At the Dehumidifier Corporation of America (DCA), our engineers frequently come across pool room dehumidification systems that have not been consistently or effectively maintained.
High turnover is common among pool room maintenance personnel — particularly in hotels, motels, and other hospitality-industry facilities — but to ensure optimal safety, performance, and longevity, it’s essential to establish a comprehensive dehumidification system maintenance plan that adheres to manufacturer recommendations.
Common Dehumidifier Issues
Pool dehumidification systems are complex and expensive, but are critical for ensuring quality and safety in swimming pool rooms at recreational facilities, spas, fitness centers, motels, and hotels.
Failure to properly maintain a pool room dehumidification system can lead to various issues, some of which are more serious. For instance, underperforming systems can cause excessive humidity levels, which, in turn, can cause mold and mildew growth as well as rust and other corrosion.
Hard to detect in the early stages, mold and mildew can grow rapidly in later stages, resulting in significant equipment damage and, in severe cases, irritating pool users’ eyes and skin. Left untreated, mold and mildew can quickly render your pool area unusable. Accumulation of excess moisture on surfaces can also exacerbate safety issues, increasing the risk of slip and fall accidents for staff and guests alike.
Aside from posing a great inconvenience to guests, the issues caused by improper or inconsistent dehumidifier maintenance can also incur steep costs for facility owners. For instance, mold and mildew remediation and pool room dehumidification system replacement both require significant expenditures.
Creating an Effective Maintenance Plan
To avoid having to replace a pool room dehumidification system before it meets its expected operational lifetime, it’s critical to establish an effective maintenance plan.
First, identify any areas in your facility’s processes that may be negatively impacted in the event of a dehumidification unit breakdown. Next, ensure that your staff is familiar with the parts of the system most likely to break down, such as pumps, condensers, and evaporators. Personnel should also be thoroughly trained to identify signs of failure and implement standard preventative maintenance techniques as prescribed by the original equipment manufacturers.
While maintenance staff should be trained in all aspects of the system, it’s most effective to charge certain staff members with inspecting and maintaining certain parts — including logging all inspections and work — and create customized inspection schedules. Generally, biannual checkups are sufficient, but every system and system component are unique, so schedules should be tailored to meet your specific needs. Air filters, however, should be inspected and replaced much more frequently than any other component.
Finally, thoroughly document guidelines for all of these inspection and maintenance processes, and ensure that all inspections and maintenance procedures are logged. These resources will be invaluable in maintaining system regularity during inevitable staffing changes.
How DCA Can Help
Over the years, the Dehumidifier Corporation of America has developed a large network of experienced architects, engineers, and contractors to help clients select the appropriate pool room dehumidifiers for their unique applications and guide them in choosing replacement pool dehumidifiers when necessary. As industry-leading maintenance plan experts, we’re also capable of helping create effective, comprehensive plans for a wide range of pool room dehumidification scenarios.