Swimming pools are often one of the wonderful assets for you. It is the place where your family can gather and bond together to play or swim enjoying the fresh air or simply just to cool down. However, a swimming pool can also be a source of stress. As a pool owner, you are responsible for the safety of your family and friends. Your pool should always be well maintained and follow the pool fence rules.
Having inspection on your swimming pool can make sure the the health and safety of the pool users. But, an compliance and safety inspection conducted by a licensed pool inspector will provide a fresh perspective and may find issues that have started to develop. You can then address these issues and correct them before they turn into major repairs.
To help you with your research on Pool inspection, we created this articles to answer 9 most popular questions.
(1) How do I find out if my pool is registered and how do I register my pool?
You can visit NSW pool registry (http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/) to check if your pool is registered. If your pool is not listed in the registry, you can register on the website. There is a form that ask information about your swimming pool that you must fill.
After registering your pool, you can ask assistance from pool certifier to help you obtain certificate of compliance.
(2) Do all Pool Safety Inspector required to be licensed and insured?
All pool compliance inspection companies must be licensed to be able to operate. Safety inspectors can help you identify swimming pool’s potential risks and the repairs needed , and suggest you with options to solve any pool safety related problems. The certifier will provide you with a report in written format. It will take a day or two after the inspection, either by mail or or email.
(3) Do Pool Compliance Inspectors carry out minor repairs?
A pool owner and pool safety inspector can come to an agreement that the inspector will conduct minor repairs to make the pool meet the pool fence regulation. However, pool owners and property agents must note that some pool inspectors have no capability to carry out minor repairs on pool fence or gate.
(4) How long does a pool safety inspection take?
Pool inspection depends on the style of swimming pool or spa. Different pools may have different safety issues to be fixed. However, a regular backyard swimming pool inspection is usually done in 60-90 minutes onsite. The report of the inspection takes 2-3 working days after the initial inspection.
(5) What happens after the safety and compliance inspection?
If your pool is compliant after the inspection, the pool certifier will issue a certificate of compliance.
However, if the pool inspector identifies that the swimming pool has a huge risk to public safety, a copy of the notice of non-compliance will be sent to the local authority straight away.
(6) If my pool is non-compliant, how long do I have to get compliant after the inspection?
If your swimming pool is not compliant, you will be issued a notice and certificate of non-compliance. You will have 90 days to fixed the non-compliant issues before the certifier notifies the local council.
This notice provides reasons why your pool is not compliant and the steps that need to be taken in order to meet the safety regulation. The owner will then have a period of 6 weeks to attend to the areas of non-compliance and then arrange for a re-inspection for certificate of compliance.
(7) Do I need to have my pool fence re-inspected if I change my pool barrier even though I have a current Certificate of Compliance?
If you’re planning to change your pool barrier, you should make sure that the changes meet the Australian Standard. When the upgrade of the pool safety barrier is completed, you must get a compliance certificate.
If your pool safety barrier has already have a compliance certificate, you should apply for a variation to make changes to your pool or pool safety barrier. If the upgrade you want meets the requirements of the Modified Australian Standard, a new compliance certificate can be issued.
(8) How long does a Certificate of Compliance last?
Obtaining a pool safety certificate indicates that your pool is safe. It also verifies that it has been inspected by a licensed pool inspector and it is complied with the pool safety standard in your state. A compliance certificate can only be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector (either by local council or a private certifier) and it lasts for 3 years.
With the 8 questions properly answered, you have now gain more knowledge on on pool inspections and the certifiers that issues the certificate of compliance.
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