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Here’s why Home Inspectors should NOT inspect swimming pools

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Home inspectors are professionals trained to evaluate residential properties’ conditions. They assess various systems and components of a house, including the roof, foundation, electrical system, and plumbing. However, when inspecting swimming pools, home inspectors may not be qualified to do so.

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Swimming pools are complex systems that require specialized knowledge and training to evaluate properly. A pool is made up of numerous components, including the pool shell, the filtration system, the pump, and the chemical balance of the water. Each of these components requires a specific understanding of its function and how it interacts with the other parts of the pool.

Home Inspectors should NOT inspect swimming pools

Furthermore, the safety of a swimming pool is of paramount importance. Pools can be dangerous if not correctly installed, maintained, and used. A home inspector may lack the specialized knowledge to evaluate a pool’s safety features, such as fencing, gates, or pool covers.

Additionally, different regions may have specific regulations governing pool safety and maintenance. These regulations may not be familiar to home inspectors who operate in a general capacity, and they may not know to assess whether a pool complies with local laws properly.

Here’s why Home Inspectors should NOT inspect swimming pools

The scope of their inspection also limits home inspectors. A standard home inspection is a non-invasive evaluation of the visible and readily accessible components of a property. However, many pool components, such as underground pipes or electrical wiring, are not visible or accessible without specialized equipment.

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In conclusion, home inspectors may not be qualified to inspect swimming pools due to the complex nature of pool systems and the specialized knowledge required to evaluate them properly. Homeowners or prospective buyers interested in purchasing a property with a swimming pool should consider hiring a licensed pool professional to assess the pool’s safety and components thoroughly.


Rudy Stankowitz is a 30-year veteran of the swimming pool industry and President/CEO of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants