How to Prepare
Pick out the area where you want the pool before the installation date. This area needs to meet your township/county codes (proper distances away from property lines and any permanent structures). Do you have a minimum 6 ft. opening for ground leveling equipment? Is there any thing in the site such as trees or tree stumps? Please inform our office of any obstructions in the site so we can make the proper provisions for the installation.
Is the pool and all of its parts in stock? If not, when will you receive them? You will need to know this information when calling to schedule the installation date.
A permit may be necessary for the pool, this usually depends on the pool size (smaller pools may not apply). This is the homeowners responsibility to obtain. Look in the blue pages of your local phone book under permits and zoning. Call ahead to find out what information you will need to provide them, this information varies depending on your township/county. We recommend calling the township/county as soon as you purchase the pool, to prevent any delays with the installation date.
You will need to have an electrician install a ground fault breaker for the filter system. This should be scheduled after the pool is installed
This is used as a base to cushion the liner. How much sand is needed? This depends on the pool size, our office will inform you on how much sand is required when you schedule the installation. In some areas we can take care of the ordering and delivery for you.
Do you have public water or well water? If you have public water the pool can be filled with your hose. If you have well water you may want to consider having the water trucked in. Our office can provide you with referrals and explain how to schedule the water.
Know where you want your filtration system placed, and mark that spot.
TIP – Try to place the filter system on the same side of the pool that your home’s main electric box is located. To provide a straight run from one to the other. This will make the installation easier for the electrician.
FILLING THE POOL
At the end of the installation, we will begin filling the pool to set the liner in place, this only requires a few inches of water you will need to make sure the pool is then filled to the proper water level (Installer will show you the proper water level).
When scheduling the installation our office will tell you how much sand to order, depending on what the pool size is. We recommend you order that amount unless you have plans for the excess. If there is any sand left over it is your responsibility to clean up and remove. It is better to have too much than not enough sand.
If any ground leveling is needed for the installation you will have a pile of left- over ground materials; we will pile this material in any area of the yard that you request, within reasonable distance. In most area’s we can arrange the removal of the leftover ground materials.
BACK-FILLING THE POOL
The entire bottom rim of the pool will need to be covered as soon as the pool is filled to the proper water level. Do not begin back-filling before the pool is completely filled. We recommend you place a heavy plastic down(Manufacturer Recommended) before back- filling. Drape the plastic up on the pool wall (8 inches) then place the material you plan to use for back fill down (dirt, mulch, rocks) the plastic will stop the water from rain or splashing from washing away the sand, causing sink holes in the sand, it will also protect the pool wall (some materials can damage the wall).
How to Survey for your Pool Installation
Stake out the pool in a desired area of the yard. Place stakes and string lines as indicated. (See illustrations for round or oval pools)
Locate the most obvious high stake in the area staked out.
Tie a string to the highest stake flush with the ground.
Run the string line to the most obvious low stake in the staked out area. Now put a line level on the string, pull the string tight, to make it level, and tie it to the lowest stake, making sure the string stays level.
Use a tape measure to measure the distance from the ground to the leveled string at the lowest stake. This is approximately how far out of level your yard is. You may have to measure several different areas to get a good idea how far out of level your yard is.
The Pool Location
Stake out the pool area 4 ft. larger all the way around than the actual pool size. EXAMPLE: A 24 ft. round pool would be staked out 16 ft. from the center stake to all other stakes to give you a 32 ft. diameter.
Make the staked out area a rectangle. For the length add an additional 8 ft. (4 ft. at each end). To get the width measurement add together the pool’s width + side supports + 8 ft. for water run off (4 ft. on each side). If you are unsure of the side supports size contact the dealer where you purchased the pool. EXAMPLE: Measuring for a 15’ x 24’ oval pool with side supports extending 3 ft. on each side. To get the width add the three measurements together 15 ft. width + 6 ft. for side supports + 8 ft. for water run off = 29 ft. total width. Then to get the length add 24 ft. + 8 ft. = 32 ft. total length. Therefore a 15×24 pool will need a 29 ft. x 32 ft. area.
Things to Consider in Selecting the Pool Location
Small Trees Bushes / Shrubs
If you have any of the items listed above in the area where the pool is going, we strongly suggest having them completely removed before the installation date.
TIP – If you have a tree stump(s) it is best to have them pulled out. If this can not be done, have the stump(s) ground down as far as possible.
We have the equipment to get the Job done!
This machine is used on larger pools. For round pools 21 ft. or larger. For oval pools 12` x 21` or larger. We need a 6ft. opening for the bobcat to get into the back yard.
SMALL SKID STEER & GRAVELY TRACTOR
We use these machines on small pools. For round pools 18 ft. or smaller. For oval pools 12’x18′ or smaller. The gravely machine can fit through a standard gate opening (3 ft. Not available in all areas.). The small Bobcat Skid Steer can fit through a 42″ gate opening.
The Finished Excavation Site
The site will need to be excavated larger than the actual pool size. Our standard is to excavate the site 4 ft. larger all the way around the entire pool. However this may be more/less than what your township or county requires. There is no uniform code between townships/counties. You can get this information by contacting your township or county zoning office.
IMPORTANT: Our Foreman MUST know this information for the pool to pass inspection.The high cut edge of your yard has to be back cut on an angle, so there is not a severe drop off. (see illustration below) You may need to build a retaining wall to protect the exposed earth. This will depend on how much ground leveling is needed.