Although it may be hard to imagine, warmer weather is coming - and soon. As the temperature rises, the benefits of having a pool seem to increase as well. Coincidence? We think not.
Pools can add a great deal to your home life. They provide many inviting opportunities: late night dips, diving competitions, luxurious lounging potential, and a great way to beat the heat. However, many fear the costs and headaches associated with owning a pool. This raises the question: "What should you consider when you're buying or owning a home with a pool?"
We reached out to pool expert and Specialty Services partner, Lenni Walton, President of Premier Pool Group for some helpful information on pool inspections and maintenance.
Enjoy our interview with Lenni below to learn more about pools and how to inspect and maintain them.
Carson Dunlop (CD): How is a pool inspection performed?
Lenni Walton (LW): "We start with a quick visual assessment of the surroundings, including gates, fences and possible hazards. We check to make sure locks comply with local rules and are functioning properly. We then take inventory of the pool equipment and accessories, model and serial numbers recording the item's age. We also look for leaks, previous repairs, and any hazards that need to be addressed."
CD: What common issues do you encounter?
LW: "We typically see issues related to the age and condition of the pool equipment. Too many chemicals in the water will shorten the life of the pool and its equipment. We see all kinds of leaks as well - did you know the most common shape for a leak in a pool liner is a crescent? Finger and toe nails can be ruthless.
We also come across safety issues such as trip hazards posed by cracked and raised concrete, wall vacuums that do not have covers on them, and main drain cover plates that have loose screws or damaged surfaces."
CD: What common mistakes do homeowners make?
LW: "Homeowners will sometimes take on repairs themselves, or try to cut costs by opening and closing the pool on their own, without the training or tools to complete the job safely and securely. Minor repairs done improperly can cause major floods, electrical problems, or gas issues. If you're purchasing a home with a pool, talk to the sellers to ensure they have been working with a professional."
CD: What can homeowners do to keep their pool operating smoothly?
LW: "Have a professional check your pool at least once a month. Most pool companies perform weekly maintenance which includes testing the water and cleaning the pool. They can also help with chemical delivery and opening and closing. When it comes to pool care it is wise to work with a professional."
At Carson Dunlop we believe that knowledge is the best tool when it comes to protecting one of the biggest investments of your life - your home. Our Specialty Services program provides our clients and real estate partners with fast, easy and cost-effective access to qualified specialists, like Premier Pool Group, all with a single call. To learn more about the Carson Dunlop Specialty Services program, please click here, or call 800.268.7070 to schedule a pool inspection.