Owning a home with a pool can be an added bonus or it could be way more work than some home owners want. A pool or spa has several working parts to allow the system to run correctly. It is very important to have pool and spa inspections performed to ensure everything is functioning as it should. Items such as pumps, filters, and pool liners can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars to replace if they are not working correctly. A home inspector will check all of the working parts of the pool and/or spa to ensure they are in working order.
Home Inspector’s Role
A home inspector will evaluate the following:
- The water level and water quality will be tested.
- All the electrical components such as pumps, timers, lights, and automatic pool covers will be evaluated.
- The plumbing to and from the pool and heating systems will be checked along with pool drains and water jets.
- The pool liner along with the deck or patio will be check for safety or defective issues.
- All pools should have a fence around them to prevent children from entering. These will be inspected as well.
“A home inspector will check all of the working parts of the pool and/or spa to ensure they are in working order.”
My Recommendation for Opening and Closing a Pool
If you have never opened or closed a pool before and need to, there are several instructional videos and documents to help you do this. I strongly recommend paying a pool service to come out to open and close the pool for the first time so you can watch it done by a pro before doing it yourself. For a few hundred dollars, you can get great insider information from the pool company and ask them any questions you may have about keeping the pool up during the season. If you’re not the type to pay someone to open and close your pool, you can watch several videos and make sure you have all the proper equipment before you begin.
The chemical balance is crucial during every season of a swimming pool. The best way to get the levels right the first time opening is to take a water sample to a local pool supply company so they can set you up with the appropriate chemicals to level it.
Pool Maintenance Schedule
Being consistent in your pool maintenance will help ensure a beautiful pool every year. Consider the following:
- Check water level daily. Water should be halfway up the skimmer basket.
- Check water PH balance twice a week.
- Check water hardness, TDS, and TA once a month.
- Test for metals once every six months.
- Check skimmer basket twice a week.
- Check pump strainers once a week.
- Look for pool leaks daily.
- Vacuum pool at least once a week.
- Brush off pool wall and bottom once a week.
- Clean filter every three months.
- Winterize annually.