Do you need a ground rod for a pool?

Asked By: Licinio Chias | Last Updated: 1st March, 2020
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There is no code requirement for a ground rod at a pool pump motor. Point out that, per section 90.3, the rules in 690 modify the rules in 250. While 250 allows this type of ground rod, basically anywhere you want, per 250.54, its a waste of time money and effort.

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In respect to this, do you have to ground a pool?

2 Answers. You need to BOND the pool structure and any equipment (motors, etc) or metal parts associated with the water circulation system. You also need to bond the water itself. Ground rods are NOT required other than for a sub-panel (if installed outside the house).

Also Know, what is the minimum depth for a ground rod? 8 feet

Also question is, do you need to bond an above ground pool?

You need to create a field around your swimming pool by attaching the bonding wire to the metal deck, pool equipment, metal pool wall, and even the water. Local state and federal building codes require all permanent above ground pools to get correctly bonded.

Why do you bond a swimming pool?

The goal of bonding is to connect, contain and prevent the transmission of any harmful electrical voltage to pool equipment, people and pets. Bonding connects the pool' s electrical and non-electrical metal components into a network that contains the electricity.

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Do Intex pools need bonding?

Intex pools are sold as portable pools and that's the reason bonding isn't required. There's also a requirement that you unplug all electrical equipment before anyone entering the pool.

How do I test my pool bonding?

Using an alligator clip, attach one end of the roll of wire to an exposed bonding wire at the equipment pad. Unroll the amount of wire necessary to reach the furthest component to be tested. Connect the other alligator clip end of the wire to one of the ohmmeter test leads.

Do you have to bond a pool?

Most of us are aware that the pool must be bonded, but since 2008 the National Electrical Code (NEC) has mandated that pool water shall be electrically bonded, not just metals in the structure of the pool itself.

Do you need electricity for above ground pool?

Above ground swimming pools come with above ground pool pumps. You want a thicker extension cord, because a pool pump requires a good amount of electricity to run. So, if the wire in the extension cord is too thin then the cord can eventually burn up or overheat causing the pump not to run.

Does a resin pool need to be bonded?


If the pool is considered a "Storable Pool", then it does not need to be bonded and it must have a double insulated pump. Most above ground pools that are 42" deep or shallower are considered storable.

Do I need to ground my pool pump?

Insulated ground wire is required for grounding pumps. Making a mistake grounding and bonding a swimming pool pump can be deadly. Grounding enables faster circuit breaker action, and bonding ties conductive metal parts together so they have the same electrical potential. Together, both reduce the risk of fatal shock.

Do you need a GFCI for a pool pump?

Pool pump motors require GFCI protection. According to 680.22(B), all 15- or 20-ampere, 125-volt or 240-volt, single-phase outlets supplying pool pump motors are required to be provided with ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel.

How much does it cost to wire an above ground pool?

Electricians charge $500.00 – $1500.00 to wire up an above-ground pool. Included in the cost should be all supplies. You will need an 18-inch deep trench to run the service from the breaker-box to the pool area.

What does a grounded pool mean?

Grounding a Swimming Pool
Grounding refers to protecting people in the pool from a potential fault in the electrical system (in the main electrical panel or pool sub-panel). A fault in the electrical system refers to a higher than normal flow of electrical current.

What is a bonding lug?


Bonding lug or wire missing
Pumps will often have a bonding lug to which a copper bonding wire is connected. These bonding wires may come loose or get pulled out and need to be re-connected properly. Pool heaters, filters and other equipment items that are metal, likewise should be bonded.

What is the purpose of bonding?

The NEC defines bonding as, "The permanent joining of metallic parts to form an electrically conductive path that ensures electrical continuity and the capacity to conduct safely any current likely to be imposed." As it relates to a communications system, the primary purpose of bonding is to equalize ground potential

Are Indoor Pools grounded?

Indoor pool facilities are typically bonded and grounded so they are safe. While bonded and grounded buildings that are bonded and grounded make it easier for lightning to travel to the ground without resistance, they are not safe when it comes to water.

Why is electrical bonding critical?

Bonding is used to reduce the risk of electric shocks to anyone who may touch two separate metal parts when there is a fault somewhere in the supply of electrical installation. By connecting bonding conductors between particular parts, it reduces the voltage there might have been.

How do you prevent pool shock?

Keep the pool deck clear of electronics and power cords (at least 10 feet from the water), to prevent an electronic device from falling or being pulled into the water. Choose battery-powered devices to have around the pool if possible.

How do you bond a hot tub?


The equipotential bonding grid must be formed from either or both of:
  1. The structural reinforcing steel of a concrete permanently installed pool, outdoor spa, or outdoor hot tub, tied together by the usual steel tie wires.
  2. The metal walls of a permanently installed pool, outdoor spa, or outdoor hot tub.

What does shock do to a pool?

The term, "Shocking” refers to the process of adding chlorine or non-chlorine chemicals to your pool in order to raise the "free chlorine” level to a point where contaminates such as algae, combined chlorine (also known as chloramines) and bacteria are destroyed.

Can rebar be used as a ground rod?

Use the proper type of grounding rod. In most cases, pipe or rebar can be used. The grounding rod needs to be made of galvanized steel and also needs to be at least four feet in length for best results.