Clean-up MattersA good and healthy clean-up will get you back to swimming in no time. Here are a few tips that can get you back to dreamy summer days.
- As soon as the excrement is discovered, evacuate and close the pool.
- Remove the contaminant quickly and dispose of the “gift” properly. Hardened stool is mainly contained, so if it is discovered quickly and removed from the water promptly, there’s very little damage done.
- You can use your net or a bucket to scoop out the contaminant. Then disinfect your scooper properly before using it again, or just discard it. This will help prevent the spread of any germs.
- DO NOT use your manual or automated vacuum for clean-up. Once the contaminant is sucked up into your vacuum lines or pool filter, you are going to have problems undoing the damage, and recontamination can occur.
- Shock your pool and raise the free chlorine level. According to the CDC, you should “raise the free chlorine concentration to, or maintain it at, 2 parts per million (ppm) and maintain the pH at 7.5 or less for 30 minutes.”