As I've mentioned in other posts, my husband and I are buying a house with a pool. The owners don't want to open the pool for us to inspect it without completely closing the pool up again. They are concerned about liability issues if someone were to get into the pool, even with the cover on, after it is opened and drowning. They are also concerned about any possible cold weather that may yet occur. The liability issue seems like a non-issue to me, as there is already water in the pool, it just isn't quite as high as normal. When you open a pool for the summer, and then go on vacation (or just leave for several hours), there you have an uncovered pool, so that would seem to be an even greater liability issue. Our house is in Wilmington, DE, and now that it is April, I highly doubt the pipes are going to freeze.
Anyway, onto my real question. Their real estate agent knows of someone who inspects pools without completely opening them. That is the solution they are proposing. Our agent contacted this person, and this is what he was told:
"Charlie for Charlie's Pools and Spas did call me last night in response to my text message. I asked him how he was able to do the inspection without completely opening the pool. He stated that with 27 years of experience he has learned how to evaluate pools without having to fully open them. He has done pool inspections throughout the year, even in February. His method is to take off the cover a section at a time (not to remove the whole thing) and examine the pool wall for evidence of any degradation. He disassembles the filter and examines it and dry runs the pumps for a brief period. He said that unless a pool had been closed up for more than a few months he has always been able to tell if there is a problem with the pool wall. "
Has anyone here heard of such a thing? I haven't. I'm not sure I would trust a pool inspection done without completely opening the pool. Any thoughts would be appreciated.