It’s easy to imagine your family having fun with a pool. Parties and relaxation go hand-in-hand with a pool. It can bring your family closer and help you create a wealth of unforgettable memories. However, getting from that vision to the reality of having a pool is going to take a bit of work. The first thing you have to do is make sure that you’re all set to install a pool. Here are a few ways you can tell whether or not your yard is ready for for the project.
Contact City or County Government
Many municipalities regulate major home improvement projects. The installation of your new pool may or may not be affected by these regulations. It’s best to find out before you begin whether or not you will need permits or inspections throughout the process. You might also want someone from the city to come out to your property to locate utility lines that might be in your yard so you can avoid these obstructions, especially if you’ll need to do any digging to install your pool.
Check for Standing Water
Areas where your yard collects and holds water generally don’t make good surfaces for a pool. To ready your yard, you’ll need to drain away any excess water to give the pool a stable base.
Is There a Level Space?
If you are planning to put in an above ground pool, then you’ve made a choice that makes excellent sense from the standpoints of economics and convenience. The first thing you’ll need is a nice piece of flat ground on which to place your pool. It doesn’t have to be particularly large since above ground pools come in a wide variety of sizes. Nonetheless, a flat surface is essential for ensuring an even water level in the pool. This helps to distribute pressure equally among all of the pool’s supports too, making it safer to use.
People with a flat piece of land have it easier, but just because your yard has a slope doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool. Using sand or topsoil, it’s relatively easy to bring low spots up to the level of the higher points on the ground. Alternatively, you can dig up the higher spots, redistributing the soil until you achieve a flat surface. To test the levelness of the ground, place a flat board on the ground, putting a level on the board to check your progress.
Get Rid of Rocks and Debris
Your yard is ready for a pool when you’ve removed large rocks and any yard debris. Sticks, lost toys, wayward nails and piles of grass clippings will all have to be removed. This is usually a pretty easy task, but you might discover a sizable rock partially poking up through the surface of the soil. In this instance, it’s probably advisable to dig out the rock and remove it, filling in the hole with topsoil or sand.
A Power Source
Chances are good that your new pool is going to need at least one source of power. Usually, the electricity comes from an outdoor electrical outlet that is ground fault protected. People with older homes probably won’t have one, though even people with newer construction homes may find that their outdoor electrical outlet isn’t placed conveniently for the spot in the yard where their pool will sit. Any licensed electrician can add an appropriate outdoor outlet to your home in a matter of just a few hours. Once it’s installed, your yard is one step closer to being ready for a pool.
A Fenced Pool Is a Safe Pool
A pool is a tempting sight for anyone, particularly children. A good fence is the best way to prevent unauthorized access to your pool. Inspect your existing fence and gate, looking for weaknesses that need to be addressed before the pool is installed. If you don’t have a fence, now is a great time to add one. It will keep your pool secure and give you added peace of mind.
Type of swimming pools
- Natural swimming pools
- Public swimming pools
- Walmart swimming pools
- Inground swimming pools