If your swimming pool or spa has a main drain, it’s very important to have the drain inspected periodically to ensure your pool’s safety.
Many people don’t think about checking their pool drains, but it is critical that the main drain cover is compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB Act) to avoid entrapment hazards, which occurs when powerful suction from the water circulation system.
This kind of pressure can suck in hair or trap swimmers underwater and cause them to drown, even if someone is trying to pull a victim away from the drain.
The primary problem with old non-entrapment drain covers is their flat design. New, safer drain covers are designed to be curved so that they can never be fully blocked by a body part.
If you are a parent or caregiver, you should always confirm with the pool or spa owner that they are using an anti-entrapment drain cover before allowing children to get in the water.
It’s also a good practice to simply teach swimmers, especially children, to stay away from the main drain in a pool or spa.
The VGB law requires that all pools and spas be ASME/ANSI A112 compliant.
At CleanSafe Pools, we carefully inspect the main drain of pools and spas to ensure they are code compliant and safe for all swimmers. To have your main drain inspected, contact us today!
We are licensed, professionally trained, and experienced in pool repairs and services. When you choose CleanSafe, you can have total peace of mind and continue to enjoy the benefits of your pool!