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Onground pool pressure test

Discussion in 'Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs' started by Rick18071, May 6, 2019.

  1. Rick18071

    Rick18071 Sawhorse

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    ISPSC 311.9 Hydrostatic pressure test. Circulation system piping,
    other than that integrally included in the manufacture of the
    pool or spa, shall be subjected to a hydrostatic pressure test of
    25 pounds per square inch (psi) (172.4 kPa). This pressure
    shall be held for not less than 15 minutes.

    For a Onground Pool what does it mean and how would you know if the piping is integrally included in the manufacture of the pool?
    Or should we always require a test?
     
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    Think Hot tub.....
     
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    Thanks. This is the first pool permit that is under 2015 ISPSC and we skipped 2012 so we are coming from the 2009 IRC for this. Lots of changes. We usually do 2 inspections on a on-ground pool, Looks like need to expect a 3rd inspection.
    The pool company is giving me a hard time. "we never had to do this before, don't have the equipment to do the test, who is going to pay for this, it's only 10' of pipe, we need to empty the pool".

    I would like to know the experiences of other inspectors concerning this.
     
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    We amended pool stuff back into Ch 3 and no ISPSC....Still simple here. For better or worse.
     
  5. ICE

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    Hydrostatic pressure is a fluid under pressure. While air is sometimes considered a fluid, so is glass. In this case I believe the fluid to be aqua. I would stand back if I had to see the test......but I wouldn’t have to see the test because we don’t do that.
     
  6. Rick18071

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    This could be a problem with in-ground pools because they never have have everything connected before they back fill.
     
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    Another thing"
    [A] 106.13 Testing. Systems shall be tested as required by
    this code. Tests shall be made by the permit holder and the
    code official shall have the authority to witness such tests

    Does this mean the contractor can't do the testing?
     

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