Should You Get a Pool Inspection? A Guide for Homeowners

Ebonee Williams
Written by Ebonee Williams
Updated October 13, 2021
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Before you make a splash, get a pool inspection to identify any potential issues

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There’s nothing like lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand or cannonballing with your kids on a summer day. But before you buy or sell a home, it’s important to get a pool inspection. From fixing small pool issues before they become large to identifying areas of concern, having your pool inspected is an important step for all homeowners.

When Should You Get a Pool Inspection?

Pools bring a lot of joy to your home. They’re great entertainment for kids, adults, and even the family dog. But if you’re thinking about buying a home with a pool, it’s a good time to hire a pool inspector. You certainly don’t want to inherit someone else’s problem because the homeowner made pool care mistakes

Here’s when you should consider getting a pool inspection:

  • When buying a home

  • When selling a home (if you want to get ahead of any potential issues)

  • If you’re concerned about your pool’s condition

For homeowners with an existing pool, here are some things you can check to determine if you need to hire a professional: 

  • Check the equipment to make sure everything is secure and properly working.

  • Look out for any leaks or cracks to the foundation or liner.

  • Make sure all safety features are secure.

  • Check the decking to make sure it drains properly.

Hiring a Pool Inspector

If you’re buying a home (or are concerned about potential issues with your existing pool), it might be time to hire a pool inspector. 

What Does a Pool Inspector Do?

A pool inspector will help identify potential hazards and necessary repairs, and advise you of options to rectify any problems. Afterward, the inspector will give you a full written report, usually within a day or two of the inspection, or send a copy via email. 

The sample report should include:

  • Actual feedback, not just a checklist

  • A thorough inspection, so you know what’s going on with your pool

  • Information about the equipment and when it may need to be replaced

How to Hire a Reputable Inspector

Before you hire someone to inspect your swimming pool, look at reviews online to see what past customers have to say. You’ll also want to ask the inspector if they’re trained or certified and if they have insurance. Not all states require a pool inspector to be certified, but some do, so check with your local laws. 

Even if the state doesn’t require licensing, you’ll want to inquire about any courses or training the pro has taken. What past jobs have they held? This will tell you a lot about their capabilities as an inspector.

What Does a Pool Inspection Include?

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What’s covered in a pool inspection can vary depending on the local safety regulations where you live. Here’s what the average pool inspector will check for during an inspection. 

Check the Basics

Your pool inspector will start with the basics by checking:

  • Pool size

  • Pool depth

  • Type of pool materials used in construction, such as poured cement, fiberglass, or vinyl

  • Age and manufacturer

Inspect the Exterior

The pool inspector will then make sure that:

  • There are no cracks in the surface

  • Railings, ladders, and diving boards are secure

  • Filter casings are working and properly installed

Inspect Water Levels

Water levels are also tested. The pool inspector will make sure your pool has proper levels of: 

  • Chlorine

  • Calcium

  • pH

  • Alkalinity

Monitoring these levels is important so the water doesn’t put anyone in danger or harm the pool equipment.

Check Pool Equipment

If there’s a problem with the filter or water pressure, your inspector will recommend an additional round of tests by a leak detection specialist. Pool leak detection costs about $300 on average, but can go as high as $1,000 depending on your pool type and the extent of the inspection.

During the pool equipment check, the inspector will make sure:

  • The main drain is up to code

  • All motors and pumps are working

  • The timer system is properly wired and in good condition

  • The heater and light fixtures will be checked for condensation

  • The wires are properly grounded

  • Proper safety controls and GFIs are in place

  • All electrical codes have been followed

Once the inspection is complete, you will know if you (or the homeowner) will need to hire a local pool repair company to get things in tip-top shape.

How Much Does a Pool Inspection Cost?

Pool inspection costs can vary. Inspection costs typically range between $125 to $250, depending on the size of the swimming pool and where you live. Dealing with potential pool problems sooner than later will save you money in the long run. 

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