Inspecting pools and spas falls outside the scope of a general home inspection. But as more homeowners in warmer climates and in upscale neighborhoods install in-ground pools, home inspectors should consider learning about the electrical hazards that may be present by reading Inspecting Grounding and Bonding at Residential Swimming Pools.
Grounding electrodes are essential safety measures in every home, but even if they’re there it doesn’t mean that they will work if they are needed. Water pipe electrodes are particularly prone to failing because plumbers sometimes replace metal portions with nonconductive plastic pipes and nothing is done to correct the grounding system. Take a look at our new article on home service grounding electrodes to find out more about the different types you might encounter and how they work.