Swimming is the fifth most popular activity in the United States, and there are over 10 million residential swimming pools and custom spas in the US.
Not only does building a swimming pool in your yard allow you to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes, but it can also improve the resale value of your home.
But, before you decide to add a pool to your yard, it’s essential to understand the pool-building process. Read on to learn more.
Before you start the swimming pool construction process, you’ll need to have a builder come over for an onsite inspection. During the inspection, the builder will help you determine the location of the pool and how you can incorporate it with any existing building structures.
You and the builder will discuss the budget, design ideas, and local building regulations. We recommend preparing for the inspection by thinking about how you plan to use your pool so the builder can help you narrow in on a design and size.
Design Approval Process and Excavation
After the inspection, you’ll need to submit all of the plan details and put down a deposit for a site survey. This process typically takes 2 to 4 weeks, and once your application has been approved, you can begin excavating.
A builder or surveyor will accurately mark out the boundary lines of the pool, and then they will begin to cut and dig into the ground where the pool will be placed.
Depending on the shape, size, and complexity of the pool, the excavation process can take anywhere from one day to a few days. All the excavated soil will be removed from the site, and the removal cost is usually included in the contract.
Building the Pool
Once the site has been excavated, it’s time to start laying the groundwork for the pool. Builders will use timber stakes and markers to set out the perimeter of the pool. Once this is complete, they’ll lay out the pipes and other plumbing materials.
Then, the builders will pour in the pool concrete and create the interior finish of the pool. Next, they’ll lay out the coping tiles and waterline tiles. After this, they’ll complete the plumbing process, and it’ll be time to fill your pool up with water so you can go swimming.
After the Build: Maintenance
Of course, your work isn’t done once the pool is completely built. As a homeowner, you need to keep up with pool maintenance throughout the year. Here are some tips to keep in mind to maintain your pool:
- Check the water quality often
- Clean the filter out every 3 to 6 months
- Check the water levels to ensure there aren’t any issues with the pump
- Skim and scrub the pool regularly to keep it clean
- Winterize your pool
You should also get your pool professionally checked around once a year.
Are You Ready for the Pool Building Process?
Now that you’ve read this guide, it’s time to get started with the pool building process. With the right builders by your side, you’ll have the pool of your dreams built in no time.
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