Dealing with pool and hot tub electrical systems is not one of those items to add to your DIY list. When it comes to electricity anywhere near water, call a professional.
Everyone knows – or should know – that water and electricity don’t mix. And yet people sometimes think that what they consider to be minor wiring or electrical maintenance for their pool or hot tub is no big deal. If it’s near water, electricity is always a big deal. There’s never an exception to that rule.
To have the peace of mind that will allow you, your family and your friends to enjoy your home’s luxuries, contact Teague Electric. Our licensed electricians know the local code and they know exactly how to install and maintain your pool and hot tub electrical systems so that absolutely nothing is left to chance.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Pool and Hot Tub Electrical Systems
There’s a lot to understand about regulations for pool and hot tub electrical systems. For good reason. Not following the rules can be deadly.
Above all, be certain that all electrical connections made to and around water are protected by ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices. This would be a GFCI outlet or circuit breaker. This ensures that if there is a fault in the circuit and you’re connected to that circuit, the electrical devices will automatically shut the circuit off. This could save a life.
Just for starters, here are some of the other common considerations when dealing with any pool and hot tub electrical systems:
- Overhead electrical lines. You know those long-aluminum-handled pool nets that you use to clean debris out of your pool or hot tub? Those and electrical lines can make for a deadly combination. Primarily for that reason, any electrical lines have to be a minimum of 22.5 feet above the water level and 14.5 feet above a diving board.
- Underground wiring. Any wires running underground must be at least five feet from the edge of a pool or hot tub.
- Hot tub timer switches. A lot of hot tubs include a timer switch that will turn the spa off after a certain amount of time. Those switches, which are attached to the circuit, must be at least five feet from the edge of the hot tub. This is to prevent someone from standing in the water as they touch the switch. That’s a serious no-no.
- Pool pump and filter power. Different pumps and filters have different electrical needs and requirements. Most pumps require no more than a 20-amp circuit. Some are set up for 120-volt operation while others come equipped with a multi-tap connection, allowing you to run at 120 volts or 240 volts.
Call Teague Electric To Play It Safe With Pool and Hot Tub Electrical Systems
The above are just some of the more common considerations. Don’t leave anything to chance. Prioritize safety, and rest easy knowing that the job is done correctly.
Our professional, licensed electricians are experienced at safe installation and maintenance. Teague Electric has been the area’s leader in timely service and quality workmanship for more than 40 years.
Whether it’s adding GFCI outlets, installing pool lights, wiring your pumps and filters or any other poolside electrical needs, we’ll do the work up to code with your safety as our top priority.
Contact Teague Electric today.