Pool & Spa Inspection Checklist Sample

 
by Nick Gromicko and Ben Gromicko
 
 
 
We performed a sample inspection of a pool and spa facility at a condominium property. Our inspection was based on the checklist provided in InterNACHI's free, online How to Inspect Pools and Spas course. Use the details of our inspection as a starting point in developing your own checklist that fits your inspection procedures and needs.
 
During the inspection, we checked the following:
 


  • Adequate storage space was provided for equipment.
  • Decks around the pool were not cluttered.
 
 
  • Surfaces leading to the pool, including the deck and steps, were slip-resistant. 
  • Decks (surfaces) on all sides of the pool met minimum safety standards.
  • The concrete surfaces were sloped properly. No indications of major cracking or settlement were observed.
  • There were no standing puddles on the deck.
 
 
  • All ladders, stanchions, chairs, rails, treads, plates, and other deck equipment were tightly secured in place. 
  • An adequate means of egress from the pool was provided.
 


  • Steps, treads, ramps, ledges, and other protrusions into the pool were marked with a contrasting color coating or tile on both the top and vertical rise.
 

 
  • No unpleasant odors or irritating fumes were apparent. 
  • No physical damage was apparent at the pool equipment.
 

 
  • Main drain grates were bolted securely to the pool's bottom. 
  • Grates were visible from the deck, with no damage apparent. 
  • Drain covers were installed.
 


  • Water return inlets were installed.
 


  • The pool was reportedly vacuumed daily. 
  • No debris was visible. The water was clean. 
  • There was no discoloration of the water. 
  • Algae growth was not visible. 
  • The pool water was reportedly tested at the frequency required or desired. 
  • All water quality and chemical levels were reportedly within acceptable ranges during the most recent test. 
  • Bacteriological water analysis is reportedly performed on a regular basis.
  • Water temperature was maintained within acceptable levels and was appropriate for the primary activities being conducted in the pool. 
  • The water temperature was reportedly measured and recorded.
 
 
  • The type of heater was identified. 
  • Efficiency and BTU ratings of the heater were identified. 
  • The heater was installed on a level, non-combustible base. 
  • Safety devices were installed on the heater. 
  • The thermostat was identified and located. 
  • Check valves between the heater and filter were installed. 
  • Bonding and grounding were visible. 
  • The heater was installed downstream of the pump and filter. 
  • Adequate clearances around the heater are maintained.
  • Pool chemicals were stored a safe distance away from the heater.
 
 
 
  • Coping stones and tiles were not chipped, cracked or loose. 
  • The pool shell appeared smooth, without readily visible defects. 
  • There was no visible surface staining. 
  • The water level appeared to be maintained to allow for the removal of floating debris.
 


  • The water level appeared at the proper height to allow continuous overflow of water into the gutters or skimmers.
  • Skimmer weirs, skimmer baskets, deck covers, and flow-adjustment devices were installed.
 
 
  • Lights were installed and were operational. 
  • The type, number and wattage of deck lighting were identified. 
  • The number of underwater lights was noted.
 
  • GFCIs were installed. 
  • Electrical wiring was not passing directly over the pool or spa.
 
  • Hose bibbs were installed near the pool.
 
  • There was no diving board installed. No diving is permitted. 

  • The centrifugal pump was secured to its base and was operating quietly. 
  • The hair and lint strainer basket was clean of debris. 
  • The type of pipe was identified. 
  • Pipes and fittings were not leaking. 
  • Pipes were supported adequately. 
  • Pipes were not showing signs of calcification, corrosion or deterioration. 
  • Air pressure-relief valves were installed on all pressure filter tanks. 
  • Filter tanks were accessible. 
  • The filter's brand was identified. 
  • A clean sight glass or visual outfall of at least 3 feet has been provided. 
  • The pressurized filter tanks and hair and lint traps were not leaking and were properly sealed. 
  • All piping, filters and components that are part of the system were labeled, tagged, color-coded or otherwise identified.
 
 
  • A spa (indoor hot tub) was installed. 
  • The spa was operational. 
  • No physical damage was apparent at the spa.
 


  • A spa timer was installed and not reachable by a spa user. 
  • The emergency shut-off switch for the spa was installed and clearly labeled.
 
 
  • The return drains at the bottom of the spa were installed.
  • The spa appeared clean and adequately maintained.
 
 
  • Safety signs were installed around the pool and spa.
 

 
  • A throwing rope and attached ring buoy were installed near the pool.
 
 
  • A telephone was installed near the pool. 
 
 
  • The HVAC system for the pool and spa area was functional.
 
 
  • The thermostat was of a digital type and was functioning.
 
 
  • Storage rooms, the boiler room, and other doors were labeled with safety indications.
 
 
  • The fire extinguisher had not been inspected regularly. It had not been inspected for years. This is a safety hazard.
 
 
  • The water fountain functioned and it was secured to the wall.
 
 
  • The fixtures, toilets, showers, doors, and interior surfaces in the men's and women's bathrooms adjacent to the pool and spa facility were operational. 
 
 
  • All windows were operational.
  • All doors were operational and had no visible trip hazards.
 
 
  • The exits signs, alarms, emergency lights, and related systems were tested by a third-party contractor. 
 
Pools and spas can be relaxing and therapeutic additions to any home or multi-unit housing structure, but only if they're safe and properly maintained.  Providing comprehensive Pool & Spa Inspections can increase the users' safety and enjoyment, as well as provide inspectors with a profitable revenue stream.
 
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