What You Need To Know About Owning A House With A Pool

Owning a property with a pool is an exciting thought for many house hunters in Australia. And why not? A pool is not only a beautiful addition to your outdoor space; it also provides a venue for family fun and recreation. It allows you to spend your time with family and friends by the water all year round, without even the need of leaving your own lot.

However, having a property with a pool also requires the owner to ensure that the pool passes all safety standards set by the state. Many of the clients we’ve worked with at Twinspectors hire our services for this purpose – to help them ensure that the pool in their lot is safe for use.

Why and How Pool Inspections are Conducted

Whether you’re buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool, it is required that you obtain a pool safety certificate. Acquiring this certificate indicates that you can operate a pool that is compliant with the safety laws of Australia. For landlords and sellers, obtaining the pool safety certificate is a necessity prior to sealing a contract.

The pool safety certificate is issued by a licensed inspector, after a complete inspection of the pool. If your property is unable to meet the guidelines, you will be given a period of days to complete the remedial work and ensure that you comply with the safety standards. After this, another pool inspection will be conducted before a certificate is released.

Ensuring that You Meet the Pool Safety Requirements

At Twinspectors, we commonly help swimming pool owners determine whether or not there are changes needed to be made to their property so they can obtain the safety certificate. As part of the guideline, here are some of the things that inspectors will be looking at:

  • Safety signs The pool area should have the safety signs visible to all individuals in the area. Even persons in the pool should be able to clearly see the resuscitation signs from all views.
  • Swimming pool fences Pools must have surrounding fences, so that no one can directly access the area without a barrier. The height of the fence must be at least 1.2 metres and if there are gaps in the fence, they must be 100mm or less.
  • Pool gates To avoid the hazards of children running into the pool area accidentally, the gates must swing out from the pool area. They should also be able to close and latch by themselves.
  • Climbable objects Any climbable object located near the pool fences should be removed, or kept at a distance of at least 900mm. Branches that are located near the pool fence and the pool area must also be cleared.
  • Doors No door from the house can open directly on to the pool area. The pool area must be secured with a fence and a separate gate.