You hit the diving board, get some air and tuck up for the biggest cannonball of the season. It feels good to be in the pool this summer — or so you think. Because the truth is, if you knew what was in the pool water you were jumping into, maybe you wouldn’t be jumping in the first place.

A crowded pool

Swimmers and pool owners alike know pools are full of chemicals such as chlorine, but pools that lack proper maintenance allow for plenty of unwelcome guests as well. Pathogens, bacteria, algae and other invaders can all call a pool’s water home without proper cleaning. “The importance of pH and alkalinity levels are often overlooked,” said Matt Giovanisci of Swim University. “The balance of the water is one of the most important things.”

Giovanisci said that while maintaining proper pH and alkalinity levels are a key first step that will allow the chlorine to do its job, many pool owners just aren’t too excited about the maintenance side of pool ownership, increasing the threat of pathogens contaminating the water.


Today’s technology makes it easy


Older methods of pool cleaning include the use of pole vacuums and either suction or pressure side cleaners. Today however, the market is decidedly shifting toward robotic pool cleaners, and Giovanisci said it’s easy to see why. “Robotic pool cleaners do three things real well. They vacuum and scrub pool floors, some actually scrub the walls helping to remove algae and prevent permanent staining, they have a filtration system built into them that helps purify the water, and they help circulate the water and available chemicals to provide a healthier cleaner pool.”

Many owners also appreciate the robotic pool cleaner’s energy efficiency as it only costs about five cents a cycle hour to use. Robotic pool cleaners also work independently, just set them in the pool, press a button and off they go, saving pool owners both time and labor. Prices have also come down considerably, making them more affordable than ever.

Whatever pool cleaning solution you decide upon, Giovanisci says efficiency is the key. “Purchase from brands you trust and let technology do the work for you. And with all of the options available today, simply invest in the features that are important to you and your pool,” he said. “Enjoy and with minimal effort you’ll have the cleanest, healthiest pool in the neighborhood.”

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.