We know buying a home can be a daunting experience. There are so many things to consider! Pools can be a joy. It’s a summertime gathering place for family and freinds to cool off and enjoy time together. That’s what a backyard pool should be, however without an inspection, instead it can be a a lot of work and a money pit.
The last thing a buyer needs is to settle on the new house of their dreams only to find out later the pool is in need of major repair or is a disaster altogether.
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Some common issues found when inspecting pools are:
- Loose, cracked or missing tile and coping
- Rough plaster, stained interior finish or deterioration
- Cracks in the gunite pool shell
- Structural problems
- Worn-out, cut or wrinkled pool liner
- Warped, cracked or unsafe diving board
- Loose ladders, handrails or unsafe sliding board
- Malfunctioning filter and heating equipment or leaks
- Uneven, cracked or deteriorate decking
- Caulking in need of replacement
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These are just some of the items of the pool that may need repair. A good rule of thumb is “When in doubt, check it out”. If any part of a swimming pool or spa shows signs of wear or damage, ask a professional pool repair expert for an inspection and written estimate of costs to repair or replace.
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Pool and Spa Repair or Complete Pool Renovation? Not all aging pools need just repairs. In some cases, pool restoration or pool remodeling is a better choice. Pool restoration is ideal if you’d like to update or modernize the pool. A typical pool restoration might involve replacing pool coping and tile, adding new concrete decking around your pool, or making your pool shallower. Some projects, like vinyl pool liner repair, can range from a simple patch to replacing your pool liner completely.
Every aspect of the pool and/or spa should be examined including the:
- Concrete & Fiberglass
- Vinyl steel/polymer frame
- Hydrostatic relief
- Isolation caulk joint
- Filtration & Sanitizing
- Plumbing & Circulation
- Automation & Cleaning
- Tile & Coping
- Vinyl liner
- Gel Coat or Acrylic
Safety & Features-
- Spas & Fountains
- Equipment & Lighting
- Diving & Sliding boards
- Ladders, Railings & Fencing
Topography & Hardscape-
- Grades & Swales
- Elevation & Runoff
- Decking & Drains
- Retaining Walls
A detailed, comprehensive written report complete with repair cost estimates should be expected at the time of inspection. This can be performed in the winter months even when the pool is closed and winterized. With this information the home buyer has the knowledge to negotiate the price of the home considering there may be substantial repair costs to the pool and spa.