Swimming Pool Drain Accidents   

by Pool Builders on 01-02-2011 in Articles

Many people enjoy swimming in pools for both exercise and recreational fun. However, to keep pools clean and safe, pool owners must filter the water through a system to remove things like dirt and debris. A pool drain serves as the gateway to this filtration system. Sometimes, though, if a pool drain is turned on too high, it can actually present several different dangers to swimmers.

Most pools use both surface skimmers and a bottom drain to pull water through the filtration system. Usually, the drain is continuously running, although pool maintenance crews or owners are responsible for turning it to a very low suction power when swimmers are around. However, if the drain is improperly regulated, it can accidentally remain on a high power while swimmers are nearby. Additionally, it is important that swimming pool owners make sure there is a cover on the drain to help reduce the chances of entrapment and drowning.

One major danger of swimming pool drains is entrapment. Sometimes, the suction power of the drain can snare a person's clothing, hair, or jewelry. The swimmer may not be strong enough to break out of the drain's vortex. Also, occasionally the force of the drain is enough to pull a person's arm or leg into the intake valve of the drain. This can lead to drowning. Even if the drowning is not fatal, the prolonged loss of oxygen can result in permanent brain damage.

Another hazard from drains is disembowelment, or evisceration. Children are often tempted to sit around or near drains as they hold their breaths underwater. However, the powerful suction of a pool drain can catch the child and remove the bowels and intestines through the anus. This can cause permanent damage, if not death.

Swimming pool owners can turn down the force of the drain, use a dual-drain system, install special covers, and take several other evasive actions to avoid dangerous drain vortexes and protect swimmers. If a swimming pool owner has failed in this duty to you or your loved ones, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with your pain and suffering. To discuss your case, contact a knowledgeable Wisconsin premises liability lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., today.

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