What to Ask a Pool Inspector When Buying a House

Licensing for swimming pool inspectors varies for each state, however generally there is no requirement for an inspector to be registered, like in Connecticut for instance.

Since there is no certification requirement, you must do your due diligence to find a reputable inspector you can trust.

And since most people aren’t pool experts themselves, you must rely heavily on the advice that the inspector gives you.  It will help if you call them with a little knowledge to hand, so you can be confident you’re getting the best, most appropriate advice.

Make sure you have a general awareness of the components of a swimming pool inspection.  The common checks are:

  • Integrity of the pool structure
  • Condition of equipment: pumps, heaters, filters etc..
  • Electric and plumbing lines
  • Pool entries and ladders
  • Surrounding area, patio/slip hazards etc.

Then you can ask the inspector for a sample report; this way you can make general comparisons if the inspection seems comprehensive enough for you. Does the sample report identify any problems?  Are recommendations included for these issues?

It’s also a good idea to ask about state and local pool regulations.  As a pool owner you will want to be aware of the state requirements and more importantly if the pool complies.  You should ask about: Fence requirements, equipment bonding, drain suction outlets and if they comply.

A thorough inspector may also provide information about potential issues such as trees that block light to your pool, or where excess leaves may fall into the pool and require cleaning.

Ask about options which might save money, for instance equipment may be outdated, or less efficient then newer models.  A good inspector should tell you this as standard, but if not don’t be afraid to ask.

Ask what kinds of pools they have inspected.  A seasoned pool inspector should have experience with a wide range of pools including above and in-ground.  Of course all pools are different, so you want to have confidence that the inspector knows the ins-and-outs of your set-up.