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swimming pools...regularly cleaned?

does anyone know the frequency with which gym pools are cleaned? i was going to ask at the gym by my house, but i was unsure if they would answer me truthfully. i have a real phobia about "sharing" a pool. i know this is a hangup and have really tried to blow off my apprehensive feelings, but it doesn't work. i just can't stop thinking that the pool is rarely cleaned and that just more chemicals are added....please tell me otherwise!

Thu. Dec 7, 11:29am

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i would go by how often you see cleaning people attending to cleaning the rest of the facility. if you never see a cleaning person around ever, then something is wrong. i would like to think that if you do see cleaning going on, then they will be taking care of the pool also.

i've belonged to a couple of different gyms and while other gyms caught my attention/loyalty because of certain classes they offered or type of atmosphere, the thing my current gym has going on that the others didn't is that there is always someone cleaning the bathrooms, or the equipment, or vacuuming the floors. it doesn't matter what time of day i'm there, i'm almost guaranteed to run into someone scrubbing toilets. that makes me feel pretty good/safe.

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 12:21 PM

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If by cleaned, you mean emptied and re-filled, I don't think that's done very often. To much water involved!

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 2:52 PM

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The water is continually run through filters and "cleaned". The chemicals are checked 2-3 times per day to make sure that the levels are right. If the levels are off, they will usually clear the pool and add whatever they need to get it balanced again. Most facilities clean the deck and the scum line once per day. I have worked at several pools, and have found that they all tend to do things the same way. Pools are probably not as dirty as you imagine.

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 2:59 PM

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if a pool is not maintained on a pretty strict schedule it will be visible in the color of the water and very quickly you will notice 'slime' on the bottom.

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 3:02 PM

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I think this is a really good question, and I've thought of it often. Does anyone know the cleaning policy of the most popular gyms for pools? Say, the YMCA, Princeton Club, Bally's Fitness, etc? Also, is there a way to find out what kind of chemicals are put in the pools? Sometimes I worry that all those chemicals could cause the same health problems I'm exercising to alleviate!

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 8:55 PM

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