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Anti-Entrapment Devices that Should be in Every Pool

Posted on Oct 18, 2019 |

Anti-Entrapment Devices that Should be in Every Pool

Pool safety is a HUGELY important issue for all pool owners.

In 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (“VGBA”) became law. This Federal law mandates that all suction ports and drains in a pool must have approved anti-entrapment covers that meet the standards established by law.

The objective of the VGBA was to improve the safety of private and public pools—specifically to reduce the occurrence of child drownings and the number of suction entrapment incidents, injuries, and fatalities. There was also a major push to educate the general public concerning the importance of supervising children in and around the pool.

To further its objective, the VGBA requires that all pool/spa drain covers manufactured, distributed, or sold after December 2008 comply with ANSI (America National Standards Institute)/ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standards.  Public pool and spas must be retrofitted with drain covers that meet this requirement.

To be compliant, all the suction lines in the pool or spa must have dual ports and VGB compliant drain covers. Most older pools do not have dual ports on every suction line. For those older pools, there are

other steps the pool owner will need to take to enhance the safety of the pool, such as:

  • Splitting single ports into dual ports (the must be located at least 36” apart)
  • Disabling single suction ports by plugging them
  • Installing unblockable drain covers where single port suction lines are located (an “unblockable” drain is a drain that is too large and shaped in such a way that the human body cannot sufficiently block it to create an entrapment hazard)
  • Installing a vacuum release system on each pump with single port suction

Even where a pool is compliant, a pool owner can take these steps for extra precaution.

Safety is priority for us at Advanced Pool & Spa. In the past, we have experienced homeowners tampering with their VGB safety drain covers because automatic pool cleaners cannot navigate the covers or for other reasons. It is crucial for the safety of those in your pool or spa that you do not tamper with these drain covers and other anti-entrapment devices. Advanced Pool & Spa performs both commercial and residential pool and spa remodeling and refinishing and can check to see whether your pool and spa are VGB compliant. If your pool isn’t VGB compliant, we can help you enhance the safety of your pool for all.

It’s also important to remember one of the biggest keys to pool safety for kids is supervision. Whether you choose Advance Pool & Spa for your refinishing and remodeling or not, we care about your safety and the safety of all those in your pool.

Be safe, and happy swimming!

*This article is summary in nature and should be used for informational purposes only. This article is not intended to be used to ensure compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act, state, or local laws.

 

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Shower Before Entering the Pool

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 |

Shower Before Entering the Pool

Showering before you go swimming is something that every swimmer is made aware of before going into commercial pools. The logic applies in the same way for residential pools as well, however most pool owners never actually do this. Why? Simply because it is not convenient and there is not a direct and immediate problem with the water if you decide to not bother with enforcing this rule. So do you really need to shower before going in your pool? Well, no, but if you want to make caring for your pool easier, then yes.

Every time you go swimming you are introducing bacteria into the pool water. Many pool owners assume this is the reason why you should shower before going swimming however the main problem actually relates to detergents and phosphates as well as the oils on your skin. By showering directly before you go swimming you can reduce on the amount of contaminants that you introduce to the water. This has a trickle down effect in that you will put less stress on your filtration system, as well as require less chemical maintenance and corrections being needed.

Phosphates – Phosphates are one of the more difficult and complicated problems that swimming pools need to deal with. Phosphates act as a food source for organic matter growth, and can readily use up free chlorine that is in the water as a result. Phosphates can be introduced to pool water in a number of different ways, but one of the most common is through laundry detergent that is on yourself and your bathing suits.

Oils – Oils are a constant problem in swimming pools as they deplete the free chlorine available in the water as well as putting strain on the filtration system. Hair spray and gels, makeup, suntan lotion, moisturizer and even sweat are all oils that you could eliminate from your pool water by simply rinsing off in the shower before you go swimming.

If you reduce on the amount of bacteria, phosphates and oils that get introduced to your pool then you will reduce on the amount of chlorine that your pool uses. In addition to this you will also reduce on the amount of chemical corrections that you need to make, as well as the amount of filter maintenance that you need to do. All of this adds up to less overall work for you, and cleaner water for you to swim in. After having your pool resurfaced with Marquis Quartz or Stonescape Mini Pebble by us at Advanced Pool & Spa, Inc. lots of people will be wanting to enjoy your “new” pool! The more people who use your pool, the more important it is to follow this basic rule. If your pool gets a lot of use then you should consider installing a basic outdoor shower near to the pool area to make it quick and easy to rinse yourself and your bathing suit off before taking a dip.

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Top Safety Tips for Pool Owners

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 |

Top Safety Tips for Pool Owners

If you’re fortunate enough to own your own pool then this will mean you can go swimming whenever you want or enjoy relaxing on a float while sipping cocktails – whatever floats your boat (literally).

But there are considerations with a pool too that you need to take into account. One such consideration is safety and anyone who has a pool has a responsibility to ensure it is kept safe and doesn’t cause injuries. Here are some top safety tips.

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Protecting Your Children from Drowning Hazards

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 |

Protecting Your Children from Drowning Hazards

If you are a pool owner and a parent, there is no greater fear than that your child may end up drowning as a result of unforeseen circumstances. Fortunately, for those who do worry about the dangers, there are plenty of devices available that have been created to avoid such a terrible accident.

Drowning ranks 5th in the United States’ leading causes of unintentional deaths. So much research has been done regarding pool safety that designers across the globe have come up with dependable solutions to avoid tragic accidents. Drowning accidents cause, on average, ten deaths every day. Children account for two of those daily drowning deaths.

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