Selecting the Right ADA Compliant Swimming Pool Lift From the Right Company

by Pool Builders on 02-08-2011 in Articles

Information about the new ADA Pool Regulation: On September 15, 2010 new regulations were signed into law for ADA compliance. These changes must be in place by March 15, 2012. The new laws require that all pools open to the public must be equipped with assisted entry systems. Swimming pools greater than 300 linear feet will require two means of assisted entry. An ADA compliant lift, or a sloped entry must be the primary means of assisted entry. The secondary means has to be one of the following; a transfer wall, transfer systems, or stairs. For swimming pools less than 300 linear feet, only one assisted entry systems is necessary, and must be either an ADA compliant pool lift, or a sloped entry. The type of lift makes a difference:

  • Should you go with a permanent mounted lift, portable lift, does it have to be easily removable or transportable, water powered, battery powered, etc.?
  • How many lifts do you need?
  • Do you need to comply with the pool lift regulations in the first place?
  • How are you going to unload these units off the truck? Some of the pool lifts weigh 300 to 1200 pounds.
  • How much maintenance will the unit take? With portable lifts there will be more to go wrong and will require more maintenance than stationary lifts? With portable lifts will have more to go wrong, such as drive train, control panel, electronics, abuse, fall into the pool, etc. Like a vehicle, snowmobile, motorcycle; if the units sit for long periods of time, will it be more likely to have problems?

Your environment makes a difference:

  • Will kids be playing on the unit?
  • If the pool hoist is left in the pool area, will it stand up to the environment?
  • How durable is the lift?
  • Do you want to purchase a cover for the lift?

Who you purchase the lift from can make a difference:

  • You are purchasing an item that ties into the pool industry. Wouldn't it be wise to purchase it from a company that understands your industry?
  • Will your lift comply with the ADA codes, or local codes? You should check with your local pool inspector to see if there will be any issues with installing the lift next to the edge of the pool. Many regulations won't allow any permanent item within 5 feet of the edge of the pool. If you do have special requirements, a company that specializes in commercial pools will have a better understanding of how to comply with the regulations.
  • If you have issues with a pool inspector, will the company you purchased the lift from be able to talk to the inspector directly to either explain your case on how you do comply, or understand the regulations you have to comply with? Who better understands codes and how they affect your facility than a company in the industry?
  • How are you going to install the unit? Most of the lifts require anchors being installed into the concrete deck. What if you run into problems installing the anchors? What type of concrete mix will you use? Do you need rebar? How would you position the rebar? Do you need a cart to remove the lift?
  • What if you have a problem with the lift, will the company help with repairs or warranty issues? Few companies are set up to properly handle warranty issues and/or parts for the lifts down the road. Select a company who has a history of dealing with warranty issues and parts.

Manufacturer considerations: How long have they been in business? Will you be able to get parts in 5 to 10 years? What is their warranty process? Most warranties are parts only. How long will it take for the manufacturer, or the vendor you purchased the lift from, to get warranty parts to you?

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