I heard backyard pool filters can explode. Is that true?
Yes. Many homeowners have pool filters are not safely manufactured. These filters can explode and cause devastating injuries.
Most filters are comprised of a tank, a lid, and a clamp that holds the system together. The filter operates under high pressure generated by a mixture of water and air. The lid can explode off the tank with tremendous force if too much pressure builds up and the clamp fails.
Because of the extremely high pressure that can build in the filter and result in an explosion, a failure can be catastrophic. We have seen cases in which the filter lid has damaged awnings and roofs, become lodged in trees, and damaged ceilings of pool sheds. When the lid of the pool filter hits a person, we have seen severe traumatic brain injuries, deaths, traumatic loss of eyes, and multiple broken facial bones.
How it works:
A swimming pool filter cleans water of debris. Generally, a filter comprises a two-piece tank – a bottom and a top – molded from heavy-duty plastic. The tank bottom holds a filter cartridge that cleans water as it passes through the system. A pump delivers water from the pool to the filter and back to the pool.
A filter tank can trap or accumulate air. The pump discharge compresses any entrapped air and pressurizes the filter. This creates a risk of explosion or “sudden separation” of filter parts. Filter manufacturers have known about the explosion risk since at least the early 1970’s. In 1974, the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (“CPSC”) published an article which reported “problems of exploding filter tanks.” There are dozens of reported cases of these explosions. A company called B & S Plastics (doing business as “Waterway”) recalled almost 20,000 of its filters after receiving several sudden separation claims. Many pool filters that have similar problems are still in use today, a ticking time bomb in unsuspecting owners’ backyards.
To learn more about how pool filters pose a danger, and what safer alternatives exist, please see the article on our website.
-Anthony L. Label, Esq., Trial Team Leader; The Veen Firm, PC, San Francisco, CA
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This Month's Expert; Anthony L. Label, Esq.
Anthony L. Label is a team leader of the Label trial team at the The Veen Firm, PC, in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Label represents people who have suffered severe personal injuries which have a life-changing, career-changing, life-ending, or career-ending impact. He represents plaintiffs in actions arising from construction site accidents, industrial accidents, dangerous premises, auto accidents, wrongful death, governmental or public entity liability, defective products, and others. In 2013, Mr. Label was invited for membership to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and currently holds the record for the largest recovery in the history of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s lawyer referral service program.