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Swimming Pool Cleaning & Maintenance Services

For Persons who have a swimming pool whether it is private or communal, correct cleaning and maintaining is essential. A pool that is not regularly maintained can quickly lead to bacteria growth, which can cause infections and health issues in some cases serious for the users.
On developments which have communal swimming pools these swimming pools are classified as Public Swimming Pools, this does not mean that anyone can use them, they are only open to the owners' of the development, their tenants or guests. What this classification means is that, Communal Swimming Pools have to adhere to the same regulations as Public Swimming Pools. They have to comply to Local Swimming Pool Regulations and Laws, EU Public Swimming Pool Regulations and National Swimming Pool Foundation Water Chemical Levels, and if they are non compliant the owners are held responsible, and this in turn can lead to large fines and/or closure of the communal swimming pool. Communal Swimming Pools must be maintained by Licensed CPO Companies or Personnel, and these companies or personnel must have appropriate certification to include Public Liability Insurance cover, as they are liable for the swimming pool. The only time they are not held liable is, if they report a non compliancy issue with recommended action and the majority of owners or management committee do not act upon the recommendation. At this point the legal liability converts back to the owners' of the development.
In Cyprus there is an abundance of pool cleaners and most of these people are non-certified, unregistered people who think that sparkling clear pool water is safe. Unfortunately most pool owners also think that sparkling clear pool water is safe, but even sparkling clear water can lead to Recreational Water Infections (RWIs).

Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spreading by swallowing, breathing in mists or vapour, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools & hot tubs. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause air quality problems.
RWIs include a wide variety of infections including Gastrointestinal, Skin, Ear, Eye, Respiratory, Neurologic, and Wound Infections. The most commonly reported RWI is Diarrhea. 
Diarrheal illnesses are caused by germs such as Cryptosporidium (Crypto), Giardia, Shigella, Norovirus and E.coli O157:H7.
In the past two decades, there has been a substantial increase in the number of RWI outbreaks associated with swimming. Crypto, which can stay alive for days even in well maintained pools, has become the leading cause of swimming pool related outbreaks of diarrheal illness. Over the past few years reported Crypto cases increased over 200%.
Although Crypto is tolerant to chlorine, most germs are not. Keeping your pool Correctly Balanced and Free Chlorine at recommended levels is essential to maintain a healthy pool.
With RWI outbreaks on the rise, pool owners need to take an active role in helping to protect their families, their friends and themselves and in also prevent the spread of germs.  It is important to have regular (at least once a month during summer season) full water analysis tests so you can keep yourself your family your friend and your pool water healthy and safe. These tests need to be completed by Qualified Certificated Pool Cleaners who have the correct equipment.
Full pool analysis testing does not onlysafeguard pool users it saves the pool owner money in the long run because in acorrectly balanced pool Corrosion & Scaling is drastically reduced.

Recommended Reading For Pool Owners

Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/rwi
This normal pool testing kit and similar ones (Used by most owners & Non Professional Pool Cleaners) only tests Total Chlorine and PH.  They do not give you the correct overview of pool chemistry, for instance it does not register the free chlorine level and free chlorine is what keeps your pool safe from bacteria. Correct testing which should be completed with every clean is PH level, Total Chlorine Level, Combined Chlorine Level and Free Chlorine Level.
To keep pools correctly balanced there are many factors that need monitoring at least once a month. Total Chlorine - Combined Chlorine - Free Chlorine – PH - Total Alkalinity - Calcium Hardness - Cyanuric Acid - Total Dissolved Solids (to complete these test you require the correct equipment) and once you have this information you need to have the ability and knowladge to calculate what the requirements are to balance the pool.
In a correctly balance pool Corrosion, Scaling and RWIs are kept at bay.
Even If You Look After Your Own Swimming Pool, Full Analysis Is Now Available
To Include Professional Advice On What You Need To Do If There Is A Problem.


From the chemical readings on the example page Is Your Swimming Pool Safe  the person who is cleaning and maintaining your swimming pool should be able to give you an instant answer without having to go away to check it out on the internet.