A pool inspection is critical if you’re considering purchasing a house with a pool, spa or hot tub.

The inspector should do a visual inspection of the area around the pool and the pool itself, looking for potential problems.

Although the water feature may look beautiful, a full pool inspection is required to determine if there are any dirty little secrets lurking beneath the surface.

A pool inspector will help identify potential hazards and necessary repairs, and advise you of options to rectify any problems. Afterwards, the inspector will give you a full written pool report, usually within a day or two of the inspection, or email you a copy.

Donning an arsenal of tools and an encyclopedic body of knowledge, your inspector is like a detective for pool problems. But first, the inspector will start with the basics, identifying the:

* Type of pool materials used in construction, such as poured cement, fiberglass, or vinyl

The inspector should do a visual inspection of the area around the pool and the pool itself, looking for warning signs of potential issues, such as cracks in the surface. The inspector will also check that railings and ladders are built to standard and securely fastened, and things such as the filter casing are in good working order and properly installed.

Check pool equipment

The “under the hood” report requires an even more detailed look at the moving parts. The plumbing inspection will check that pumps are working properly and using correct water pressure. If a problem with poor filtration or water pressure it detected, your inspector will recommend an additional round of tests by a leak detection specialist. The inspector will also look at the main drain to see if it is up to code.

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The inspector will check that all motors and pumps are in working order; the timer system is properly wired and in good working order; the heater works; and check for condensation in any lighting fixtures. It’s also important to have them check that wires are properly grounded, that proper safety controls and GFIs are in place, and that all electrical codes have been followed.


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