Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Pools and Spas are usually the focal point of any common area of a community.  Unfortunately, it is also can be the most expensive and overlooked maintenance issue of a community.  Pool and Spa equipment is very expensive to operate and maintain.  Some of these costs can be reduced with frequent inspections and proper maintenance. Safety and liability is also a good reason to pay more attention to this feature of your community.

It is very important to include the pool/spa equipment rooms in your regular property inspections.  The rooms should be very clean and dry.  Your pool service contractor must have chemical reading logs posted clearly.

Test the water to see if it is consistent with the average readings.  Test strips are easy to use but are not as accurate as wet chemical kits, but are sufficient for this purpose.  Inaccurate chemical usage is the quickest way to destroy your heaters and other equipment, including the pool surface.

All electrical lines should be secure and not corroded.  Grounding or bonding lines should be connected properly for safety.

Pressure gauges often fail and should be maintained and checked.  These gauges are very important and need to be operational.  They can indicate trouble with the flow of the water and when to clean the filters. Motors are a bit noisy, but if very noisy or squealing, may be an indication that there is trouble ahead.

Pool heaters should be cleaned regularly (usually annually) to insure efficiency and prevent premature failure.

Your pool service contractor should be properly licensed.  Anyone can legally clean a pool, but it is the law to have a D-35 California License or pool contractor’s license in order to repair or replace any equipment related to commercial pool or spa.  The pool equipment and gauges can be a bit overwhelming at first, but a quick tour by your service provider should be sufficient to show you all you need to know to properly inspect the equipment room.  An annual check by a certified electrician is also recommended.  For less than a $100, you can be assured that the lights in the pool and electrical systems are in good working order.