When purchasing a home with a pool, it is important to have the pool inspected by a licensed home inspector who is certified to inspect pools and spas to ensure that the client’s investment doesn’t surprise them with a costly repair expense to their pool or spa. An inspector who is certified to inspect pools and spas should have participated in some form of further education and attained a certification to inspect for having taken the course.
When inspecting a pool, the inspector will check the foundation around the pool for any cracks that may indicate any structural damage. The inspector will check all skimmers, filter tanks, piping, valves, lights, filters, heaters, solar heating system, safety barriers and visually inspect all drains. The inspector will report the conditions of these components with pictures along with any defects including calcification, corrosion or deterioration. The inspector will report any inadequate drainage, active pool leaks, damaged tile, improper settlement of the pool deck or any visibly unsafe or improper pool equipment, electrical connections or bonding connections. The inspector will turn on and report on the operating condition of the pump(s) and motor. They will inspect them for any cracks, leaks, damage or broken O-rings.
Like with a residential home inspection, the inspector is not required to move any objects that obstruct their path from the components that need to be inspected. It is important that a deck pool not be cluttered for this reason, as well as for the safety of the inspector and anyone else who may go into the area. The inspector should note in the report whether there is adequate storage space and that all chemicals are stored at a safe distance from the heater.
Inspectors will report if the slope of the concrete is adequate and that there are no standing puddles on the deck. All ladders, stanchions, chairs, rails, treads, plates, diving boards and other deck equipment will be inspected to ensure that it is tightly secured in place. The inspector will report on the cleanliness and color of the water, as well as any algae growth. They will check on the water level and confirm that there is proper flow into the gutters or skimmers. When checking the lighting the inspector will ensure that there is no wire passing directly over the pool or spa. They will ensure that GFCI’s are installed on all underwater lights over 15 volts and outlets within 20 feet of the pool.
Hiring a certified pool and spa inspector will give you the peace of mind that you need when purchasing a home and is well worth any additional costs it may come with.
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