Getting ready to purchase a home with a pool? Before you sign that contract, make sure you have a professional swimming pool inspection so you know what you’re getting yourself into! At Royal Pool & Spa, we know there are a number of things that can go wrong with any residential pool. And unfortunately, unless you’re a pool expert yourself, those things may not be easy to detect. Below, we’ve outlined what professional pool inspections entail and why they’re essential for anyone considering buying a home with a pool.


What Does a Swimming Pool Inspection Involve?

A swimming pool inspection has two parts: a visual inspection and an equipment inspection. Assessing the quality and integrity of both the pool hardware and the structure itself provides a comprehensive picture of the overall health of the pool, so you’ll know which repairs and upgrades are necessary, if applicable. At Royal Pool & Spa, here’s what our pool inspections include:


●        Visual inspection. During the visual portion of the inspection, we examine the pool and the pool deck to check for deterioration, damage, and potential hazards, such as surface cracks. We also assess the quality and integrity of the ladders, railings, diving board, any other fixtures attached to the pool. Finally, we’ll test the pH of the water to ensure it’s properly balanced.


●        Equipment inspection. To ensure each component of the pool is fully operational and in proper working condition, we also run the pool systems to check for potential issues, such as leaks, cracks, breaks in the hardware, and more. As part of this process, we conduct a pressure test on the plumbing system to ensure no leaks exist.


Why Should Prospective Home Buyers Get a Pool Inspection?

Would you buy a home that didn’t have an inspection report? Of course not! So why would purchase a pool without an inspection report? Best case scenario, the pool is fully operational, the equipment is up to date, and all the components are in top condition. Worst case scenario? The pool is in poor condition and requires significant updates and repairs to function optimally.


An inspection alerts you to potential problems with the structure or hardware of the pool, so you know what to expect after you purchase the home. No homebuyer wants to discover their pool requires expensive repairs after they sign the contract, right?


Isn’t a Pool Inspection Included in the Home Inspection?

Not necessarily — in fact, it’s rare that home inspectors examine residential pools as part of their evaluation process. Though it’s easy to assume a home inspection also includes the pool area, most home inspectors do not have the expertise to perform a comprehensive pool inspection.


The average in-ground pool has dozens of working parts and an intricate plumbing system. And without extensive knowledge of these systems — which is acquired through industry training and pool construction experience — evaluating the equipment and detecting potential problems is virtually impossible. In fact, most home inspection reports have a disclaimer that covers the pool.


Need a Swimming Pool Inspection? Contact Royal Pool & Spa Today

Before you purchase a Twin Cities home with a pool, contact our team at Royal Pool & Spa for a professional swimming pool inspection. For over 30 years, we’ve been serving Twin Cities pool owners with comprehensive pool maintenance, renovations, and much more, so if there’s a problem with the pool, our knowledgeable pool specialists will find it. To learn more about our services or request a service quote, give our team a call at 651-779-7606 or send us a message through our contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you promptly.