Don't Let Electrical Hazards Ruin Your Time in the Pool
With the sun becoming more energetic with every day that summer inches closer, people around the nation are starting to bring their pools and spas out of their winter hibernation. In the busy process of preparing, many homeowners neglect to have their pool inspected to ensure everything is still up to code, even though hazards like faulty electrical wiring can lead to serious injury or death.
Why Pool and Spa Electrical Systems Need Extra Care
When electrical circuitry in the home becomes exposed, it can spark a fire or shock someone who accidentally comes into contact with it. While both are serious and dangerous accidents, there is a chance that the damage will be minimal if caught quickly. However, if an electrical circuit comes into contact with a pool, then the water conducts the charge and becomes a highly dangerous situation. A sustained shock can paralyze a victim and eventually render them unconscious. In the case of a momentary contact, the low resistance of water will create a strong current that is more likely to cause serious damage. If neither form of shock kills the swimmer, then they are likely to drown due to the disorientation and loss of muscle control.
While the above may sound overly severe, it is necessary to stress the importance of proper electrical safety when combining electricity, large bodies of water and people.
How Often Should the Electrical System Be Inspected?
At a minimum, pools and spas should be inspected yearly, typically coinciding with other maintenance processes. You should also schedule inspections following any construction around the pool, whether or not it directly involved the electrical system. On your pool rules sign, include a note that any potential damage to electrical components should be reported immediately. If you receive a report, have the specified part inspected before the pool is used again. There is no such thing as being too safe with electrical safety, so feel encouraged to schedule more frequent inspections if you can.
Who Should Inspect Pool and Spa Electrical Systems?
Pools and spas require maintenance to stay sanitary and safe, so it is up to the homeowner to select a maintenance service that can identify and repair issues with any component that yours have. Make sure that the one you choose has qualified and certified electricians on staff who can accurately assess the state of the wiring and assure you that everything is up to code. At Pierce Pools & Outdoors Visions, we are proud to serve as a full-service pool and spa maintenance team for the residents of Montgomery County and northern Harris County in southeast Texas. In addition to maintenance, we can help with every other aspect of having a pool or spa, including designing, financing, building and upgrading. Contact us today to prepare your pool for a summer of fun!