The pool layout and position will be marked on your land before work begins. This is done to guide the excavation process. Please approve the location and shape of the pool before we start digging. The layout may appear smaller compared to the final pool size since it is a flat
representation. It's interesting to note that we often receive calls from customers who think the
pool needs to be bigger at this stage. On the other hand, we also receive calls about the pool seeming too large once it is excavated. To ensure accuracy, the pool needs to be laid out 12" larger in all directions. For example, a pool that will be 30' long needs to be laid out and dug at 34''. This allows for a 12" thick concrete finish on the pool walls.
Excavation is a messy and noisy process when removing significant dirt from a backyard. It's essential to protect plants and the existing landscape as it can easily be damaged by the heavy machinery used. Anything between the street and the pool that is not correctly cared for will be
ground into the soil during this stage of construction. Priorities should include removing fences and ensuring that pets are taken care of.
If you reside in the house, we will install and plumb the equipment the same day we connect the pool. However, if your home is unoccupied or currently being constructed, we will install and set up the equipment before you move in. This precautionary measure is necessary because some individuals may abscond with your pool equipment if it is easily accessible. If your equipment is stolen, you can know that your insurance will cover the loss. It is important to note that once the equipment is installed and attached, it becomes your property.
Steel reinforcing bars, or rebar, are strategically installed in a grid pattern in the construction of your pool. Depending on the loads exerted on the pool and the soil condition, the rebar can be
spaced 12 inches, 6 inches, or rarely, 3 inches apart. Our team of civil engineers determines the specific pattern to be used for your pool permit and to meet our structural specifications. The
rebar is 2-3 inches above the excavated floor and pool walls. This reinforcement is critical in strengthening the concrete by providing tensile strength. It is essential to exercise caution, as the ends of the rebar are covered or bent for safety purposes, but the wires used to secure the steel together can be sharp. To ensure the safety of children and pets, please be mindful of the potential for scratches from the rebar or tie wires. These scratches can quickly become infected and may necessitate a tetanus vaccination.
To protect your pool from electrical problems, a metal conduit must be buried 18" underground, running from your electric panel to the equipment location. This conduit must be wrapped with insulation and marked to avoid any obstructions. GFI circuits are installed to protect all light and electrical plugs, similar to those used near sinks and bathrooms in your house. These circuits instantly trip and shut down when they come into contact with water. All steel, motors, and metal within 5' of the pool are also grounded, often with small copper wires attached to metal windows, fences, handrails, and diving boards.
The construction mess, which starts with cleaning the Gunite concrete truck, gradually accumulates during the deck process. However, it is all cleaned up right before the pool is completed. Trenches are filled, light grading is done, and the yard is raked, making everything tidy and presentable. Please note that landscaping is not included unless specified in your pool contract.
At start-up, we turn the pool on, check out the system to ensure everything is working correctly, and then tell you everything you wanted to know about a collection and probably some stuff you were not sure you wanted to know. Plus, we show you how to work the pump, filter, light, and equipment. It’s a lot of stuff to learn. Video cameras are permitted and encouraged.