We know buying a home can be a daunting experience. There are so many things to consider! 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. 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. 

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Some common issues found when inspecting pools are:

  • Loose or missing tile and coping
  • Plaster interior finish deterioration
  • Cracks in a concrete pool shell 
  • Structural problems 
  • Worn, cut or torn pool liner
  • Warped or cracked diving board
  • Loose ladders, handrails and sliding board
  • Malfunctioning equipment or leaks
  • 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 estimate of costs to repair or replace.

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Pool and Spa Repair or Complete Pool Restoration?

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 tiles, adding new stone 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:

Structure-

  • Concrete &  Fiberglass 
  • Vinyl steel/polymer frame 
  • Hydrostatic relief
  • Isolation caulk joint

Equipment-

  • Filtration & Sanitizing
  • Plumbing & Circulation
  • Automation & Cleaning

Finishes-

  • Plaster
  • 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 time of inspection. 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.