Hot weather creating challenges for pool operators

GREENVILLE N.C. (WNCT) – The recent hot weather is creating headaches among pool owners and operators because chemical levels can become unsafe very easily.

Heat, sun exposure, bather load and rain are just a few of the ways pool chemicals can be impacted.

Donetta Wylie, the pool manager at Fitness Connection in Greenville, said the heat is making a challenging job even harder.

“Heat sucks the Chlorine. The amount of water that comes from the rain may increase our pH, it may decrease our pH,” Wylie said.

She said with the recent weather, they have been going through about 50 gallons of chlorine every day.

The weather has also created an uptick in business for places like Greenville Pool and Supply.

“We’re inundated with service calls, selling several pools a week,” said Keith Bishton, the owner of Greenville Pool and Supply.

Bishton said they offer free water analysis tests for anyone, which will let them know what chemicals are needed to make the pool water safe. He said they have about 50 people everyday coming in for testings.

“They walk the customer around, show them what they need, and if they do what the lab says, your pool will stay clear,” he said.

Bishton said with every 10 degrees over 80 degrees, chlorine consumption doubles. He said they have been seeing a lot of people walk in with water samples from their pool at 92 and 93 degrees.

Area health departments are responsible for inspecting pools to ensure they are safe. In Pitt County, health officials said no pool has failed that inspection yet this year. They said chlorine levels should be kept between 1 and 2, and pH levels should be between 7.2 and 7.8.

If chlorine levels get too low, people swimming in it can get sick. If the levels are too high, it can lead to skin and eye irritation.

If you would like more information about the water analysis Greenville Pool and Supply offers, call them at 252-355-7121.

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