Pool and Spa Inspections
Inspecting your pool can reveal hidden repairs
If you’re thinking about buying a house with a pool, there are some important things you need to know — before closing the deal.
A swimming pool is one of the most valuable assets in a home and it can be the place your family and friends share some of the best times of their lives. Or it can be a headache that just won’t go away.
Pools Have Complex Equipment
There are quite a number of moving parts to pools. Beyond the actual pool, the pumps, heaters and filters need to be checked for proper operation. The electrical equipment needs to be inspected, as does the above ground plumbing. Decking surfaces, safety covers and the hardware that secures them should be evaluated for condition and longevity.
We will test the Pool by running the equipment. During our thorough inspection the overall operating condition of the pool and equipment is evaluated by turning the systems on to verify if they run and do not leak. Typically this is a visual inspection; keep in mind, you and the inspector have no right to take anything apart.
Check the Main Drains
Another important aspect of a swimming pool inspection—perhaps the most important aspect—is to make sure the pool is equipped with federally approved anti-entrapment covers on all suction outlets (drains) in the pool. Your pool inspector also needs to know applicable state laws regarding pools.
Check the Fence
All communities require fencing or other barriers around the pool to prevent children from wandering into an open pool area. It is common to find a pool with no barrier between the pool and the exterior doors of the home. This is something every homeowner with a pool should install. There are many design options that are aesthetically pleasing and can be temporarily removed during use. Specific requirements may vary from town to town, but all require functioning self-closing, self-latching gates.