Details to Consider Before Buying a House with a Pool
A backyard swimming pool can provide hours of fun and entertainment for family and friends on those hot summer days, and is often on the list of must-haves when searching for a new home. However, before diving in head first, find out why a pool inspection is a worthy investment.
The view of a pristine looking pool is enticing, but could be misleading. Comprised of several intricate moving parts, swimming pools are made up of complex systems that require proper maintenance -- failure to do so could result in unnoticeable issues at first glance.
Fortunately, a pool inspection can provide valuable information on the overall condition. As with most things, normal wear and tear occurs in swimming pools, but without proper installation and ongoing care, costly repairs may be unavoidable. Following is a list of problems that can turn that seemingly relaxing pool into a major headache.
Pool surface materials can range from tiling or plaster, to fiberglass or vinyl liners, each requiring some type of ongoing care. When the underlying soil shifts from settling, expanding, or contracting, any of these materials are prone to damage, which may require major repairs. An inspection report will shed light on any potential concerns.
There are several pieces of equipment required to keep pool water clean and safe. The equipment pad is the most crucial part, as it controls operations of the filter, pump, and heater. As your home inspector, I will test the equipment to ensure the installation meets code regulations and is working properly.
The plumbing system keeps the pool water flowing through the filters and heaters continuously, which is no small feat. For instance, an average size pool of 12 ft. x 24 ft. with a 5 ft. depth equates to approximately 10,800 gallons of water being pumped 24/7. This makes it vital that the correct size system is installed. During a pool inspection, I’ll review these specifics and also check for leaks and other problems.
Pool Decking and Surrounding Areas
The area surrounding a swimming pool is just as important as the pool itself. Inspection services include assessing the condition of walkways, identifying potential tripping hazards and checking for proper drainage. In addition to the immediate surrounding area, the functionality of existing safety fencing or barriers will be reviewed as well. Undoubtedly, owning a swimming pool is an added expense, but when maintained on a regular basis, it can also be that private retreat you’ve always dreamed of having on your property.
As your inspector, safety is a top priority. You can have peace of mind in knowing that my swimming pool inspection will entail all the following aspects of a swimming pool.
Pool Exterior and Major Components
Electrical and Plumbing systems
Accessories including ladders, diving board, sliding board, handrails, steps
Safety fencing, gates, barriers
Drains, Skimmers, Valves
And, upon completion I’ll provide you with an in-depth report so you can make an informed decision.
Pool & Home Inspection Services in Albany, NY
If you need pool and home inspection services for a new house purchase, contact Shield Guard Home Inspections today!
Adam C Clark
Owner & Operator,
Shield Guard Home Inspections LLC
45 Parkwood St Albany NY, 12208
NYS LICENSE #16000091657
NYS MOLD # 0321