The Importance of Swimming Pool Inspections
Just as a home inspection informs you about the condition of the home you are interested in purchasing, a pool inspection informs you about the condition of the pool. Most home inspectors do not offer pool inspection, as this requires highly specialized skills. Some pool service companies may offer inspections, but as this is not the focus of their business, they are unlikely to have highly trained and experienced staff solely dedicated to this purpose.
- Less than half of the pools in Maricopa County are built by a licensed pool contractor.
- The building inspector does not inspect residential pool plumbing.
- In most cities, a soils report is not required to get a swimming pool permit.
- In most cities the thickness of the gunite walls is not inspected.
- The subcontractor mixes the gunite on site with no regulation.
- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) did not approve swimming pool
standards until 1991.
- Thousands of pools have never had a final inspection.
The whole pool environment is evaluated, not just the pool and equipment. The intention of a pool inspection is to evaluate the current condition of all accessible pool components. We identify items that need repair to make the pool operational, safe and reasonable to maintain. We also note the condition of the fence, gates, walkway, pool perimeter, slide, diving board, deck, rails, coping, lighting, structure, and other items of possible concern.
The water is crystal clear but is the water chemistry balanced? Is that crack in the deck behind the diving board something I should be concerned about? Let us answer these questions for you.
- The Pool Equipment
- Pumps, Motors, Chlorinators, Heaters, Blowers, Timers, Automation, Etc.
- Pool Surface
- Vinyl Liner, Fiberglass or Plaster finish, Tile and Coping
- Pool Deck
- Deck Surface (Concrete, Pavers, Flagstone, Wood, Etc.)
- General Pool
- Handrails, Ladders, Diving Board, Slide, Lights, Cleaners, Water Features, etc.
- Safety Features
- Ropes, Alarms, Yard Fence and Gates, Covers, Safety Fence, etc.
The intent of a pool inspection is to evaluate the current condition of all accessible pool components and the inspection consists of four phases:
1. Pool placement and protection (fencing, gates, screen enclosure, proximity to electrical wires, location of electrical outlets and placement to the home.)
2. Pool vessel and coping. (deck surface condition (cracks, discoloration, and pitting) and the coping surrounding the pool (open joints, cracking). Drains are inspected for the presence of anti-vortex covers for safety reasons.)
3. Pool equipment. (pool lights, pumps, filters, piping, timers, disconnects, heaters, controls, accessories, skimmers, and the appropriate electrical bonding is in place.)
4. Pool equipment operation. (operation of the pump, inspection for leakage, proper skimming and filtration, heater activation, filter pressure)
Upon completion of the pool/spa inspection a detailed report will be generated. The report will summarize our findings and identify areas in need of attention.