Pool noodles and bacteria/algae

deenamccauley

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May 29, 2007
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Alberta, Canada
Does anyone know if pool noodles can harbor bacteria and/or algae to the point it would contaminate a pool?

I'm thinking if they are used in chlorinated water that should take care of it, but they also spend as much time out of the water sitting in the sun.

The pool noodles we use are the big fat, solid ones, they definately take on water after a few months so I'm just curious if anyone has had an issue with that.
 

deenamccauley

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May 29, 2007
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Alberta, Canada
frustratedpoolmom said:
I've never noticed any issues - i toss them each season cuz they start to break down.
Just thinking out loud....as to my other post about algae issues and my having my pool at shock levels for several days and still losing chlorine on the overnight test. I didn't think it would be a problem and those things are expensive so I'd hate to throw them out if that is not contributing to the problem.
That's what we do too....toss them at the end of the season. If I could just convince the kids to stop biting chunks off they might last a little longer.
Not sure what makes them want to bite them.
 

frustratedpoolmom

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May 20, 2007
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That is a good question isn't it.
We recommend throwing the toys and floats etc in while shocking - just in case they are harboring anything. So if you are in doubt either toss in the pool or toss it in the garbage... LOL
 

deenamccauley

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May 29, 2007
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Alberta, Canada
frustratedpoolmom said:
That is a good question isn't it.
We recommend throwing the toys and floats etc in while shocking - just in case they are harboring anything. So if you are in doubt either toss in the pool or toss it in the garbage... LOL

Thanks....noodles are in the pool right now as I shock.
 

DaveNJ

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May 22, 2007
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Toms River, NJ
At the end of season I use the noodles in the railing cups, autofill, skimmer when I winterize the pool. In the spring I throw them out.
 

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