The Inspector Newsletter
July 2017: Pool Inspections
Snapshots From The Field

Can you guess what is wrong in this photo?

Snapshots From The Field

The photo pictures a pool pump plugged into an outlet. Is anything wrong?

  1. Nothing is wrong because it’s acceptable to use Romex wiring for extension cords.
  2. Nothing is wrong, and the plastic cover for the outlet is a good idea for safety.
  3. This is not a proper exterior outlet protector cover, and the outlet is not GFCI-protected.
  4. Nothing is wrong because pool pumps outdoors don’t require GFCI outlets.

Correct Answer C. This is not a proper exterior outlet protector cover, and the outlet is not GFCI-protected. The “outlet cover” in the picture is actually a scrap of plastic from a pool flotation toy.

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS

Using Pool Covers

Pool and spa covers, properly constructed and maintained, can help reduce evaporation and water waste by 95 percent according to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.

Noteworthy News

These covers, manual or motorized, add an important safety feature when the pool or spa is not in use, acting as a horizontal fence. In order to conform to national standards, these covers must support minimum weight limits, be secured without gaps wide enough for pets or children and remove standing water.

Safety covers or solar covers used on pools help heat the pool. Floating covers under spa covers prevent additional evaporation and retain heat. These covers should be replaced every three years for maximum effectiveness.

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