1.1 These Standards define the practice of Swimming Pool & Spa Inspections in the State of
1.2 These Standards of Practice
A. provide inspection guidelines.
B. make public the services provided by private fee-paid inspectors.
2. PURPOSE AND SCOPE
2.1 Inspections performed to these Standards shall provide the client with a better
understanding of the swimming pool & spa conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection.
A. These Standards apply only to swimming pools and spas installed at a property with a
single family residential structure.
B. Swimming pool/spa is defined as a contained body of water that is eighteen inches or
more in depth at any point and this is intended for swimming or immersion.
2.2 Inspectors shall:
A. Observe readily accessible installed systems and components listed in these Standards.
B. Submit a written report to the client which shall:
1. Observe and Describe systems and components identified in section 3 of these
2. State which systems and components designated for inspection in these Standards
have been inspected and any systems and components designated for inspection in
these Standards which were present at the time of the inspection and were not
inspected and a reason why they were not inspected.
3. State any systems and components so inspected which were found to be in need of
immediate major repair and any recommendations to correct, monitor or further
evaluate by appropriate persons.
2.3 These Standards are not intended to limit inspectors from:
A. Reporting observations and conditions in addition to those required in Section 2.2.
B. Excluding systems and components from the inspection if requested by the client.
3. SWIMMING POOL & SPA
3.1 The inspector shall observe:
A. interior finish materials.
B. decks, steps and coping.
C. pumps, motors, blowers, skimmer, filter, drains, heaters, automatic safety controls, gauges,
visible piping and valves.
D. water supply systems for cross connections.
E. external bonding of the pump motors, blowers, and heaters.
F. conduit, visible electrical components, and the operation of underwater lighting, ground fault
circuit interrupters, and timer assemblies.
G. permanently installed handrails and ladders.
H. for the presence of child safe barrier provisions.
I. for the presence of entrapment prevention components.
3.2 The inspector shall:
1. type of pool or spa.
2. primary interior finish material.
3. type of filter.
4. type of child safe barrier provision.
5. type of cleaning system (if present).
6. energy source for heater (if present).
B. operate the systems using normal operating controls.
C. open readily open able access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine
4. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
4.1 General limitations:
A. Inspections performed in accordance with these Standards are visual, are not technically
exhaustive and will not identify concealed conditions or latent defects.
4.2 General exclusions:
A. Inspectors are NOT required to report on:
1. life expectancy of any component or system.
2. the causes of the need for a major repair.
3. the methods, materials and costs of corrections.
4. the suitability of the facilities for any specialized use, or the enclosures for systems,
components, of equipment.
5. the condition of components that are not visible and/or readily accessible.
6. compliance or non-compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, building
codes, or manufacturer instructions, drawings, and specifications.
7. any component or system which was not observed.
8. the presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or
9. external bonding of equipment or components other than pump motors, blowers and
10. cosmetic items, underground items, or items not permanently installed.
11. the safety of use of any pool or spa component.
12. the adequacy of operation, maintenance, and use of the pool/spa and of any
13. whether any item, material, condition or component is subject to recall, controversy,
litigation, product liability or other adverse claim or condition.
14. the structural integrity of any system or component.
15. the adequacy of system and component design, and of filters and heaters.