THE GERM THAT HAS ITS OWN “FORCE FIELD”
The microbes in the pool swam around happily, dividing and multiplying and rejoicing in their watery haven, until a dark shadow appeared at the edge of the pool. No! It was the pool cleaning guy! The pool germs rallied their efforts to withstand the onslaught of chemical warfare, but all to no avail. Within minutes, a surge of chlorine, disinfectants, and pH-balancing chemicals flooded into the water. The bacteria and other pathogens didn’t stand a chance. They choked, fainted, and perished.
But wait–what’s this? Against all odds, one colony seems to have survived. How is this even possible? Closer inspection under a microscope reveals that these microbes have a defense mechanism almost like a force field. They enclose themselves in their little bubble, and therefore, they don’t always instantly die.
According to the CDC, this sneaky microorganism, Cryptosporidium, can take days to die in a pool. Swimming in a pool infected with Crypto can cause recreational water illnesses, particularly diarrhea, which is an unpleasant (and generally avoidable) hassle.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
- Your highest priority is to make sure your pool is always treated with the highest-quality, cutting edge treatments available. Here at Sparkling Pool and Spa Service, we constantly stay up-to-date with the best practices in the industry in order to protect you and your loved ones from recreational water illnesses. Our proprietary pool treatment is optimized to keep your pool at the proper free chlorine level and pH.
- Just as important is to have your pool cleaned regularly. A one-off pool treatment can kill an initial round of bacteria, but if the next treatment is delayed or not repeated at the recommended intervals, any populations that survived the first round can then multiply quickly and pose tougher problems to eliminate. It’s the same reason you ought to take the entire recommended dosage when you take antibiotics. One pill is not enough. The reason your doctor prescribes one or two weeks of antibiotics is to kill all the stages of the life cycle of the microorganisms that can make you sick. Your pool needs the same thing.
- You can also protect yourself by using pool test strips to evaluate your water conditions. These test strips are readily available at most superstores, hardware stores, and pool-supply stores, or from your pool cleaning service technician.
Don’t leave it to guesswork–restore your peace of mind by getting your pool cleaned twice a week by our friendly and helpful maintenance service. We are committed to your defense.