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Top Five Pool Dangers

Almost everybody loves swimming, especially in the warmer months. But your average trip to the pool may be dangerous than you think.

1. Not Having a Designated Water Watcher

This is one of the most common causes of pool accidents. Imagine having a pool party. Since it’s a party, you think a lot of people (or at least someone) will be watching the pool. Now, don’t feel bad. Even the most careful parents make this mistake.

Now to avoid this, SafeKidsWorldwide recommends having a Water Watcher.  “A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision.”

2. Texting

Home pools don’t have lifeguards. Now, even when you’re at public pools, guardians should not rely solely on a lifeguard to watch the kids. Before smartphones, there are books and chatting to other individuals in the pool area. Whatever they may be, it is still a distraction that may put the kids at risk.

“The phone is the biggest distraction we see,” says DeQuincy.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that injuries involving swimming pools climbed 36% in children under 5 years old between 2007 and 2010, a time period in which adult smartphone use also skyrocketed. Though the association does not prove that phones were solely responsible, keep the phone down and stay alert to help keep your child safe.

For more tips, read more on Reader’s Digest.

3. Relying too much on floaties

One of the things why lifeguards hate floaties or any other flotation device is that parents tend to rely on them too much. It gives them a false sense of security. They then tend to let the kids go off on their own as long as they have these devices.

“They are not a replacement for a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest, which is the safest option for children when they are in and around the water.” The real deals are officially called “personal flotation devices” or PFDs. “Families should make sure babies and little kids have a PFD with both a collar for head support and a head strap between the legs,” Dr. White says.   

4. Suction of pool drains

This is definitely a hazard. Children should be taught to avoid pool drains.
This is because the suction from the drain will be too strong to pull someone off, so the only way to free them is by disabling the drain suction. This is why it is important for homeowners to know how to shut off their pool pump in the event of an emergency.

5. Water Illness

One of the most common recreational water illnesses (RWIs) is the bacterial infection called Legionnaire’s disease, a type of pneumonia not spread from person to person. “People can get sick when they breathe in aerosolized water droplets or mists, like those made by hot tub jets, that contain Legionella [bacteria],” Hlavsa says. “Legionella can cause Legionnaires’ disease, severe pneumonia, and Pontiac fever, a mild flu-like illness without pneumonia.”

There are other water illnesses such as Athlete’s foot, and you know that annoying “water in the ear” sensation? Read on. Make sure you dry your ears thoroughly after getting out of the water. Why is this important? “Pseudomonas is a bacteria that can cause a skin infection, commonly called ‘hot tub rash,’ and an outer ear infection, commonly called ‘swimmer’s ear,” Hlavsa says. “If a swimming venue does not maintain proper cleaning practices and disinfectant levels, these bacteria can grow on wet surfaces of pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds and form biofilms—a slimy film made up of bacteria and their excretions.” That’s something that you really don’t want lingering in your ears. Again, you can check posted inspection scores or do your own inspection using test strips.

Bonus: Electrical shock

You know that electricity and water don’t mix. So what do we do with those gorgeous pool lights and sound system? Owners should make sure that the pool light is regularly maintained. Old pool lights have been known to cause electrical accidents for swimmers. Electricity is used to run pumps and heaters, and those also need to be maintained properly. Pool equipment should be supplied by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), too.

Reasons You May Regret Buying a Home With a Pool

Moving into a new home with a swimming pool may give you bragging rights around the neighbourhood BUT there’s a lot more to it than just planning poolside parties and gatherings. Below are some of the reasons why you may regret buying a home with a pool.

Costly Routine Maintenance

Owning a home with a pool in the backyard provides a convenient source of fun for the entire family. However, you’ll be on the hook for regular (and expensive) maintenance when the pool is in use. 

” A typical pool cleaner would cost you about $200 per visit, every four to six weeks plus $200 each year for extra chemicals required. That’s about $1800 each year.

When you look at these basic running costs of owning a backyard pool it’s clear that the standard running costs easily mount. Then there are also other things to consider like equipment break down, council and inspection fees and meeting all your compliance rules.”

Adam Martelletti on The Real Cost of a Swimming Pool

Costlier Repairs

A tear in a swimming pool’s lining, a protective layer applied to the pool before it’s filled, is a common repair experienced by homeowners. The liner acts as a barrier between the pool walls/floor and water, and it helps prevent mold growth. Vinyl lining is popular largely due to its affordability.


Patching a vinyl liner costs as little as $20 with a DIY patch kit, or you can hire a professional to do the job for around $200. Always hire a pro to repair a fiberglass liner. This typically costs around $300. Usually, you will need to drain and sand concrete or gunite pools for proper repair. This price usually ranges from $800 to $1,550. For

To know more, continue reading Common pool repairs from Home Advisor

Energy Bills WIll Go Up

As if your energy bills weren’t high enough during the hot summer months, add an in-ground pool to the mix and they will climb even higher. You could end up paying extra $$$ annually for the additional electricity required to run the pool pump and such. The average swimming pool will cost between $800 and $1,200 to run annually – consuming between 2,000 and 3,000-kilowatt hours of electricity.

