In the heat of summer, nothing is more refreshing than a pool in the backyard. For Richmond area homebuyers, consider adding a pool and spa inspection to your pre-purchase home inspection. While a properly maintained pool adds value to your home, a damaged or malfunctioning pool can be a drain on your assets. At Burgess Inspections, Inc., we’ll give you the facts about your pool’s condition so you can make an informed purchasing decision.
When evaluating a pool, we take the following items into consideration:
1. Safety Systems
While regulations vary with every municipality, we will make certain your pool meets local safety standards. Safety regulations often include the installation of fencing around the pool’s perimeter with a self-closing, self-latching lock. Other regulations include the installation of alarms on windows and doors leading to the pool, safety glass on windows within five feet of the pool, and a stable pool cover that can withhold the weight of a child.
2. Pool Equipment
A pool is only as good as the equipment that runs it. The primary pieces of equipment we inspect include the pump, filter, and heater. We will ensure the pump is properly fastened to the equipment pad, free of leaks, and properly wired. Our inspectors will confirm that the heater is working and all gauges are operational. Additionally, we will check all hoses and clamps for leaks.
3. Electrical Systems
For the sake of safety and function, it is essential that the pool’s wiring is updated. The pool’s breakers should be properly labeled. Pumps and heaters should be properly grounded, and wires must be properly insulated and to avoid the risk of electric shock.
4. Spa Pumps and Controls
If pools are an added bonus, a spa is the icing on the cake. Our inspectors will make sure the blowers are operating properly; that each jet is producing a strong, even output; and check the wiring. We will also test to see if the controls are functional.
Schedule an Inspection
Adding a pool and spa inspection to your pre-purchase or new home inspection is as easy as picking up the phone. With our low-key, high-service approach to inspections, we’ll provide the information you need to make an informed decision. Get peace of mind and negotiate a fair price on your new home in Chesterfield or Henrico County by scheduling an inspection online or contacting us at (844) 804-9219.