|Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can you tell me whether the structure is sound?
We look to many indicators to see whether the structure is sound or not. Indicators such as cracks, the pool being out of level, hollow areas in the coping or bond beam, missing tiles and more. These indicators can help us determine if you need a structural engineer to come out.
Although our visit is a visual inspection and not a leak detection, we can see signs of a leak in the pool or spa. We would then be able to recommend if you need to get the plumbing system check by a professional leak detection company or not.
There are many signs as to whether or not a pool should be replastered. Such things as delamination, black algae, cracks in the pool or perhaps the pool surface is just old and rough. When swimming, your skin gets very soft and pliable; if the surface is rough or broken up, a child's feet, for instance can get cut. We would recommend replastering in severe cases.
We look to see if the water is clear, if the time set for the pump is standard for the size of the pool; or if the pressure showing on the filter gauge is normal for the pump size.
The acceptable standard in the pool construction industry is ¼" level from end to end and side to side. Water will naturally level itself in any given vessel. We then see whether your pool is out of level, or perhaps has just a poor tile installation.
We test the deck drains by running a hose (when available) and we can then inform you if your drains work, if they need to be cleaned out or if more drainage is needed.
The current State of California's code for pool enclosures is as follows: "The pool must be enclosed with a five foot fence around the pool. Any gates leading into the pool area must open away from the pool area and be self-closing and latching. If the house is used as part of the enclosure, you must have alarms on the doors leading out into the pool area."
We check the enclosure and give recommendations if needed.
Most pool lights are safe. However, California building code requirements have become strict on the use of GFCI's on the pool lights. For that reason, we check the pool and/or spa lights to see if they are safe for swimmers, and make recommendations as needed.
Surprisingly, there are very few diving board accidents each year in the United States. There are millions of swimming pools in the U.S. and more are built each year. Last year, there were 63 major accidents involving the improper use of diving boards. Half of those were alcohol related. We look to see if the diving board meets the current safety codes for diving boards and give you our recommendations.
We review these and many other components of a pool or pool and spa, answer questions you may have, and give you a written report right there.
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