THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING A PROFESSIONAL PRE-PURCHASE POOL INSPECTION
Are you considering the purchase of a home with a pool? If so there are some important things to consider. A swimming pool can be a wonderful asset to a home, but it can also be a very expensive headache. Swimming pools are comprised of complex equipment that varies from pool to pool.
Most Buyers hire home inspector prior to purchasing a home to do a general inspection of the home in order to find out if the home has any serious deficiencies. Many are unaware that ASHI Standards of Practice (SOP) allow home inspectors to disclaim pools. There is a huge debate as to whether they should inspect them or simply disclaim them, as they themselves recognize there are many hidden problems they are not equipped to recognize in a simple visual inspection.
Professional swimming pools inspections should be conducted by qualified professionals in the industry, who is familiar with each aspect of the pool and understands the potential problems. The inspections should include the interior surface of the pool, the decking, the electrical system, the filters, heaters, pumps, and the plumbing. They need to be inspected comprehensively for functionality and soundness.
Equally important and most often neglected is having the pool checked for leaks. Leaks are the most costly hidden or initially unknown problems associated with pools. We strongly recommend a leakalyzer test with each Pre-Purchase Home Inspection.
Consider this from the City of Chandler. “In our dry desert climate, the typical swimming pool can evaporate its equivalent water volume in one year – as much as 20,000 gallons of water. Along with evaporation, you will also have water lost to ‘splash out’ and possibly in the backwash process. However, it’s also estimated that up to 30 percent of all pools have a leak, wasting lots of water unnecessarily. Since half of the pools out there have a fill valve (automatic pool refiller), leaks often go unnoticed not only occurring in aging pools but in new ones too. Leaks may occur due to a variety of reasons. There may be problems with cracks allowing the water to leak undetected under the pool decking or the pool itself. But more often leaks are a result of plumbing problems or improper seals around pump fittings which are often missed because they only leak when the pump is running. In our intense sun, the ultraviolet (UV) rays will rapidly cause the white PVC pipe to degrade if it’s not painted or protected.”
If you are considering purchasing a home with a pool, call DiamondBack Pool Service & Repair for a professional pool inspection. Our Pre-Purchase Pool Inspections Reports include a report of findings, a photo addendum and the estimated cost of any required repairs. A pre-purchase inspections can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands more than the cost of the inspection.
- PRE-PURCHASE HOME INSPECTION $150.00
- PRE-PURCHASE HOME INSPECTION W/LEAKALYZER TEST $300.00
ITEMS WE INSPECT
Pool Enclosure Auto Latching Access Decking
Coping Waterline Tile Interior Pool Finish
Auto-Filler Automated Cleaners In-Floor Cleaning System
Aerators Drain Covers Lights
Skimmers Diving Boards Slides
Ladders and Rails Filters and Backwash Valves Salt Systems
Pumps and Motors Heaters/Heat Pumps Automation System
Control Panel & Remote Timer Box Valves / Automated Valves
Electrical/Bonding Plumbing Leakalyzer Test