These last few weeks have marked some of the hottest in Arizona’s history. With temperatures reaching 120 degrees in some areas, you’re bound to be spending a lot of time in the pool. If you’ve been avoiding a pool cleaning for your backyard pool and opting for taking the family to the public pool instead, you might want to think again.

  1. 1 in 5 adults pee in the pool. And those are just the ones who admitted it! Raise your hand if you’re That Guy. We’re looking at you, Michael Phelps.
  2. We’re just going to come out and say it: There’s probably poop in there, too. The CDC recently collected samples from public pool filters and found that almost 60% of pools tested positive for E. Coli, AKA poop germs. We don’t even want to tell you just how much feces can be found in a public pool…
  3. Alright, we’ll tell you. “Germ Expert” Kelly Reynolds, PhD at the University of Arizona, estimates that by the end of a busy pool day, there’s can be SEVERAL POUNDS of fecal matter floating around in a pool.
  4. Chlorine can’t kill ALL bacteria. Particularly, the parasite cryptosporidium (crypto) is not easily killed by chlorine, and it’s infectious and can cause diarrhea. In fact, swimmers who have had diarrhea in the last two weeks can spread the crypto parasite to the pool. We’re cringing right now about all that pool water we swallowed as kids.
  5. Pools that smell overly chlorinated are probably the dirtiest. If you’ve ever smelled a chemical stench around a pool and thought it probably had too much chlorine, think again. That bleach-like smell is actually the result of a chemical reaction where the chlorine binds with urine, feces, and sweat, releasing irritants called chloramines. Once the chlorine binds with the bodily fluids, it is rendered inactive, meaning that smell indicates there’s less chlorine in the pool then you would like.
  6. You know those sign in pool locker rooms that say, “All swimmers must shower before entering the pool”? Yeah. No one actually does that. Essentially, you’re taking a bath with everyone you’re in the pool with.
  7. It’s not the chlorine that makes your eyes red. This one even had some of us surprised. After years of hopping out of pools with bright red eyes, you might be shocked to know that your new eye color isn’t caused by chlorine, but by all the random bodily fluids in the pool.
  8. 80 percent of public pools have health and safety violations, according to the CDC. Of that 80 percent, 1 in 8 adult pools, and 1 in 5 kiddie pools, were immediately shut down because of how extensive the violations were.

Universal Pool Service Can Get Your Pool Clean

Alright, we’ll admit it. While the above statistics are pretty gross, we’ve all been going to public pools since we were kids, and we’ve been alright so far, and we’re not going to judge you for hitting up the neighborhood pool this summer. However, if you have a personal pool that hasn’t had pool maintenance in a while, you’re in good hands with Universal Pool Service. Even personal pools can harbor all the gross bacteria if you’re not following a clean-pool protocol, like checking chlorine levels and showering before swimming. If you’re near Goodyear, Glendale, or Litchfield Park, our Arizona pool service team can help to balance the chemicals in your pool, give it a good scrub, and make it sparkling clean for summer. Contact us today!