What should I know about properly maintaining my pool?

  • There has to be enough water in the pool or spa.  Check the level of the water.

  • All of the valves should be fully open.

  • Backwashing routinely- most pools operate around 10 lbs. of pressure and backwashing                                                                           should be performed when the pressure is 10 lbs. above operating pressure (i.e. 20 lbs.)

  • The skimmer and main drain should be clear of blockage and debris.

  • Skimmers require cleaning.

  • The strainer pot at the pump should be cleaned routinely.

  • Check your water chemistry routinely. There might be an imbalance of the water chemistry, causing scaling.

  • If you have a pool heater, the gas shut-off valve should be open. The switch should be on. Check for a pilot light, ignition, or flame at the fuel-fired heater.

  • The thermostat should be connected, active and set properly.

  • The pool is covered when not in use.

  • No unpleasant odors or irritating fumes are apparent.

  • No physical damage is apparent at the pool equipment.

  • The pool is vacuumed daily.

  • No debris is visible. The water is clean.

  • Algae growth is not visible.

  • Water temperature is maintained within acceptable levels and is appropriate for the primary activities being conducted in the pool.

  • Pool chemicals are stored a safe distance away from the heater.

  • Adequate clearances around the heater are maintained.

Inspection Expectations

       The area is safe

  • Adequate fencing, gates, barriers, alarms, and/or other protective devices are installed.

  • Adequate storage space is provided for equipment.

  • Decks around pool are not cluttered.

  • Surfaces leading to the pool, including the deck and steps, are slip-resistant.

  • Decks on all sides of the pool meet minimum safety standards. The deck is separated from the pool wall perimeter.

  • There are no standing puddles on the deck.

  • All ladders, stanchions, chairs, rails, treads, plates, and other deck equipment are tightly secured in place.

  • An adequate means of egress from the pool is provided.

  • Steps, treads, ramps, ledges, and any other protrusions into the pool are marked with a contrasting color coating or tile on both the top and vertical rise.

  • Pool chemicals are stored a safe distance away from the heater.

 

The area is clean

  • No unpleasant odors or irritating fumes are apparent.

  • No physical damage is apparent at the pool equipment.

  • Grates are visible from the deck, with no damage apparent.

  • The pool is vacuumed daily.

  • No debris is visible.  The water is clean.

  • Algae growth is not visible.

  • The pool water is tested at the frequency required or desired.

  • All water quality and chemical levels are within acceptable ranges during the most current test.

  • There is no visible surface staining.

The area is maintained

  • Main drain grates are bolted securely to the pool’s bottom.

  • Drain covers are installed.

  • Water return inlets are installed.

  • Bacteriological water analysis is performed on a regular basis.

  • Water temperature is maintained within acceptable levels and is appropriate for the primary activities being conducted in the pool.

  • The type of heater is identified. Efficiency and BTU ratings of the heater are identified.

  • The heater is installed on a level, non- combustible base.

  • Safety devices are installed on the heater.

  • The thermostat is identified and located.

  • Check valves between the heater and filter are installed.

  • Bonding and grounding are visible.

  • The heater is installed downstream of the pump and filter.

  • A solar heating system is installed.  The solar heating system type is identified. The solar heating system is active.

  • Adequate clearances around the heater are maintained.

  • Coping stones and tiles are not chipped, cracked or loose.

  • The pool shell appears smooth, without readily visible defects.

  • The water level appears to be maintained to allow for the removal of floating debris.

  • The water level appears at the proper height to allow continuous overflow of water into the gutters or skimmers.

  • Skimmer weirs, skimmer baskets, deck covers, and flow-­adjustment devices are installed.

  • Lights are installed and are operational.

  • Electrical wiring is not passing directly over the pool or spa.

  • Hose bibs are installed near the pool.

  • No apparent defects or signs of repair are observed at the diving board.

  • The centrifugal pump is secured to its base and is operating quietly.

  • The hair and lint strainer basket is clean of debris.

  • Air pressure-­relief valves are installed on all pressure filter tanks.

  • Filter tanks are accessible.  The filter’s brand is identified.

  • A clean sight glass or visual outfall of at least 3 feet has been provided.

  • The pressurized filter tanks and hair and lint traps are not leaking and are properly sealed.

The area is clearly marked

  • All piping, filters and components that are part of the system are labeled, tagged, color-­coded or otherwise identified.

  • The type of pipe has been identified.

  • Pipes and fittings are not leaking.

  • Pipes are supported adequately.

  • Pipes are not showing signs of calcification, corrosion or deterioration.

  • The manufacturer of the diving board is visible on the diving board itself.

  • The number of underwater lights is noted.  GFCIs are installed.

  • The type, number and wattage of deck lighting are identified.

  • The water temperature has been measured and recorded.

Spas

  • A spa is installed.

  • The spa is operational

  • No physical damage is apparent at the spa.

  • A spa timer is installed and not reachable by a spa user.

  • The emergency shut-­off switch for the spa is installed and clearly labeled.

  • The spa appears clean and is adequately maintained.

Pools and Spas

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