Inground Fiberglass Pools - Fiberglass Pool Installation Are Durable You Can Choose For Your Home  

by Pool Builders on 12-17-2013 in Articles

Best method to level a fiberglass pool is to completely lift the pool out of the hole and either add or take away material to get the pool to the desired level. We also teach to walk the pool floor after the shell is set to insure the entire pool is resting on base material without voids. These techniques will insure that the pool is not only level, but resting in its natural state and free of disproportionate stress at any point.

Inground Fiberglass Pools - Pool shell on disturbed soil- When the hole is being dug, if the excavator accidentally digs too deep there is a tendency to build that area back up with the same soil. That's a big no no! The area must be brought up to grade with a compactable base material. If this is not done correctly, the ground will eventually settle and so will the pool. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that means trouble.

Fiberglass pools have a tremendous amount of backfill material that can settle over time, it's necessary to secure the plumbing to insure that it doesn't move. Plumbing settlement results in leaky fittings in the pool and is a major pain to repair. We tie our plumbing up with cable to protect against any settlement.

There are two predominant types of PVC used around inground pools, flex pipe and rigid pipe. Flexible PVC, as its name implies, will easily contour with the shape of the pool and make for a quicker installation. The problem with flex pipe is that it is not suitable for underground use according to the manufacturers of the product. They state this because the material is susceptible to damage from termites. We have also found that the pipe is prone to collapse under pressure and that the glue joints do not hold as well. Rigid pipe on the other hand, is much more durable and can also be contoured to follow the pool shell by a process called heat bending that we teach via video. This gives you all of the flexible advantages of flex pipe with the durability of rigid pipe. You simply have to be willing to invest the time to get it done.

Bring the backfill material up on the outside of the pool with the water level on the inside of the pool. This keeps relatively equal pressure on the walls of the pool.
Compact the backfill material to insure minimal settlement. Sand backfill requires saturation with water every six to twelve inches of lift. Clean gravel backfill compacts on placement and requires no additional compaction methods.

Swimming Pool Renovations - Pack the steps and seats with backfill material to eliminate voids as much as possible. This is done by literally crawling under the pool and stuffing backfill material into the area with a board or other tool. It's important to make sure there is at least a foot of water in the pool before beginning this process so the entire pool is not lifted from the ground.

About the Author:

Inground Fiberglass Pools - Richard Shaver first began his career at age fifteen as a lifeguard. By age sixteen, he began building pools. About a year later, the company he worked for lost its business. So, at age seventeen, Richard began building pools for himself. Over the years, he has built hundreds of pools in the surrounding area, including, but not limited to, the Eastern Shore, the Bay Bridge area, the beltway area, and many locations throughout Caroline, King George, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties.

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