Swimming Pool Construction - Dive In!

by Pool Builders on 11-09-2010 in Articles

The history of swimming pools can be traced back in as early as 2500 B.C. From the discovery of Roman Baths, to the ancient relics of the Egyptian's, as well as that of the Greeks, we can clearly say that people have always been fascinated with spending time, exercising and relaxing in a cool body of water, which is now called a swimming pool.

An online dictionary defines swimming pool as a container filled with water intended for swimming or water-based recreation. They are also known as wading pools, swimming baths or simply, pools. Many homes in warm countries nowadays have their own private pools in their backyards.

Below are the different stages in constructing an in-ground swimming pool.

Design

Pools can be made in almost any shape these days and you can purchase tiles of many colours and textures to decorate the walls and surrounding areas of the pool. Steps, islands, water features and lighting are all things to consider when designing your pool.

Permissions

In most countries, you would need to secure the necessary permissions before you can build or construct a swimming pool in your backyard. Make sure to accomplish everything with the authorities before you move on to the next step.

Digging the hole

Once you have decided that you want a pool in your backyard, you should now be ready to let go of your garden. In reality, the actual first step in constructing a swimming pool is to dig a big hole, or maybe just a small one, depending on the size and depth you want, this will usually be done with a mechanical digger and dump truck to remove the earth.

Walling

Now that you have dug a hole, it's time to create the base and wall structure which will serve as the pool case. Pool walls can be made of steel sheeting or polymer liners but generally good quality constructed pools are created from concrete poured over steel reinforcing rods, which are then tiled.

Accessories

You may want to add hand railings and steps for added safety and convenience. You can also add lighting for a more dramatic effect on your pool. Pool covers are optional although recommended to keep in the warmth and leaves and debris out of the pool during the winter.

Plumbing & Filtration

The plumbing, filters and heaters should be installed by a qualified pool installation expert who should also advise you on correct chemical levels to keep your pool clean and safe.

Once everything is in place and filled with water, it's time for a swim! A swimming pool is great fun for all the family, it encourages fitness and is also a valuable asset and selling point to your property.

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