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  VGBA Safety Grates and Drain Covers need periodic updates!

VGBA Safety Grates and Drain Covers need replacement after being installed for a certain number of years. It is the operators responsibility to assure compliance. The number of years between updating each grate varies by manufacturer and model. A representative listing of the various grates, manufacturers and replacement requirements is below.

Various VGBA grates and lifetime durations:

  • A&A - 10 Years
  • DS 360 - 3 years from installation
  • Aqua Star - 5 Years from installation
  • Aegis Anti-entrapment Shield (by Neptune Benson) - 15 years from installation
  • Grate Ideas - 10 years from installation
  • Hayward, (cover, frame and screws must be replaced) - 7 Years from date of manufacture stamped on the cover
  • Lawson (Now Neptune Benson) - 10 Years
  • Paramount/SDX and SDX Retro - 5 Years from installation
  • Pentair - 7 years from date of installation
  • Strongwell - 20 years from date of installation
  • Triodyne Anti-Hair Snare Drain Cover - 7 Years
  • Waterway - 7 Years

Commercial Pool Operators Compliance Guidelines

Here is what you should do:
  • Maintain all your VGBA Compliance records in one easy to find location
  • Make sure to replace drain covers with the exact manuafacturer and model number drain cover, if available. (Sometimes upgrades to covers are made and manufacturers provided cross reference materials. Contat us if you have any questions.)
  • Create a log and include the following information for each type of drain cover or grate installed:
    • Name of pool
    • Type of pool
    • Original dain cover manufacturer name
    • Original drain cover model
    • Original date of installation, (will be on your order or invoice if performed by a professional installer)
    • Published lifetime/replacement requirement in yrs
    • Replacement Drain Cover Model, (sometimes they change)
    • Replacement Drain Cover lifetime
    • Replacement completed date
    • Replacement completed by (name/initals/company)
    • Next required replacment date
  • Keep any supporting documentation in the same place with the log
  • Make plans in advance of the required replacement date to secure materials and schedule re-installation.

Poolblu stocks most major manufacturer grates, and provides engineering and installation sercvices. If you have any questions regarding safety or compliance, contact us.

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