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Pool Inspectors Take A Closer Look


Home Inspection is a normal procedure when purchasing a home. Most of the buyers hire a professional to inspect the house, check the plumbing, engineering, and electrical to make sure everything is in working condition. When purchasing a house with a pool, it’s important to have a pool inspection also. This means it’s time to call a professional who knows about the potential pitfalls of a pool.

The first thing most of the Pool inspectors look at is the gate and fence leading into the pool area. The fence should be long enough to prevent a child from climbing into the pool area and have no missing planks or holes. The codes for gates and fencing vary by municipality and state, so it is important to check the local regulation.

In a pool inspection process, it can be found out that a pool is old enough, or there may be other conditions such as the size of the buyer’s lot, which means fencing isn’t required by law. However, a professional pool inspector will recommend that proper barriers must be installed. Decking around a pool can be troublesome. It is included in the pool inspection to look for major cracks in the deck, which shows settling around the pool and can pose a tripping hazard. Other hazards may involve improperly secured or sized skimmer lids.

The final step before reaching the pool is to check the mastic between the pool coping and deck. The mastic, deck, or both may find out to be painted, which can hide problems. The inspector then examines the pool and gets vital statistics such as what material is used and when was the pool constructed? It is part of pool inspection to examine that the surface of the pool is free from cracks and staining. The pool inspection report makes some recommendations to the new homeowners about the possible repairs and changes that are required.

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.

Phone: 1-800-598-4754


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