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Great Waterproof Footwear

Waterproof footwear represents a good investment for anyone that spends time in the great outdoors or works where contact with water is always possible. The footwear is equally beneficial for those that live in climates that receive a significant amount of rain. The right footwear keeps feet dry and won’t be ruined should an unanticipated water hazard occur.

Waterproof footwear typically costs more, but it also lasts longer. There are dozens of brands from which to choose and styles range from flats and sneakers to boots. One thing that individuals should be aware of is the difference between waterproof and water-resistant.

Waterproof shoes have a coating that won’t let moisture pass through, but the coating does degrade and weaken over time. The footwear also tends to keep perspiration trapped inside unless it has a means of ventilation.

Water-resistant shoes will repel a certain amount of moisture, but not all. The best waterproof footwear is a personal choice and individuals should keep in mind the following when making their selection.

  • Support is critical and should be paired to the activity whether it’s walking, running, hiking, or working. Don’t choose footwear simply because it’s waterproof.
  • A waterproof liner allows moisture to escape and provides breathability.
  • Footwear with built-in odor control can be particularly attractive for those that regularly walk, run, hike, or work in wet conditions.
  • Waterproof footwear is typically constructed of leather, Gore-Tex or GTX material, or rubber.
  • Many consider leather the best material base for a waterproof shoe for its ability to breathe but don’t discount other materials.

The choice of the best waterproof footwear is a subjective one and the preferred brand will be dependent on multiple factors desired by the wearer. For the ecologically minded, there’s also a 100 percent vegan sneaker that’s lightweight, breathable, and has anti-odor abilities built-in. Waterproofing doesn’t rely on a coating – it’s integrated directly into the knit of the shoe.

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Common Pool Maintenance Mistakes

Everyone wants to save money, but a DIY approach to the swimming pool isn’t necessarily a good idea. It can actually cost you money in the long run, make the pool unusable, and cause damage. The following are some of the most common mistakes that people make when trying to service the pool themselves.

Automatic Pool Cleaner

A robotic cleaner may sound like a time saver to remove algae, but it only succeeds in pushing it around the pool. The mesh bags used by automatic cleaners quickly become clogged and instead of capturing algae it’s simply stirred up within the pool.

Brushing

Failure to give the pool a thorough and regular brushing results in scum build-up that’s unpleasant and unhygienic.

Calcium Content

Balancing the calcium hardness in the pool extends the life of everything from the vinyl liner to the filter. Too much calcium will make the water cloudy.

Filter

You want the pool to look clear and sparkling and to obtain that appearance the filter should be run a minimum of eight hours each day. Less than that and the water can become contaminated with all types of unwelcome elements.

pH Levels

The pH level in pools requires close monitoring to ensure the water is appropriate for swimming and to prevent damage to equipment. A pH level that’s too acidic will damage filters, pumps, heaters, vinyl liners, automatic pool cleaners and solar blankets.

Shocking the Pool

Pouring “pool shock” directly into the pool can set up a chain of events that will be expensive to repair. Pool shock is concentrated chlorine. When poured directly into the pool, t sinks to the bottom and bleaches the vinyl liner, which then becomes brittle. It’s only a matter of time before the liner fails and leaks occur.

Testing

There are a number of things that a pool should be tested for each week beyond the pH and alkaline levels. To ensure a safe and sanitary pool, you’ll need to test for calcium hardness, salt, copper, iron, and chlorine.

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Can Germs be Spread in a Swimming Pool?

For many people, the sight of a pool with sparkling blue water is equated with a clean and hygienic environment. What many don’t realize is that pool water doesn’t have to be dark, murky or discolored to be filled with bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasites.

Chlorine is regularly added to pools to help control the growth of germs, but it also requires time to work. The effects aren’t immediate and some parasites are highly resistant to chlorine. If someone swims in a pool with a contagion, it can easily be spread to anyone else that uses the pool no matter how much care is taken to maintain waters in a hygienic manner.

The human body can be host to all sorts of germs, sometimes long before an individual even show symptoms. When it comes to swimming pools, the most common types are those that result in gastrointestinal distress and the typical transmission vector is fecal matter. The germs found in pools pose the greatest risk for children, the elderly, and people that are pregnant. It’s particularly dangerous for those with a compromised immune system.

Swimming is an activity that’s fun and healthy. There’s no reason that anyone should deprive themselves of the pleasure of a pool. However, germs are everywhere and there’s no way to avoid them or completely eradicate them from personal environments, but there are steps that can be taken to control them.

The potential for infection is just one of the reasons why the services of a pool professional are invaluable for mitigating the spread of germs via the pool. A professional is aware of the specific hazards associated with pools and is able to treat the water with the right chemicals at the correct time to maintain the cleanest and most hygienic environment.

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