Steps to Installing an Above-Ground Swimming Pool

steps to installing an above-ground poolAbove-ground swimming pools are becoming increasingly popular not only because of their low price, but because of their simplicity when it comes to installation. They are much easier to set up than an in-ground swimming pool, which requires digging and months of waiting. You can have your above-ground swimming pool up and running in a matter of minutes! Here are some steps to help you on your way.

  • Decide where you want to place your above-ground swimming pool. There should be plenty of room and the ground should be completely leveled out. Remove any large rocks that may be in the way. Your pool spot should be close to an electrical outlet.
  • Make sure to make your preparation area larger than your actual swimming pool will be. It is good to have extra space for the steps, ladder, water heater, and equipment.
  • In order to make sure that your swimming pool is on ground that is entirely level, you may want to build a concrete base. In this case, you would cover the entire selected area with at least 15 cm of mixed concrete.
  • After your concrete is done drying (it may take a couple of days), start building the wooden frame for your pool.
  • Drill holes in the frame as needed for pipes and things that may need to get through. You should use a hole-cutting saw to do this and make sure not to make the holes to big, otherwise it will make your frame weak.
  • Clean the inside of your above-ground swimming pool thoroughly and install a sub-liner. This is a good idea because it helps to protect your main pool liner from any damage.
  • Now it is time to install the main pool liner. Before you begin, you should leave the liner in the sun for 30 minutes to an hour. Install the liner as directed, making sure that it is completely flat. Smooth out any wrinkles as they appear. There should be no air underneath.
  • Fill the pool a little bit with water to make sure that the liner stays in place. Then you should install the pump inlet, lights, and drain. Obviously, you should not let the electrical work that you are doing and the water come into contact with each other.
  • You may want to hire an expert to do your electrical work at this point. You will need your lights wired, and a circuit breaker installed. If you choose to do this task yourself, just read the instructions and be careful.
  • Now you need to get the filter and pump running. Insert sand into your filter, fill the pool halfway, and start the backwash process.
  • After you have finished installing your pool, you will then need to balance your chemicals as needed. Your pH balance should be at about 7.4. Make sure to keep your Chlorine level where it is supposed to be, and add algaecides as they are needed. You will also want to shock your pool regularly.
  • Now that your pool is running the way it should be, add the ladder and pool steps to their necessary spot and grab some swimmers!