How to Check Your Swimming Pool for Electrical Charges
Palm Beach County’s #1 Pool Service Company Offers Safety Tips and More
You may have caught some of the news stories where swimmers unknowingly enter a swimming pool that has a faulty wire. As you may remember, this safety hazard is a real risk. In fact, it’s a danger that every homeowner with a swimming pool or jacuzzi needs to address. In this week’s blog, we’ll share some tips on how to test your pool for these unwanted electrical currents otherwise known as bonding that will prevent these horrible accidents from occurring.
When you live in an area such as Palm Beach County, you spend endless days swimming at the pool. However, if you’ve got a pool that is outdated or older, there’s always a chance the electrical could cause issues. That being the case, it’s important to check your pool before every use. But, how do you do that when the pool is full of water, and there’s no visible sign to tell you what’s wrong? Well here are some answers.
Be sure the pool is bonded. Be sure to look for exposed copper wires that are attached to the motor and pumps that should be going into the ground.
Also, make sure your pool is inspected. If you have a newer pool, it must pass the National Electric Code before its use. Don’t let the calm water fool you. These types of inspections should be done by professionals. In most cases when the pool was built the construction or pool company would have had the wiring inspected before approval. However, if you’re not sure, you can always contact a reputable company to do another meticulous detail to give you peace of mind.
Next, ask your pool guys if the lights inside of your pool are low or high voltage. Low voltage lights are around 12 volts and are considered less of a hazard than 120 volts. Many people are switching to LED lighting for safety and because they offer additional features like changing colors. These are a much safer alternative to incandescent lights typically found in built in pools.
Don’t attempt to check the water and these issues on your own. Since you’re dealing with water and electricity, this type of inspection needs to be done by qualified experts. Be sure to contact us today, if you think there may be an issue.
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