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The Role of Electrical Bonding and Grounding in Pool Safety

Electrical bonding and grounding are among the important safety features provided by pool installation professionals to ensure your family’s safety. Pool safety is achieved in a variety of ways. We usually think of physical elements such as non-skid pool decks, pool covers, and fences when we think about pool safety. Another pool feature that is not noticeable but is critical to your family’s safety is bonding and grounding of the pool’s electrical system. Like your home, pool environments rely on electricity to power important equipment. Pool pumps, lights, most heaters and other pool equipment are powered by electricity. The pump that moves pool water and keeps it clean could not operate without electricity. Pool lights would not illuminate the water in the evening. Electric powered pool heaters would not maintain the water at a comfortable temperature. The same goes for other pool equipment. When electricity is properly connected, your pool is up and running! But if it is not properly connected, small amounts of electricity may be felt by pool occupants and their safety may be compromised. A properly connected pool electrical system is an important but largely unknown element of pool safety. Unless you are an electrical engineer or electrician, you probably don’t think much about your pool’s electrical system. Fortunately the engineers at Hayward Pool are thinking about it all the time. We are focused on the safe use and enjoyment of your pool, so electrical safety is a priority. To ensure your family’s safety we design pool equipment that takes into consideration electrical safety. We also support your local pool professionals to help them to create a safe pool installation. Let’s dive into bonding and grounding the pool’s electrical system, a largely misunderstood concept of pool safety. We can look at the difference between bonding and grounding and explore how they work together to ensure your electrical safety poolside. What is bonding? Bonding is the process by which the electrical and metallic components of the pool are joined together with a wire to form a non-resistive path between the components. The goal of bonding is to connect, contain and prevent the transmission of any harmful electrical voltage to pool equipment, people and pets. Bonding connects the pool’ s electrical and non-electrical metal components into a network that contains the electricity. The low impedance path back to the power source allows the harmful current to flow and trip the breaker at the panel. Without a bonding system in place, you might conduct stray electrical current when touching the metal pool rail or pool water. What is grounding? Grounding is the process by which the bonded pool components are connected to the earth. The goal of grounding is to direct and dissipate any harmful electrical current to the ground and away from pool equipment, people and pets. Grounding connects the pool’s electrical network to the electrical panel and then to the earth to direct and dissipate excess electricity. Without a grounding system in place, people or pool equipment may

The Advantages of Hayward Variable-speed Pumps

Pool pumps are critical to circulating water and operating most other pool equipment. Hayward variable-speed pumps can help pool owners save energy and money, enjoy a quieter poolside environment, and protect their family with Hayward’s advanced technology. These pumps are engineered for efficiency, safety, noise-reduction, dependability and performance. They also stand up to the most demanding installation requirements and set the standard for pool, spa and waterfall pumps. Hayward’s EcoStar variable-speed pumps are the most energy efficient pumps at any speed. The EcoStar SVRS even provides an added layer of protection with the greatest opportunity to save energy and money. NSF and UL rated, Hayward pumps are equipped with heavy-duty motors for cool, quiet, and efficient operation. Features of Hayward Variable-Speed Pumps Permanent magnet motor for improved energy efficiency Totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) motor for improved reliability Programmable digital interface which can be repositioned to be accessible from any direction Hayward pumps are ENERGY STAR® certified, demonstrating a commitment to help protect the environment by encouraging superior energy efficiency. In fact, Hayward’s lineup of variable-speed pumps can save up to 90% in energy costs over ordinary single speed pumps. Cost and Energy Savings Hayward variable-speed pumps were featured on “Burrous Bargains”, a popular Los Angeles KTLA 5 news program. News Anchor Chris Burrous reported on the many benefits of replacing your pool’s single-speed pump with Hayward’s variable-speed pump. In this segment, Burrous reported on the cost savings generated by replacing inefficient single speed pool pumps with Hayward’s variable-speed pumps. According to Burrous, single speed pumps use lots of energy and cost an average of $1740 per year to run. In contrast, variable-speed pool pumps use much less energy, costing only $145 a year and generate substantial savings for homeowners. Although the new pumps cost about $1250, you will recoup that money quickly with the cost savings from reduced energy usage. Some local municipalities may even offer money-back rebates, such as Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) $1,000 rebate program. See Burrous Bargains’ complete report. Safety The pool pumps with the SVRS feature also increase the safety of your pool. In his report, Chris Burrous cited the frightening experience of singer Usher, in which his son narrowly escaped drowning when he became stuck to the drain at the bottom of the pool. Variable-speed pumps with Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS) turn off when it senses that someone becomes stuck to the drain. This feature then releases the suction of that drain, which would free the person stuck. Automation A number of Hayward variable-speed pool pumps can be integrated into advanced pool automation systems such as Hayward’s OmniLogic. This allows you to set timers that allow the pump to run at different speeds throughout the day without you having to lift a finger. See the differences between a variable-speed pump and a single-speed pump. Time to Replace Your Pump You can save energy and money; enjoy a quieter poolside environment, and if using an EcoStar SVRS, protect your family too. Contact

