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As a home owner it is not easy to see issues if you are not sure what to look for. That is why it is imperative to have a master electrician inspect your pool and spa. Electrocution is one of those things not to fool around with.
Common problem with pool electrical systems.
One of the main culprits is faulty bonding.The pool contractor should install bonding correctly to ensure there are no problems and that all junction boxes are properly installed. All of the equipment associated with your system should be bonded and grounded properly by a licensed electrician. Any additional water features should also be bonded and have ground fault protection.
What should you do if your pool is older?
Making sure your older pool is safe may require fixing or replacing faulty ground circuit interrupters. Have them tested and replaced if necessary.
Signs your pool electrical may need service.
If you notice pool lights not working or flickering that is a sign you need to call your local licensed electrician to take a look.
If you are thinking about adding a pool.
Before you decide on your pools location pay close attention to the power lines over head and also what may be in the ground in terms of gas lines and other electrical.
Tips to keep you safe while using your pool or spa.
- Properly label all circuits for the pool and spa in case you have to turn them off fast.
- Use 12 volt LED lights in your pool only. Do not use high voltage LEDs.
- Do not string lights or run electrical cords anywhere near your pool or spa.
- Use battery operated electronic devices around the pool, do not use plugged in devices.
- Get out of the pool immediately if you feel a tingling sensation. Do not touch metal ladder getting out.
- When cleaning your pool ensure the long handled skimmer does not touch any overhead power lines.
- Do not swim during or after thunderstorms, or before if you know they are coming.
- Have a professional licensed electrician inspect your pool and spa’s electrical system.
What to do if there has been an electrical emergency in the pool or spa?
If you have had an electrical emergency in your pool turn off the circuits immediately before trying to help. Emergency responders will also not enter the pool area if the power is still on.
Have A fiberglass Shepherds crook rescue hook on hand in case you need it.
The key to making your pool safe is knowing if you have a problem. Only trust a qualified electrician to assess your pools electrical system for safety.
Thanks for reading our Electrical blog on Pool and Spa safety. Call us at 780-646-3051 when you need an Electrician in Hamilton you can trust.