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Swimming pools and spas are the very essence of backyard living. It seems that we are drawn in more and more numbers to the idea of endless hot afternoons frolicking in cool blue water, or evenings relaxing in a hot tub. In fact, in 2012 Americans spent more than 3.4 billion dollars on our backyard pools and equipment.

Of course, safety is the primary concern when pools and spas are on your property, and drowning is the primary safety issue. But there is another real danger—that of electrocution. Although pools and spas come in all shapes and sizes, they all involve some level of electrical work to operate safely. This could include pumps and filters, heaters, time clocks and even outdoor lighting. The National Electrical Code (NEC) and local building codes have highly regulated the installation new of pools and spas, but owners of older pools need to be especially aware. Older wiring and lights could be degraded, and should be updated with GFCI protection.

New pool owners should keep a few things in mind as they plan for their installation. First and foremost, your installation should be done by a licensed electrician. The NEC and local building codes are complex and extensive, and must be followed exactly to ensure the safety of you and your family. Requirements include the installation of a GFCI outlet within a specific range of the pool, the necessity of an emergency shut-off, requirements specific to the location of overhead wires, and even specifications about the depth of the trench carrying power from the pump to the house. Fortunately, the electrical experts at the Wiring Whiz are well acquainted with the NEC and local building codes, and can ensure that your installation is trouble free.

Another consideration is whether your electrical panel is up to the job—do you have room for the additional breakers needed to run the pool equipment? If so, great—otherwise, you may be looking at a panel upgrade or service change in addition to the pool installation. Ask our electricians to ensure that you have the power you need.

Once you have an idea of the type of pool or spa you’ll be purchasing, give us a call. We’ll send out one of our licensed electricians to take a look at your specific project and provide you with a guaranteed price for your electrical work. After the pool or spa is installed, we’ll return to complete the electrical installation and arrange for an inspection by your local building department.

With proper planning, The Wiring Whiz can help you enjoy your new investment worry-free.
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