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10 steps on How to Build Above Ground Swimming Pool Steps
For the next 8 to 10 weeks, your backyard will be filled with pool construction personnel and equipment. Your backyard is now a construction site and it looks like this until the very end of the process when your dreams come true.
There are many moving parts to this process and you may have to wait for a city, weather, or other program inspection before proceeding. Be patient and understand that it is the end result, not the journey. Ask your project manager or sales consultant questions through this process.
Step 1: permit, engineering planning and HOA (7-10 days on average)
Get permission to build a swimming pool. All plans must meet state, local, and HOA building requirements. Homeowners must obtain approval from the HOA unless otherwise agreed. We can provide a detailed plan to submit to the HOA for approval. Be aware that some homeowner’s associations meet only once or twice a month to approve submissions, which can delay the start of the group.
Step 2: design (1 day on average)
A photovoltaic pool representative will come to your home and prepare the pool approved by your sales consultant. This design shows the shape, size and location of the excavator garden pool.
Step 3 - Excavation (average 1-2 days)
The excavator will bring in some heavy equipment within a few days and excavate the pool according to the engineering plan.
You can push the decorative rock sideways to access the excavation area, but you are responsible for redistributing the rock unless otherwise stated in the contract. We are not responsible for decorative rocks, landscaping, or watering from the front of your home to the excavation site.
In most cases, you will need to repair irrigation, replace greenery, and purchase additional accent stone from the front of the house to the excavation site.
The term “hard digging” is used when ground conditions require the crew to remove the bucket from the excavator and replace it with a ripper attachment.
This ripper attachment can break through hard soil, but it’s so timely there’s an extra digging fee. The amount depends on the size of your pool, the depth of the hardened soil, and the type of hardness. You can dig a test hole at the beginning of the excavation, determine if there is a difficult excavation at that point, and pay an additional fee. We will do our best to avoid the extra cost of digging.
Step 4 - Plumbing and Equipment Kit (1 to 2 days on average)
The plumbing in each pool is specially designed to provide the best circulation and filtration for clean water and easy maintenance.
Perform hydraulic calculations to make sure all equipment and pipes are correctly sized and combine water clarity with energy savings. Experienced plumbers plumb all pool filtration equipment, including water pumps and other optional equipment.
Step 5 - Structural Steel (1–2-day average)
Structural steel is the rebar structure of the pool shell, adding strength according to the engineering plan.
It consists of a series of horizontally and vertically arranged bars specially designed to meet the design requirements of the pool. Your new pool enclosure is guaranteed to last from cracks and defects to the original owner.
Step 6: electricity and gas (1–2-day average)
Our master electrician installs conduit/wiring in grooves from the home’s main electrical box to the equipment and all other locations specified on the blueprint. If you use a gas heater or barbecue, the gas line runs from the main gas meter in front of the house to the designated equipment.
At the final city inspection, the owner will need to contact the SRP and connect the gas line to the main meter. Only homeowners can call to schedule this appointment and must be home for the appointment to allow access to the home. This is a free service from SRP and you may have a larger meter installed to accommodate your use.
Step 7: city electrical inspection (2–5-day average)
Once the electrical stage is complete, you will need to undergo a city inspection before proceeding. This is the first of two city inspections and can take several days depending on the city and the time of year.
Step 8 - Shot let (1 day on average)
Draft plugs are concrete that is drilled through a high-pressure hose to create a new pool shell.
Once completed, the homeowner should lightly water the concrete 3-4 times a day to slowly harden it.
After that, Wait another 5-7 days before starting the next step for the concrete to harden properly.
Step 9 - Mosaic / Copy / Water function (2-5 days on average)
In this step, you will install waterline slabs to address the pool edge and water features such as waterfalls, water shears, rain, water jets, and laminar flows.
The time required depends on the number of functions and their complexity.
Step 10 - Cover (3-5 days on average)
The two most popular roofing options are concrete or pavement. Concrete can be coated with textures such as fresh covers, seals, stripping, or many other options. Pour the concrete pad and finish it.
The paver has become the most desirable for its beauty, longevity, and is maintenance-free. The paver includes brick pavers, concrete pavers, and drum travertine.
The number of square feet on your deck determines the number of days it takes.