The Steps Involved With Installing An Above Ground Pool
Installing an above ground pool is a lot more work than most homeowners know. Proper installation is important because the most common problem that results from poorly installed pools is an uneven floor and if the pool is not level, the water will slide out of one end leaving you with an unbalanced pool and a lot of wasted water. Knowing the proper method to installing an above ground pool will keep you from having to do it over again a few years down the road, which will save time and money.
Installing an above ground pools is a job that takes more than one person. Obviously, it will go faster if you have more hands to help you with the overall project.
So to begin, you’ll need to prepare the foundation for your new pool. Be sure to remove any sod or grass that would be beneath the pool and could potentiall grow through the liner.
After the sod has been removed, the ground must be measured using a level. Do not try to determine level ground just by looking at it. If the ground hasn’t been properly leveled before the construction begins, there is the potential for damage to the pool and possibly even injury to those in or near it if a wall collapses.
Above ground pools are known to cause water to collect in parts of your yard where it hadn’t before. So, it’s important to make sure there is planning for adequate drainage before beginning the pool installation.
After making sure the ground is level, the next step is to lay a sturdy foundation for the pool. Clean sand is usually the material of choice for above ground pools, as the sand helps to protect the liner from any rocks or other protruding objects. It also provides a soft cushion for the bottom of the pool, making it more comfortable on your bare feet when walking on it.
A solid foundation is necessary to support the pool’s frame, typically built with the aid of either patio stones or blocks. These blocks are placed beneath the pool’s posts in order to properly support all of the weight.
Once the pool frame and walls are erected, a cove needs to be created. This is about a 6-inch wedge of sand built around the inside of the pool wall. Creating the cove is essential because it will serve to keep the liner from slipping beneath the pool wall, plus it provides a protective layer between the liner and the metal framing.
Finally, the liner is installed and the pool is ready for water. Once the above ground pool is up and running and filled with water and the pump and filter system is set up, then the swimming and fun begins.
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