Are you performing an incomplete inspection on a home with a pool? You might be, and someone might also be suing you over it. In a few minutes of your day, you can avoid performing an incomplete pool inspection, and you can get paid for it too.
When a homeowner gets their house ready for sale, an inspector is going to look the entire property over and identify needs for repair. When it comes to a roof, obviously, the roof needs to be free of damage and it can’t leak during a rainstorm, that would be bad. It gets looked at from both sides – the outside and from in the attic space. A complete inspection requires this.
When they inspect the house plumbing, the pipes need to be in great working order or they get replaced, after all, if a pipe leaks under a bathroom floor, or from a kitchen sink, that would be bad. Leaking pipes are obviously an issue. They get inspected completely by checking for meter spin, water loss and pressure loss. A complete inspection requires this too.
Are windows and sliding doors installed properly? Does a bad window cause an indoor/outdoor air exchange, or potential leaking when it rains outside? Cracks in walls and even the foundation are all subject to leaking … that would be bad. Cracks in concrete, window frames or door jams are obviously an issue and all aspects of their ability to function properly are inspected and reported on, a complete inspection requires this.
So when it comes to the swimming pool, is it leaking? You can’t tell by looking at it, and if you make a report on it without checking for leaks, you are performing fraudulent work.
A vast majority of home inspectors perform a visual inspection on a swimming pool, reviewing briefly if equipment turns on and runs, or if the level of the pool looks full on sight. Unlike the roof, or a foundation or a leaking bathroom sink – a homeowner can debunk the visual pool inspection by simply throwing a hose in the pool before the inspector arrives. If the pool looks full, a visual inspection assumes it isn’t leaking and the home buyer is never alerted to issues that could cost them tens of thousands of dollars of repair costs after they’ve signed on the dotted line and the house is theirs. Major pool repair can easily be more costly than fixing that roof, or those pipes under the sink.