It would be best if you planned well before undertaking the project of constructing a conducive swimming pool in your home.
A well-designed and equipped swimming pool adds beauty and value to your home. Of course, you also have to take good care of your swimming pool to see its beauty.
I have come up with a simple swimming pool construction guide to help you out.
If you make a mistake in the process of constructing a swimming pool, it is not easy to undo the mistake. So you and your contractor should observe the best, time-tested procedures.
8-step Procedure to Constructing a Long-lasting Swimming Pool
The following are the 8 important steps to follow as you build a swimming pool so that you get it right the first time:
- Legal Permits
Do not start any construction before getting the green light from the relevant authorities. Your local authority has to go through the records to ascertain that there are no underground gas lines, water tunnel, sewer, oil pipeline, or other public assets on the area you want to use for the swimming pool.
Choose an Ideal Sight
You may get any other thing right, but if you build your pool at the wrong location, everything else will not fall into place in the long run. Therefore, you have to ensure you get an ideal site for your swimming pool.
Whether you are constructing the swimming pool in your front yard or backyard, ensure the site is a higher ground because if you build it on lower ground, the rainwater will be draining into the swimming. Outside waters shouldn’t be trickling into your swimming pool if you can avoid it.
On the other hand, ensure your outside swimming pool is not directly under the trees, if possible. It is easier to cut the tree than to maintain a swimming pool under it.
The tree leaves will fall into and decompose in your pool. It is worse if it’s the small-leaved deciduous tree. That’s why it helps to consider well the type of trees to plant in the compound.
Anyway, once you find an ideal site, map out the ground to reflect the shape you fancy for your pool: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, or irregular. An excavator can finish the digging job in no time. If the excavator cannot access the site or you are on a tight budget, you can opt for hand tools.
Set an Ideal Depth
You may be tempted to dig a too deep swimming pool so that you get the oceanic feeling, especially if you are a deep diver. But you ought to know that when a swimming pool is too deep, it easily crumble in the long run because the walls are subjected to more pressure.
Such a swimming pool cannot last for long, and it is expensive to maintain if it must endure. Its walls have to be reinforced. The ideal depth for your swimming pool is 1.5 meters to 1.8 meters.
Level the Swimming Pool Floor
The floor of your swimming pool should not be irregularly sloppy so that it is hard to determine which part of it is shallow or deeper. A well-leveled swimming pool is comfortable and fun to swim in.
The leveling should be easy to predict, with the kids having their shallow section while the adults have their deeper area. Your construction crew should take this into account as they level the floor.
Choose the Right Floor-building Material
A swimming pool that will last long needs a firm foundation, so the building material you go for should reflect the duration you want the swimming pool to last.
I prefer concrete for a swimming pool that is expected to last longer and requires little maintenance. The downside is that concrete is expensive.
Fiberglass is another option you can consider if you are on a budget. Fiberglass is a molded dish ready-made for you to insert in the pool pit and then backfill around to fix it properly and firmly.
Some homeowners go for fiberglass because it can withstand salty water without wearing out, unlike the concrete. Therefore, if you come from an area with high salinity, you may bypass concrete and go for fiberglass.
The cheapest material you can also consider is vinyl liners. The vinyl liners are beautiful although they sag after some time, so you will be doing maintenance now and then to adjust them.
Choose Strong Materials for the Wall Frames
Like the floor foundation, the swimming pool walls should also be firm enough to withstand the pressures or else it would crumble bit by bit. Steel is the best material for the swimming pool walls because it is strong and durable.
You can supplement steel with wooden boards and other metals provided steel is the primary material.
While at it, ensure the wall is flat and uniform because it will crumble if it is not uniform.
Plumbing and Electrification
A qualified plumber and electrician should work on the inlet nozzles, hoses, the skimmers, pipes, light installations, stairs filtration, and circulation systems. It is crucial that plumbing and wiring are done simultaneously.
Ensure no live wires are left exposed because poor or careless wiring can cause watery electrocution in the future. Never let your guests or family members have their last dives in your swimming pool. Electrical safety is vital when it comes to constructing a swimming pool.
With everything else in place, the gaps around the swimming pool are backfilled with gravel or dry concrete.
Filling and Testing the Waters
You then fill your swimming pool with water, using a hosepipe connected to your primary water source. You can as well hire a water truck to have the swimming pool filled up.
“Testing the waters” is an expression we use to mean checking the state of affairs before proceeding. In this case, it is literal because you will have to check if for faulty installations, leaking pipes, naked exposed wires, etc.
You can spice up things by installing items such as Pool Water.
Some of the items you need for swimming pool construction:
You need to take good care of your swimming pool if you expect it to last long and always be in a fair, attractive condition. This includes not just cleaning but also water treatment. No matter what materials you use to construct your swimming pool, it won’t be worth it if you do not take good care of the swimming pool.
In the summer, a swimming pool is like an oasis.