Free home inspection checklist

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Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist

 *Denotes a hazardous condition which is suggested to be evaluated by a professional of this trade.

 *Denotes a condition which in and of itself requires a professionals second opinion or troubleshooting or further information / discovery.

General Comments

The pool was remodeled or added. Request documentation or permits for any work performed. (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit)

OPERATION MODE  – The pool was      on   off at the time of the inspection

Water Fill and Overflow

Filler Type
  •  The filler valve is:    Automatic       Manual
Water Filler Valve
  •  The water filler valve is operational
  •  The water filler valve is leaking
  •  The water filler valve non functional  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Auto Filler
  •  The auto fill valve is functional
  •  The auto fill valve float is damaged / missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The auto fill valve is leaking
  •  The auto fill valve is stuck
Overflow Drain
  •  The overflow drain is present
  •  The overflow drain is missing 
Filled By Water Hose
  •  The pool is filled by a water hose
Disinfectant type
  •  Chlorine Disinfectant
  •  Salt Disinfectant
Other Disinfectant Type
  • ___________________________________
Pool Tile
  •  The pool tile is functional
  •  The pool tile is missing
  •  The pool tile is cracked
  •  The pool tile is loose
  •  The pool tile is calcium stained
  •  The pool tile is new or replaced
Pools Interior Finish Material
  •  Plaster Finish
  •  Pebble Finish
Coping
Coping Material
  •  The coping is concrete
  •  The coping is stone or brick
Coping Observations
  •  The coping is functional
  •  The coping is cracked
  •  The coping is raised / settled
  •  The coping is loose
  •  The coping is missing
  •  The coping is otherwise damaged 
  •  Elastomeric sealant is needed between pool coping and deck

Pool Deck

Deck Material
  • The pool deck is   concrete    stone    brick    pavers    missing     Other ______________________
Deck Observations
  •  The pool deck is functional
  •  The pool deck is cracked  large / small
  •  The pool deck is settled or raised  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pool deck is sloped towards the pool  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pool deck is sloped towards the house  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Skimmer
  •  The skimmer is functional
  •  The skimmer is cracked  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The skimmer needs to be sealed at the top connection to deck  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The skimmer has only one port
  •  The skimmer is older concrete type  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The skimmer is older metal type  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The skimmer is missing its weir gate
Pool Drains
  •  The swimming pool drains are anti entrapment type and functional
  •  The swimming pool drains are non anti entrapment type  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The swimming pool drains are less than 3 feet apart
  •  The swimming pool drains are cracked / damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The swimming pool drains are missing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The swimming pool drains are sealed / missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Cleaner Machine
  •  The cleaner is present and functional
  •  The cleaner is not moving  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The cleaner is damaged
  •  The cleaner is in need of repair  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The cleaner is piped into the skimmer
Lighting
  •  The Lighting is GROUND FAULT protected and functional
  •  The Lighting is not GROUND FAULT protected  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The Lighting GROUND FAULT is defective  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The Lighting is missing a switch  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The Lighting was non operational pool / spa  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The Light(s) is / are missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Diving Board / Diving Rock
  •  The diving board present is functional
  •  The diving board is cracked / fiberglass fibers showing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The diving board is loose  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The diving board bolts are rusted  / deteriorated  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The diving board is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Slide
  •  The slide present is functional
  •  The slide is cracked / fiberglass fibers showing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The slide is loose  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The slide bolts are rusted  / deteriorated
  •  The slide is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Ladder / Railing
  •  The ladder or railing is functional
  •  The ladder or railing is loose  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The ladder or railing is rusted
  •  The ladder or railing is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)

Pool Pumps

Circulation Pump
  •  The pump is bonded and functional
  •  The pump is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump is not secured to the slab
  •  The pump leaks at the pump / motor connection  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump leaks at the lid
  •  The pump basket is damaged / missing
  •  The pump cavitates  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is leaking at the pipe connection in / out  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The front pipe is too short into the pump
  •  The pump wiring is loose / detached  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump does not possess a shutoff switch at the equipment  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Spa Jet Pump
  •  The pump is bonded and functional
  •  The pump is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is not bonded (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump is not secured to the slab
  •  The pump leaks at the pump / motor connection  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump leaks at the lid
  •  The pump basket is damaged / missing
  •  The pump cavitates  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is leaking at the pipe connection in / out  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The front pipe is too short into the pump
  •  The pump wiring is loose / detached  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump does not possess a shutoff switch at the equipment  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Water Feature Pump
  •  The pump is bonded and functional
  •  The pump is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is not bonded (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump is not secured to the slab
  •  The pump leaks at the pump / motor connection  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump leaks at the lid
  •  The pump basket is damaged / missing
  •  The pump cavitates  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is leaking at the pipe connection in / out  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The front pipe is too short into the pump
  •  The pump wiring is loose / detached  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump does not possess a shutoff switch at the equipment  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Other Pump  
Pumps Use ______________________
  •  The pump is bonded and functional
  •  The pump is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is not bonded (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump is not secured to the slab
  •  The pump leaks at the pump / motor connection   (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump leaks at the lid
  •  The pump basket is damaged / missing
  •  The pump cavitates  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is leaking at the pipe connection in / out
  •  The front pipe is too short into the pump
  •  The pump wiring is loose / detached  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump does not possess a shutoff switch at the equipment  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Direct Pressure Pump
  •  The pump is bonded and functional
  •  The pump is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump is not secured to the slab
  •  The pump leaks at the pump / motor connection  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump basket is damaged / missing
  •  The pump cavitates  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump is leaking at the pipe connection in / out  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pump wiring is loose / detached  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The pump does not possess a shutoff switch at the equipment  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Air Blower
  •  The air blower is functional
  •  The air blower is non operational
  •  The air blower is loose at the post connection
  •  The air blower possess loose / exposed wiring  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The air blower is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The air blower does not possess a back-flow valve
Piping
  •  The pool piping is functional
  •  The pool piping needs support
  •  The pool piping is leaking suction line / return line  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pool piping needs to be painted
  •  The pool piping is cracked  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pool piping is too small  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The pool piping possess too many 90’s  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Valves
  •  The valves are functional
  •  The valves leak suction / return lines  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The valves have missing handles
  •  The valves are automatic and non functional  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The automatic valves do not operate with remotes  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Filtration
  •  The filter is functional
  •  The filter leaks band gasket / pressure gauge / backwash  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The filter has high pressure  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The filter is too small  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The filter allows debris back into the pool  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The filter pressure gauge is damaged
  •  The filter backwash housing is missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Heating System
  •  The heating system was functional AND bonded
  •  The heating system short cycles
  •  The heating system was not functional
  •  The heating system is too close to the property line
  •  The heating system vent is too close to a window / combustible material / wall
  •  The heating system is not bonded  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Gas Piping
  •  The gas pipe appears function (always pressure test the gas line prior to purchase)
  •  The gas pipe is laying on grade  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Gas leak noted  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The gas pipe is missing a shutoff valve  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The gas pipe is not sleeved through the slab
  •  The gas pipe is rusted and deteriorated  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The gas pipe was added without a permit  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The gas pipe is not secured
  •  The gas pipe is too small

