Many people do not realize the amount of work that comes along with owning an above-ground swimming pool. When you think of a swimming pool, you probably just think of the careless floating on top of the cool water on a hot, summer day. Of course, this is a big part in owning a swimming pool, but there is much more to it than that. Between installation and maintenance of above-ground pools, pool owners put in multiple hours a week in order to keep their water and lining in top shape. The initial installation is extremely important, because this is when you pick your pool’s location and position, and make sure that everything is set up perfectly to keep the pool running without damage that could have been prevented. Since this part of owning a pool is so vital, here are some tips on how to get it done in the best way possible.
Some helpful tips
- Check with your city or homeowner’s association to make sure that you are even allowed to install a swimming pool. You don’t want to finish all the hard work and then have to take it down because it is not allowed to be there.
- Check with the local weather channel to see if you have a few clear and sunny days to install your pool. If you install your pool in the rain, you will make a huge mess!
- Make sure that you have prepared a good amount of level ground for your pool to sit on. If there is uneven ground underneath your pool, the chances of it collapsing are increased.
- Locate your septic tank. You do not want to install your pool above this.
- Do your research about different above-ground pool styles and make absolutely certain that you have purchased the pool that you want before you take it out of the box. Often times, company’s will not let you return a pool if you have already removed it from its box.
Now that you have taken all the necessary precautions for installing an above-ground swimming pool, you can begin the installation process! Follow these steps to get your swimming pool set up properly.
- The first thing that you need to do after preparation is level the ground where you want to set your pool. It is best to do it in an open area (not under any trees), and give yourself plenty of extra room. Level the ground completely and remove any large rocks or branches from the area.
- You may want to put some blocks or stones around your pool frame for support.
- Put two inched of sand on the leveled area, and pack it down level.
- Install the pool walls carefully with the help of your instructional DVD.
- Unroll the pool liner and let it soak up the sun for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Install the pool liner, leaving no wrinkles or air bubbles.
- Finish the remaining parts as needed for your specific pool, then cut holes for the skimmer .
- Fill your entire pool with water! Depending on how large your swimming pool is, this part may take a few hours.
- Jump in and splash around in your brand new backyard addition!