SEATTLE POOL AND SPA INSPECTIONS
The objective of our limited visual pool inspection is to determine if the pool and related equipment may benefit from a more thorough inspection by a qualified pool specialist. The scope of our inspection includes a limited visual inspection of the pool electrical system, primary circulation system, pool barrier system, the pool interior surface, and surrounding deck. We do not dismantle components such as filters, pumps, and heaters. We do not test water chemistry. We do not test or operate pool heaters, cleaning systems, control valves, chemical injectors or similar components. Schedule Your Seattle Pool and Spa Inspections Now!
Information For Pool Inspection
The purpose of a pool inspection is to evaluate the current condition of all accessible pool components, and the inspection consists of four phases:
- Pool/spa placement and protection. This includes fencing, gates, screen enclosure, proximity to electrical wires, location of electrical outlets, and placement to the home.
- Pool/spa vessel and coping. This includes the pool and deck surface condition (cracks, discoloration, and pitting) and the coping surrounding the pool (open joints, cracking)
- Pool / spa equipment. This includes inspection of pool/spa lights, the presence of GFCI devices, junction box condition and location, pumps, filters, piping, timers, disconnects, heaters, controls, accessories, skimmers, and,
- Upon completion of the pool/spa inspection, a detailed report will be generated. The report will summarize our findings and include general maintenance tips, identify areas in need of attention. These added-value tips will help you understand how to make the pool operational and reasonable to maintain. Our report enables you to proceed with confidence in your purchasing decision and to look forward to becoming a pool owner.
What to expect from a pool inspection?
During the inspection, the inspector will check the pool pump, pool motor, heaters, lights, and any other components that rely on electricity for proper grounding and bonding. Maintaining the right balance of chemicals in your pool can be critical for keeping it safe for swimmers.
What do pool inspectors look for?
A professional inspector will look for a pool inspection including open wiring, broken conduit, defective GFCI outlets, loose broken or missing handrails, decking cracks, cracks in the pool itself, and inoperable equipment.
How to Inspect A Swimming Pool
- How’s the water level? If it’s down more than a foot from its actual capacity, it’s a red flag
- Check the drains. The intakes need to be covered with federally-approved anti-entrapment coverings to be both safe and in compliance with the law
- Turn on the equipment. Pools have some complex machinery that keeps them clean and safe
What is a pool safety inspection?
Pool safety inspectors. A pool safety inspector’s role is to inspect pools to determine whether they comply with the standard.
POOL SAFETY INFORMATION
Welcome to the safety archive! Using common sense, caution and standard practices can keep chemical applicators and pool users safe from harm. I wish to acknowledge the National Spa & Pool Institute for their work in pool and spa safety and their contributions to this page. Visit the Poolcenter.com Libraryfor links to other safety sites we recommend. Safety around a swimming pool is an issue addressed by pool & spa professionals, their trade associations, and your local government in cooperation with consumer focus groups. Consumer Product Safety Commission has produced a page on pool safety and safety products. Pools and spas are not considered dangerous, yet the lack of proper precaution or available safety products can create hazardous conditions or liability concerns for the pool owner. [Read More…]
Pool Barrier Requirements According to Home Inspection Seattle
One of the important services you can provide in a limited pool inspection is reporting on pool barrier deficiencies. In 2001-2002, drowning was the second leading cause of all injury deaths in children aged 1-14 years. Pool barriers save lives. Pool barriers prevent injuries. That’s why pool barrier requirements are covered in the International Residential Code (IRC2003) Section AG105. These requirements may also apply to spas and even water features greater than a certain depth (18 inches in some jurisdictions). State and local governments may have different regulations. Some require retrofitting existing pools. Even for a limited pool inspection, the home inspector must know all the applicable regulations in his or her area. Schedule Your Seattle Pool and Spa Inspections Now!
Basic pool barrier requirements include the following:
- a fence at least 60(ideally 72) inches tall with no horizontal bars or other components that would allow a child to climb the fence;
- self-closing and self-latching gates with latches at least 54 inches above grade;
- self-closing and self-latching doors for all doors from living areas that provide access to the pool with locks at least 54 inches above the floor;
- locks at least 54 inches above the floor on all windows from living areas that provide access to the pool. Heights are usually measured on the side of the barrier away from the pool.
- a pool cover may substitute for other barriers if the cover is motorized and approved by local authorities
- all opening window and doors are recommended to have an alarm system for opening notification