Safety and Your Pool  

by Pool Builders on 03-24-2013 in Articles

Every year, I get a called out to at least 10 jobs where the homeowner tries to install their newly bought above ground pool. Now, there is no shame in trying, but there are many parts of an above ground pool installation where experience only will get the job done the right way. For example, the ground work and installing the liner.

Every pool I install, I get the ground level to within an 8th of an inch. There is no special science to achieve a great above ground pool pad, but I have been doing it for a long time and know exactly how to do it. The €ground work€ is by far the most important part of an above ground pool installation. If you take the time and perfectly level a pad, the installation will go much smoother. I have seen pools that were installed by homeowners that were so out of level, the water could not be circulated - The water level couldn't reach the skimmer without overflowing on one side!

Second, the liner. I have seen some horrendous liner drops in my day. Not only by homeowners, but by people who call themselves €pool professionals.€ Dropping in an above ground pool liner or an in-ground pool liner is no doubt an art. You need to know exactly what you are doing in order to get a wrinkle free liner. Experience only is how you will achieve a this. At AAM, we require all foreman to have at least 3 years experience before they can drop in liners.

In my 15 years of experience, I have yet to see a homeowner install a pool the correct way. If you are thinking about purchasing an above ground pool or having a new liner installed, please call AAM.

As the swim season approaches, I figure we have talk about an extremely important issue - Swimming pool SAFETY. A few times a year, AAM Company has to decline work for liner installations or pool installations due to unsafe conditions.

If you are thinking about buying or already have a pool, please make sure that you are following all safety requirements.

Please review this quick checklist to ensure that your pool stays a fun and safe environment.

- The two most important - RESPONSIBLE ADULT SUPERVISION & NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A POOL.

- Keep pool ring buoy or approved flotation device(s) near the pool. Make sure people know where they are located in case of an emergency.

- Make sure a first aid kit is near by.

- If you have a main drain(s), call a pool professional to see if your drain cover(s) meet current code.

- The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed and took effect in December 2008. (Anti-entrapment main drains).

- Make sure your pool is completely fenced in. The fence should be at least 4 ft. in height.

- Make sure that there are no electrical lines above or near the pool.

- Keep all chemicals AWAY from the pool. Pool chemicals react when wet.

- Keep toys out of the pool area when pool is not in use.

- NEVER dive into an above ground pool. Always know the depth of the pool before you dive.

- Post the 911 emergency telephone number.

- Have family members enroll in CPR or first aid courses, if they have not already.

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