pool inspection sydney
  • February 8, 2021
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A thorough professional pool inspection Sydney allows homebuyers and homeowners to know the pool condition and its mechanical processes. If these aren’t checked, issues can become costly to repair.

In this post, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about the pool inspection, what home inspectors look for, and how much it costs so that you can enjoy your yard and pool in peace.

What is Included in a Pool Inspection Sydney?

A pool inspection Sydney includes several aspects. Before you get a pool inspection Sydney done, ask your inspector what is included in their inspection of the pool.

1. Pool Interior

Some pools have vinyl liners inside them. These devices help contain the water inside the pool to ensure it doesn’t seep out. A tear in the lining could be a costly repair.

Other pools have one of several types of plaster. Inspectors check the plaster to ensure there are no cracks that could lead to future severe issues. However, some cracking is normal. They will also inspect any functional or decorative tiling inside the pool.

2. Pool Safety

Pool inspectors ensure your fun in the sun stays amazing and not worrisome. The safety aspects they check include the walkways around the pool aren’t hazardous for slips and trips and that electrical wires are distant from the pool. 

Pool inspectors check fencing and latches. If these are present, they ensure they are functioning properly so no one accidentally ends up in the pool, which shouldn’t be there. 

Fencing depends on a certain height so that kids would not get in unexpectedly. The design should pose a challenge for little ones to climb over. The exact height required by local laws varies. 

Pool inspectors aren’t required to ensure your outdoor space is in line with local laws and ordinances related to pools. This is something you may have to look up yourself or with a code inspector.

However, experts of pool inspection Sydney may be good on this topic, so you can always ask them for information or look it up online.

3. Tile & Decking Around Pool

Your pool deck is where much action happens. Swimming is surely fun, but so is lounging by the pool. Kids love to play or relax while dipping their toes in, and sitting on the edge is part of the pool inspection Sydney.

Inspectors will check out the “coping.”  This is the area directly around the pool. Typically, it is 12-18 inches wide and made of hard material like brick, concrete, or natural stone. Chips in the coping can lead to tripping debris or hazards in the pool.

The decking is any hard surface beyond the coping. The inspector will check the damage and stains just like the rest of the pool. He will also assess for proper drainage for rainfall and any pitches or tilts in the decking.

4. Pool Lighting

Most pools have lights inside the pool. The inspector should ensure that these function, whether they are old light bulbs or newer LED lights. They will assess for condensation inside pool lighting fixtures, which can lead to mildew or mold issues. They may also be able to let you know the type of lightbulb you need.

5. The Rest of the Yard

For safety and quality issues around the pool, the inspectors look at the rest of your yard. They check the roof gutters’ position to ensure rainwater won’t drip into the pool often, and natural features of the surrounding land could affect your poolside enjoyment.

Inspectors look at the rest of your yard for safety and quality issues around the pool. They check the roof gutters’ position to make sure rainwater won’t drip into the pool often, and natural features of the surrounding land could affect your poolside enjoyment.

6. Saltwater Corrosion

A saltwater pool is a great option that offers lower levels of chlorine needed to sanitise. This means less maintenance overall. However, salt can cause corrosion—inspectors are required to pay special attention when looking at saltwater spas and pools.

7. Pool Pumps

The pump is an essential piece of equipment for your pool. It circulates water around other devices like heaters and filters to keep your water warm and clean. Without a functioning pump, a pool will not be usable for long. Inspectors of pool inspection Sydney check whether the pump is working and check if it’s properly secured and has reliable wiring.

8. Pool Filter

There are several different types of pool filters. However, all of these do the same thing -clean and sanitise your water. Without one, a pool can become a mess quickly. Ensuring the filter is solidly in place, and all the valves that lead to the filter function properly is an important objective for pool inspection Sydney.

9. Pool Heater

Not all pools have heaters, but it’s an important feature in ones that do. Inspectors will assess if the heater is the right size for your pool and verify that it’s actually working. Heaters can be expensive, so knowing that it’s working will give you peace of mind.

10. Pool Accessories

Pools are fun spaces that may have accessories like an infinity edge, diving board, or fountain. Some accessories, like a pool cover, are useful for cleanliness and maintenance. Inspectors usually check such items to minimise surprises in the future.

When it comes to slides and diving boards, pool inspectors check for rust or deterioration, leading to sharp edges that can cause injuries. Pool inspection

Sydney experts even recommend that you have these features removed because of liability and potential risks.

11. Automation & Remote Control Function

Modern pools may have remote control and automation features. Inspectors can test these features and ensure they function well.

What Pool Inspection Sydney Does Not Include

If there’s bad weather, then a pool inspector isn’t required to inspect the pool as it could cause damage the pool equipment. It doesn’t include water quality testing or testing anything that is already not working properly or the pool’s suitability for a diving board or slide. Before committing to a pool inspection, be sure to understand what it is or isn’t included in the inspection.

Cost of a Pool Inspection Sydney

The pool inspection Sydney cost depends on some factors, including where you live and the pool’s size and condition. Some home inspectors may combine services leading to a much lower price for the pool inspection. 

When hiring a building inspector, you should accept them if they have the appropriate certification and training to conduct a pool inspection. Putting out a few more dollars for peace of mind is incomparable to the years of happy summers your family will enjoy outdoors at the pool.

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About Elie Farah

Elie Farah is a Building Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Elie has specialised knowledge in development acquisitions, blue-chip properties and inspections, as well as flood-affected and waterfront properties, heritage buildings, bushfire management and existing use rights.

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