A professional pool inspection spots complications and issues before danger strikes

With summertime being hot and dry on the prairies, humid in central Canada, and milder on the coasts, many Canadians invest in backyard swimming pools to cool off from the summer heat. For instance, Quebec has well over 300,000 backyard pools, more than almost anywhere else in North America on a per-capita basis. Swimming pools are a great investment that can increase the value of your home, but they’re only worth it if they’re properly maintained. For homeowners with pools, and homebuyers perusing properties with pools, a swimming pool inspection can help you make sound decisions. A swimming pool inspection can identify potential issues well before they occur. For new homebuyers, they can avoid unnecessary costs and repair headaches by scheduling a swimming pool inspection service. Pool inspection costs are minor in comparison to major swimming pool repairs. Serious renovations to a home’s swimming pool could cost homeowners tends of thousands of dollars to address.

8 warning signs that you need to conduct a pool inspection

If your swimming pool has been neglected, or you’re considering buying a new home with a pool, consider these 8 warning signs. In all likelihood, they warrant further review from a certified home and pool inspector.

1. Pool electrical issues

Common issues include burnt-out underwater bulbs, missing ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and improperly installed junction boxes.

2. Pool interior and pool deck hazards

Beware of slippery surfaces. Certain pool decks can develop algae over time and this creates a dangerous situation.

3. Damage to the pool itself

This includes the pool’s liner seen in the form of cracks and leaks within the cement or plaster.

4. Poorly installed or outdated equipment

Be vigilant over significant wear and corrosion on a pool’s ladder or diving board.

5. Connection issues

This includes incorrectly installed heaters and improperly bonded metal surrounding the pool. Dirty filters, a lack of anti-vortex drain covers, and deteriorated or improperly vented heaters could also warrant a pool inspection.

6. Lack of anti-drowning safety measures

Missing or inadequate pool barriers such as non-climbable fencing and self-closing gates could spell danger. As could a lack of anti-entrapment safety drain covers, and emergency equipment such as life rings and reaching poles.

7. Flow obstructions

This includes improper plumbing fittings, and pipe leakages.

8. Poor equipment bonding

Poor equipment bonding between a pool's pump and heater could lead to galvanic corrosion.

A pool inspection can help create a safer, more enjoyable poolside experience

Both homeowners and homebuyers could experience a wide range of unwanted issues should they choose to waive a swimming pool inspection. These include:

Electric shock

Improperly installed underwater lighting, heaters, or sound systems could cause electric shock.

Possible drowning

Small children are vulnerable to possible drowning, especially if the pool lacks proper pool barriers and safety equipment.

Water chemical exposure

This can cause skin irritations, burns, or respiratory issues to family or friends.

Leakage and seepage

Leakage and seepage throughout the pool’s foundation could be costly to repair without adding any additional value to the home.

Book a swimming pool inspection with AmeriSpec

Select AmeriSpec franchises offer swimming pool inspection services across Canada. By scheduling a pool inspection, homeowners and homebuyers can reach the best decisions possible regarding swimming pools and their family’s associated safety and comfort. FIND AN INSPECTOR