Thinking of setting up an in-ground swimming pool in your home this summer? Take a look at these steps to get you started on the right track. These steps will help you enjoy your newly built swimming pool without worrying about unnecessary hassles later on.
Call in a contractor for help
By a contractor, we mean a reputable one. One who has many years of experience of installing in-ground swimming pools. If you get this installing part right, then all the other parts will easily fall into place. You can ask your friends or family members for local contractors they may know. But don’t go by their words alone. Do a background check of the track record as well as the reputation of the contractor. Talk to homeowners who got swimming pools installed by these contractors. Ask them about their experience. Once you get the right contractor for the job you are ready to move onto the next step.
Check with local zoning rules
Different areas have different zoning rules and regulations. As such, a newly installed in-ground swimming pool will be required to follow the building and zonal regulations of the region. In any case, it is imperative that you check with the local authorities and obtain a building permit along with construction permission for the swimming pool before you start the work.
Choose the type of pool you want
Many homeowners believe that making an in-ground swimming pool is not a big deal. They believe that it would be made of only one material, i.e. concrete. But, in reality, there are different types of in-ground swimming pools you can opt for, the most common ones being concrete, fiberglass and vinyl liner pools. The type of pool you choose depends on your preferences. It would be wise if you sit down with the contractor and discuss the pros and cons of each type of swimming pool before you decide upon the best one.
Choose the pool design
Here again, a talk with the contractor can yield fruitful results. Based on the available space in your backyard or garden, you can choose a rectangular, a circular or an oval shaped pool. You can also choose a specific geometric pattern for the pool, but that will increase the cost of the pool.
Choose the location
Where do you want the swimming pool to be installed? The location is a very important aspect for an in-ground swimming pool. Choose a spot that is easily accessible and that offers some privacy from neighbors. Usually, a spot that receives plenty of sunlight is preferred.
Choose the circulation system
The circulation system of a pool makes use of filtration and sanitization processes for keeping its water clean and clear. The heart of a circulation system is its pump. It is responsible for cleaning the water, which in turn is reverted from the pool drains back into the pool. There are three standard types of filters used in pools, diatomaceous earth (DE), sand and cartridge. You can choose the one that is best suited for your pool.
Choose the Deck or Patio
An in-ground swimming pool is not complete without a deck or patio. You should choose a material that is comfortable to walk on. You must also ensure that you build a deck that is large enough to accommodate the entire family. It will you help in avoiding many future problems.
Check the safety
Finally; check the safety measures of the pool and ensure that it is safe for children. Many contractors would advise you to install a fence around the swimming pool to keep small children from accidently falling inside the pool. Newer methods include having a remote controlled door that slides over the swimming pool and covers it completely when the latter is not in use.
There’s nothing like taking a dip in your own backyard swimming pool on a hot summer day. If you have decided to go ahead and install an in-ground swimming pool in your home then these steps will make the process a whole lot easier for you.