What Is A Pool Inspection?

Ready to buy a home with a pool so you can lay out in the sun poolside and stay cool during the hot summer days? Buying a new home with a pool is a great benefit, but before you take the plunge, hire a pool inspector to make sure your unique oasis is safe and not going to drain your bank account with repairs.

What Is A Pool Inspection? 

Once you find a licensed pool inspector in your area, they’ll schedule a time to come by and do their inspection. During the inspection, your pool pro will look at these major categories:

  1. The materials used to make your pool. They’ll check that the construction materials are still in good shape and nothing is cracking or leaking.
  2. Mechanical components will feature prominently in your pool inspector’s time. Heaters, filters, and pumps need to be in good working order for your inspector to deem them safe.
  3. Safety features are critical to keep in excellent working order and will be important for your pool inspector to focus on.
  4. They’ll also check accessories like diving boards, platforms, and slides. 

Pool Materials

  • Vinyl liners are the hero that keeps the water where you want it — in your pool, not leaking into your yard or getting anywhere near your home.
  • Plaster is prone to cracking over time, especially if you live in an area that sees higher temperature fluctuations. While pool installers should be using materials that are rated for your climate, your inspector needs to verify the condition of the plaster and check for chips or cracks.
  • Your pool deck is a huge part of an inspection because it impacts safety, functionality, and aesthetics. Any cracked or missing tiles will be noted, as well as algae buildup.
  • Tiles are subject to cracks from the sun, age, sudden temperature changes and chips from dropped objects. Your inspector will point these issues out and call to attention anything that might pose a safety concern.
  • Grout keeps surface water from wet feet or weather away from the deck’s foundation. You must fix any missing or cracked grout quickly to prevent leaks that can cause hidden rot.
  • Caulking is another biggie that your inspector will check to ensure that your pool remains watertight and there isn’t a risk of leaks causing structural damage.

Pool Components

  • Pumps can age and need maintenance; your inspector will assess the condition of your pumps to let you know if they’ll need to be replaced soon.
  • Filters are essential to the functionality and safety of your pool. Your pool inspector will make sure that the correct filters are being used.
  • Heaters can be culprits for pricey repairs — your inspector will give you an idea of your heater’s shape.
  • Lights that are not working can indicate an issue with a pool’s electrical system or even a leak.

Pool Safety Features

  • Lighting is not only a visual feature but a safety necessity, too. A pool inspector will look for the availability and condition of proper lighting to ensure your pool is safe to be around in the evening and dark hours. 
  • Electrical wiring is a big concern, as you might imagine considering a pool is a giant electrical conductor. Pool inspectors are trained to spot improperly installed, faulty, or failing wiring.
  • Walkway safety is another critical safety element; you don’t want slippery materials or an algae buildup causing an accident on your pool deck. 

Other Pool Damage

  • Corrosion can cause metal components to become unsafe, so your pool inspector will keep a close eye out for any rust on your ladders, handholds, etc.
  • Accessories like diving boards, slides and platforms can break with age and pose potential risks, so an inspector will check them over to let you know if there are any faults.

How Much Does A Pool Inspection Cost?

An average pool inspection will cost you around $125-$250 or more. The variation will depend on what city and state you’re in and the size of your pool.  If you’re in an area where having a pool is less common, you may find that pool inspection rates are on the higher end because there likely aren’t a lot of licensed pool inspectors in areas where pools aren’t popular. 

The process is similar to a home inspection, and some home inspectors are licensed to inspect pools. This is more common in areas where pools are popular, so make sure you ask your home inspector if they’re licensed for pools so you can avoid having to hire two separate professionals if it’s not necessary. Likely, if your home inspector is licensed to assess pools, too, they’ll give you a deal for doing both inspections with them. 

Also like a home inspection, a pool inspection isn’t mandatory. Still, it can save you a considerable amount in future repairs, giving you negotiating leverage in a sale if you find faults. Always have a pool inspected when you’re thinking about buying a new home with a pool — you’ll be happy you did!