This written home pool inspection was performed in the Lake Murray area of Del Cerro. The swimming pool and spa are separated by about 12 feet. The San Diego home has an older pool built in the late 60’s-early 70’s. The house was being flipped and the contractor paid a pool company that he uses for flips to drain the pool and perform a pool acid wash. The potential home buyer wanted to know the condition of the pool and spa. We looked at the pool equipment, deck and surfaces.
Inspecting the Pool, Spa and Decking
The swimming pool and spa plaster surfaces showed signs of delamination. The cream coat or smooth surface of the plaster had separated from the aggregate material beneath it. There were many areas of blistering and bubbling plaster. Both the spa and pool plaster cannot be repaired and should be resurfaced. The pool tile and brick coping are older but are in good solid condition. There is a small section of the brick pool coping that has a mortar expansion joint. Mortar is not the proper expansion joint material such as Deck-O-Seal. This material helps to prevent cracking with the expansion and contraction of the pool and deck. There is an area of the brick coping that has risen and is a safety hazard.
A section of the concrete deck by the hot tub has raised up and should be repaired. The deck repair will help to prevent any safety concerns. There was also some areas of the deck that were not level. This is a safety hazard and needs to be repaired to prevent injury. The spa booster return lines are clogged and not returning water from all of the spa jet outlets. This may be caused by venturi valves that are stuck. The air pressure may also need to be increased. We found that the booster air blower was not working. A skimmer basket was missing from the pool skimmer.
Looking At The Pool and Spa Equipment
During our pool inspection we included the pool equipment status. In the hot tub the light was not working. The spa light fixture most likely needs to be replaced because it was recently repaired. A Pentair Whisperflo pool pump was seemed to be working fine. The pool filter was not filtering properly. Debris was returning back to the pool. Grids in the pool filter will need to be replaced. Attached to the filter is a Raypak RP2100 pool heater. The 265,000 btu heater had multiple heat exchanger leaks and pressure switch leak. Two very old 3 way valves were not sealing properly. There were multiple leaks in the pool plumbing that need to be fixed.