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Mike Shaw founder of Certified Pool Inspections

Mike Shaw


Michael Shaw comes from three generations of builders. His grandfather was a general contractor, his father was a contractor and then became a civil engineer. Michael became a swimming pool contractor in 1978 and a general contractor in 1991.

Mike studied civil engineering at Cal-Poly Technical University for two years and Business Administration at the Hubbard College for Business Administration for two years.

For approximately ten years, Mike, along with other pool contractors, was hired by the State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Contracting Division to assist in developing a new entry exam for swimming pool contractors that corresponds to today’s current construction standards and technology. He is currently being considered to assist the construction standards for 2021 for CSLB.

Mike works with soils and geological and structural engineers. He studies their soils and calculations reports and recommendations in preparation for incorporating them into the installation of the pools. He continues his pool installation education by taking classes in hydraulics, electrical, steel, and soils.

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He loves to increase his knowledge in the field of pool construction and understand the latest innovations in pool construction. Mike has been a professional witness for many law firms for the last 20 years. He has represented clients in court as well as arbitrations for both prosecution and defense. Mike also inspects existing pools for home buyers and issues an on-the-spot detailed report on the pool’s condition as it relates to Standards and Practices. Each year, Mike Shaw gives pool industry-related lectures to swimming pool contractors at the Southwest Pool and Spa Show. Mike has had his pool contracting business since 1981 and incorporated in 1994. He is active in his church, is celebrating 30 years of marriage, and has four children.

Kari Shaw founder of Certified Pool Inspections

Kari Shaw


Kari has been working in the pool industry for over 25 years. Her role has changed from answering the phones for the pool construction company to Sales Manager and Top Sales Person two years running to President and Inspector of Certified Pool Inspections.

Kari assists her partner/husband Mike Shaw with the expert witnessing side of the company. She does most of the research for codes and standards needed to be addressed in the reports issued by CPI.

Kari is currently the only female pool inspector in California. Her extensive knowledge in management, construction, sales, and inspection has given her the knowledge and ability to thoroughly inspect pools and identify potential issues. Kari is one of the key speakers at the Southwest Pool and Spa Show in Texas. Her ability to communicate naturally translates to an excited and enthusiastic reaction in her audience.

Much of that ability comes from Kari’s past as a performer. She was a founding member of a sketch comedy troupe that performed in the Los Angeles area for over a decade. She loves spreading joy and laughter wherever she goes (as well as helping people with their pools!)

David Lipchik

Leak Detection Specialist

David Lipchick has spent nearly a decade working with Certified Pool Inspections, first in sales and then as a pool inspector and leak detection specialist. David’s attention to detail and thorough analysis helps him spot things that other pool inspectors mighty miss. David knows pools!

Our Customers Know: We Know Pools!

As pool builder and inspection professionals, we are proud of the results we deliver to our clients. We would like to share some some kind words from our happy customers.

Certified Pool Inspections Customer
“If there were a way to rate them at higher than 5 stars I would do it, and I never take the time to post ratings.”Luann B.
Certified Pool Inspections Customer
“David did a great job. They caught some problems I would not have been aware of and were able to save my clients money.” Roston T.
Certified Pool Inspections Customer
“Excellent service; knowledgeable, professional, and extremely thorough pool inspection. Great service!”Tom E.

Certified Pool Inspections offers expert Swimming Pool Inspection services for homebuyers in the Los Angeles region and beyond. We have the know-how needed to report the condition of the pool as it relates to standards and practices on the day of the inspection. Contact us today to set up an appointment to get your pool inspected by professionals who KNOW POOLS!

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