Pool water tests – why regular check-ups are so important

Contrary to a widespread misconception, pool water tests also fulfil an important task in the private sector: the pool water test protects against dangerous pathogens during bathing fun. It is not only families who allow themselves the luxury of having their own pool in the garden or even in the house. Their own little oasis offers relaxation and fun for the youngest. But the dangers that can lurk in your own pool are all too often underestimated.

Testing pool water – easy to do yourself

Microbiological contamination in pool water is often associated with complaints too late or not at all. Publicly used swimming pools are subject to strict controls by the authorities and are therefore generally considered harmless. However, this does not apply to privately used pools or basins. Here, users of their own swimming pools are advised to carry out an appropriate pool water test themselves. Even if the water supplied by the utilities is of high quality, contamination cannot be ruled out. These take place in the own drinking water installation. Because from the tap water delivery point, the obligation to maintain water quality passes to the homeowner. Therefore, a pool water test is important to detect microbiological contamination or, if necessary, exclude it.

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Analyses of pool water determine the most important microbiological parameters

In most cases, the pool is filled with tap water. Although this is delivered to households of the highest quality, the pool water is not guaranteed harmless. A pool water test checks the water for various microbiological parameters. Having the pool water tested is not a luxury but a necessity. This is especially true if young children or even babies use the pool. A pool water test analyses whether the pathogens E.coli, pseudomonads or Legionella are present in your pool. Each of these pathogens poses an enormous health risk to the pool user. In addition, the total bacterial count at 36° is determined.

Water analysis for legionella and other dangerous contamination

The pool water test determines, among other things, whether Legionella is present in the pool water. Infection with Legionella can manifest itself in different forms. The milder form is known as Pontiac fever. This manifests itself in the form of flu-like symptoms. As a rule, there is no danger to life, but babies, small children and immunocompromised people in particular should receive urgent medical treatment.

The outbreak of the so-called Legionnaires’ disease is also possible. The consequences here are much more drastic. An infection can lead to pneumonia and, under certain circumstances, even to death.

The pool water test also checks the pool water for E. coli bacteria. These can lead to severe diarrhoea, among other things. Read more here in the magazine.

The water should also be tested for the presence of pseudomonads. A pool water test, therefore, also analyses this parameter. The wet germs can lead to pneumonia and urinary tract infections, among other things. The total germ count at 36° is also determined by a pool water test and gives an overview of the germ load of the water.

So that the bathing fun in your pool does not suffer, a pool water test should be part of the hygiene inventory of every pool owner. Get an overview of Water Testing Kits of IVARIO and have your water tested.

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