Quick to assemble, pools from a hardware store can make you sick. Warns the State Office for Health and Food Safety in Erlangen. Sensitive people can pull skin and mucous membranes.

The State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) took samples from five of these so-called rapid construction pools. Especially water turbidity, pH values ​​and a high chlorine content were striking, the LGL.

Too much – too little chlorine

Also could the garden pool from the hardware store by incorrect chlorination harmful chlorine-carbon compounds are formed, which may result in susceptible individuals to skin and mucous membranes, according to the experts. In case of low chlorine content itself could on the other hand increase humid germs that can cause, among other wound and ear infections.

Water hygiene important

It is not expected that the outdoor swimming pool filled with the same hygiene standards as swimming pools, explained a spokeswoman LGL Bayerischer Rundfunk. Since the number of cubic meters of water-making garden pools would however emptied much less frequently than the smaller children’s pool, would users pay particular attention to water hygiene.

Foot tub to get you started

The LGL Suggests among other things, the pools before recommissioning thoroughly clean and eliminate all residual moisture from the previous season. To carry less dirt into the pool, the pool should be entered through a foot bath. The swimming pool should also be set up so that they do not heat up much, the experts recommend.

Replace if it stinks

By the time the water is cloudy or takes a chemical or foul smell, it should be replaced, so the LGL. Next Comply with the operating times of the water filter and the use of chemicals exactly as directed Pool users.

Swimming pool, pipelines

For basic pool equipment includes inlet and outlet, skimmer, pump and filter. The skimmer is mounted flush on the pool deck. It draws water from the pool surface. The dirty water is sucked by the pump which pushes it into the filter. From there, the filtered, clean water over the inlet nozzle flows back into the basin. The pool cleaner collected on the floor sunken debris.

Is still a drain on the pump. With this, the filter can be rinsed out or the swimming pool to be emptied.

In addition, of course, a swimming pool lighting or a pool heater be installed, the latter also works with solar, for example in the form of a solar absorber.

Underwater lighting

Before it goes to easily select the right lighting system, you have to first of all decide on a power variation: solar powered or electric? While solar lights generate their energy from the sun’s rays, electric lights of a power supply cable depend. This requires more complex technical installations ahead – and this should be carried out for security reasons by the professional. In addition to the additional material and the work rate of the electrician and the current cost of supply of electric lighting should be considered when planning.

Alternative pool heating: Solar absorber

With the help of solar absorbers can extend the swimming season considerably. This, in contrast to a conventional pool heating the considerable advantage that almost no operating costs. Because the heat provided by the sun. Only the pump to drive consuming some power.

The simplest variant is the so-called solar hose which can capture the solar power due to its good black color. There are also panels that operate according to the same principle. Experts advise to an absorber surface that is roughly equivalent to 50 to 100 percent of the water surface of the pool. It also depends on whether or not the pool is covered. In this case goes into the night lost much less heat and it reaches a smaller absorber area.

A solar absorber can be most easily mounted on the garage or house roof. The establishment also has an adequately dimensioned pump, because the water has to overcome so the height difference between pool and roof.

It is advisable not to connect the solar absorber to the pump of the filter system. It might seem at first glance to be the simplest solution, however, the filter pump must also run at times when the solar absorber bring no power: at night and in bad weather.