Don’t Let a Pool Heater Accident Happen to You
Many pool owners do not realize how big a risk a pool heater can be, and with winter upon us in south Louisiana, many owners of pools both indoor and outdoor will be using their heaters more frequently.
With more frequent use comes a larger chance of something going wrong if the heater has been improperly installed or if the heater has not been maintained.
In the worst cases, problems with pool headers can potentially lead to large fires or serious health risks for those enjoying the pool. Circumvent these risks by having a professional technician examine your installation before the cold weather closes in.
Problem #1 – Improper Installation
One reason a pool heater may have potential hazards is due to improper initial installation, usually by less experienced technicians or service providers. If you had your pool heater installed by Pleasure Aquatech Pools this is probably not a problem. However, if you have any doubt as to the skill level of the installing technician, it is best to have the heater checked immediately.
Expert technicians point to two sources of danger in faulty installations.
- The primary hazard is improper ventilation that ends in the carbon monoxide exhaust either entering the nearby home or building or filling the pool area itself, if it is an indoor pool. This can cause cases of carbon monoxide poisoning as well as being a fire hazard, since carbon monoxide is very flammable. In most cases, this is caused by an outdoor pool heater venting exhaust too close to a window. While most homes have carbon monoxide detectors now, even lower levels of the gas can cause unpleasant symptoms. People may think that something with relatively small output, like a pool heater, isn’t dangerous, but the CDC has reported many cases of small gas engines or generators causing hazardous situations.
- Improper installations also offer another source of fire hazard, which is faulty electrical wiring. This is especially dangerous if it occurs in conjunction with a carbon monoxide buildup and therefore provides the spark to ignite the gas.
Problem #2 – Improper Maintenance
Even if a heater is perfectly installed, it should still be examined and maintained regularly. Older or poorly serviced heaters can develop leaks, which pose the same carbon monoxide hazards as improper ventilation.
If the installation is outdoors, there is a risk of plant matter such as leaves and twigs becoming stuck in the heater and blocking it or igniting, making the heater into a serious fire hazard. With dangerous as serious as fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, it is better to be safe than sorry, and to get checkups for the installation frequently, especially when approaching times of heavier usage.
The Solution – Preventative Care
While the descriptions above may sound grim, remember that all of these issues are completely avoidable. These accidents primarily come about through carelessness.
A properly installed, maintained, and used pool heater should not cause any problems for its owner.
You should instead take the above as a reminder not to take the safety of your pool for granted, but rather to be proactive about making it safe. Even if the heater has worked well in the past, checking regularly will insure that it continues to do so without any unfortunate occurrences. As we move toward winter, now is a great time to track down the experienced technicians at Pleasure Pools take a look at your pool heater just to make sure everything is in good working order.