A pool can be a magnificent addition to a house. Many hours are spent with family and friends in a pool. But just like a house, a poorly maintained or old pool can be costly to restore or repair. Adding a pool inspection to our home inspection service is a great value. Pools can have significant repair issues that can be expensive to fix. For example, resurfacing a pool can be as costly as installing a new roof. Repairs should not be taken lightly simply because the pool is outside. Many pool repairs can be expensive.
In addition to an inspection of the condition of the pool and its attached equipment, we put a lot of emphasis on pool safety. Pools and spas can be very dangerous especially for small children and adults with long hair. We highly recommend that you have the pool inspected and take steps to secure the pool to prevent accidental drownings.
Pool safety standards have changed numerous times over the years. Older pools especially should be inspected so that you are aware of what might not meet current safety standards. While a seller does not have to bring a pool built years ago to today’s standards, we think you should know what is required today. Let us identify those for you.
In addition to finding safety hazards and costly repairs, it is important to have documented what is functioning properly. Many home buyers obtain a Home Warranty, so it is critical to document that items such as the pump or pool lights were functioning when you purchased the home. This way the warranty cannot claim “pre-existing conditions”.
All of our home inspectors are certified to inspect pools and spas. Just like a home inspection, pool inspections are visual in nature and do not include dismantling any component.
More invasive, exhaustive testing is available from some pool contractors. These inspections are lengthy and may include pressure testing underground plumbing, verifying sizing and adequacy of equipment, and providing estimates of life remaining. These high-end inspections typically cost between $500 – $750.
Scheduling a Pool Inspection
If you want a pool inspection with your home inspection, be sure to check that service when scheduling the appointment online, or tell our office staff when you are scheduling over the phone. The fee for a pool inspection starts at $175 (depending on features) in addition to the home inspection fee. If a pool inspection is included with a home inspection, please allow additional time for the inspection due to the additional time required to inspect and document the pool.
We evaluate the following components of a pool:
- Surface condition (plaster, vinyl, fiberglass)
- Coping edge
- Tile band
- Decking around the pool
- Pool light functionality
- Condition of pumps, valves, and visible plumbing
- Pool furnace
- Condition of filter
- Electrical components
- GFCI protection
- Fill Valves
- Condition of Pumps and Valves
- Above grade (visible) plumbing
- Pool Furnace
- Condition of Solar Panels
- Fencing/Door Alarms
- Safety Drain Covers and placement
- Safety Ledge (bench)
- Operational condition of pool/spa
- Limited Operation of Computer Control Systems
- Bonding Wire on Equipment (not fencing or house)
Here’s what is not included:
- Draining pool/spa
- Entering the pool/spa
- Concealed Items (ex. Rebar, underground plumbing, buried electrical)
- Chemical and water treatment systems, including the chemical conditions of the water in the pool/spa
- Calculating size, adequacy of pool heating, filtering and operating equipment
- Projections of life expectancy
- Determining compliance with installation guidelines, regulations, covenants, or other restrictions, including:
- The issuance of permits
- Adequacy of solar panels or the mounting thereof
- Programming computerized control systems
- Manual operation of valves
- All other Limitations, Exceptions, Exclusions as set forth in the Inspection Agreement