Whether you have just bought a new house with a pool, spa or hot tub, or need to check your existing pool, a pool inspection is important to conduct for your pool. Pools can be misleading. Even though the water may appear beautiful, the pool itself may have all kinds of problems and be in need of repair.
Identify Any Hazards and Repairs to be Made
Pool inspections help identify any potential hazards in your swimming pool, spa or hot tub. Your pool inspector should be certified and advise you on options to help fix any existing problems and conduct necessary repairs. After your pool is inspected, your pool inspector will provide you with a complete patio report. This is either emailed to you or provided in a print format within a day or two of your pool inspection.
Talk to Your Pool Inspector
Your pool inspector is usually a treasure trove of good information so feel free to ask questions. Pool inspections should include the visual area around the pool and the pool itself.
Your pool inspector will start out initially with the basics, looking at the size and depth of your pool as well as the type of pool materials used in construction, ranging from poured cement to vinyl and fiberglass. The pool inspector will also determine the age of the pool and manufacturer.
Next the inspector will inspect the area around the pool, looking for cracks in the surface, concrete or pool areas. The inspection will continue to the railings, ladders and any diving boards to make sure they are standard size, durable and securely fastened. The inspector will also check the filter casing to see that it is installed properly. Then the inspector will also test the pool water itself for pH levels, alkalinity, calcium and chlorine.
It is very important that your pool is at the right chlorine pH level. If the pool water does not contain enough chlorine (or equivalent available today), bacteria can develop and spread through the water to contaminate the entire pool. However, if your pool contains an excessive amount of chlorine, any person swimming in the pool can suffer from skin rashes, respiratory problems and eye infections. This effect is more intense for young children, seniors and pets.
The inspection continues to look even further into the plumbing to check that pumps are working properly and using the right water pressure. All motors and pumps need to be in good working order. The inspector will check that the timer system is properly wired and works well. The heater must work well and all wires must be properly grounded, with safety controls and GFIs are in place. All electrical codes must be followed. The inspector also will check for condensation in any lighting fixtures. The thermostat needs to work properly especially on hot days. Any water jets also must work smoothly.
The inspector will recommend a second inspection if there is a problem with water pressure or lack of sufficient filtration. The main drain must also be up to code. When it is really hot outside, you may face water loss from natural evaporation. You can minimize this by turning your thermostat down and turning the heater off on hot days.
Your pool inspection informs you about the safety of your pool, any hazards you face, repairs you may need and what you will need to maintain the pool on a regular basis.
Your pool inspector may also recommend that you install proper pool safety equipment and follow basic pool safety and maintenance rules such as keeping debris and animal and plant matter out of the pool.
Having a removable pool fence that is at least 4 feet in height is advisable for pool safety. The pool gate should be self-latching and self-closing, opening away from the pool, thus preventing little children or pets from accidentally wandering in and falling into the pool.
Installing a pool safety cover is also recommended. When you buy a pool safety cover, make sure it meets American Society for Testing and Materials standards for safety. Inground pool covers also can lower heat loss and water evaporation.
Contact us at Pool Safety Systems for further assistance in purchasing and installing your removable pool fence or pool safety cover.