Pool inspections aren't just for commercial pools. Your residential swimming pool may require an inspection if you are selling your home, if you live in an HOA community, or for insurance purposes. Regular inspections can also ensure you catch any issues early when repairs are simpler to complete.
1. Safety Fencing
Safety fencing is typically required by law, and the type and size of the fencing needed can vary. Generally, most localities require fencing at least 6 feet tall and the pickets must be spaced closely enough together so a child can't squeeze through. Gates should be self-closing and locking, as well, to ensure no one can access the pool without supervision.
2. Deck Condition
Decking materials around a pool can vary, with wood, vinyl, and concrete being the most common. Decking should be in good condition without any cracks, pits, or rotten areas. Caulking and mortar joints on the decking must be whole and sealed to guard against damage, and the decking should not separate from the lip of the pool itself. Any damage requires repair in order to pass inspection.
3. Pool liner
Most in-ground pools have a concrete or tile liner, although rubber liners are also common. Concrete liners are inspected for cracks, while tile liners require a check for both cracks in the tiles and cracks in the caulk that holds the tiles together. Rubber vinyl must be checked for holes, wrinkling, and other signs of stress that could indicate future failure. If damage is found, the pool must be drained and repaired before it can pass inspection.
4. Hardware and Equipment
Hardware and equipment is a large category. It includes inspection of the drains, pumps, and filters that circulate and clean the water. It also means checking on the state of other pool equipment, such as water jets and side lights. Everything needs to be functioning properly and cleaned out in order to pass the inspection. Heaters, along with any other electrical components, must also be inspected for safe operation.
5. Accessibility and Safety
Even residential pools may have some accessibility and safety requirements to meet. Properly anchored access ladders and handrails are a common requirement, even for personal pools. Built-in steps may also need to be inspected to make sure they are undamaged and properly anti-slip treated. Anti-slip treatments on the decking may also require inspection.
Contact a pool inspection service, such as Pinnacle Pools Service, if you have further questions about what to expect.