A thorough professional pool inspection lets home buyers know about the condition of the pool and its mechanical processes. If left unchecked, easy to detect issues could become costly to repair.
Whats Included in a Pool Inspection
A pool inspection includes a lot of different aspects. Here are examples of what we look for.
The types of safety aspects we check for include ensuring that electrical wires are far away from the pool, and that walkways around the pool do not pose a hazard for slips and trips.
We check fencing and latches, if any are present, to make sure they are functioning properly so no one accidentally ends up in the pool who shouldn't be there. Fencing should be of a certain height so that kids can not get in unexpectedly, and the design should pose a challenge for a little ones to climb over. The exact height required by local laws can vary.
Inspectors are not required to make sure your outdoor space is in line with local laws and ordinances as they relate to pools, so that is something you may have to look up yourself or with a code inspector. However, We may be knowledgeable on this topic so you can always ask for information or look it up online.
Some pools have vinyl liners inside of them. These devices help contain the water inside the pool, making sure it does not seep out. A tear in the lining could require a costly repair.
Other pools are finished with one of several types of plaster. Inspectors check the plaster to make sure there are no cracks that could lead to a serious issue in the future, though some cracking is normal. We will also inspect any decorative or functional tiling inside the pool.
Tile & Decking Around Pool
We will check out the "coping" which is the area directly around the pool. Typically, it is 12-18 inches wide and made of some kind of hard material like concrete, brick, or natural stone. Chips in the coping can lead to tripping hazards or debris in the pool.
The decking is any hard surface beyond the coping. We check for damage and stains just like the rest of the pool area. We also check for proper drainage and any tilts or pitches in the decking.
The pump is an essential piece of equipment for your pool. It circulates water around other devices like filters and heaters to keep your water clean and warm. Without a functioning pump, a pool will not be usable for long! We check whether the pump is working, and check that it is properly secured and the wiring is solid.
There are several different types of pool filters but they all do the same thing: clean and sanitize your water. Without one, a pool can quickly become a mess! We check that the filter is solidly in place, and free of leaks or damage.
Not all pools have heaters, but it is an important feature in ones that do. We verify that it is working and free of leaks. Heaters can be costly, so knowing that it is working will give you peace of mind.
Pools are fun spaces that may have accessories like a diving board, infinity edge or fountain. Some accessories are useful for cleanliness and maintenance, like a pool cover. We typically check such items to minimize surprises in the future.
When it comes to diving boards and slides, pool inspectors check for rust or deterioration leading to sharp edges that can cause injuries.
Automation & Remote Control Function
Modern pools may have automation and remote control features. We can often test these features and make sure they are working.
What Pool Inspection Does Not Include
According to the InterNACHI standards, a pool inspector is not required to inspect the pool at times when conditions like bad weather could cause damage to the pool equipment. It does not include water quality testing, the testing of anything that is already not working properly or the suitability of a pool for accessories like a diving board or slide. Before committing to a pool inspection, be sure to get an understanding of what is or is not included in the inspection.