The Pool Builders’ Process

The overall idea of a pool being constructed in your backyard can be very exciting to new pool owners. This activity is not a walk in the park, and there are certain things one should expect for a stunning and breath-taking pool. The wintertime and fall are the best time to have the construction going on so that when the temperatures rise again, the pool is ready to be used. Bear in mind the following builders’ process, before engaging the pool contractors:

1)      Excavation

This is the removal of anything, especially trees, that could interfere with the pool's placement. The overall shape of the pool will be painted and staked out in your backyard. The builder brings in the front-loaders or excavators to dig out the pool which only takes a few hours. The pool constructors give the option of either keeping the dirt or having it transported off your property. A gravel drainage bed is installed at the bottom of the pool when this phase is finished. Your backyard, at this phase of installation, will look messy.

2)      Structural support

Actual construction is taking place in this stage. Steel rebars are erected to the hole, that serves as pool skeleton's, which provide structural support for the pool's shell. Following the laid dig, the rebar is bent around the surfaces of the steps and walls.

3)      Electrical and plumbing

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes are installed and they connect to the location of mechanical equipment. The lines installed are the water features, main drain, skimmers, and any other mechanical lines needed and were included in your contract. To prevent leaks, the piping is left pressurized and tested before gunite is placed. The electricians will install all lighting niches into the pool's wall. The break box will be installed at the location where the filter, heater, and pool pump will be placed.

4)      Gunite

Concrete or gunite are shot out of an air gun that is pumped behind and over the steel rebar. The precise shape of the pool is carved and sculpt using trowels. For the gunite to dry, several weeks should be taken into account before plastering is done. Watch out and report to your builders for large gunite cracks.  

5)      Coping stones and lining

The perimeter tile and pool wall capstones will be placed while the gunite cures. These perimeter tiles ensure that you have an easy to clean surface at the water level while the coping stones are safety grips on the pools inside the area which provide better drainage away from the pool.

6)      Plaster

It is the final phase of construction, that serves as a waterproof layer that protects the steel and pool shell while providing a surface that is easy to clean. With 4 or 5 people the process can be completed in 3 or 4 hours, give or take. They will fill up the pool with water as they leave and it's advisable to have many hoses to fill the pool faster. A pool start-up and care instructions are then handed over to the pool owner.

7)      Pool startup

Last-minute cleanup and equipment installations should take place before the pool is put into operation. The pool chemistry will fluctuate during the first days and will require daily checks and rebalancing until it stabilizes. The constructors will take you through all the pool and equipment operation processes and ensure you take a video of this as you will need it later.

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