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.
The intent of a pool inspection is to evaluate the current condition of all accessible pool components for safety and operation:
1. Pool / spa placement and protection: This includes fencing, gates, screen enclosure, the pool’s proximity to electrical wires and outlets, and the pool’s location in relation to the home.
2. Pool / spa vessel and coping. This includes the pool and 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 / spa equipment. This includes inspection of pool/spa lights, the presence of GFCI devices, junction box condition and location, pumps, filters, piping, timers, disconnects, heaters, controls, accessories, skimmers, and the appropriate electrical bonding.
4. Pool / spa equipment operation. This includes operation of the pump, inspection for leakage, checking for proper skimming and filtration, heater activation, checking filter pressure and the operation of the spa blower.
Upon completion of the pool/spa inspection, a detailed report will be generated. The report will summarize our findings, include general maintenance tips, and identify areas in need of attention. Our report enables you to proceed with confidence in your purchasing decision and helps you look forward to becoming a pool owner.
Pool Safety Checklist:
- Responsible adult supervision is a must.
- Drain covers needs to meet current standards to prevent entrapment.
- Safety doors must be installed on all pool or wall cleaner suction lines.
- Diving board and slides should be inspected prior to use.
- Ladders, steps and handrails: there should be adequate safe-entry and safe-exit at both ends of the pool, and at two sides of a spa or hot tub.
- Electrical Hazards: Pools, hot tubs and spas require specific grounding and bonding requirements.
- Fencing and gates: Proper fencing with self closing and latching gates should be installed around all pools.
- Hot tubs should have lockable covers in place when not in use.
- Alarms: There are several types of alarms that can and should be installed in the pool, on pool gates, and on doors from the house that open to the pool, etc..
- Life rings and shepherd hooks should be kept on hand for rescuing a distressed swimmer.
- Heaters: heaters should be checked for proper venting and bonding.
This is a guideline and not intended to identify all potential safety steps. Check with your local town building official for specific requirements in your area.