Pool & Spa Inspection Checklist Sample

The following is a sample inspection that was performed at a pool and spa facility at a condominium property. This inspection was based upon the checklist available in InterNACHI’s free, online How to Inspect Pools and Spas Course. Use this sample inspection as a starting point in developing your own checklist that fits your inspection procedure and needs.

Fun read folks.

Three things jump out at me:

Perhaps on a commercial this is important. On a residential, this is made irrelevant. If a home is in a typical 30 day escrow, and the inspection is being done with in a typical 10 day contingency period, that means there are at least 20 days between the inspection and when the client takes possession of the house.

Whatever pool readings taken can change with in a day, and certainly won’t be valid in 20 days. A perfectly clean pool can become an algae fest in 20 days, depending on circumstances.

  1. There is NO mention of the pool pump bonding wire. This is MAJOR potential safety issue.

  2. There is no mention if the pool pump is single or variable speed.

True for home inspections in general.

“Bonding and grounding were visible” is mentioned.
I think it is there for the heater section

All my pool insps are outside or on a screened enclosure porch.
I don’t care how many speeds the motor has.
I don’t check water chemistry condition not part of my inspection.
Many inspectors down here will not do pools anymore
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They shouldn’t have been doing them in the first place then.
pool wall/floor condition
pool light
electrical safety
time clock
motor & pump
filter type
pressure gauge
air bleeder valve
overflow gutter/deco drain
platform/board/ladder/4" rail
heater type
coping & drainage away from pool

Right, it mentions it in the heater section, as if the Heater is bonded and grounded, but it does not say the pump is bonded. Big difference.

Which goes to my point. Keeping the water safe from electricity is way more important than water testing. But this “report” is presenting it the other away around, which I think would be confusing to someone who is new to inspecting pools.

Really, this whole article does a dis-service to anyone thinking about getting into residential pool inspections.