A pool is a great feature that often adds value to the a home. However, if it is not in good condition, it can quickly become a money pit or a safety hazard. So, if you’ve found your dream home and it includes a pool or spa, you absolutely need to get it inspected along with the rest of the house. At AlamoThistle Inspections, we know that your home is likely the most significant investment you’ll make in your lifetime, so we offer a variety of specialty inspections – including pool and spa inspections – to give you extra peace of mind.
The Importance of a Pool InspectionThere are many issues that could affect a pool, so if the home you’re purchasing has one, it adds a whole new area of concern for a home inspection. Some are minor issues with simple repairs, yet others could require significant work. Because some issues could affect the safety of the pool, a detailed knowledge of the pool’s condition is a huge factor in the final terms of a home purchase. Just like necessary home repairs, necessary pool repairs can be a negotiating point in a closing. The severity of the issues and the cost of repairs will affect the conditions of sale, and may even affect the final sale price.
During an inspection, we’ll inspect the pool systems, pool deck, and pool area for deficiencies and safety issues. Here are a few of the important items we will check:
- The fencing, gates, and protective equipment meet legal requirements
- The pool deck is operational and in good shape.
- Pool drains are covered.
- The pool shell has no visible defects.
- Pool pump and equipment are free of defects and functioning properly.
- GFCIs are installed and electrical wiring is to code.
- Pipes and fittings are not leaking and are in good condition.
- Water is clear and free of algae.