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Pool Inspections

Inspecting pool equipment is an important step for home buyers. Pools can be a significant investment, and you want to ensure that the pool and its associated equipment are in good working condition. Here’s a checklist of what to inspect:

Pool Structure: Check the overall condition of the pool itself. Look for cracks, leaks, or other visible damage to the pool’s walls, floor, and coping.

Pool Pump and Motor: Examine the pool pump and motor for any signs of rust, corrosion, or damage. Turn it on and listen for any unusual noises or vibrations, which may indicate a problem.

Pool Filter: Inspect the pool filter to make sure it’s clean and in working condition. Ask about the type of filter (sand, cartridge, or DE) and inquire about its maintenance history.

Pool Heater: If the pool has a heater, check for signs of rust or corrosion. Test the heater to ensure it heats the water to the desired temperature.

Pool Plumbing and Pipes: Inspect the pool’s plumbing system for any visible leaks, loose connections, or damaged pipes. Check the valves to ensure they operate correctly.

Pool Lights: If the pool has underwater or perimeter lighting, test the lights to make sure they work.

Pool Skimmer and Drains: Make sure the skimmer and drains are free of debris and in good working order. These components help maintain water circulation and cleanliness.

Pool Cleaner: If there’s an automatic pool cleaner, verify that it’s functioning correctly.

Pool Cover: If the pool has a cover, inspect it for tears, damage, or signs of wear.

Safety Features: Ensure that the pool has required safety features such as a fence or barrier, pool alarm, or safety cover to comply with local regulations.

Water Quality: Check the water quality by testing the pH, chlorine levels, and clarity. Poor water quality could indicate issues with the pool’s filtration and circulation systems.

Pool Deck and Surroundings: Inspect the pool deck for cracks or heaving. Check the condition of any equipment storage areas or sheds.

Pool Inspection by a Professional: Consider hiring a pool professional to conduct a thorough inspection. They can identify potential issues that may not be apparent to the untrained eye.

Documentation: Request maintenance records and any warranties for the pool equipment. This can provide insights into the pool’s history and the level of care it has received.

Remember that the condition of the pool equipment can affect the safety, maintenance, and long-term costs associated with pool ownership. A professional home inspector may not have expertise in pool equipment, so consider hiring a specialized pool inspector or technician to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. Additionally, be aware of local regulations and safety requirements for pools, as compliance is essential.

Equipment inspections for existing homeowners

We also offer lower cost equipment inspections, for those who would like to make sure their existing equipment is in good operating order.  While these are not as in depth as a pre purchase inspection, we visually inspection plumbing and equipment for leaks or obvious issues. While no written report is offered, we are able to quote for any needed repairs.