Charlotte Pool Inspections

If you are in Charlotte, Monroe, Concord, Gastonia, Mooresville or other surrounding areas and need your pool inspected contace Home Spectors at (704) 545-2847!

In-ground pools should be made to withstand the soil pressure on both the sides and bottoms. They may be built of cast-in-place concrete, concrete sprayed onto a steel, reinforcing frame (gunite), vinyl liner on a structural frame, or fiberglass shell. In most cases hairline cracks in concrete or fiberglass and small tears in vinyl may be repaired. Lowering the water level below the crack or tear is usually necessary. Large cracks may be serious, indicating soil movement or inadequate drainage. Have a professional from Home Spectors inspect your pool!

Different types of Pools:

  • Vinyl-lined in-ground pools look more like conventional in-ground designs, but are a lot like about-ground pools structually. The construction crew digs a hole and assembles a metal, plastic or wood frame wall around the hole's perimeter. As in an above-ground pool, the crew lays sand along the bottom of the hole and secures the vinyl lining to the structural wall. These pools are not as durable, but are a lot cheaper. The liner needs to be replaced every 10 years or so.
  • Gunite pools are the most popular design in much of the United States. To build one of these pools, the construction crew digs a hole, puts the plumbing in place and assembles a framework grid with 3/8-inch steel reinforcing rods (rebar). The rebar rods are spaced about 10 inches apart, and secured together with wire. The crew sprays a heavy coating of gunite when the grid is in place. Gunite is a mixture of cement and sand. The sprayer unit combines dry gunite mix with water just before spraying -- this produces the wet concrete material. The crew trowels the gunite smooth and lets it sit for a week or so before applying a smooth finish to the rough surface. The most popular finish is called plaster, which is actually a mixture of cement and marble sand, but a lot of people finish their pools with special concrete paint. Gunite pools can also have tile, exposed aggregate or even fiberglass finishes. Gunite pools  are highly durable, and they can be built in any shape or size.

    Inground Pools require the following inspections:

    1. Pool footings and pool plumbing prior to placement of concrete (All rebar, wire mesh and steps must be properly supported).

    2. Bonding of all metal parts within 5 feet of the inside walls of the pool including but not limited to rebar, light fixtures, ladders, handrails, pump motors, filters, heaters and metal fencing.

    3. Underground conduit and wiring prior to backfill.

    4. Underground gas piping testing if applicable (Gas Test Certification Form must be submitted).

    5. Final electrical – ground fault protected receptacle(s), pool pump motor, filter, heaters, light fixture(s), landscape lighting and bonding of metal fencing and equipment, energy requirements.

    6. Final Pool – fencing and/or barriers, listed step assemblies (removable or fold up locking type), access gate hardware operation, and pool covers.

    Above Ground Pools require the following inspections:

    1. Bonding of all metal parts within 5 feet of the inside walls of the pool including but not limited to rebar, light fixtures, ladders, handrails, pump motors, filters, heaters and metal fencing.

    2. Underground conduit and wiring prior to backfill.

    3. Underground gas piping testing if applicable (Gas Test Certification Form must be submitted).

    4. Deck post footings if applicable. (Prior to pouring concrete)

    5. Framing of pool decking, stairs, handrails and guardrails if applicable.

    6. Final electrical – ground fault protected receptacle(s), pool pump motor, filter, heaters, landscape lighting and light fixture(s).

    7. Final Pool – installation performed in accordance with the pool manufacturers installation instructions, fencing or barriers, listed step assemblies (removable or fold up locking type) and fencing / gate hardware operation.

    Call Home Spectors and they will inspect your pool in Charlotte, Monroe, Gastonia, Mooresville, Concord or surrounding areas.  (704) 545-2847!