If you’re a San Diego pool owner, chances are you consider your pool to be one of your most prized possessions. You probably love nothing more than having friends and family over to relax in your pool on a hot summer day. So what could be more important than the safety of your pool?

You may have already taken the precaution of treating your pool with chlorine. Unfortunately, this is not enough to eliminate the possibility of someone catching a recreational water illness as the result of swimming in your pool. Luckily, Poolman’s San Diego pool services team is equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to kill germs that cause RWIs and keep them out of your pool for good.

Here are some commonly asked questions about RWIs:

What is an RWI?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a recreational water illness as an “Illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in.” The Washington State Department of Health identifies several types of RWIs, including stomach and intestinal illness, skin irritation and respiratory illness. According to the CDC, there has been a significant increase in RWI cases over the last two decades, making it increasingly important to keep your pool in safe condition for the sake of you and your pool guests.

How are RWIs spread?
The germs that cause RWIs are spread through contact with contaminated water. This may occur through the ingestion of water, skin contact with water, or the breathing in of water vapor. In addition, RWIs can be spread through certain chemicals in pool water or through indoor air that has been exposed to evaporated chemicals from swimming water.

How can RWIs be prevented?
The prevention of RWIs requires your pool’s chemicals to be treated in a very precise, careful manner. Many germs that cause RWIs are very tolerant to chlorine. Some are even able to survive in a chlorine-treated pool for days – so basic chlorine treatment is not sufficient. The most responsible thing to do is to leave the chemical treatment of your pool in the hands of qualified professionals. That’s where Poolman comes in. Poolman has been the leading provider of pool maintenance for 40 years. Our pool maintenance experts are ready to protect your pool from the risk of RWIs.

Give Poolman a call about our Simply Chemical service. It’s designed to keep your pool’s chemicals balanced at the optimal levels, creating an environment safe for swimmers but deadly to RWI-causing germs. Or take the extra step and sign up for our Weekly Full Service option, which includes vacuuming, brushing, skimming, backwashing and the emptying of baskets.