07 3202 7268 - 0418 785 360 wssps@bigpond.net.au
What you need to know on pool demolitions….

What you need to know on pool demolitions….

Pool demolition tips….

Consider this scenario. Your pool is sitting in the backyard, unused and neglected. It has been a great joy for the family. The children and their friends have enjoyed many years splashing and frolicking in the cool, refreshing waters. There are great memories of pool parties and lazing around the sun. But, now the kids have left home. The pool is time-consuming to look after. It’s getting old. The idea of a pool renovation seems costly. So, what do you do? Is a pool demolition worth it?

Many people believe that pool demolition is as simple as filling it in. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Pool owners who don’t have the pool properly demolished, are liable.

Here are some key steps for demolishing a pool.

  1. Contact your local council about the guidelines and requirements that need to be met.
  2. Deregister the pool and seek approvals for the demolition.
  3. Contact a pool removal specialist who will need to make sure all care is taken when breaking up the concrete and filling the hole in, including reinforcements, checking drainage and ensuring no water pipes are damaged in the area.
  4. Receive certification that the pool demolition has been done satisfactorily.

It is advised that when considering a pool demolition that you seriously look at the pros and cons. Let’s make it clear, demolishing a pool will not necessarily be cheaper than renovating.  Think about the access to your pool, particularly if it some years old. At least if you renovate, you still have an asset on your property.

However, there are some circumstances where it is feasible for a pool demolition. For example, an older couple who have grown up children and don’t use the pool themselves may decide to have the pool demolished if there are no plans to move homes and they would like their lawn back.

 

Pool inspection tips when buying a home

Pool inspection tips when buying a home

Pool Inspection Tips When Buying a Home…

Swimming pools are often one of the centerpieces of a home. The place where everyone can gather together to celebrate, enjoy the fresh air or simply just to cool down.

However, whilst a swimming pool can be a wonderful asset it can also be a headache source. This is particularly true if it’s old, not well maintained or substandard building practices were used in the first instance.

Some points to consider….
  1. Pools need to be upgraded and fixed over time – just like kitchens or bathrooms. However, it all depends on the integrity of the pool. Some pools can be 20-25 years old before they need a makeover, some may need attention much earlier. In some cases, this could be as simple as replacing equipment, but in other circumstances it could be very costly. A pre-purchase report will give an estimate of how much the perspective buyer may need to spend.
  2. A qualified person needs to inspect the pool. Building inspectors are not pool builders, or pool renovators. Building inspectors do not have the expertise to comment on what state the pool is in and what sort of repairs need to be made. It is the right of the prospective buyer to have the pool checked out independently and assess what issues that may be apparent.
  3. The main thing that needs to be checked is the structural soundness of the pool. Many times this is not evident to the eye straight away. The buyer may find out after they purchase the property that they need to renovate much quicker than first anticipated.
  4. A pre-purchase pool inspection can be either verbal or a more detailed report. If there are issues with the pool, particularly costly ones, this can help buyers to negotiate the sale price of the house to cover future works if needed.

In most cases the pool is completely fine but there are times, not often, but it does happen when houses are sold because of the cost of fixing the pool. The pre-pool inspection is about putting the mind of the buyer at ease and takes the unknown out of the equation.

 

Below is an example of a pool which was severely leaking. Western Suburbs Swimming Pool Services installed a new liner and filled the spa….
1-pool-severly-leaking-a-liner-installed-and-spa-filled-in-1 4-final-shot-of-pool-with-new-liner-and-spa-filled-in-leaking-pool-problem-fixed-1