Another thing is that heating your pool can cost a bomb – especially if you’re using gas. Solar Heating is about  $100 to $200 each year, electric heating $250 to $750 each year, and gas heating $500 to $1500 each year.

Safety Risks

“The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report shows that there were 249 drowning deaths and an estimated 551 hospitalisations resulting from non-fatal drowning incidents across Australia between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. The figure is a 14% decrease on 2016/17. The Surf Life Saving National Coastal Safety Report 2018 reveals that 110 coastal drowning deaths occurred in the past year which is above the 14-year average of 99 drowning deaths.”

National Drowning Report 2018 – Royal Life Saving WA

There should be a fence completely surrounding the pool area to prevent these things from happening. Pool fencing options vary by type (glass, mesh, vinyl, etc.) and price. $200 to $350 per linear metre for a treated pine timber slat fence..

Apart from that recreational water-related illnesses such as ear and respiratory infections, rashes and diarrhea are caused by exposure to water contaminated with germs and chemicals found in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, and various other public swimming spaces.

Home Resale Value Is Low

A backyard swimming pool might scare away potential buyers who are turned off by the work and expense required to maintain a pool. You might think that having a pool in your backyard would boost your home’s resale value significantly, but it won’t. Homeowners with pools may only see a 7-28% return on investment at resale given that they have ‘ticked’ all the boxes as discussed here in HomesToLove.com.au

Alternative Uses For Your Empty Pool

Let’s face it, not everyone will opt in for complete pool removal and have it filled. There will be some that will choose to have it drained for winter and then filled when summertime comes. Although leaving it drained far too long isn’t recommended due to the possibility of walls to collapse, pop out of the ground etc.

Skate park

Jeff D’Marco , courtesy CL IndustriesThe ‘All Purpose Pool’: Professional skater Mike Peterson drains his family pool..

Ask most any pool builder if they’ve ever constructed a skatepark and they’ll likely reply, “Not intentionally.” That’s because they’re not keen on seeing their creations shredded by unruly daredevils.

Read more here..

Garden Pool

An example of a choice between having a broken, empty swimming pool fixed and having it repaired and filled. This family decided to make their empty pool as a garden pool.

At first, McClung just wanted his own family to live more sustainably. Now that he’s seen the all the traction these ideas are getting, and how awesomely productive a Garden Pool can be, he says, “I want everyone else to build great systems.”


And these systems are pretty great. Instead of soil, the Garden Pool’s plants grow on clay pellets or coconut coir. Excess moisture drips into the pond below, and that, plus a rain catchment system, means that the whole thing requires a tiny fraction of the water used in a conventional garden. This is especially crucial in a place like Mesa, which gets just a little over nine inches of rain per year.

Read full article here…

Graffiti tagging spot/street art museum

Really is no description needed on this. For some swimming pools that already have the liners removed and the concrete exposed, this will then the perfect canvass for artists to showcase their graffiti/street art talents.

To Drain or Not To Drain?

Whenever the peak pool season comes to an end, one may be wondering what to do with their pool. Maybe the water has taken a turn for the worse following some rain, or inadvertently neglected to clean it in a timely fashion. Whatever the reason may be, many pool owners think the logical solution is to drain the pool. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons.

In-Ground Fibreglass Pools

For inground fibreglass pools, according to ThoughtCo.,

When one drains the pool and there happens to be water under the shell (like in the rainy spring when people want to clean up the pool) the entire pool shell can heave. This is because the water under the pool creates an upward hydrostatic force (through buoyancy) and the pool is lifted out of the ground.” Read more here…

Apart from that, older pools may not have been built structurally to hold back the weight of the dirt against it when the pool is drained. This can cause the walls to collapse.


As water is drained, the pressure outside the pool causes the pool wall to cave in

In-Ground Concrete Pools

With in-ground concrete pools, these are built structurally to withstand the weight of the water pushing outward on the shell. That water weight helps keep the shell in the ground. Now, if the groundwater is high enough, it can actually push the entire pool out of the ground.  Once a pool has popped out of the ground it will not go back down!

This type of pool can also crack when the temperature is above 70-75 degrees and the surface of the swimming pool doesn’t remain wet.

Cracks on a concrete pool plaster

In-Ground Vinyl Liner Pools

In-ground vinyl liner swimming pools are the most dangerous to drain because the older pools may not have been built structurally to hold back the weight of the dirt against it when the pool is drained. When the pool is drained it can cause the walls to collapse or groundwater can cause the liner to float; neither of which are good for swimming pools!

Since drought conditions are on the rise, the simple and easy answer is to not drain your pool but recycle it instead.