Pool filters that can explode? Are you kidding me? No, I am NOT kidding you.
There have been many documented cases of this occurring, and it seems to be happening more and more. With the warm weather in full swing, Arizona pools will be once again prepped and ready to cool you down this summer. Here is what weíve learned about these filters, so you can take caution and be aware:
1. Several manufacturers make a ìsplit ringî design, where the filter is taken apart to clean the elements then put back together with the top half of the cylinder sitting on top of the bottom half, secured by a large fastening ring.
2. Problems occur when the top part of the filter does not seat perfectly on the bottom component, the split ring is applied and secured and the consumer or pool maintenance person thinks he or she has a good seal.
3. The filter is then typically turned on, and while the user is standing over the filter watching the air pressure gauge to assure all is working right, pressure builds up and the top of the filter explodes, often hitting the consumer or pool maintenance person in the head, causing death if not serious brain injury.
One manufacturer of this particular design has had over 85 injuries or deaths reported from these filter explosions.
If possible, until this can be corrected, avoid the two-piece split ring design when purchasing a filter system for your pool. If you have this design, never stand anywhere near the filter when you turn the pool pump back on after opening the filter and re-attaching the top. Never place your body or head in the vicinity of the filter while the pump is on where the filter could hit you if the top were to explode off the base.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by any swimming pool components, including the pump, filter or other, you may have a products liability claim entitling you to compensation.
Look for an attorney in your area who handles products liability cases, and who is a certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death law.