What Do you do if Somebody Urinates in the Pool?

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Owning a swimming pool is not all sunshine and rainbows all of the time. There are some classically dreaded things which happen as you have a pool, and none of them are more improperly handled or misunderstood than the overdone trope of urinating inside the pool. Whether it is a youngster who just could not hold it, or an athlete completing a one-hour-long workout with strenuous laps, urinating inside the pool has been occurring for a long period of time. Unfortunately, there is a ton of unhelpful information available about what occurs as someone pees in the pool, and even less useful information available about what you ought to do to protect the pool and those swimming in it if there’s pee in the pool. As your swimming pool maintenance company, we are here to help to clear things up a bit with some pool pee tips.

What Really Happens When “That” Happens

Firstly, let us get that out of the way – the concept that chlorine gets rid of urination in a pool is, indeed, false. Because pee is sterile, chlorine does not actually do anything to sanitize it. Pee is an organic waste comprised of compounds such as urea which, as oxidized by chlorine, may become hazardous in a variety of ways. It’ll affect air and water quality, so although the myth was floating around since folks started urinating in pools, chlorine doesn’t negate the effects. Therefore, what do you have to do when there is pee in your pool?

What to Do About it

A bunch of the conversation around keeping your swimming pools safe under those circumstances thus far revolved around prevention. While a specific quantity of prevention might assist in mitigating the issue, the fact is, it is unlikely to be completely eliminated as a problem, if we are being realistic. It’s possible to be certain that your child goes to the bathroom before diving into the pool, or it’s possible to try to hold it while you are pushing through a grueling workout routine, yet occasionally things happen. Therefore, when they do, you must understand your options for treating the problem quickly. Unfortunately, there is not a magic bullet product which will manage the side effects in one use. However, using a combination of circulation, filtration and chemistry greatly can decrease the problem.

Have These Things Available

Specialty chemicals are necessary to assist in increasing chlorine’s efficiency to make it able to completely oxidize the organic waste. When it isn’t completely oxidized is when problems with hazardous by-products arise. Enzymes assist by directly breaking down all organic waste in such a way that permits chlorine to perform its job well, and rapidly. You also may give consideration to a secondary disinfection system such as UV and Ozone. Those systems typically are situated inside the pump room and reinforce the main disinfecting processes (enzymes and chlorine) so long as the circulation system in the pool is updated.

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