There are many different faces to pool restoration, from converting your tank to a salt water system, to adding or removing a diving board, to putting in a new pool liner, and even to resurfacing the deck around your pool. These days, DIY pool restoration is an option for those looking to save money, or who simply enjoy a more hands-on approach to pool maintenance.
Whatever the case, safety should always be your number one concern when it comes to restoring your pool. The following are some of the safety hazards and risks you should anticipate with pool restoration.
Pool restoration can be an exciting and challenging process, but be mindful of these basic hazards when you’re working on any project around a pool.
●When using any electrical equipment (especially with a cord), always be sure to keep it a safe distance away from the pool to avoid electrocution
●If you have drained the water from your pool, make sure to put up signs as warnings so that no one falls into the empty pool.
●The same goes with the addition/changeover of a fence around your pool.
●Pool cleaning and enhancing chemicals work extremely well, but can become a hazard if too much is added to the pool or they are left around the pool unwatched.
When you go to drain your pool in an area with a low water table you run the risk of your pool poping out of the ground when welpoints are not properly setup.
Also, make sure you watch out for these hazards during more specialized jobs:
When acid washing to remove stains: Acid washing is a popular and effective way to clean your pool of algae buildups and other stains (often times due to poor winterizing). However, this can also prove dangerous, as acid is a highly corrosive material. When you’re acid washing a pool, it is imperative that you wear the appropriate protection (goggles, rubber gloves, rubber boots, rubber apron).
In addition, understanding the process is extremely important. Always begin with a fifty-fifty mix of acid to water, and then increase as needed (but again, be careful, as it is corrosive). After finishing, always be sure to neutralize the acid with soda ash (two gallons per one gallon of acid) and rinse it away.
Also, never use acid if the pool is vinyl-lined.
When removing pool coping: Pool owners often wish to remove the coping around the edge of their pools for the sake of aesthetics. This can be a complicated process, and as such, there are safety issues along the multi-tiered process.
Power tools, especially saws, are an effective way of removing coping. Especially when using a power saw to remove the mortar, be certain that you are in a sturdy position and you work slowly. After the cutting is done, it is imperative that you are diligent with the splintered coping—it can be extremely sharp and small. After taking the time to brush it away from the area around the pool, be certain that none of the debris or shards have fallen into the pool. Large pieces can cause severe lacerations, and even the smaller pieces can be dangerous if they are stepped on, pressed against, or swallowed.
Changing Pool Depth: Pool owners change the depth of their pool for many different reasons. Sometimes a deep end is put in for diving purposes, and often it is made more shallow or removed all together.
Pools with a deep end can be dangerous for swimmers who are not accustomed to deep water, and drowning is always a threat. While many people are switching over to shallow pools, especially when they have small children, they must be diligent about making sure that all bathers refrain from diving.