Chances are, you have heard the old saying a time or two – “water and electricity just don’t mix!” This means, when it comes to hot tubs, pools or water features, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Unless you have experience as an electrician, you may not think too much about your water feature’s or pools electrical system. However, you should.
When warmer weather arrives, you may begin to think about all the fun you can have in the pool or hot tub, or even just listening to your garden fountain. However, before “jumping in,” you need to make sure the electrical components are safe. Some tips to ensure adequate safety for all the water elements in your yard can be found here.
Inspect for Proper Bonding and Grounding
You are likely familiar with the need to properly grounding electrical circuits for safety, but did you know this is also necessary for outdoor water installations? Not only do you need to make sure the grounding is done properly, but bonding is just as important.
In 2008, the NEC (National Electrical Code) dictated that pool water be electrically bonded, not just the metal used in the structure of the pool. This is a requirement that must be met to all above- and in-ground pools and it includes all the metal components, equipment, ladders and, yes, even the water.
When bonding is done properly, it will protect you, anyone using the pool, your pets and pool equipment. If this isn’t properly connected, then small amounts of electricity may be felt by those in the pool. If you are unsure of how to do this yourself, the professionals can help.
Don’t Take Your Chances with Old and Outdated Technology
Just because your water feature, hot tub or pool has been working fine for several years, it doesn’t mean it is working properly now. It also doesn’t mean that it is up to the stringent standards in place today. If you are unsure of if your pool has updated technology in place, call for an inspection. As mentioned before, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Make Sure all GFCI Outlets are Working
There’s a good chance that your water feature, hot tub or pool are close to GFCI outlets. This reduces the potential of electric shock by shutting of an electric power circuit automatically if the current is flowing in an unusual way – such as through a person or water. If you don’t have GFCI outlets installed near your pool, hot tub or water feature, now is the time to make this investment. It may just help save a life.
You can’t be too careful when it comes to water and electricity. With the information here, you will be prepared for time outdoors in warmer weather. Keep in mind, the professionals can provide all these services and more, so if you need help, be sure to call and set up an appointment today.