Hot tubs and pools: Is your outdoor electrical wiring as safe as it should be?
Something to consider about your outdoor electrical wiring: With the current pandemic putting the kibosh on travel or leisure plans, many people are staying home and investing in hot tubs and pools. Is it as safe as it should be?
Everyone knows that electricity and water just don’t mix so if you have invested in a pool or hot tub this summer, you should consider hiring a qualified professional to handle your outdoor electrical wiring.
Contrary to popular belief, outdoor electrical wiring for a pool or hot tub isn’t a job the average do-it-yourselfer should handle. In fact, it can be really dangerous! If your hot tub or pool wiring isn’t done properly, you or someone you love could get electrocuted – which is a BIG deal and could result in serious injury or death.
If you have a pool, there are many things that a qualified electrician can – and should – install and maintain, like lighting (in and around the pool), washers and vacuums and pumps, heaters and filters.
For hot tubs, the same things apply.
And for both, you need grounded outdoor outlets (like a 15-amp, 120-volt ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI outlet) that can handle the task. Depending on what you have, you might need a 50-amp, 240-volt GFCI.
If you have an existing pool or hot tub, when was the last time you maintained or inspected your wiring? This summer is a great time to hire a professional to look at and maintain your systems so everything works well and safely.
If it has been a REALLY long time, know that laws, requirements and codes change so you’ll need to have it looked at – and fast!
If you need the outdoor electrical wiring for your pool or hot tub installed or inspected, we’d love to chat. Contact us today!