Electrical

Equipotential Bonding To Grid
  •  The bond wire is visible and assumed to be tied into the pool body, decking etc…
  •  There is no visible bonding wire  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The bond wire is too small  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The bond wire is not connected to :_____________________________  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Receptacles
  •  The receptacles are functional
  •  The GROUND FAULT receptacles are functional
  •  There are receptacles which were non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  There were receptacles with missing / damaged cover plates  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There wasn’t at least one receptacle not less than 6’ and not more than 20’ from the inside pool wall  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The receptacles located between 6-20’ were not GROUND FAULT protected  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There were receptacles located less than 6’ from the pools edge  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Electric Panel
Sub Panel Service Panel Cover
  •  SPC is Okay
  •  SPC is damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  SPC is loose    (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  SPC hinges missing / damaged / loose  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  SPC missing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Sub Panel Dead Front Cover
  •  DFC is okay
  •  DFC is missing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  DFC is damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  DFC is missing screws
  •  DFC is screws are pointed and not blunt  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  DFC is missing breaker labels  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  DFC breaker labels are worn
  •  DFC is missing knockouts  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  DFC is not tight to breakers leaving a gap  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  DFC is not original to panel replaced / modified  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  DFC is rusted / deteriorated
Sub Panel Service Size
  • The service size is _________ amps
  • The panels rating is  __________ amps
Sub Panel Wiring Methods
  •  The wiring appears to be Non Metallic cable (Romex)
  •  The wiring is drawn through conduit
Sub Panel Bus Bar
  •  The bus bar looks okay
  •  The bus bar is scorched / damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The bus bar appears to have been replaced  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Sub Panel Infrared Observations
  •  No visible issues
  •  Heat in excess observed at one or more connections / breakers / wires  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Sub Panel Circuit Breakers
  •  Circuit breakers okay
  •  Damaged Circuit breakers  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Circuit breakers not approved for this panel board  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Circuit breakers scorched  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Circuit breakers loose  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Circuit breaker is tripped for unknown reasons  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  AFCI (blue button) recalled  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  GFCI breaker defective  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Circuit breakers amps too large for appliance / circuit / wire  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Sub Panel Wiring
  •  Wiring looks okay
  •  Wires scorched  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Wires are corroded or deteriorated  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Wires loose in panel not terminated  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Two or more wires into one breaker   (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Wire is too small for breaker size   (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Wire / circuit is not protected by breaker / fuse (direct tap)  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Sub Panel Neutral / Grounding Bus
  •  The neutral and grounding bus are separate 
  •  The sub panel appears to be incorrectly bonded to the equipment panel board  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Neutral and grounding conductors are intermixed  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Sub Panel Wiring Type
  •  The wire type is non metallic ( Romex)
  •  The wire type is stranded wire pulled through conduit
  •  The wire type is old Aluminum
  •  The wire type is pre-1984 Non metallic ( Romex)
Sub Panel Grounding System
  •  The GROUNDING ELECTRODE CONDUCTOR is present
  •  There is no GROUNDING ELECTRODE CONDUCTOR  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The GEC is disconnected  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Timer Box
  •  The timer box was functional and safe
  •  The cover protecting the electrical connections is missing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The timer box is loose  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The timer box is damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Conduit is loose / disconnected from the timer box  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Remote Controls
  •  The remote control was functional within the home / spa
  •  The remote control was non functional where tested  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Other Electrical
  •  There were loose / exposed wiring within the pool equipment area
  •  There is metal conduit that is deteriorated / damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Switches which cannot be determined (function)  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Other receptacles which were not operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Lights which were added around the pool which are too close  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Loose wiring not terminated properly  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Open junction boxes  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)

SWIMMING POOL AND SPA DIY Free Home Inspection Checklist

Most people don’t  think about how a swimming pool works while swimming in it. Of course, when you’re buying a house this is just the thing you will want to know. That is, how does it work.  In my opinion, the swimming pool is one of the most difficult areas within a home to inspect. Literally, there are hundreds of areas to look at and verify both for mechanics and safety. Likewise, there are many components which are equally important but not visible for inspection. Nevertheless still important.

 

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SWIMMING POOL AND SPA DIY Free Home Inspection Checklist
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Use our Free checklist to inspect the swimming pool or spa just like the pros during a home inspection.
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