What are some common swimming pool construction defects?

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2023 | Construction Law

As a Florida native, you’ll know how much you value your swimming pool during those hot and humid summers. It provides a space to cool off from the heat and doubles up as a great space for entertaining family and friends at the weekend and in the evening.

One of the drawbacks of having a pool is that it takes a lot of upkeep. There are things that can easily go wrong, especially when there are problems with the way it has been fitted. Fixing defects in your pool’s construction is expensive and stressful. Here are some of the most common defects people experience.

1. Issues with the ladder

It is a fundamental part of the pool’s construction that it has to have a working set of ladders. These ladders need to be safe and reliable, especially for pool users who would otherwise not be able to access or exit the pool. If the ladder breaks while you’re in the pool, or while you’re on it, it can leave you injured and stranded in the pool.

2. It has not been installed properly

Human error is one of those things we all understand. Sometimes things just go wrong. Negligent installation, however, is another matter. Poor installation is evidenced by cracks in the structure, plumbing leaks and spalling.

3. Drain and pump issues

Failure to properly cover a drain or pump can cause what’s called “suction entrapment.”

What this means for pool users is that it can cause a swimmer to be stuck underwater as a result of the force caused by the drain suction. This can cause serious injury or even fatality.

A swimming pool can make a wonderful addition to your Florida home. You shouldn’t have to accept defects that make it more of a burden than a pleasure. Consider legal help to investigate your options if that’s the case.