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    Electric shock in pool

    We bought a house with an inground pool that has a vinyl liner and no drain in the pool. We are sometimes getting small shocks, usually when touching the concrete when getting out of the pool.

    We have done a bit of trouble-shooting and our electrician and the local energy company both think the pool was not grounded.

    Is there anything we can do?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    You should have an electrician with pool experience to check everything including the bonding.

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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    Definitely sounds like a bonding issue. Make sure the electricians you talk to understand bonding and pools. It is NOT the same as grounding.
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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    Thanks for the replies regarding the bonding. I'll start reading up on it and look for an electrician who is experienced in this area. Do you think it's something that can be fixed without (worst case scenario) digging up the pool? That is my worst fear!
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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    I'm unsure of what actually needs done to fix the situation but I urge you to not allow anyone in the pool until it's fixed.
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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    Most inground pools will have a metal form/skin around the vertical walls behind the liner. These walls must be bonded together as well as any metal stairs, pumps, lights, fences, etc within 5 feet of pool. Get an experienced pool installer involved.
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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    Doubt that was the same thing, but proper bonding MIGHT have helped/stopped the issue, though that's not what bonding is really for. At least thats my read on what happened; I think there was a much larger electrical issue with that pool than bonding.
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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    ya more than likely poor grounding / lack of gfci protection on powered components
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    Re: Electric shock in pool

    I would like to add this:

    PLEASE make sure everyone in every family knows how to throw the breaker for the pool for just in case of many problems. Have them do it so they know what it takes to push it all the way over.

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