Learn More About the Community Pool
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Sun Cove Pool Construction 1968
IS THE POOL SAFE?
The safety of Sun Cove’s residents and employees is of top priority. The pool is managed in accordance with all Department of Health regulations and the water chemistry is monitored two to three times daily. Sun Cove Maintenance is proud to run one of the cleanest and safest pools around!
WHEN DOES THE POOL OPEN FOR THE SEASON?
The goal is always the 15th of May; however, the water, of course, needs to be of agreeable temperature. Because the pool is not covered, this is dependent on whether the heaters can keep the water temperature up throughout the night. If the temperatures are dropping much below 50 degrees at night, the heaters will not be able to maintain comfortable water temperature.
WHAT IS THE POOL'S STANDARD TEMPERATURE?
In May, Sun Cove will open the pool once the water temperature reaches about 78 degrees. However, throughout the season, 85 degrees is the goal. During the hottest months it seems that the average water temperature is about 87 degrees.
WHEN DOES THE POOL CLOSE FOR THE SEASON?
Just as in opening the pool, Sun Cove’s usual goal for closing the pool is October 15th—however, the pool will be kept open as long as ambient temperature allows. Once the heaters can no longer keep the temperature above 78 degrees the pool is shut down.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR THE POOL?
During the summer the pool is open from 8am to 11pm every day. The pool is closed in the wintertime.
WHY DO YOU CLOSE THE POOL WHEN THERE'S FECAL CONTAMINATION IN IT?
There are known to be several forms of water-borne illness that can be caused by fecal matter (poop). Giardia, E. coli, and Cryptosporidium are a few of these illnesses. All of these have been known to kill. Therefore, it is of utmost importance, and it is the law, that the pool be shut down and decontaminated in accordance with the degree of hazard. The decontamination process involves procedures that use substances which make the pool unsafe for humans, and the pool can only be reopened when its chemical levels fall back to safe levels.
WHY DO YOU CLOSE THE POOL WHEN THERE'S LIGHTNING?
The pool area has two separate qualities that make it especially dangerous during a lightning storm. The first is that the pool, and usually the pool deck, are covered by a highly conductive substance (water). The second is that the pool area is outdoors and usually full of people in a compact area. What this means is that when lightning strikes, its force can be distributed around the entire, largely populated area all at once. Sun Cove follows the National Lightning Safety Institute Guidelines and clears the pool area for thirty minutes before and after the storm presents. Lightning striking pools can be fatal, as in the case of this man; we take it seriously!
WHY DO YOU CLOSE THE POOL FOR CLOUDINESS?
In accordance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act, the pool must be shut down if the main drain covers are not visible to the naked eye. Main drain covers are the two round vent-like objects at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. People without air in their lungs tend to sink, and if the pool is cloudy they can't be seen easily. This is why it is essential to not wear sunscreen into the pool, as it is the chief cause of cloudiness in the water.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO LEAVE THE POOL DECK IF
THE POOL IS SHUT DOWN?
In the interest safety and of abiding by health regulations and insurance regulations, the only way to maintain control of who enters and exits the swimming pool during any of the aforementioned problems is to ensure that the entire area is emptied of people and locked down. Unfortunately, this is a case where we cannot trust that people will simply “sunbathe on the deck,” and the Pool Operator cannot manage both crowd control and the pool-cleaning procedures at the same time.