Most homeowners enjoy using their pool or spa on a frequent basis. However, just like vehicles, they need regular maintenance. You can’t expect to use your pool every summer and never have any issues. The same applies to a spa.
That’s why a pool and spa inspection is important. Many people schedule these when buying a house because they want to ensure the pool and/or spa are safe and free of repairs before spending so much money on a home. Even if you’re not selling your home, you should schedule an inspection every year to prevent costly issues down the road.
What Does a Pool and Spa Inspection Include?
An inspection will cover various parts of the pool or spa, including the following.
The technician will visually inspect the various parts used to operate the pool or spa, such as:
- Heating systems
These parts will be inspected for leaks, malfunctions, and other defects. Filters and pumps may also be checked for energy efficiency.
The technician will also check various parts to ensure they perform the desired function. Do the lights turn on? Does the water circulate? The technician will also look for unusual noises and recommend any needed repairs.
Electrical components, GFCI outlets, drain covers, ladders, and steps will also be inspected to ensure they meet any applicable state or federal laws. If they are deemed unsafe, these components could pose an injury to you, your family, and guests. Also, the heater, pump, and other parts will need to be properly grounded and wired.
The interior finish, or plaster, is often overlooked, but it’s important and needs to look a certain way to pass inspection. The finish may consist of marcite, quartz aggregate, and pebble. No matter which one your pool has, it should be uniform, with no discoloration or stains. There should also be no rough spots, although cracks that have a spider web appearance are normal—as long as they are small. The inspection will determine if they are serious.
A pool and spa inspection will also cover the surrounding areas, including:
- Safety barriers
Is everything in good working order? Are there broken or uneven areas? Are the decks and sidewalk safe to walk on?
Pools often include water features such as:
- Deck jets
While these features look nice, they can be defective. They may leak or send water in the wrong direction, which can lead to issues with the surrounding areas of the pool.
Contact Us Today
Even if you’re not buying or selling a home, a pool and spa inspection is a good idea every year to look for any issues and ensure safety. It’s worth the investment. Contact J Bixler Inspections to schedule one in northern California and get peace of mind.