Is Your Pool or Water Future Properly Grounded?We’ve all heard the old saying, “Water and electricity don’t mix.” So, when it comes to pools, hot tubs and water features it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Unless you’re an electrician you probably don’t think much about your pool or water feature’s electrical system. But, at Clover Electric, we think about it all the time!
Spring is the time of year we start thinking about opening up the pool, hot tub or water feature. So, here are three safety tips for you to consider so you have a safe and relaxing summer.
Inspect for proper grounding and bonding. We’re all familiar with grounding electrical circuits for safety. But, when it comes to outdoor water installations bonding is just as important. Since 2008 the National Electrical Code (NEC) has mandated that pool water shall be electrically bonded, not just metals in the structure of the pool itself. NEC bonding requirements apply to in ground and above ground pools, and include all metal components including ladders, equipment and the water itself. Correct pool bonding protects people, pets and pool equipment. If not properly connected, small amounts of electricity may be felt by pool occupants. Clover Electric can inspect your pool, hot tub or water feature to make sure it’s properly grounded and bonded.
Don’t take a chance on old technology. Just because your pool, hot tub or water feature has been working fine for many years doesn’t mean it’s working fine now or is up to today’s standards. Clover Electric can provide peace of mind so you can have a safe and relaxing summer.
Be sure GFCI outlets are working properly. Chances are, your pool, hot tub or water feature is close to a GFCI outlet. A GFCI outlet, or ground fault circuit interrupter, reduces the risk of electric shock by automatically shutting off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing in a way it is not meant to, such as through water or a person. A radio that accidentally falls in to a pool could be a disaster. Clover Electric can professional test your GFCI outlets to make sure they’re functioning properly. (It’s more involved than just pushing the test button on the outlet.) Keep in mind, GFCI outlets that are over 10 years old should be replaced because their safety circuitry wears out.
Enjoy summer knowing your pool, hot tub and water features are safe. Call Clover Electric today.