On a hot and humid summer day, the solace of getting into a cool pool is something that cannot be epitomized. Many homeowners consider swimming pool as an enjoyable way to cool off, workout, relax, and have a get-together with family and friends, while others consider it a symbol of luxury. Whichever category you belong to, installing an above ground pool has always been less expensive when compared to in-ground pools. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that installation of above ground pools require very less planning or consideration pertinent to their function, location, and size, and also its regular maintenance.
All of us install a pool for the great refreshment it offers. But, what happens when the above ground pool is not installed properly? If not installed on level ground, there will be an abnormal end to your above ground pool. In addition to its unpleasant appearance, such a pool also ends up being very unstable, putting an end to your kids’ summer fun and also increasing the chances of injuries. Howbeit, all of these can be avoided if you take proper care about leveling the ground for the installation of your above ground pool.
Luckily, selecting the perfect spot for the pool, measuring the place properly, comprehending the fundamentals of preparing the spot, and making sure the ground is even can make it easy to level ground for an above ground pool. If you are planning to install an above ground pool in your backyard, here is everything you need to know about the process.
If you choose to hire a professional to have your above ground pool installed, you can be confident that the pool will be installed with proper measures. They will make sure that the ground is leveled properly, all dirt are removed from the ground, sand is laid, and every other minute detail, so that you and your family get to enjoy your pool for years to come. Seeking professional help is highly recommended if you are planning on installing a large sized above ground pool. But, there are people who hesitate paying more money for installation, after having paid quite a large amount for the pool itself.
The cost associated with having a professional install your pool can vary based on different factors, like your location, evenness of the ground, and of course, the size of the chosen pool. Roughly, it can cost you around $1000 for a professional hand. Try doing some research and making some calls to different pool installation service companies in your neighborhood to get their estimates.
If you think that you cannot afford to hire a professional, and choose to install your above ground pool on your own, following are some tips to remember. Yes, it is a time consuming process, but definitely not a hard one.
Choose the Location
Choosing the right location for your above ground pool is extremely important. Firstly, gather details about whether the pool has to be placed at a particular distance from roads, septic tanks and property lines. Avoiding roots, pipes, underground cables, power lines, etc. is equally important. It is better if you choose a spot that doesn’t have overhead branches or trees. Having some shade around your pool is good, but several large trees will end up dirtying your pool, and you will have to clean it more frequently.
Select the most even site in your backyard that will need less shoveling. Also, the level of privacy you need, and the level of security required to supervise your kids and pets are other factors to take into consideration. Make sure there is proper access to water and power as well. The pool should also be clearly visible from your house, for proper supervision.
Prep the Location
Once you have decided the perfect spot for your pool, it is then time to prep the location for installation. The most important aspect in the prepping process is leveling the ground. Any above ground pool should be installed only on a level ground. Therefore, if your selected spot is uneven or sloped, you should start digging out the higher spots to make them even. Some of you may choose to accumulate the lower spots with sand, since it seems to be the easier process. But the downside of this process is that, the dirt or sand you fill up in the area will be compressed by the pool’s weight when it is filled with water, and also water spattering from the pool and from other means slowly wears away the built up sand. Therefore, use a bobcat or simply a shovel to dig out the high spots and level the ground before installing the pool.
Also remember, it is not recommended to place pools directly on wood, gravel, tar paper, concrete, mulch or asphalt.
Level, Level, Level
Once you dig out the high spots, it is vital to level the spot accurately. The ground may look level to you, but actually it isn’t. To ascertain that your new above ground pool is not unbalanced, following this step is crucial. You can use a surface level or a transit level to check for accuracy. However, if you don’t have any of this, a line level, a long string, and some stakes can finish the job equally well.
Without actually touching the ground, but at ground level, tightly run the string amid the stakes. To make sure your string is level, alter the stakes’ depth up to a carpenter’s level. Once the grass is cleared, it would be easier to run more strings across. You can also remove and rearrange the stakes as the work progresses.
Once the leveling is done, pile up the sand in the center of the leveled area, without spreading it out now. This is because installing your pool’s wall will be much easier when done on a hard surface. Once the installation is complete, fill the external area, the additional excavated space, if any, with materials that doesn’t require constant maintenance.
Now that you know the importance of leveling the ground for installing an above ground pool and the steps associated with it, take some time envisioning your family and friends enjoying the summer in your newly built pool.