For sale! A six bedroom house with a swimming pool
A property with a swimming pool is up on the market, or a house has come into your possession with a swimming pool attached.
You very interested in buying the home, but a not too sure about the pool, in more ways than one:
If the pool isn’t the problem but you’re concerned that there may be defects with the extra added cost of fixing the pool or back filling it, then it’s a good idea to have the swimming pool surveyed.
A survey can be a useful tool when making an offer on your desired property
- A pool survey is a good bargaining tool for discerning house buyers as it may find defects and potential problems that might incur the need for immediate repairs, replacement or renovations that can cost thousands of pounds to put right.
- A survey then, gives you leverage on the purchase price of the property. A pool survey can be an aid to the buyer in negotiating with the seller’s asking price.
- A swimming pool that is in need of refurbishments or a replacement swimming pool liner, should not put you off buying the property. Pools can be a great asset in more ways than one.
- A swimming pool survey can give you a good indication on the state and condition of the pool and could save you pounds in the long run.
- Surveys are not a waste of money but are a good investment, and well worth every penny when you know the faults of any item whether it’s a vehicle, a property or a swimming pool.
If you’ve moved into a new home that has a swimming pool, and you are not sure what to do or where to start and how to get the pool running or maybe you have a swimming pool and not used it for many years, but you need swimming pool surveyor to look at the pool to inspect if it is running correctly you want to contact your local pool installer for help and advice.
Inspecting the swimming pool yourself
If the winter debris cover is still on the pool, If it’s safe to do so peel it back to inspect the condition of the swimming pool. The water may not be a pretty sight, or the pool looks green, the liner (If it is a liner pool) looks discoloured, the water level may be low so you don’t know if it is leaking, the plant room where the filter pump and heater is located looks like it has seen better days…
- So where do you begin?
- How do you clean the water, and get the pool running again?
- Do you empty the pool clean and refill it?
- Should you even contemplate emptying the swimming pool at all?
- And if you did would it cause any problems or damage to the pool shell or liner?
First of all, swimming pools are tricky items to deal with, and I’m not just saying this to scare anyone from surveying the pool themselves. Howeverone make the wrong decission could cost the pool owner dearly for example:
- If a pool owner or portential buyer decided to drain a concrete pool to inspect it, there are set procedures to draining a concrete pool to avoid thermal shock. and if your location has a high water table, there is the potential for the swimming pool to “lift” out of the ground, and damage the pool structure.
- If you’re not sure of what you are doing with a pool then my advice is, don’t touch it, but do call a swimming pool installer and ask for help. The pool engineer (Installer) will either inform you what’s wrong with the pool
- Or if the pool is working correctly, how to get it up and running again and to get the water looking sparkling and clean.
- If there is something wrong with the swimming pool, it may need to be checked over to see if it is leaking or if the filtration system in sound working condition. This once again is best done by a swimming pool engineer who knows where to look and suggest the recommended action to take, however there are particular things you can do yourself.
- If the pump and all the pool equipment is connected then fill the pool to just below the top of the tile band (be careful if it’s a liner pool you do not over fill).
- Wait 48 hrs to see if the water level drops.
- Obviously if the level falls, then you know you have a leak somewhere that needs repairing.
- If you have concrete swimming pool , then a pool leak is either in the shell of the pool or in the filtration system i.e. skimmer, drain, returns pipes, filter, pump etc.
- With a liner pool it could be the vinyl liner is damaged, or the gaskets leak.
- If you do have a liner pool see if you can spot any tears in the fabric.
- You may decide to go ahead and empty the pool of water and clean it down
But here to recap is a note of caution.
- Do not empty the pool unless you know what you are doing. Emptying a swimming pool incorrectly may cause irreversible damage to the pool.
- For example the pool lining may shrink and will not fit back in position once the air has been in contact the surface of the exposed vinyl liner.
- There are potential dangers that can affect a concrete pool which could lift out of the ground if a pool is emptied wrongly!
- If “you” do decide to empty your pool, do have a life belt available and another person preferably two other people with you as a precaution, so if you accidental get stuck or fall in the pool, then there’s someone’s there to rescue you or get help.
- Emptying a pool is not as easy as it sounds either
One thing you need to know:
- There is a long period of time that must be taken to remove water from a concrete pool otherwise the shell may suffer from thermal shock.
- Where you will dump the water, as there is a tremendous amount of water in a pool?
- You have to find out if the pool water has no chemicals like chlorine, etc.
- You cannot just dump the water anywhere.
- However if the water is green and full of pond life then there’s the likelihood that it may be safe to dump on your lawn.
- As a precaution it may be best to have the water tested as you don’t want the water damaging your lawn or something that’s contaminated seeping into your grounds.
- There must be no run off of water into a neighbour’s property or into municipal drains. Check with your environment agency.
- The safe option is to have a tanker collect and remove the pool water but again check there’s no high water table or better still call a pool engineer.
Now this all may seem a nuisance and even some of it difficult to understand but it’s not! As long as you do it in bite size pieces and not try to do everything at once.
If you can though; check with the previous owners and ask them if they had the pool installed do they know what the ground conditions were like when the pool was excavated.
If you need advice about your swimming pool, and maybe you would like a tutorial on how to operate your pool just call us, we may be able to help you.
Once you get to know your new home and the idea of how to operate a swimming pool it may take several times to get use to operating the switch gear but once you get the hang of it then it’s plain sailing for you but anything new is a pain to learn as we all know.
John Cox TnISPE(Cert) London Berkshire Guildford Alton