Local pool company finds temporary fix for re-called drain covers

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - An NBC12 consumer alert for anyone who takes a dip in a pool.  Your drain cover could be on a recall list.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports certain drain covers were rated incorrectly to handle the flow of water through the cover. The U.S. CPSC reports the drain covers could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

That recall is affecting places like Stony Point Apartment Homes in Chesterfield County. The apartments' pool was supposed to open over the Memorial Day weekend. But after learning of the recall, the property manager delayed the opening by a week.

Friday, gates leading to the pool were locked. Saturday morning, the locks will come off for the most anticipated day of the season..

"It's hot. People love the pool," said property manager Jason Schabacker. He said he took heat from tenants who didn't take the drain cover recall seriously.

"It wasn't the most popular decision, but you want to ensure everyone's safety and we don't want to take a chance on that," explained Schabacker.

But according to Gabe Couch with Douglas Aquatics, the pool could've been closed longer than  week had the pool company not created a temporary solution. Employees at Douglas Aquatics found the potential danger is eliminated when the hole leading from the drain to the main drain is plugged.

Couch listed kiddie pools, spas and single-drain main pools as the ones being affected. He said the water quality will not be compromised.

"It's pulling just primarily only off the skimmer. So we're still getting the filtration and circulation that we need."

So far the U.S. CPSC reported no injuries related to the voluntary recall.

Eight manufacturers, (A&A, AquaStar, Color Match, Custom Molded Products, Hayward Pool Products, Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Rising Dragon and Waterway) are responsible for the one million drain covers affected.

In the last week, Douglas Aquatics has temporarily stopped suction power to 2500 drains.

"These grates need to be removed, returned back to the manufacturer and replacement grates provided," Couch said. "Unfortunately the replacement grates are not available at this time."

Schabacker said he's just glad his residents have a way to cool off in this heat.

"Just thinking about my family. If they were swimming in a pool I'd want it to be the safest it could be."

Couch said replacement grates could be sent out as early as next week.

For more information on the recall from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Drain Cover Recall Hotline: 1-866-478-3521

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