What Do Pool Inspectors Look For?
Owning a house with a swimming pool presents greater responsibility in many ways. A pool inspector looks for things that might make it unsafe for you, your family and your friends to use your pool. We also look for damaged or missing items, and things that could prevent safe access to the pool and departure from the pool. An inspection of your pool and the surrounding area should be performed by a certified professional. NJ Pool Inspector knows that pool ownership presents challenges, and we offer comprehensive pool and spa inspections to our Bergen County NJ clients. Below are just a few concerns that are revealed during a pool inspection.
Pool Inspections Sometimes Reveal Problems
1. Inadequate protective fencing surrounding the pool
Barriers surrounding a swimming pool should be a certain height to prevent unwanted access to the pool. Drowning is a risk for everyone, but especially for children. There are government regulations governing pool fencing which are applicable to your area. NJ Pool Inspector keeps current with local rules applied to the use of pools.
2. Inadequate protection for pool electrical equipment
This is another concern determined by state and local laws. Pool Inspectors have to be aware of these regulations. This component of pool maintenance is complicated and includes things like wiring, receptacles and switches, circulation system, light fixtures, heaters, etc. These things should not be accessible by anyone other than the homeowner and pool maintenance crew.
3. Damaged steps, ladders, diving boards or slides
Getting into the pool should be easy for children and older adults, as well as everyone else. Many times newer swimming pools don’t have diving boards or slides because they present liability problems. While older pools usually do have these accessories, all pools have steps and ladders. These items need to be inspected for stability.
4. Damage to surrounding deck and exterior surface
Cracks are unsightly and sometimes dangerous. They can cause injury. Proper drainage around the outside surface surrounding the pool should be inspected as it can become slippery if left wet with puddles.
5. Damage to interior surface of pool
Repairs to the inside surface of a pool can be expensive. When an inspector finds cracks or stains inside a pool they usually recommend repair. A pool building firm may need to be called upon to evaluate necessary repairs and costs. NJ Pool Inspector does not repair pools, we only inspect them and then recommend repair or replacement when needed. This prevents a conflict of interest in what the inspector reports.
6. Keeping the pool clean
There is daily maintenance involved with keeping a pool clean. Keeping drains and skimmers free of debris prevents blockage and possible algae growth. Vacuuming a pool daily is recommended. Chemicals used to maintain the cleanliness and purity of the pool water should be stored far from the heater and high enough so children can’t reach them.
You Can Count On An Accurate And Unbiased Inspection Report
NJ Pool Inspector provides a detailed inspection report, with pictures and recommended maintenance when needed. Sometimes major concerns are revealed during a pool inspection. If you are purchasing a home with a swimming pool or live in a home with a pool, a thorough inspection of the pool and spa are recommended. Call NJ Pool Inspector at 201-658-8881 today for a professional evaluation of the condition of your swimming pool.