How to Build Great Above Ground Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 12-17-2009 in Articles

If you have always wanted a pool, why not install a relatively inexpensive above ground swimming pool. Above ground pools are one of the easiest and cost effective ways to get a pool, but there are a few things you have to consider first before starting out to buy your pool.

Firstly, choose a nice level spot that should be slightly in higher in elevation than its surroundings. Give a 10-foot distance between your above ground swimming pool and the nearest power line. Don't choose a shaded spot under trees because the leaves will fall into the pool and the water won't be as warm as it would be under the full sun.

Secondly, remove loose wet soil and grass from the base of your above ground swimming pool. Use a flat shovel to scrape of the soil. It would help a lot to sharpen the edge of the shovel. When using the shovel, try to keep it as close to the horizontal line as you can to make sure you don't dig holes into the area. A sod cutter would speed up the work.

The size of the above ground swimming pool will really depend first, on how much area you can appropriate from your own property. Determine the largest area possible in your property. You will need clearance on the main side of the pool plus three feet on all sides. Working from the biggest area possible and with an eye on your budget, determine the kind of above ground swimming pool you will want to buy. Naturally a smaller budget will get a smaller or lower quality pool. But if your resources are more than sufficient, think about the maximum number of people who will be using the pool at one time. If the land area you chose won't squeeze the bathers into each other's shoulders then your size selection is great. Otherwise, you will just have to limit the number of bathers at any one time.

You will want your above ground swimming pool to last. So, if you can help it, go for a more expensive high-quality pool with branded accessories (filter and pump). also try to get a 20-year warranty on it.

Most ready-to-assemble above ground swimming pools come with an installation manual. This allows you to install the pool yourself. If you do regular maintenance on your pool it stands to last for decades. That is, if you don't forget to cover it in winter.

The base your above ground swimming pool should not be padded with a lot of sand because sand doesn't compact as well as soil. The ideal ground for the pool base would be a mixture of soft, compact able soil and a little sand to give it firmness. Alternatively you can purchase a foam pad or gorilla bottom. These are materials specially designed as pads for your above ground swimming pool.

Something to watch out for is the possibility that the above ground swimming pool will prevent your yard from draining properly. Some pool owners mistake the flooding of their yard as a sign that the pool is leaking. Most often, it is not. All you need do to remove the clogged water is to create a drainage ditch to draw the water from the high side to a lower side and onto your main drainage if possible.

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