Choosing a Location for Your Intex Pool

by Pool Builders on 12-05-2010 in Articles

So, you have finally decided to join the ranks of swimming pool owners and add a refreshing oasis to your home. Intex pools provide an inexpensive and easy beginning to pool ownership. Intex pools are easy to install, and are usually ready for water in about an hour. However, this setup time only applies to the pool itself. Before you even unpack your pool, you must choose and prepare a location. There are many aspects to consider when choosing where to put your pool, and the work itself is often physically demanding.

The first point to take into account is safety. Your state or local government may have laws or codes that require pools to be situated in a certain area or behind some type of fencing or barrier. These laws are in place to prevent children from getting into the pool without adult supervision and potentially drowning. Even if there are no official laws in place, you should still judiciously consider whether you expect to have young ones at your home and how you plan to stop them from gaining access to the pool without appropriate oversight. You may be able to locate your swimming pool near existing fencing or other landscaping features. The bottom line is to plan your site with safety in mind.

The next thing to keep in mind is how level your location is. Intex pools must be located on level ground. If they are set up on an incline, the liner will be stressed and will eventually fail. This could cause injury to swimmers and harm to your property. You should select a site that is as level as possible, and then you should measure and dig to make it as close to perfectly level as you can get it.

Another thing to consider is the presence of trees near your location. If you have any trees that drop large quantities of leaves, then you will probably want to situate your pool away from them. Leaves can clog or obstruct your pump & filter system which can quickly lead to problems with your water quality. Some leaves will sink to the bottom of your pool and make your water appear more dirty than it really is. Although you need to consider the possibility of leaves falling in your water, you will most likely not want to set your pool up completely away from trees. Trees do provide shade, and it is nice for your pool to have at least a little bit of shelter from the sun. On the other hand, you don't want your pool to be completely shaded, otherwise your water temperature will be a bit on the chilly side during the fall and spring months. Ideally, you would be able to find a location in your yard that is close enough to trees so that you will get some shade during the middle of the day, but far enough from trees to get a fair amount of sun and avoid excessive amounts of leaves falling in the water.

The final aspect of pool location to think about is the overall plan that you have for your yard. Simply having a pool is very nice, but adding features like gardens, stonework, decks, flower beds and shade structures can make your yard into a small piece of outdoor paradise. The simplest features to add are small flower beds and stepping stones near your pool ladder. Simple features such as these can make a marked improvement to the look of a simple Intex pool. If you're up to more work, you could add a paver patio or a gazebo-type structure near your pool. Since the pump & filter equipment for Intex pools are located right by the side of the pool, you could build a small platform or table next to the pool that provides a place to put toys, drinks, or snacks while also covering & protecting your pump & filter equipment. The options are really only limited by your creativity and budget.

Once you have decided on the best location for your Intex pool, the next step is to set it up. Intex pools are very easy to set up, so you will likely begin to fill and enjoy your pool very after a short time. However, Intex pools are often an owner's first pool, so there must be learned][there is much that must be learned about keeping a clean, healthy pool]}. New pool owners should also spend some time learning good pool maintenance practices. Helpful resources available on the internet can provide plenty of information and advice on all aspects of pool maintenance. If these are followed, your pool will be a wonderful and safe sparkling oasis of fun for your family.

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