7 Steps You Need to Take for a Perfect In-ground Pool

Written by ICHBA
17
Apr

One thing most of us love about summer is the water fun. Not everyone has a beach nearby, and those of us who don’t, try to recreate as much as we can of it at home. Above ground pools are nice to dip in, however in-ground pools are more like the real thing.

Prep

You may be a DIY enthusiast hoping to start digging with a couple of friends, but before you do, you need an expert eye to help you assess the soil. The chances are that experts in the field, know much more about what happens under your yard than you do. They will be able to tell you if there are any obstacles to you digging, such as groundwater or rock formations. This will determine whether there are any long-term consequences your yard or pool may suffer. Also, you will know what type of equipment you’ll need, sometimes it may even require blasting.

Getting a permit

Unlike an above ground pool, in-ground pool requires zoning permits. This is another thing you need to consider. This could very likely also affect the size/shape of your pool as there are rules to how much distance there needs to be between the pool and other in-ground and aboveground objects in your yard. For safety reasons, there also has to be a security fence in place of a prescribed size and features which also adds to the price.

The right time to do it

The process of building a pool may affect how you feel about the pool later on. Make this process as painless as it can be by choosing the right time to do it. Building a pool can take up to several months, especially if there are constant interruptions due to bad weather. You could get a better price for construction if you choose to do it in the off-season, however, it could also mean bad weather.

 

Find the right spot

A perfect pool has to be in a perfect location. It does not hurt to mention that young children should not be allowed anywhere near the pool on their own. However, as they get older, they could be left alone provided that you can see them from the house. This is why choosing a location clearly visible from the house is the best solution. Also, a slightly elevated spot could save you the hassle of cleaning after every rain. Rain could wash out the mud straight into your pool if it is in a lower area. Furthermore, direct exposure to the sun could keep your water nice and warm, so do not build the pool in the shade. This also applies to areas with the breeze, which could be unpleasant for swimmers and cause the water to evaporate quickly.

Choosing the type

With the prep work in place, perhaps you want to choose the type. Pools are most commonly lined with concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass.  Concrete pools are the most expensive ones, but they are also a long-term investment. They can stay intact and in good condition for several decades. They also allow you to make future remodels and can be beautifully designed with pool tiles or by painting. Fiberglass and vinyl are good materials for low-temperature exposures. If you have any concerns regarding the choice of a pool and you have an idea of how much you can afford, speak to several contractors and get advice and estimates.

Water features

Make this pool into a true work of art by adding a water feature. Also, if you are spiritual, you will be happy to know that moving water brings good luck and prosperity. This can be as simple as adding a fountain in the shallow end, perfect for aesthetics and children playing. Also, you could go a bit more exotic and add a cave behind a waterfall, which does not have to be as expensive as it sounds.

Kid-friendly

Make your shallow end really shallow. This will make your young children really happy. They will be able to enjoy themselves under your supervision but without your constant help. You can even add a slide to this end and include the pool into their playground. Make sure that the slope leading to the deep end is not too steep. What’s more, you could build a wall halfway through the pool to separate the shallow end from the deep end and keep them safe without fearing they will slip.

Some of the most important things when making a perfect pool is to find a perfect spot, choose the perfect shape, and make it as safe as it can be. Everyone would have an in-ground pool if there weren’t for one thing – the cost. They are very expensive to build; a very rough estimate is minimum $20,000 for a concrete pool. The price doubles when you add the safety features and accessories.