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Swimming Pools and Spas

Swimming Pools and Spas can be an extremely enjoyable addition to any home. They can also be extremely expensive if not properly maintained. If you are buying a home with a swimming pool and/or a spa, hot tub or jacuzzi, you should think about hiring a Home Inspector that can also inspect the pool for proper operation.

Pool or money pit?

Safety First Home Inspections’ swimming pool inspection includes inspection of the pool, spa, pumps, heater, visible piping, liner, ladder, steps, railing, diving board, and a visual inspection for leaks. We identify items that need repair to make the pool operational, safe and reasonable to maintain.

Pools are available in two types: above-ground and in-ground. Pools come in a variety of different materials, some requiring more maintenance than others.

Fiberglass is used for a one-piece tub fitted into a pre-dug hole. The slick surface repels algae, but it will need occasional re-coating.
Concrete is covered with a plaster water seal that can take more wear and tear than other pool materials. It will probably need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years.

Aggregate finish is a concrete pool with a specialized finish that has better traction.  It is covered with a layer of embedded rounded gravel.

Tile Is a concrete pool with a tile finish Instead of a plaster finish.  The tile surface requires less surface maintenance than other surfaces.

The slick surface of a vinyl liner, like fiberglass, repels algae.


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