Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Home Inspection Home Pool Safety

Maintaining a Safe Environment Around Your Home Swimming Pool  .

 Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs.   Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year.   The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

·         Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.  Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access.  Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.

·         Keep children under active supervision at all times.  Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone.  Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

·         Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.

·         Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear.  Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration.  Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

·         Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”

·         Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Home Inspections Do Not Include Pools

Home inspections do not include the inspection of pools, above or below ground.  Typically it is recommended that built –in-pools be inspected by a qualified professional pool inspection company.   But remember the state of New Jersey does not require pool inspection companies to be licensed or certified.   That means anyone can say they inspect pools.   Interview the company you choose and get references.

  In a pool inspection, the whole pool environment is looked at, not just the pool, pump and filter.
  The intention of a pool inspection is to evaluate the current condition of all accessible pool components and identify items that need repair to make the pool operational and reasonable to maintain.
  The average pool inspection is 2.0 to 3.0 hours.  It is not only involved in just the inspection but also to the remedy of the problems that are found.  When a problem is noted, its remedy is also commented on.  Measurements, verifications, gallonage computation, appropriate equipment, sizing of the equipment and its associated plumbing, are all inspected and verified as adequate.  This information is then used to recommend the proper sizing, turnover rates, and equipment choices.
  Keeping  safety in mind the condition of the fence, gates, walkway, pool perimeter, slide, diving board, rails, coping, lighting structure, and other items of safety and concern.
·         Through the years, the industry has learned what is safer and what is not.  Earlier designed swimming pools may not have had the latest information and technology applied to its construction.  Newly added items may have been inappropriate for the older pool design.   Inspecting the pool for proper function for your safety not just "inside" the pool, but the surrounding area: the walkway, the fence, the gate, the equipment and its wiring.
·         For instance: The diving board is measured. The depth at the tip of the board is measured and compared against the current requirements for that size board.  Are the receptacles GFIC's at the site?  Are they at the suggested distance from the pool?  Is the lighting safe?  Are there proper indications that the shallow end of the pool changes its slope to the deep end of the pool?  Is the underwater lighting at the proper depth?   Verified that the pool is designed with the most recent known safety precautions.