Baptistry Care & Use
Please see our tips below to ensure your baptistry gives you safe, healthy, long-lasting performance.
We do NOT recommend leaving water in any baptistry longer than necessary as:
- It can create a safety hazard for children.
- The water may need to be sanitized.
- Increased humidity from the water can affect sensitive electronics in nearby sound and lighting equipment as well as accelerate corrosion on metal fixtures, door knobs, etc.
If You Keep Your Baptistry Filled all the time
If you are one of the denominations that requires a baptistry to be always at the ready (Church of Christ, Christian Church and a few others) then we have a few suggestions:
- Be sure to control access to the pool so no child can drown.
- Use a spa style pool cover for added safety and to keep humidity levels down in the surrounding area
- Consider a UV filter to sanitize the water
- Have your water tested regularly at a pool or spa store to make sure it is safe and has the right ph, hardness, alkalinity and sanitizer levels. (NOTE:Be sure any chemicals used are safe for use with fiberglass resins. Pool chemicals are generally not safe for use with baptisteries, but many SPA chemicals may be safely used provided the manufacturer has approved their use with fiberglas resins.)
- Have a written schedule for draining, cleaning and waxing the baptistry.
- Select the AquaGuard gel coat when you place your order.
ABOUT AQUA GUARD GEL COATING
On a standard baptistry, the gel coat used is sufficient to keep water from damaging the underlying fiberglass resins AS LONG AS the water is not in contact with the gel coat for more than a few days and is allowed to dry out (about a week) between uses.
When the baptistry is always filled, water can penetrate the standard gel coat and may eventually form blisters and discoloration on the surface of the gel coat.
AquaGuard is a more water proof gel coat than the standard coating and allows you to keep water in the baptistry for longer periods of time between draining.
Manufacturers still recommend you drain it every month or two with the AquaGuard finish. At this time, you can also clean the baptistry and apply a coat of wax for longest protection.
IF YOU PLAN ON DRAINING YOUR BAPTISTRY AFTER USE
To prevent buildup of harmful bacteria, try not to leave water in a baptistry for more than 48-72 hours. Fiberglass baptistries should be emptied and allowed to dry for at least a week after each use. Water left in a baptistry can develop algea and bacteria that are harmful to humans.
When the baptistry is used only occasionally, simply wipe down after draining (but while still damp so as to more easily remove any film or dirt) and allow to dry.
Once or twice a year, or as needed, clean your baptistry with a fiberglass cleaner and wax it using a non-abrasive auto wax or boat wax. Failure to properly clean your baptistry can cause problems with decomposition of the resins used in the fiberglass and may be considered misuse, thus voiding any factory warranties.
Caution: Use of strong detergents, highly caustic cleaners, strong acids and cleaning powders will automatically void your warranty. We suggest using fiberglass cleaners available online or at marine stores.
BEFORE USING THE BAPTISTRY
Caution: Electrical outlets should be at least 10 ft from your baptistry or as required by code. '
Under no circumstances should anyone in a baptistry touch a microphone or other electric device when in the water.
Be sure to turn off the heater and pump system before using a baptistry and TURN THE BREAKER OFF at the panel (be sure to clearly label the breaker switch)
If you use an immersion style heater, unplug the heater and remove it from the water.
THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST BUT IS MEANT AS A GENERAL AID. We hear from customers frequently who have no idea of what safety precautions to take before using a baptistry. These suggestions are based on our experience and knowledge, but are in no way to be relied on as a sole or authoritative protocol.
For complete safety considerations, contact your local city or county inspection office as well as your liability insurance company.
IMPORTANT: ACCESS TO BAPTISTRIES SHOULD BE RESTRICTED AND PROTECTED BY SELF CLOSING AND LOCKING DOORS OR POOL GATES
DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY NEAR OR HAVE ACCESS TO A BAPTISTRY, ESPECIALLY A FILLED BAPTISTRY.