Pool & Spa Owner Inspection Manual

When you choose a certified pool inspector, you’re able to identify what could be a minor fix now instead of a major repair later.

If you’re buying a home with a pool, or even have a swimming pool or spa already, these extra amenities usually increase your property value but also come with additional maintenance considerations. Before you agree to selling terms, have a pool inspector near you check things out. Depending on the pool inspection report, you may be able to decrease your price, negotiate repairs or both.

1. What a Certified Pool Inspector Checks

Your certified AmeriSpec pool inspector will examine your pool and spa — and immediate surroundings — visually and mechanically. Safety and potential hazards will also be considered during the inspection process. Most mechanical equipment will be turned on and allowed to run, and connections will be checked.

Please note. A certified pool inspector will not check or test the following items:

  • Water quality
  • Quality of pool-related times
  • Suitability for additional pool accessories like a diving board

2. Your Pool Inspector Pays Attention to the Details

Together with your inspector, you’ll walk around the pool or spa area, taking note of the surrounding pool deck, entrances to the pool, fencing, trees and so on for any safety concerns. Then it’s onto a visual inspection of the pool liner, which may be vinyl, plaster, concrete or tile. We also visually inspect and note for all possible safety hazards the pool might have.

Next we inspect the electrical systems and mechanical components. Each piece of equipment that can be turned on is, and then it’s allowed to run. Your inspector will watch for any signs of improper function on the following:

  • Ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Skimmer
  • Venting
  • Filter
  • Supply lines
  • Pumps, motor, blower, pressure gauge
  • Timer controls
  • Permanently installed pool cover

Anti-drowning safety measures as defined by state and local regulations will also be inspected. Any outstanding issues or problem areas will be noted in your pool inspection report.

3. What You Can Expect from a Pool & Spa Inspection

Depending on the size of the pool and complexity of its systems, a pool inspection can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Often, pool and spa inspections are bundled together with a home inspection, making it more cost-effective if you’re purchasing a new home. Pool or spa inspections can also be separate from a general home inspection if you’re already living on the property.

Your location and pool size will determine the cost of the swimming pool inspection, and your certified pool inspector will be able to give you an estimate beforehand.

After your pool or spa inspection is complete, you’ll receive a detailed inspection report with findings and areas in need of attention.