Is there anything better than a cool dip on a hot day? Here in North County San Diego, we’re so lucky to have amazing year-round weather. And because of this, many homeowners enjoy the luxury that a backyard swimming pool provides. This is especially true right now when so many of us are staying at home because of the global pandemic. But how safe is your swimming pool from the coronavirus? Are there any extra precautions you should be taking to keep you and your loved ones protected? Here’s what you need to know.
What the CDC says
Fortunately, we have some good news for you. The CDC tells us that they have no evidence that suggests COVID-19 can be spread through water. Scientists have also confirmed that COVID-19 is not a water-borne illness and that the virus cannot reproduce in water. So if you have a backyard swimming pool or hot tub, you can feel safe using it – as long as you perform proper maintenance. This includes disinfecting the water with chlorine or bromine, as these chemicals should kill the virus.
Be vigilant about proper maintenance
As we said above, it’s essential that you adhere to guidelines regarding the proper maintenance of your swimming pool. If you plan on using your pool regularly this summer, or you are selling a North County home with a pool, stay on top of regular maintenance. Every week, check the pH and chlorine levels and adjust as necessary. Most importantly, anyone who is feeling sick should not be using the pool.
Don’t neglect the surrounding area
While the pool water does not pose much of a risk for spreading the coronavirus, the area around your pool can be dangerous. It is critical that you regularly clean, disinfect, and sanitize pool furniture and toys like inflatable floats. You should also regularly wash down the deck with chlorinated water, especially in any areas where water tends to pool. Don’t share pool towels with anyone, and wash all towels in hot water after each use.
Social Distancing is a must
We’ve all been feeling the effects of isolation, and inviting friends and family over to enjoy your pool can help alleviate some of that stress. But if you plan to share your pool with anyone who doesn’t live in your home, then you should practice social distancing to be safe. Keep pool chairs at least six feet apart. Wear a mask in the pool if you will not be putting your face underwater. And limit the number of guests you invite over at one time.
Practice good hygiene
Finally, while it’s always important to practice good hygiene when using a swimming pool, it’s now more important than ever. Take a shower before getting in the pool. Our bodies carry contaminants that can use up the chlorine in our pools, making it less available to kill bacteria and viruses. In addition, shower when you are done in the pool, just in case you’ve come in contact with any surfaces that may have had the virus.
Contact the Clark & Gilman Team
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