Why Home Buyers Should Get a Pool Inspection
A swimming pool in the backyard can provide the perfect setting for making great memories for family and friends, which is why it’s a must-have for many home buyers. Just as the tour of a home offers the opportunity to imagine it with personal furnishings and décor, having a private pool sparks visions of watching kids play while the adults enjoy gathering poolside.
However, just as a home may look perfect to the untrained eye, so can a swimming pool. From the filtration system and pool lining to the tiles and surrounding walkways, there are several details that only a home inspector will know what to check.
So, before signing the paperwork, consider both a traditional home inspection and pool inspection. Paying for this service upfront could prevent unpleasant and costly surprises down the road.
What a Professional Pool Inspection Includes
Swimming pools are made up of a series of complex equipment including filters, plumbing and electrical equipment, and sometimes heaters. In addition to the mechanical aspects are the ladders, tile, grout, and handrails.
While the inspector won’t focus on cleaning equipment and general maintenance accessories such as nets, vacuums, or brushes, the following items will be reviewed during a pool inspection.
The electrical equipment is the heart of a swimming pool’s pumping, filtering, and heating mechanisms. It keeps the water circulating, clean, and safe for swimming. Routine maintenance is crucial to the system’s longevity and functionality, and neglect will be apparent to the trained professional. The inspector will check the breakers, listen for odd knocking or rumbling noises, and look for leaks or any visual signs of disrepair.
Pool filters remove debris and dirt from the water, reducing water usage and pool cleaning regimens. A pool’s filtration system is designed according to the size and depth of the pool, and the inspector will take these details into account when checking filters, cartridges, gauges, and internal pressure.
Pools aren’t always equipped with heaters because of the added expense. However, if one is featured, it will likely be solar, electric, or propane. The inspector will check for proper wiring, grounding, energy efficiency, and a working thermostat.
Lighting is another optional feature in pools, but lack of proper upkeep could lead to possible safety hazards. The inspector will evaluate the overall condition, making sure the lights operate correctly and checking for condensation around the fixtures, which could lead to mold issues.
If present, other items including spa accessories, ladders, diving board, slide, handrails, safety enclosures will be inspected for damage, safety, and overall condition.
Your pool inspector will be aware of all safety codes and area regulations. As such, he will test the water to check for chlorine, pH, and calcium levels. During the evaluation, he will also review the overall condition of the pool’s surface materials, surrounding walkways, skimmer lids, cement, and tile while checking for cracks, tears, or tripping hazards.
Bottom line, a thorough pool inspection will provide valuable information in deciding whether or not to purchase that home with a swimming pool!
Adam C Clark
Owner & Operator,
Shield Guard Home Inspections LLC
45 Parkwood St Albany NY, 12208
NYS LICENSE #16000091657
NYS MOLD # 0321