What Size Swimming Pool Will Fit The Best In My Yard?

by Pool Builders on 01-22-2011 in Articles

Before you decide to go down to your local pool store and buy an above ground swimming pool there are several things you must do first in order to insure that the installation of your swimming pool is done correctly and legally. I can't tell you how many times I have been on a job site and discovered that the homeowner was in violation of the local building code and set back rules because they purchased the wrong size swimming pool for their property. Every State, City, Town and Village has building code requirements that must be followed. It is imperative that you do your research and know the proper steps to take before you start any type of construction project on your property because one thing is for certain, the town will impose a heavy fine and make you take down the swimming pool which you can't return. Building codes are for your protection. By following these simple steps I guarantee your swimming pool project will be painless and successful.

1. The very first thing you must do is to go to your local Building Department and tell them what you are planning to do. They will in turn give you an above ground swimming pool guideline document that will illustrate everything you need to do and know before you purchase your swimming pool. It will show all of the electrical, plumbing and set back requirements that the pool has to meet. For example, the swimming pool might have to be 10' from the house, 6' from the garage, 4' from the property line, 10' from any over head power lines, 3' from any underground gas line, 5' from the easement and require a 6' security fence around your yard or a security fence attached to the pool with the total height of the pool and fence no less than 6' from the ground. While your at the Building Department ask about the permit fees or any additional fees. They usually run between $25 and $400 depending on the cost of the project. Get a list of licensed, bonded and insured swimming pool contractor.

2. Call the utility company and have them mark all of the buried lines in your backyard. They will either use paint or colored flags to do this. RED = electric BLUE = water ORANGE = telephone or cable. This service is free.

3. After the utilities are marked off call one of the reputable swimming pool contractors and for a small estimate fee he will do all of the set back measuring and answer any questions you might have. The estimate fee should be around $50-$60.

4. At this point you have a pretty good idea what size pool will fit in your yard. Sometimes you might hit a snag and realize that a cable line is going through the center of the pool or a sprinkler head might need to be moved. This can easily be taken care of.Maybe you're a few inches short on setback dimension. Most building inspectors are understanding about a couple inches here and there as long as you tell them. Call the Building inspector and set up an appointment to inspect the results.

5. Decide where you want to locate your filter because you will need an electrician to run an independent 20 amp service to that location. This can be done after the installation but it would be a good idea to know the cost of the work before hand. If cost permits, try to position the filter in the back of the pool so you don't see or hear it.

6. Finally, sit down and go over all of the costs involved. Permit fees, estimate fees, swimming pool and installation fees, material fees, electrical fees, utility relocation fees, projected landscape repair fees, water fees and make sure you are within your budget.

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