Pool Drain Hazard

Pool drains come standard in swimming pools, hot tubs and wading pools. They appear harmless but can also cause harm usually to swimmers and children. Families from Bakersfield, Oildale, Taft and all the other cities nearby may not realize the danger until a family member experiences an accident. Kern River Home Inspections makes it a point that you don't have to face pool-related problems in your own home. 


In 2007, a 6-year-old girl from Minnesota was swimming with her family at their local pool complained that her stomach hurt. No blood was seen but doctors thought there was a rectal tear. After surgery, doctors confirmed that her small intestine was ripped from her body by the pressure of suction from an uncovered pool drain. She died nine months later. 


Accidents caused by pool drains can often be gruesome but they can definitely be prevented. Fortunately, there are no reported pool drain accidents in the city of Bakersfield for years now.  Inspectors from Kern River Home Inspections make sure that something like this never happens to any member of your family. Here are some things that you need to remember: 


1. Older pools only have one drain, which only means it has greater suction.


2. Always be aware where the actual pool pump is located so you can quickly shut it off to stop the drain in case of emergency. 


3. If you have a pool at home, make sure that the drain covers are installed properly. It is best to install a safety vacuum release system that will sense when a drain is being blocked and will shut the whole system off.  


4. When you frequent a public pool/spa and you don't know if their drains get regularly inspected, always remind your children to stay away from drains and openings. 


5. Swim safely. There's nothing wrong with inspecting the drains before you and your child get in the water.


This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.