A pool in your apartment complex is a great way to attract and retain great tenants, but taking care of the pool and keeping it clean can be a challenge. If you’re looking for tips, you should take a look at these essentials.
1. Have Showers Available Next to the Pool
The biggest threat to commercial pools are body contaminants from swimmers. Your tenants have makeup, hair products, sweat and a variety of other items you don't really want in your pool. People that want to swim should rinse off before getting into the pool, make sure you have showers easily accessible in or near the pool area.
Even a short 17-second shower, with soap, can remove up to 60 percent of the contaminants on each swimmer's body. You may want to hang a sign reminding swimmers to shower.
2. Post the Rules Clearly
In addition to showering, you may want swimmers to observe other rules. For instance, "don't use the pool when you have diarrhea" or "don't swim with open wounds." Don't assume that your tenants already know these basic rules. To keep your pool clean, a few friendly reminders can be essential.
3. Know the Signs of Pool Pump Malfunctions
Even when taking the right precautions, contaminants can still get in your pool, which is why pools have pumps and filters that work together to help keep your pool clean. If you want your pool to stay in solid working order, it helps to know the signs that something is amiss with your pump. There are key noises and leaks that can spell trouble.
4. Pay Attention the Odour of Chlorine
If your pool is chlorinated, you need to pay attention to any heightened chlorine smells. When a pool is clean and functioning properly, you can't smell the chlorine. If you smell that odour, that means you need to clean the pool.
The chlorine in the pool combines with contaminants to get rid of them. When the majority of the chlorine has bonded with contaminants like ammonia from people urinating in the pool, that leaves only a small amount of "free chlorine". This leads to odours and increased eye and skin irritation.
5. Clean the Pool Thoroughly Once a Week
Ideally, you shouldn't wait until you smell chlorine or sense issues with your pump. Rather, you should schedule pool cleanings on a regular basis. For many apartment complexes, a weekly deep cleaning is perfect, but depending on the size of your pool and how many residents use it, you may need to clean more or less often than that.
Some complex owners do a super chlorination. Also referred to as shock treatment, this is where you put in an excessive amount of chlorine to "shock" the pool into being clean. Then, you also scrub algae off the walls and take care of any other cleaning issues.
This is an intense process for the pool, and generally, you need to close it for a day if you take this route.
6. Check the pH Levels Daily
To ensure the pool is clean and hygienic in between cleanings, you may want to check the pH levels on a daily basis. Ideally, the pH should be between 7.2 and 7.8. If it's not, you may need to adjust the chemicals.
7. Include Pool Rules in the Lease
To ensure your residents really respect the pool rules, you may want to include them in the lease. Then, your residents are legally bound to follow them. Including the rules in the lease may make it easier to ban troublesome tenants from the pool area as needed.
Taking care of a pool is a big responsibility, but Shenton Pumps can help. We service residential and commercial pools and spas in the Midland, Willetton and Balcatta areas, and we repair and install bores and pumps. Give us a call today.