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Swimming pool operations and management1
Swimming Pool Operations and Management

  • The tasks demanding the most employee time at a pool include cleaning and supplying guest services. Thus in many operations, the housekeeping department is assigned the responsibility of managing the property’s swimming pool.

Components of a swimming pool system
Components of a Swimming Pool System

  • No two systems are exactly alike, but most are designed with similar operating equipment. They include:

    • Water inlets

    • Skimmers & skimmer baskets

    • The main drain and the drain manifold

    • The main trap

    • Pumps

    • Valves

Components of a swimming pool system1
Components of a Swimming Pool System

  • Sight glasses

  • Pressure gauges

  • Heaters

  • Chlorinators

  • Vacuums

Pool sizes and shapes
Pool Sizes and Shapes

  • A typical pool size might be about 30,000 gallons

  • In cold climates, they are usually indoors

  • Pools can be rectangular, kidney shaped or almost any other shape

  • There is often a spa associated with the main pool

Water clarity filtration
Water Clarity & Filtration

  • A pool free of particulates will appear to have blue water

  • There are three types of filters in use:

    • DE or diatomaceous earth

    • Cartridge filters

    • Sand filters

  • A backwashing cycle reverses water flow and cleans the filter.

Spas and spa temperatures
Spas and Spa Temperatures

  • Spas are nothing more than small pools

  • Sometimes they are directly connected to the main pool and thus have no skimmer, but do have a spa dam that empties water into the main pool

  • Other spas have completely separate plumbing systems from the main pool

  • Spa temperatures should not exceed 103 degrees Fahrenheit

Water chemistry
Water Chemistry

  • Chlorine is the most common sanitizing agent for pools

  • Bromine is the most common sanitizing agent for spas with separate plumbing systems

  • Both sanitizing agents oxidize impurities in the water

  • The pH of water should be between 7.4 – 7.6 in order for the sanitizing agent to work efficiently

Water chemistry1
Water Chemistry

  • Algaecides are sometimes needed to kill algae that has entered a pool

  • Every swimming pool owner needs a test kit in order to regularly check the pH, chlorine content, and the hardness of the water

  • Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and organic material. Pools need to have free chlorine, consequently the pool will be “shocked” to increase the free chlorine

Pool equipment
Pool Equipment

  • Pool equipment should be available at poolside, such as:

    • Brushes with poles

    • Skimmer net on a pole

    • Vacuum

    • Garden Hose

    • Shepard’s hook

    • Life ring

    • Signs with rules and regulations

    • Fencing around the pool

Pool liability issues
Pool Liability Issues

  • Diving Boards are a liability

  • It is permissible to inform guests through signage, that there are no lifeguards on duty and guests are responsible for their own safety.

  • Children should not be allowed to enter a pool without adult supervision. Pool fences should have gates that small children cannot enter.