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    Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    Automatic pool cleaner from the pool.
    Should I be concerned about this?

    New pool owner. 10,000 gallon in ground pool.
    thanks in advance for any help.

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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    I think anytime that anyone feels electricity around a pool there is reason to be concerned.
    I assume this is the first time its happened?

    Were you grabbing the cleaner body when you felt it, or were you grabbing the cord?
    Have you inspected the cord for any nicks or cuts?

    Any visible sign of damage where the cord goes into the cleaner?
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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    Yes, but it just happened again when I checked to
    see if it was the cord.
    No visible cord damage.

    Yikes. It happens when the tip of
    my finger touches the water.
    Very slight but definitely there.

    thanks Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    I think anytime that anyone feels electricity around a pool there is reason to be concerned.
    I assume this is the first time its happened?

    Were you grabbing the cleaner body when you felt it, or were you grabbing the cord?
    Have you inspected the cord for any nicks or cuts?

    Any visible sign of damage where the cord goes into the cleaner?

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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    I would turn off the breaker to that outlet and see if it repeats.

    If it happens when the breaker is off then turn off the house main and see if it repeats.

    Once its not repeating remove the cleaner from the pool.


    How old is your pool?

    The pool may not be bonded and that may be part of the problem. Bonding distributes the electrical potential so that you don't get shocked. If your pool is not properly bonded, and many old pools are not, then there is a potential for a shock from stray voltage.

    once the cleaner is out of the pool I would call an electrician with pool experience. Tell them you have a stray voltage or bonding problem and ask if they have experience with those. It is probably a problem with the cleaner but it could be a sign of something more serious.

    If you can't touch the cleaner or the pool without a shock even with the main off call an electrician or your power company now So Cal Edison? . You have a serious stray voltage problem.
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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    Quote Originally Posted by gwegan View Post
    If you can't touch the cleaner or the pool without a shock even with the main off call an electrician or your power company now So Cal Edison? . You have a serious stray voltage problem.
    Amen to that. That needs attention.
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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    I only feel it when the robot is in the pool and running.

    seems like must be the cleaner, but whatever it is, I don't like it.

    the pool is 8 months old.
    Doesn't mean it was done correctly, though.

    thanks for input

    Quote Originally Posted by gwegan View Post
    I would turn off the breaker to that outlet and see if it repeats.

    If it happens when the breaker is off then turn off the house main and see if it repeats.

    Once its not repeating remove the cleaner from the pool.


    How old is your pool?

    The pool may not be bonded and that may be part of the problem. Bonding distributes the electrical potential so that you don't get shocked. If your pool is not properly bonded, and many old pools are not, then there is a potential for a shock from stray voltage.

    once the cleaner is out of the pool I would call an electrician with pool experience. Tell them you have a stray voltage or bonding problem and ask if they have experience with those. It is probably a problem with the cleaner but it could be a sign of something more serious.

    If you can't touch the cleaner or the pool without a shock even with the main off call an electrician or your power company now So Cal Edison? . You have a serious stray voltage problem.

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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    Ok that means you have at least two problems.

    1. Your cleaner robot, or something associated with it is leaking electricity.

    2. The bonding system of your pool is either incorrectly installed or otherwise compromised.

    The pool bonding system is one of the major safety systems in a pool. They are designed to prevent an electrical short or stray current from causing an shock to a human using the pool. The bonding system is designed to prevent any electrical shock.

    So you need to call an electrician to figure out why the problem with the robot is not being handled by the bonding system. Its possible the PB failed to install it or didn't install the full system or missed a connection or installed it in such a way its not working. But it needs to be fixed. You should never feel a shock on a pool deck immediately adjacent to the pool.

    After i get the bonding system fixed i would send the robot back to the manufacturer for a new one.
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    Re: Feel a tiny bit of static electricity when removing Kreepy Krawly

    Thanks very much for your help.
    greatly appreciated

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