Hayward Launches a New Product Support Center

For the first time, homeowners will now have quick and convenient access to the majority of Hayward product manuals, troubleshooting guides, videos, FAQs, and quick reference guides – all in one centralized location. This new section of is designed to facilitate the maintenance of all our products. The Support Center offers users yet another path to acquire substantial information. As people continue to utilize the Internet more and more, it only makes sense that we provide better support in their preferred delivery method. With this new tool, users can now visit the Support Center from their mobile device to search “How to adjust EcoStar timers,” for example, and are likely to find the answer quickly and efficiently. This will, in turn, lead to lower wait times for those who call or email our technical support group regarding a more complex inquiry. As you peruse the product support site, you may notice that we purposely left out certain reference materials that our professional servicers might use, such as gas or electrical troubleshooting guides. This material can still be found by logging into our Totally Hayward site and visiting Hayward University. We invite each of you to take a look at this new tool at and let us know what you think. Should you have any questions regarding the product Support Center, please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on Facebook or Tweet us. We’re here to help!

Rhode Island ALS Chapter Awarded Hayward The Spirit of Lou Gehrig Award

  The Rhode Island ALS Chapter (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) awarded Hayward the Spirit of Lou Gehrig Award which recognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated great compassion and an exceptional commitment to raising ALS awareness.  Hayward also purchased a platinum sponsorship for the awards dinner and donated their TigerShark robotic automatic pool cleaner to be auctioned off during the silent auction. Hayward’s journey with ALS began when one of our key engineers, Doug Sawyer, was diagnosed with ALS many years ago.  During Doug’s progression with ALS, Hayward’s upper and local management made the commitment to help him in any way we could.  This has included providing adaptive equipment and computer software, to leasing him an adaptive mobility vehicle once he needed to rely on a wheel chair.  Due to Hayward’s unwavering commitment, this vital team member continues to be a key contributor to Hayward while his battle with ALS continues. Doug Sawyer said, “I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Hayward team.  Their generous support has allowed me to continue functioning as a productive member of the engineering team, and has given me the ability to live as normal of a life as possible.  My family and I can’t thank them enough.” Hayward’s commitment to protecting all of our employees is company-wide, not just in our RI facility.  We’re honored to be awarded the Spirit of Lou Gehrig Award.  It’s a wonderful cause and we’re happy to be a part of building awareness.

Big Savings on Installs of Universal CrystaLogic and ColorLogic with UCL Thin Niche

Hayward’s innovative UCL Thin Niche provides faster installation, and tremendous bottom-line savings for new construction.  This low profile niche mounts entirely on the front side of the rebar eliminating the need for the niche-dig or niche rebar cage – saving gunite, rebar and time. For additional savings, the all PVC design with integral cord seal does not require bonding, grounding, GFCI breakers or Scotchcast. Use this valuable Install Savings Calculator Tool to calculate your savings on every light you install. Depending on where you’re viewing the calculator – you’ll either see our website or mobile calculator version. The mobile-friendly calculator is available for viewing the calculator from your mobile phone. It allows you to simply plug in the data while on-the-go to capture a snap shot picture of your savings. Not sure how to access the calculator? Click here for instructions

New PoolComm Mobile App Ready For Download

FREE Mobile App Download Hayward PoolComm App is available for FREE download for iPhone and Android.  Text POOLCOMM to 63566 today to download the App.  Or you can get it at the Apple® App Store for iPhone® or Google Play™ Store for Android™. Now, more than ever, you can monitor and maintain several pools all from an app on your smart phone. Remote water quality management truly at your fingertips! More on the Free Mobile App    

Brad Fox Joins Hayward Commercial As National Sales Manager

Brad Fox’s extensive experience enhances the commercial team.  In his new role, Brad has assumed responsibilities for directly managing and overseeing Hayward’s entire U.S. Commercial sales team. Fox previously served as general manager and CEO of Waterco USA, Inc, based in Augusta, Georgia.  He brings several years of experience working in the Class A and B swimming pool market, as well as the industrial water treatment space.  He also has an excellent working knowledge of the specification and engineering community and brings strong relationships with both commercial builders and distribution channels. “We are extremely confident that Brad’s experience will accelerate our growth of industry relationships and in turn, our business development,” said Patrick Sweeney, General Manager of Hayward Commercial.  “It is exciting to have him join our team, as we look to further enhance our growth strategy for Commercial.  We have full confidence that Brad will help deliver unprecedented results for the Commercial Pool Products business”. Please join us in welcoming Brad to the Hayward team!