We can’t deny the fact that swimming is a healthy activity. However, improper pool maintenance can and will pose health risks. And to complicate matters even more, these contaminants aren’t only waterborne but can originate from natural sources or human activities. 

The presence of THMs, HANs, HKs, and HAAs is found in various concentrations within outdoor swimming pools, and it’s something you wouldn’t want in your residential pool. Let’s dive in and explore the different types of pool contaminants and how residential pool cleaning services can help you eliminate them.

Waterborne Contaminants

Waterborne Contaminants

While it’s true that waterborne contaminants are present within the water itself, some can enter the water from external sources. And even though a residential pool isn’t a public one, many outdoor factors can still affect its water quality. Let’s explore the most common ones. 


Human Activities

We all sweat during summer, and this is a normal occurrence. However, it’s not so normal for the pool water. When such bodily fluids come in contact with pool water, they introduce organic matter and bacteria, leading to cloudy water and potential health risks for you and your family.

Unfortunately, sweating isn’t our fault and can’t be stopped. But activities like spitting and urinating in your pool can, as they’re also some of the culprits behind degraded water quality. Here are some of the bacteria that are bound to grow as a result of human activities in pools:

  • Escherichia Coli. The symptoms of E. coli are endless, but you’re most likely to develop gastrointestinal issues upon contracting it. 
  • Cryptosporidium. Sadly, it’s a parasite that can also cause gastrointestinal issues and is resistant to chlorine disinfection.
  • Staphylococcus Aureus. This bacteria, often found in contaminated pools, manifests as painful blisters on your skin. 


Pool Equipment

And we’re back to the subject of improper pool maintenance. Human activities in pools can easily be controlled, but we can’t say the same about pool equipment. That’s why it’s a smart idea to hire pool cleaning services so that they can take care of it all. 

You might notice the quality of your pool water degrading and not know what’s causing it. As it turns out, old and faulty equipment, such as filters, will stop fighting against contaminants, leading to cloudy water. Not only that but failing to skim and vacuum your pool frequently can also allow debris to accumulate. 


Weather Conditions

Weather changes can also cause pool water to turn green, cloudy, and infectious. For example, warm temperatures can cause algae to grow, so you might need to pour more chlorine during summer. It’s the opposite for colder temperatures, but you’ll still need to take care of your pool, possibly by winterizing it to prevent damage from freezing.

However, rain is what can introduce contaminants into pool water the most. Dust, pole, and atmosphere contaminants can get carried by rainwater and end up right into your pool. To prevent it, you must adjust the water chemistry afterward.


Fighting Pool Water Contaminants With Weber Pools’ Residential Pool Cleaning Services

Too many contaminants can be introduced into your pool by chemical or natural causes, and this article shows it. Refilling pool water works for the most part, but it isn’t a solution to old and faulty pool equipment and is not as cost-efficient. 

Weber Pools’ residential pool cleaning services are here to identify the cause of cloudy water, fight the contaminants, and, most importantly – prevent them from finding their way into your pool again. 

Contact us today, and make sure your pool water isn’t a risk to your health.