Fiberglass Inground Pool Installation Process
For any inground swimming pool installation dirt is going to need to be dug out of the ground and removed so that the swimming pool can be installed. This will be the case for any type of swimming pool structure. In order to remove the dirt excavation equipment will be used such as an excavator, backhoe, bobcat or something similar.
Unless the dirt is to be left on site for retaining, the dirt will need to be loaded into a truck and hauled away. All of this backwards and forwards of excavating the dirt and removing the dirt away is going to cause a little short term damage to your grass and gardens.
The good thing with a fiberglass swimming pool is that this process is very quick. Most excavations for a fiberglass swimming pool can be done in as little as a day. The fiberglass swimming pool is then lowered into position in the excavated hole and then backfilled whilst water is being added on day two. Generally after day two your grass and gardens can be starting to recover from the excavation and fiberglass swimming pool installation.
From that point for a fiberglass swimming pool the concrete bond beam and any decking or paving will be laid and from that point it is down to the final landscaping that you wish to undertake. We have seen fiberglass swimming pools installed and fully operational in as little as 3 days and in general are completed from start to finish within 10 days subject to the amount of decking or paving to be completed and weather.
Unfortunately with concrete swimming pools this process takes a much longer period of time as the swimming pool needs to be excavated, steel needs to be fixed into position, concrete needs to be sprayed and then the finish to the swimming pool applied. Once that is complete the decking and paving can be undertaken then landscaping. This will generally take 2 to 3 months.
The good thing is that once the swimming pool is installed and your grass and gardens have recovered you and your family will have many years of fun and enjoyment in your new Leisure Pools composite fiberglass swimming pool!Fiberglass Swimming Pool Installation
Installing a fiberglass swimming pool can be easy. A swimming pool builder can provide a family with a lifetime of enjoyment and great memories in less than a week! Most families who purchase a swimming pool have been dreaming and saving for many years; therefore, the reward of a successful pool installation is shared by both the homeowner as well as the installer.
The goal of this article is to provide a fiberglass swimming pool installation process that not only sounds easy to the customer, but also delivers a spectacular end result. Having a better understanding of the makeup and design of a fiberglass swimming pool can make a swimming pool builder a better installer.
Step 1 – Assessing The SiteA fiberglass swimming pool is a large. Many dealers have been disappointed at the last minute after discovering that the pool is not capable of being craned over the house due to obstructions such as overhead wires, branches (which may need permits to cut), or simply because the driveway that will not withstand the crane’s weight.
Site access is also important when it comes time for excavation. Therefore it is important to take the space between the two houses into consideration when sizing the necessary equipment for excavation and fill removal. You will need to make sure you neighbor is okay with the builder using their property with the understanding that there may be damage to their lawn.
Step 2 – Laying Out the Swimming PoolSwimming Pool layout is done by way of a dig sheet, which comprises a formulation of measurements describing a pool’s shape in 3-D. Once the layout is determined, a string line is normally run down the center where the pool is to be placed and measured off from each side.
The final grade of the fiberglass swimming pool is very important. If the builder is not providing landscaping and the customer has not yet secured a landscaper, then it is recommended that the pool be installed so the top of the fiberglass swimming pool is 1 inch below the homeowners existing patio. This will allow room for a coping stone (which is normally 2-3 inches thick) to be fastened to the top of the fiberglass lip and will still provide a slight fall away from the pool.
To ensure this is completed properly, it is important to consult with your builder on the project’s final grade and place a benchmark that can be easily identified later to eliminate any discrepancies after the pool is installed.
Step 3 – Excavating the poolFor those builders who have their own heavy equipment and time to operate it, the excavation process can be their favorite part. When pricing the total cost of your fiberglass swimming pool project, your Leisure Pools Dealer will take into account the cost of a dump site if needed.
Step 4 – Setting the baseThis is the most important part of the fiberglass swimming pool installation. The excavation can be close but the base needs to be perfect! You will often see builders achieve this through the construction of a “rail system”. To do this, they will often build two long rails using 2×4’s and lay one on each side of the excavation. Then, they fasten the rails to vertical 2×2 stakes, and as per dig sheet specifications, tap them into position while using the laser level to ensure accuracy.
Step 5 – Craning and Setting the Swimming PoolThis for most homeowners is the most exciting part of their fiberglass swimming pool installation. The Leisure Pools Dealer will often consult (and possibly pre-visit) your site with a crane company to ensure that the proper machinery is being used. If access or height is ever in question, you will often see an upsized piece of equipment in your yard.
The fiberglass swimming pool is then hooked by straps to the crane and lifted off of the truck. Whether through the air, over a house or just through the yard this is often where the oooh’s and aaaah’s of the neighbors come into play.
Once the pool has been lowered into the excavation area, it should be pretty close to being level. However, should minor adjustments be necessary, they can be made easily at this time. Once satisfied the pool is perfectly level, your Leisure Pools Dealer will proceed with backfilling.
Step 6 – BackfillingSimultaneously the fiberglass swimming pool will be filling with water while the backfilling occurs. This is done to ensure equal pressure and maintain stability during the backfilling process. You will notice that your Leisure Pools Dealer will give special attention to the stair and seating area. Once the pool is backfilled to approximately 2 feet from the top, this provides a good opportunity to cut in the returns, lights, therapy jets and skimmer.
Step 7 – Plumbing the poolAlthough plumbing the swimming pool is not difficult, the task is always done with attention to detail. There are few things worse in this business than to discover a leak after the deck and landscaping has been completed. You will see your swimming pool builder smooth the backside of the pool and also use a high quality silicone caulking to provide an excellent seal.
For fiberglass swimming pools with bench areas, therapy jets are a nice addition. It is important to note and discuss any additions or upgrades you may want to make to your fiberglass swimming pool in the future. This way you can ensure that all pre-plumbing that may be necessary (and costly after the fact) is done and prepared. Once this is complete, the hardscape is now ready to be done.
No one likes to delay a construction process. Depending on access, a proper fiberglass swimming pool installation should take no more than three to five days (not including hardscapes). Having an understanding of the process and proper planning and expectations before can create a seamless fiberglass swimming pool installation and enjoyment for years to come.