Safety is very important to pool management services. Pool drain covers have received a lot of attention in the past few years, and if you’ve missed any developments, now is an important time to catch up on the news.
Between the deadlines established in 2007 and a major recall, there have been a lot of news regarding VGB approved pool drain covers. Additionally, there’s a lot of background information regarding the fixtures. Here are five facts that’ll help you brush up on this critical area of pool safety.
1. Know the history
In 2002, Virginia Graeme Baker, the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker III, drowned as a result of getting trapped by a hot tub drain. In 2007, President George Bush signed the VGB Act, which required all commercial pools to install certified pool drain covers by the end of the year. Furthermore, manufacturers had to list the lifespan of their products. Many pool drain covers were given a lifespan of 5 to 7 years, according to the Greater Dayton Apartment Association.
2. Act now
Now is the time to have your pool drain covers checked, if you haven’t already done so. Covers are stamped with an expiration date and must be changed out based on date of install. Therefore, record keeping is critical. If the fixture doesn’t meet pool compliance regulations, talk to your pool contractor to discuss which models are available. VGB approved covers are assessed according to flow rate. As such, your local pool company will be able to provide expert insight into the exact type of drain cover that your facility needs.
3. Check for developments
In 2011, eight drain cover manufacturers issued a recall after realizing that their products were tested incorrectly and didn’t comply with standards set forth by the VGB Act. The recall was successful, but reaching out to other pool professionals can ensure that you’re aware of all news regarding pool drain covers.
4. Ensure proper installation
Once you figure out which drain cover to invest in with the help of pool maintenance professionals, installing it is another critical step that will increase your pool’s safety. Guarantee proper installation by having licensed contractors install the fixture. Ensure your installer does not use the screws from your previous drain cover, since the threading may have worn out and this can lead to a loose cover.
5. Inspect the entire fixture
As a pool contractor installs the cover, take the opportunity to check pool parts and equipment. The harsh winter may have done damage, so now is the time to order parts for spring repairs. Doing so will ensure that your facility is ready for swimmers when peak season returns.