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Pool Decks Can Be Dangerous

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Pool decks come in a multitude of materials and costs, but even the most “non-slip” surfaces can be slippery when wet or if algae is allowed to collect. We all know that pools can be dangerous when running, but if the surface isn’t treated, it can be a danger when walking as well. Algae and debris can collect on the surface, which retains water and creates a “slip and slide” type of surface. Then, when swimmers are simply walking on the deck, they’re at risk. Fortunately, treating your pool decks regularly can increase the deck's friction, making it safer for your family. Here’s a quick guide to keeping your pool decks and swimming pool safe.

Keep the Deck Free from Algae
Wet pool decks are a natural breeding ground for algae, which creates a serious hazard. Keeping your deck free of algae will help prevent injuries that result from slipping on a deck.

Add Pool Deck Friction
Pool decks come in a variety of surfaces, including concrete, stone, river rock, wood and tile. All of these surfaces can be slippery when wet. Treating the surface can increase the deck friction from .60, which is standard in most surfaces. An experienced pool maintenance technician can boost the friction to .80 or higher to minimize risks.

Treat your Pool Deck
When a professional treats your deck, they will first pressure wash the surface. This will remove algae and other materials that contribute to the slipperiness of a deck. Despite what many think, pressure washing will not increase the slipperiness of a deck. Then, the professional will apply substances to create more friction. Some deck treatments last through the season or for several years.

Contacting a Professional
Although you can purchase products to clean or treat your pool deck, there are also professionals who specialize in this. The processes they use are designed to last years instead of months. This makes opening your pool much easier every year – with one less step in the process.

If you decide to hire a professional, contact them a month or so before opening your pool for the summer. Most pool supply stores have a maintenance department or can refer you to a professional. Make sure to get a few quotes for comparison. Ask about what methods are used for treatment and how long they will last. This will give you the information needed to compare options. If your pool deck is extremely slippery, it might be a good idea to consider resurfacing with a safer material.

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