If you are considering installing a new swimming pool on your property, but you have a few questions and concerns about the process, take a look at our checklist for installing your new swimming pool.
Basic Pool Planning
One of the first things to consider is whether you want to have the pool become a permanent part of the property, or if you want to be able to take it down and remove it at some point. While deciding between installing an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool, you need to think about your overall needs and a realistic budget. Some of the things to consider include size, shape, and material, but also think about the following:
- Do you know what kind of look you want?
- Do you have enough room to build the pool you want?
- Are you ready to do the maintenance required?
- When it is all said and done, what is your final budget?
- Have you considered any safety measures?
- Who is going to use the pool most?
- Are you planning to use it for either recreation or exercise?
If you are planning to use a specific pool contractor, this is the best time to begin communicating the different aspects you would like built in to your new pool.
Ground Excavation for in-Ground Pools
If you are planning to build a new in-ground pool, you will need to find the right place for it on your property. Excavation is not just digging a hole; every backyard has different character traits and factors that must be considered. For example, consider the state of the soil, size of the yard, shape of the yard, and overall access to the yard.
Be sure to call the utility companies to mark any underground utilities that may be under the surface in your backyard.
For the best results and least amount of risk, look into hiring professional excavators, regardless of the size of your project.
Installing the Pool
After the basin has been dug out, the actual pool installation can begin. This is when your pool builder will take over and instal the plumbing, place the swimming pool, instal all the lighting and wiring, and do all the finishing on the pool’s interior.
Before the building begins, double check to be sure that the pool contractors have quoted all the detailed costs associated with the instal and that they are licensed and experienced builders with references.
Designing the Fencing and Landscaping Surrounding Your Pool
After the pool is installed, it is now time to instal the landscaping that will make up the environment around the pool area. This includes things like decks and pathways that can be made up of wood decking, stone pavers, or even stamped concrete. You want to ensure the safety of all nearby children by installing a fence. In some areas, this is a legal requirement.
In addition, you can instal a wide array of plants, trees, and shrubbery that generate minimal debris like leaves, for example, and ones that are far enough away from the water source that the chlorinated water will not affect them.
Setting up a Maintenance Schedule
Finally, you want to set up a schedule to sanitise your pools system and ensure that the water remains clean and safe for swimming. This means regularly testing your pool’s chemicals to ensure that the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity levels are where they need to be. You will also need to spend some time skimming the pool for any outside debris.