Gardner Pool Plastering, Inc. Leads Awareness Campaign for Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act: Landmark Legislation

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Gardner Pool Plastering (http://www.gardnerpoolplastering.com), the premier resource in Southern California for residential and commercial pool remodeling, continues to educate and assist businesses that must comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Safety Act. This federal legislation, which applies to all public pools and spas, requires (among other things) retrofitting with the new approved drain and grate covers.

Gardner Pool Plastering (http://www.gardnerpoolplastering.com), the premier resource in Southern California for residential and commercial pool remodeling, continues to educate and assist businesses that must comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Safety Act. This federal legislation, which applies to all public pools and spas, requires (among other things) retrofitting with the new approved drain and grate covers.

The Act, named in memory of former Secretary of State James A. Baker's granddaughter, promotes the safe use of pools, spas and hot tubs by mandating standards for suction entrapment avoidance and by establishing a voluntary grant program for states with laws that meet certain minimum requirements as outlined in the Act.

"The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act," explains Scott McKenna, President of Gardner Pool Plastering, "has enormous implications, both regulatory and financial, for companies nationwide. In Southern California alone, where there are thousands of public pools, it is urgent that these organizations comply with these requirements. The breadth of this bill - which includes commercial properties, hoteliers, schools, universities and municipal facilities - heightens the importance of guaranteeing that complying with these rules be achieved as quickly as possible. What we are trying to prevent is a pool being closed by a surprise inspection during the owner's busy season. While we continue to inform pool and spa operators about these requirements - and many businesses simply do not know about the Act's comprehensive mandates - we also have the expertise to handle the volume of requests involving this legislation. Compliance is absolutely essential because public safety - and economic longevity - are at stake."

The critical problem is educating the public about the specific requirements of the act. There are providers out there claiming that they are bringing the pools up to code, but upon inspection, the owner will be at risk of closure. This is because of providers not following the required standards. You should insist on the following:

  •     Job site presite - review Cover and Pump GPM (Gallons Per Minute) requirements
  •     Pool drawing and submittal to Health department
  •     Schedule Inspections
  •     Drain pool to owner requested area
  •     Demo trough in pool floor if splitting drains
  •      Re-plumb existing drains to meet new code requirement and add rebar with epoxy to reinforce if necessary. Meet sump requirements.
  •     Split drains ONLY if necessary
  •     Install other approved anti-entrapment products ONLY if necessary
  •     Meet with inspector and receive a written approval to proceed.
  •     After approved inspection fill in plumbing troughs with concrete and create proper wells (sumps) at risers.
  •     Install approved VGBA complaint main drain covers and waterproof.
  •     Patch pool finish
  •     Remember you will need to have a chemical start-up of your pool or spa.

Another primary concern for Pool Owners is their Insurance Company's requirements. Many Insurance Providers are stating that they will not renew insurance unless the pools are up to code. Of course, this would cause immediate closure of the pool until it is in compliance. Mr. McKenna recommends, "Talk to your insurance broker. Keep the communication channels open so you make the right decision and not get caught unawares."

Four Decades of Experience: Integrity and Quality
Gardner Pool Plastering continues to expand by maintaining an emphasis on professional integrity and exceptional quality, hallmarks that are vital when addressing the myriad rules governed by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. "Safety is a non-negotiable issue that we take very seriously, and that philosophy is just as true for the many companies we advise. Since our inception in 1969, we have upheld the very best traditions in our industry and expect the same from all those we meet," stated Mr. McKenna.

About Gardner Pool Plastering
Founded in 1969, Gardner Pool Plastering is one of the largest and most professional pool plastering, finishing and remodeling companies in Southern California. With more than 30,000 completed projects, Gardner Pool Plastering is a trusted brand for new pool builders, architects, designers and landscape professionals.

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