Checking your Equipment Pad
You can safeguard your swimming pool area with a regular inspection of the equipment pad. Several elements come together at your equipment including water, gas, electricity, and potentially hazardous chemicals.
The equipment pad should keep all pool equipment level, off the wet ground and prevent any flammable or combustible items from causing damage. Any equipment installed on the ground should be moved to a solid concrete. Make sure equipment pad has the proper drainage and keep overgrown weeds and shrubbery at a minimum. Never block any vents on pumps or heaters with landscaping.
An excess of pressure can be hazardous in your pool filter. Valves, chlorinators, plumbing and heaters can also have pressure buildup. Chlorinators can also build up pressure due to off-gassing. Use only recommended chemicals in chemical feeders and read all manufacturers’ instructions.
All electrical components are designed to stay dry. Faulty and cracked conduits can allow live wires to get wet and cause potential electrocutions. Always replace broken or cracked conduits.
When you first light a heater for the season, it is important to have proper ventilation. A build up of gas can suddenly ignite causing a wave of flames to exit through the front of heater. It is helpful to clean your heat exchange and remove any debris as maintenance. Allow for proper ventilation for gases to escape and always stay clear when lighting. Pool heaters produce carbon monoxide and can be fatal if placed in a room or near a window without properly installed and maintained venting.