A swimming pool in your backyard is both a beauty statement and an oasis. You have to plan well before you start to construct a swimming pool. From the word go, everything must be in order. It is like building a skyscraper; its strength is underground. Swimming pools differ in terms of designs and building materials. Regardless of where you want to create the swimming pool or the type you want to build, there are necessary procedures you or your pool contractor have to observe if you wish to have a conducive swimming pool:
The Right Site
First, choose the right site. Whether you are building the swimming pool in your backyard or front-yard, never locate it on the lowest point of the ground, or all the waters will drain into it after the rain. The last thing you want is your swimming pool to be an ocean where all waters of the world end up. So choose higher ground. Also, make sure the pool is not under the trees. You will have to cut down trees at the selected site if any. Tree leaves falling in your swimming will decompose and give the pool a foul smell and a change in color.
Once you have selected the site, it is time to map out the ground and dig out the soil, depending on the shape you desire: around, rectangular, or square swimming pool. Heavy machinery like an excavator can be used for quick work or hand tools if you are on a budget or the site is not accessible for the excavator. It is during the excavation that you decide the depth of your swimming pool. 1.5 meters is the ideal depth for swimming pools. A pool deeper than that can easily crumble, for the walls will be under a lot of pressure. If you opt for a deeper pool, reinforce the walls to withstand it.
You next level the floor of your swimming pool with a firm layer of gravel. Some pools have flat floors while others have sloppy designs with different deep and shallow parts from which to choose for swimming. If you have kids, you may consider having a sloppy floor with shallow parts for kids. Direct your building crew to bring your design to life.
For your swimming pool to last for a long time, it needs a firm foundation. After leveling, it is time to lay the real foundation. There are three main foundation materials you can choose from: vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. If you want a long-lasting swimming pool, go for the concrete. Although it is expensive, it will require little maintenance cost in the end.
However, if you are low on budget, you may have to use fiberglass. You insert this molded, ready-made dish in the hole and then backfill around. One advantage of fiberglass is that it can withstand saltwater, unlike concrete, which will eventually be worn out by saltwater. Therefore, the kind of water should also determine the type of foundation you choose. Vinyl liners may look attractive and the cheapest compared to concrete and fiberglass, but it sags fast, and you will have to adjust it frequently.
You need a swimming pool with walls as a firm as the foundation. Weak, carelessly built walls will soon crumble and will be expensive to maintain, in the end. Use durable materials like steel to frame the walls. Wooden boards and metal rebar are also used to provide firm support. Make sure the walls are uniform and flat. This prevents crumbling. Once the skimmer, inlet nozzles, lights, hoses, and pipes are fitted, the pool is gradually backfilled around by dry concrete mixture or gravel.
Plumbing and proper electrification
It is time to set up filtration and circulation systems. You may seek the services of a certified plumber to fit in the valves, the primary pump, skimmers, pipes, stairs, etc. Plumbing and electric wiring can go hand in hand. The filtration and circulation systems have to be powered by electricity. You may also need lights installed.
If you are not competent enough, consider bringing on board a certified electrician for these. Poor wiring leaving live wires exposed can result in electrocution. The last thing you want is to build a swimming pool, which is actually a frying pan where swimmers have their last dives. Pay close attention to electrical safety.
With everything in place, it is time to fill up your pool with water. You can use a hose connected to your main water supply for a slow filling or hire a water truck to fill it up at once. This is the time to check for faulty elements. Look out for leakages and other unsafe electrical installations. Once everything is in order, take your first dive. If you did everything properly, it wouldn’t be your last dive.
Before starting to construct your swimming pool, seek the necessary permits from the relevant authority. Let them examine their records to determine if there could be underground public assets on your selected site. There could be a tunnel, oil pipeline, or gas line you knew nothing about.
Moreover, once your swimming pool is done, maintain regular pool treatment.