Pool & Spa Inspections

A pool can be a magnificent addition to a house.  Many hours are spent with family and friends in a pool.  But just like a house, a poorly maintained or old pool can end up being a nightmare rather than a part of your dream home. 

If the house you’re interested in purchasing has a pool, get a great value with your home inspection by adding our Pool Inspection.  Allow HelloPro Home Inspections to identify problems of poorly maintained pools that can be costly to restore or repair later on. 

Our pool and spa inspections are detailed, but not exhaustive. Pool & Spa Inspections protect your investment whether it’s an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool, spa or hot tub season after season. 

Whether you’re about to purchase a new property or already have a pool of your own, getting regular pool and spa inspections can save you time, money and headaches later on. 

Swimming pools and spas are heavy on the fun, but with that fun comes additional maintenance and potential hazards to consider. By opting for a swimming pool inspection, you’re making maintenance, repairs and safety a priority. 

Trained InterNACHI Certified inspectors examine your pool and spa in two parts: visually and mechanically. The visual pool and spa inspection includes looking over pool equipment, electrical supply (including pool lighting) and any safety issues immediately surrounding the pool and pool deck. The mechanical pool and spa inspection monitors most important equipment as it runs.  

Other common components of a pool and spa inspection include: 

  • Skimmer 
  • Filter 
  • Permanently installed pool covers 
  • Heater (Note: The pool heater will not be tested if the pilot light is unlit.) 
  • Venting 
  • Pressure gauge 
  • Supply lines 
  • Blower 
  • Time-based controls 
  • Evidence of corrosion in saltwater pools 
  • Anti-drowning safety measures

While a pool, spa or hot tub can be an enjoyable luxury that brings value to your home, it can also become an ongoing money pit costing you a lot if issues are left unchecked.

Keeping a committed routine maintenance and inspection schedule will go a long way in keeping your pool or spa in top condition. Appropriately applying chemical treatments to safely operating heating and electrical systems, there are a lot of moving parts that work together for your swimming pool or hot tub. It’s important to hire a professional for regular inspections to help prevent — or identify – problems before they become a costly issue.

And if you’re purchasing a new home or an older property with a pool, it pays to understand what you’re getting into before you get to closing. Some issues may only be minor, while other issues can be significant and cost you far more than you ever anticipated. Trust a trained inspector before negotiating the final terms of the sale.

HelloPro inspectors often discover one or more of the following:

  • Dirty filters
  • Equipment leaks
  • Unveil water levels indicating geological issues
  • No anti-vortex drain covers
  • Damaged or missing lights
  • Bad or missing (GFCIs) ground-fault circuit interrupters
  • Improperly installed junction boxes or old-style junction boxes
  • Deteriorated or damaged heaters
  • Improperly vented heaters
  • Deteriorated or damaged shell or plaster
  • Improperly bonded metal around the pool
  • Non-compliance with pool and spa anti-drowning safety features
  • By working with a certified pool inspector, issues like these won’t come as a surprise down the road.
  • Any test that requires draining pool 
  • Concealed Items (ex. Rebar, underground plumbing) 
  • Pool body and decorative components such as tile, paint, and special coatings 
  • All underground piping and electrical, and leak detection of non-visible plumbing 
  • Chemical and water treatment systems, including the chemical conditions of the water in the pool/spa 
  • Sizing, adequacy of pool equipment 
  • Projections of life expectancy or future performance of any equipment, system, structure or component 
  • Determining compliance with installation guidelines, regulations, covenants, or other restrictions, including 
  • The issuance of permits 
  • Adequacy of solar panels or the mounting thereof 
  • All Diving boards and/or slides 
  • Programming computerized control systems 
  • Manual operation of valves 
  • All other Limitations, Exceptions, Exclusions as set forth in the Standard Inspection Agreement. 

More invasive, exhaustive testing is available from some pool contractors. These inspections are lengthy and may include pressure testing underground plumbing, verifying sizing and adequacy of equipment, and providing estimates of life remaining. A pool contractor may also provide you with estimates of repair, if required, these high-end inspections typically cost between $400 – $750.

Scheduling a Pool Inspection

If you want a pool inspection included with your home inspection, be sure to indicate a pool inspection when scheduling your appointment online, or let us know when you schedule your inspection by phone.
Our pool inspection is $100 in addition to the home inspection fee. Please review our additional Pool Inspection Agreement that will be required in addition to our general home inspection agreement.

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