What Is Involved in Above Ground Pool Installation?

by Pool Builders on 04-22-2012 in Articles

When deciding to add a pool to the yard, consumers often compare in and above ground pool installation. Once looked upon with disdain, above ground styles are now quite popular. They are less expensive than inground versions and can be easily removed. Above ground types last for up to two decades and require minimal ongoing maintenance. Consumers can purchase a kit that includes accessories like a vacuum, ladder, automatic cleaner, and even a heater.

Prior to selecting an above ground swimming pool, consumers should research city regulations regarding installation. These may determine the size, shape, and whether a fence is required. The diameters range from 12 to 30 feet and feature oval or round shapes. Depths vary by model, with small-diameter pools most suitable for young children. A pool with an 18-foot or larger diameter is the most popular for all ages. The pool is supported by vertical steel posts and steel walls, making it very sturdy.

Once the size and shape are determined, a professional comes to the home and conducts a pre-inspection of the area where the structure will be installed. A layout diagram is then made to illustrate the positioning of the pool and equipment. The area of the yard for installation is then excavated, but only to a depth of six inches, since it will rest above the ground. Pool bottom and screenings are constructed and the walls and fittings are assembled.

Plumbing work includes the line from the pool to the filter and another line to return the water to the pool. The coping, liner, and, sometimes, a precast pad for the heater and filter are installed. All construction debris is vacuumed from the area, leaving the area clean and your new pool ready to be filled. The process of filling an above ground style is a bit different. The owner arranges for a truck or hydrant to deliver the water. Although water from your hose could do the job it would take a much longer period and of course water consumption.

Once it is filled, a water sample should be taken to the specialty store where you purchase your chemicals. The professionals there will test it and recommend certain chemicals to balance the water. Ongoing water testing and treatment keeps water balanced so it is safe for swimming. This is an important part of pool ownership because unbalanced water can be a health hazard and may damage the pool components.

Some building code regulations require a fence around the edge of the pool. Maintenance-free resin fencing is one option and many styles can be installed by the owner. Some brands feature a universal mounting bracket that makes fencing compatible with most above ground models. Modular packaging allows the owner to purchase only the number of fence sections needed.

Proper installation ensures that the above ground pool is situated correctly in the yard. When the owner follows the recommended maintenance guidelines, the pool will last for many years. If there comes a day when the unit is no longer wanted, the structure can be removed and discarded. Everything about owning this type of pool is simple.

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