- What are Pool and Spa Inspections?
Pool and spa inspections are examinations completed per the American Society of Home Inspectors standards for pools and spas. The review comprises of checking pool equipment, the exterior of the pool, the heater and pump and other electrical components. It also covers the interior of the pool as well as making sure that the water supply system is not faulty. A certified inspector performs a series of assessments before reporting their findings. If the pool or spa is consuming too much energy, they advise on more energy-efficient ways.
- Who should get a pool and spa inspection?
Anyone who owns a pool or spa is advised to have them inspected occasionally. Individuals include homeowners or commercial pool owners.
- When should you get a pool and spa inspection?
Are you considering buying a property that has a pool and spa? Have you recently purchased and installed a commercial or residential pool? Make sure you get an inspection completed before using a pool or buying a home that comes with a pool to ensure that everything is fully functional.
- Types of Pool and Spa Inspections?
There are different inspections involved. They include:
During this check, inspectors will review the pool and spa suction ports. Most often while swimming near the suction, people may find their head and hair pulled towards the drain. In extreme cases, this could cause them to drown. Sometimes, children may even unknowingly sit on the drain which can pull at their small bodies. The pool inspectors will often check if the drains are fully functional and if they are not, will recommend repairs. This will help prevent any entrapment issues involved. Modern pools today are equipped with better drain designs than previous models to ensure that swimmers hair doesn’t get entangled.
Shifting of the Pool and Spa
Most often pools may shift due to factors such as flooding or leakages. An inspector will always check the level of the pool and spa to ensure there is no shifting. Pools with a water level from half an inch onwards are safe, but pools that have a water level of more than 2 inches are of more concern to inspectors. The higher water levels have a higher likelihood of shifting. Shifting may damage the underground piping hence the need for the inspection.
Pool and Spa Fencing
One crucial safety measures regarding access to the pool or spa is its surrounding fencing. For pool owners with children, it is vital to ensure that proper measures are put in place to restrict the young ones from easy accessibility. A pool inspector will thoroughly check that any possible gate alarm leading to the pool is fully functional in case children enter the pool area unsupervised. Inspectors will also test for any gaps or gates with improper latching to ensure that every loophole is sealed to avoid accidents.
This type of inspection involves inspecting pool stains and cracks. Drain channels are also important and should be checked for any damages. Cracks could make people trip and cause injury. Cracks could also be a sign of broken plumbing pipes under the deck. The inspection will also involve checking for any faulty concrete decking. In the case of any cracks, immediate repair is needed for a fully functional system.
A fully functional pool and spa should have a well-maintained drainage system, especially for rainy systems. The rainwater should not flow into the pool. An expert will check for a functional concrete deck that slopes away towards drainage that is often on the pool deck. This way, no water stagnates near the pool. Something they also look out for is any damaged drain covers or cracked pool coping. There should be a seal between the pool deck and the coping to avoid any entry of water.
Pool Surface and Finish Materials
This particular inspection checks to see if there are any cracked or missing tiles and review their current state. It also involves testing the pool surface and finish materials such as plaster. Once examined, the inspector will advise on whether they need a replacement or not.
While checking electrical equipment involves looking at heaters, pumps, motors, and blowers. They will be tested to ascertain that there is no damage which can cause leakage. Heaters require manually switching them on to see if they are fully operational. Checking electrical bonding is also necessary to ensure that everything is in order.
Installed Handrails and Ladders
Pool ladders that have come unlatched can present a serious safety hazard. Checking their security ensures that their location is fastened. Diving boards also have to be analyzed along with the pool depth. The inspector will also review the pool slides and ensure that they are in line with the safety requirements of ASHI or any other relevant body.