According to the CDC, COVID-19 cannot survive in properly treated water within a pool and a hot tub. Additionally, the World Health Organization states that controlling water is necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
During the Coronavirus crisis, here are things you should be aware of regarding pool and hot tub safety, maintenance, sanitary issues:
- The maintenance of properly sanitized swimming pools and other artificial bodies of water is crucial to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and help maintain community health.
- Without proper maintenance (including circulation and treatment of water), a plethora of germs can grow. The bacteria which are present in feces, like E. coli, can develop. It is believed that feces can carry COVID-19, so it is essential to make sure your water is properly sanitized.
- As we get closer to warmer weather, many pools will be opened for the year. However, some local governments are restricting pool companies to come out at this time, and it is best to wait until these restrictions are lifted to let your professional pool company help you safely open your pool this year.
- If you are attempting to treat your pool, necessary chemicals need to be purchased and applied. Please be sure to read the entire label and follow all manufacturer instructions when using and storing chemicals.
- Always wear gloves and goggles when handling pool chemicals. Be sure to store pool chemicals and related materials in a safe, secure place.
- Some retailers are making accommodations to service customers like curbside pick-up, ship-to-home, in-home appointments. Check with your retailers to see if they may be offering similar modifications to service your pool during this time.
- If you need structural or renovation work done to your pool, such as plaster, tile, coping, caulk, cement decks, or plumbing, it is best to wait and leave these jobs to the pool plastering professionals.