Are you experiencing an electrical problem with your pool wiring? Dolce Electric Company schedules a swimming pool electrician Mesa AZ homeowners can call and consult with free of charge. Our local in-office electrician in Mesa AZ has over 30 years of professional experience with all kinds of swimming pool electrical wiring and will answer all of your questions. Our local electrician is available Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
There are two primary methods of pool wiring and our electricians have vast experience with both. Underground pool circuits are the most common method with above ground, or exposed conduit installations, being the alternative. In some cases a combination of both can be used to power your pool equipment.
Each method of installation has its place but both have their respective strong and weak points making each susceptible to different problems and failures.
Chances are that underground pool wiring was installed when your pool was first built. It’s ideal because the conduit is hidden, making it the preferred method of wiring swimming pools for homeowners who want to keep their homes free of exposed pipes. It does however have one major drawback if it was not installed correctly.
The number one problem that occurs with underground wiring for pools is conduit decay or rusting out. It’s simple to check for, just shovel away a small amount of dirt where the conduit first goes into the ground and on the other side where it comes out of the ground and check for deterioration. If you rust in either place you can bet it has also happened further beneath the surface and may even be worse.
The conduits job is to protect the wires from the elements of nature and other kinds of potential damage. If you are checking for this, your wires may already be damaged and you could be experiencing short circuiting. In these cases, the only option is to contact a qualified swimming pool electrical contractor to replace the underground conduit and wiring.
If you determine that your underground pool electrical conduit has rusted out and a conduit replacement is needed you have two options being either rigid steel pipe or PVC pipe. Both installations have their respective strong points and weak points.
Today, in-ground and above ground pool electrical requirements mandate that underground rigid steel conduit is wrapped with corrosion resistant PVC pipe protection tape. This is commonly referred to as 20 millimeter PVC tape. This thick layer of protection insulates the conduit from corrosion, guaranteeing a much longer life span. The local building code for pools also mandates that underground rigid metallic electrical conduits are buried at a minimum of 8 inches below the surface.
The other option and least expensive of the two is underground PVC conduit. The electrical code requirement for all pools mandates that it is buried at a minimum of 18 inches below the surface. No protective tape is required for corrosion. A transition will be required to rigid steel with protective tape when going from beneath the surface to above. PVC conduit should not be installed above ground. The one exception is for the flexible pool pump wiring attached to the motor for vibrations.
When an underground conduit replacement is required, PVC will always cost less and last longer than rigid steel. Contact our in-office expert for more information.
For more information about replacing the conduit and wiring for your pool equipment you can consult with our local Mesa AZ electricians free of charge. Voted best pool wiring electricians Mesa AZ, they are available Monday thru Friday, during business hours. They will answer all of your questions and provide you with a free estimate for a professional swimming pool electrical installation. Give them a call today during regular office hours; you will be happy you did!