Swimming Pool Inspection Services for Real Estate Transactions:
“A dedicated pool inspector can tell you a lot about what’s going on with the pool, our inspectors are Internachi Certified to inspect Residential Pools and Spas and will provide you with a thorough and written report specific to your pool”
Summary of items included in our Residential Pool Inspections include:
- Equipment, Systems and Components
- Entrapment Avoidance
- Pumps and Motors
- Water Supply/Waste Water
- Ladders and Treads
- Rope and Float
- Safety Features
Five primary areas to examine during an in-depth pool inspection
1. Safety features that meet local requirements
An inspection will determine if a pool complies with local safety regulations, which vary state to state and from municipality to municipality. Your pool inspector should be well-versed in any local regulations.
2. Physical conditions of the pool structure, interior, and materials—and the deck
Some wear and tear on a pool may be easy to see. However, an expert will know what to look for in terms of deterioration. He can identify and assess the necessity and likely cost of making repairs or replacing certain materials.
● Interior Finish (“plaster”)
—Special advisory for saltwater pools:
If the pool has a salt chlorine system, you will want to check for possible damage from salt exposure, such as railings in the pool. Erosion can also occur on surfaces exposed to repeated splash-out water. Frequent victims of the salty splash-out include wood decks, unsealed natural stone coping, natural rock waterfalls, and plants in any landscape boxes or plant pockets immediately adjacent to the waterline.
You will also want to assess the line-up and condition of the equipment that runs your potential new pool. If you were buying a used car, you would want an expert to check under the hood, and the same is a smart move for a “second-hand” swimming pool.
A pump serves as the heart of a pool’s equipment system. It provides the needed water flow for filtration and circulation, which help maintain a healthy swimming environment.
The pool filter captures dirt and debris from water passing through it. Filters fall into three categories: sand, cartridge, and Diatomaceous Earth (DE). The cartridge designs consist of cylindrical tubes of pleated fabric that sits inside a storage tank, and they are increasingly popular among homeowners for convenience and environmental reasons.
The pool you are buying may or may not have a heater. They are a costly item to purchase, so it’s important to take that into consideration if no heater is present and you plan on using the pool beyond the hot months of the year in your area. And if the pool comes with a heater, you want to know you that it’s unlikely you will have to replace it anytime soon.
4. Other features and accessories
If the pool has other optional design, comfort, and convenience features and upgrades, you will want to review them thoroughly. Whether it’s tanning ledge or alternative purification system, you want the condition examined. Here are some typical features and accessories.
● Pool with a spa
● Automatic pool cover
● Remote control and/or remote platform
● Diving board or slide
● Water features
● Infinity edge
● Multicolor LED lighting
● Advanced sanitizing technology
5. Equipment systems, infrastructure, and backyard conditions
A variety of other conditions and systems can affect an in-ground swimming pool. And inspection may uncover other issue or factors for you to consider.
Supporting the pool equipment and its overall operating are electric runs and plumbing lines. For example, your inspector will check that the breakers are properly labeled. He will check if the plumbing lines at the equipment appear to be free of leaks. He will check for bubbles in the return lines, which could be a clue to a suction leak.
Sealing the deal
Of course, you can always pass on the house with a pool. Many home buyers who want a pool prefer to find a house without a “second-hand” one, and instead hire a builder to design exactly what they want from the ground up. That’s always an option.
By engaging a trained inspector or pool professional, you will get an expert’s highly valuable advice. You can relax, knowing that any mandated safety features are in place. You will be confident that the physical components are in good shape and that major equipment systems are in working order. Or, you will learn if any structural or mechanical components may need repair, replacement—or in lieu of them, a buyer’s credit in the home purchase price.