We all shock our pools—but when the pool shocks back, it spells trouble. Pool bonding is a crucial step in maintaining your pool’s electrical system, but little do homeowners know about it. And while electrical shocks in pools may be rare, they do happen. Proper pool bonding is important for safety. By taking the appropriate steps to ensure your pool is both bonded and grounded, you’ll be ready to make a splash all summer long.
Here’s what to know about pool bonding and electrical safety for your pool, spa, or hot tub.
What is pool bonding?
The state of New Jersey requires bonding and grounding for all swimming pools—but what does pool bonding actually do?
The process of pool bonding, also referred to as equipotential bonding, works to connect all conductive elements in pools, spas, and hot tubs to create a single network that can evenly balance electrical voltage and reduce the risk of shock.
When all conductive parts around a pool are bonded, it greatly reduces the potential for electrical shock, working to create a natural, conductive path for components to keep an equal voltage potential.
In short, by connecting all conductive component around your pool, it keeps them balanced and on the same path to lower the risk of an unexpected shock.
How does it differ from grounding?
While the purpose of pool bonding is to create an equal balance of voltage potential between all conductive elements in and around your pool, grounding your system is responsible for something else entirely. Grounding your electrical wiring system provides a low-resistance pathway to ground in the case electricity escapes your system by fault. Your pool’s electrical system is reliant on both techniques to ensure safety in and around the splash zone.
Additional safety measures
Most other electrical safety measures may seem more obvious, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous or common. Be sure to keep electrical cords away from the water’s edge. If you happen to notice a pool light flickering, it may be an indication the light was improperly installed.
And if you hear the distant rumblings of thunder while you’re drifting on your favorite floaty, never stick around. Get everyone out of the pool and into the house. Just because you aren’t in the water doesn’t mean you can’t be shocked.
Is your pool safe for summer? Call Eric Krise Electric at 856.769.3932 for more information or to schedule an appointment for pool bonding, grounding, or a general electrical inspection. Stay safe so you and your family are ready to dive in this summer!