Pool Pump Motors with Safety Valve Release Systems

A Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) is a feature in certain pool pump motors that is designed for suction entrapment protection. Pool pump motors with SVRS can detect changes in the circulation system that might be entrapment and shut themselves off.

To give your pool or spa the proper protection from body entrapment install a pool pump motor with a safety valve release system. If you have a pool pump motor with these safety features make sure to:

Remove all check valves and hydrostatic valves from the circulation system (confirm that this will not damage other components of the pool). Be sure that every circulating pump is equipped with SVRS.

  • Calibrate and test the unit

The SVRS must be calibrated for the pool and tested monthly.

  • Keep swimmers out of the pool when the S.V.R.S. is not active

The SVRS is disabled during the 3-minute startup lockout time, during calibration and when it is in bypass mode.

Drain Covers

Proper drain covers can help protect against all five entrapment hazards. SVRS is not a substitute for proper drain covers. All drains should be equipped with covers that are in good condition. Use suction fittings marked with the text “ASME A112.19.8 2007,” a 12” x 12” or larger drain grate, or an approved channel drain system at every suction or drain outlet.

Consult Local Codes and Ordinances

Local codes and ordinances may require additional or different forms of protection against drain hazards, as well as other important safety requirements.

Instruct Pool Users About Drain Safety

Even with SVRS, be sure that people, particularly children, do not play or swim near suction fittings (drains), and never stick fingers, toes or body parts into them. Tell anyone with long hair to stay away from drains and to pin their hair up or wear a swim cap.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
Categories: Pool Equipment, Pool Safety.
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