enclosures in place, you can keep kids and uninvited guests out, so you don’t have to worry about accidental drownings. Plus, restricting access to the pool will also minimize the risk of spreading recreational water illnesses. Whether it’s a strong cover or a well-designed gate that is re-latched after every swim or Del Mar swimming pool maintenance task, barriers can go a long way toward ensuring a safe backyard oasis.

Chemical Storage and Swimmer Safety

Not only are we passionate about swimmer safety and regular swimming pool maintenance to prevent pool accidents and drowning—we also aim to promote safe chemical storage. Because when chemicals are not stored properly, pool owners risk chemicals getting mixed with small amounts of water and causing fires or even poisoning. To ensure our clients are practicing safe chemical storage, we always have supplies on hand, so users aren’t required to store them at all!

Contact GL Pools for Your Swimming Pool Maintenance Needs

If you’re on the hunt for dependable pool companies in San Diego—you’re in the right place. In addition to advocating for swimmer safety, we offer an array of regular maintenance solutions ranging from pool repair to cleaning, chemical balancing, and more. Contact us today to learn more, or head over to our website to schedule an appointment or request a quote.