Pool Inspections – The What, Why, and How…
While pool inspection is an important part of the buying process, unfortunately, it is sometimes not involved or done as a mere afterthought. When buying or selling a property pool is not viewed as a top priority. It is because pools are known as a luxury and not a necessity. Regardless of the reason, unable to get a pool inspection by a professional could prove to be a costly decision if there are any underlying issues.
Like home inspections, the responsibility of the pool inspection can be the main concern of the prospective buyer. A professional pool inspection should involve not only the pool but also the surrounding components and types of equipment. Additionally, pool inspection should always involve pressure testing of the plumbing lines to check for leaks. The time of winter can greatly affect just how thorough the inspection is, as freezing temperatures stop us from starting testing and pool equipment. Sometimes, the presence of ice and snow stops us from removing the winter cover. This also means that the pool inspection window is mid-spring to late fall.
Pool inspection can be done throughout the winter but only visual after the pool is closed off. The seller should ask for an inspection or at least, a statement of functionality from the pool company at the time of the pool shut down. This statement is not as detailed as an inspection as it does not involve pressure testing but it does speak to the general condition of the pool and obvious repairs deemed necessary at the time of winterization or pool closing.
A formal pool inspection check-off form is used by professional and licensed technicians and a copy is always provided to the client. A more detailed report with any proposed repairs is emailed to the client within 24 hours.
The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.