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    Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Help! After turning off all pool equipment and checking the electrical current in the pool with a voltage meter our Polaris pool booster seems to be the culprit of the electrical current in the pool. From the outside of the booster pump all seems to be in tact and grounded. Polaris is operating normally when running. Any ideas on what could be causing this? Also we have had a few thunderstorms in our area since we last swam. Thank you!
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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Seeing current requires 2 problems. 1. Improper bonding of the pool, water, and equipment. 2. Stray current

    Appears you have identified the cause of number 2, but if the bonding was correct, you would not be able to measure a potential in the pool.
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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Seeing current requires 2 problems. 1. Improper bonding of the pool, water, and equipment. 2. Stray current

    Appears you have identified the cause of number 2, but if the bonding was correct, you would not be able to measure a potential in the pool.
    Thank you for your response! Def going to look into this!
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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Until you have an electrician come out I would disconnect the wires to the booster pump. The recheck if you are still getting current in the pool.

    This video explains how to check whether or not the pool has effective bonding.

    Swimming Pool Equipotential Bonding [Part 3 of 3, Testing], (28min:39sec) - YouTube
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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by gwegan View Post
    Until you have an electrician come out I would disconnect the wires to the booster pump. The recheck if you are still getting current in the pool.

    This video explains how to check whether or not the pool has effective bonding.

    Swimming Pool Equipotential Bonding [Part 3 of 3, Testing], (28min:39sec) - YouTube
    Thanks we def will! Very informative video!
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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Why do you think that the booster pump is the source of the electricity?

    If the booster wires were shorting to ground, the pump probably would not work and would trip the breaker.

    In any case, don’t allow anyone in the pool until an electrician checks it out.

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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    Why do you think that the booster pump is the source of the electricity?

    If the booster wires were shorting to ground, the pump probably would not work and would trip the breaker.

    In any case, donít allow anyone in the pool until an electrician checks it out.
    It only appears to electrify the water when it is running???? Have called a electrician to check it out. No swimming until then. This happened about 2 years ago with the other booster pump as well but the pump wasn't working...so we replaced it. But if I'm understanding everyone correctly no matter what equipment is having issue it should never equal a shock in the pool. Is that correct? And is that a bonding issue?
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    Re: Polaris PB4-60 Causing Electrical Current in Pool

    Yes, that is a bonding issue.

    More here, Pool School - Bonding vs Grounding
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