What Are Pool Drain Hazards?

21 September 2021

Pool drains are a common thing in pools, but they can also be very hazardous. They might seem harmless at first glance, but there are many potential dangers that you should know about. We will outline some of the most important pool drain hazards and why it is so important to avoid them. A pool inspection in Sydney or elsewhere will look for these issues and if they are found, the problems can be rectified accordingly.


Here are some of the more common hazards that are associated with pool drains, according to inspectors who carry out pool safety inspections in Sydney.


-                      The drain can fill up with leaves, hair, and other debris - If left unchecked, the debris could back up into your pool filter and clog it.


-                      Foreign objects such as metal or rubber bands can get stuck in a drain grate - This will not only block the water from flowing through but also create an unsafe condition for swimmers by trapping them against open grates where they may be trapped at any time without warning!


-                      Corrosion – Corrosion which can corrode away some of the metal parts inside of a mechanism very quickly. In order to rectify these hazards you should have routine maintenance done on your pools’ filters and drains each year during Spring Cleaning so there are no surprises come swimming season!


-                      Falling - People will step on or fall into the drain while it's uncovered. Another hazard that can occur is when a person is exiting the pool and they are unaware that there is water draining under their feet.


-                      Bacteria - Bacteria and algae growth is another issue with pool water. Pools are typically a breeding ground for bacteria and algae if the pool water isn't properly filtered and chlorinated.


-                      Mould - Mould will also grow in your pool filter, on tile surfaces surrounding the pool or even around your liners if left unchecked over time.


-                      Wild animals or pets - If you don't have a cover over your pool then you should be checking to make sure there aren't any animals in the area, because they might find their way into your pool through an uncovered drain and cause a clogging or other problems. If you have any loose birds nesting near the area of water it's best to keep pets away for fear they'll be lured by curiosity and fall into the pools unnoticed.


-                      Insects and pests - People often forget about draining their pools at all which leads to stagnant water which attracts mosquitoes, flies, ants, bees, spiders, and other pests that cause disease.


There are more potential hazards related to having an uncovered pool than those mentioned here, but these are some of the most common issues people want warning about when considering what safety precautions should be made before purchasing a new swimming


So how do I know if my drain has an issue?

Here's what a qualified inspection company would look for during a pool inspection in Sydney.


-                      They will test whether or not it closes properly

-                      Inspect its alignment within the wall

-                      Check for rust around any exposed areas as well as in between nooks & crannies

-                      Check areas where hair particles or other debris can lodge.


To avoid these hazards, it's important to have a cover over your pool year-round so no one can access it without permission and to check regularly for any signs of animal life nearby so you can take steps before opening up your pool again after winter and make sure that the pool is free of stagnant water and only contains fresh, clean water.


If you need help with any of these problems, a qualified inspection company will provide solutions so that your drain is safe to use and doesn't pose an immediate danger. For example: If there are rusting areas around the opening then they can be sealed off from water using epoxy or other sealing substances; if hair particles have lodged in between any nooks & crannies then this area should be cleaned out thoroughly before it's covered up again after installation. These are just some examples of what could go wrong but also how easily something like this may be fixed by someone who knows what they're doing!


Getting a pool safety inspection in Sydney is a legal requirement since you need a certificate of conformity for your pool area. Due to the many dangerous hazards that can take place in and around the pool, this is a very important piece of document to have. If you are buying a new home, then it is best to check that the seller already has this certification, because otherwise you will be liable for additional expenses in order to correct the issues that come up during a pool inspection.