Pool Construction Tips: The Master Guide

By udm - July 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized

Pool Building Master Guide

If you’re planning on needing pool construction in California, specifically Bakersfield, you’ll need to understand the pool construction steps and pool construction process before you start. Here is our handy-dandy pool building master guide with all the tips you need as a soon-to-be pool owner.

In short, the job has these steps: 

  1. Design and Plan
  2. Construction Permit
  3. Excavating the Area
  4. Pool Wall and Panel Installation
  5. Plumbing and Electrical Systems Installation
  6. Build Pool Walls and Pour Concrete
  7. Complete Finishing
  8. Fill Pool
  9. Swimming Pool Enclosure Installation
  10. Implement Landscaping

FREE Tip: If you do not have experience or the necessary training, always hire the best swimming construction company in Bakersfield. Hiring a professional pool builder will save you time and money.

Chapter One: Pool Design & Plan Phase

If you do not have an efficient pool building plan, then your pool construction process will go awry and you most likely will waste time and resources.

First and foremost, it is best to figure out the kind of pool you want to be built. Is it in-ground or above ground? Do you want a square, circular, or rectangular shaped pool?

If you go into a project like this knowing what you want, then the design and plan process will happen more smoothly.

Search on the web for some popular swimming pool design ideas or look at our gallery.

Checklist: What to Know During This Phase

  1. The shape of your pool
  2. Define specifications like surface areas
  3. The color of your swimming pool

The more complex a swimming pool design is, the more expensive it typically is to construct. However, you need to have a specific and detailed plan on how you plan to have built your pool during the construction stages.

At this stage, you and the team you hire need to evaluate the likelihood of the full project.

Checklist: Your plan should entail the following elements

  1. Timeframe: How long will the project take to complete?
  2. How much will pool construction cost?
  3. Which pool construction materials are needed?
  4. What pool construction equipment or accessories are required?
  5. What location will the pool be built?

Chapter Two: Acquiring a Construction Permit

Do not start the pool construction process without a construction permit. Furthermore, when you hire a professional team and contractor, you won’t need to worry about this.

Typically, local authorities issue pool construction permits. Having a permit ensures that your building process remains safe and does not harm others in your general vicinity.

The officer tasked with this issue will visit the site to conduct an assessment. And you will be issued a permit based on the successfulness of the assessment. Afer this, construction may start.

Chapter Three: Excavate The Area

With every pool building stage, it is vital that safety remains a huge priority. Always install a temporary safety barrier and let others know that there is major construction work going on.

Clear the area where your pool team installs your new pool. Using the pre-planned specifications of your pool, you can begin to mark out the area. The overall markup should reflect the pool design you wanted. Now moving on to the excavation process, which always requires proper construction equipment.

Excavation is a much-needed process and is one of the reasons why a thorough site assessment is needed before any construction begins in your home or business.

Checklist: Keep these factors in mind

  1. Make sure utility lines are out of the way if the site is near utility lines like electricity, gas, or water.
  2. Check out the area intended to carry the pool. Assessing the structure helps determine whether the specified area needs special reinforcements or not.

Chapter Four: Build Walls, Floors, Panels & Pour Concrete

The build process varies depending on the style or type of pool you planned to build with your team. You may have chosen to build a pool of concrete or pre-designed kits. After the excavation step is complete, your pool is left with a tough, inconsistent shape. It may even weaken the soil. Therefore, your team should grade the floor surface in order to even out the surface.

After grading, the construction process should become less complicated and clear. The grading process should always be based on the orientation of your new pool floor.

With this, your pool builder team can start the pool wall and floor installation stage. 

Build Concrete in Ground Pool

When it comes to handling concrete, it may seem burdensome because of how bulky this stuff is. However, we want to make it as simple as it can be to comprehend and manage. There are typically only four different pool construction processes:

After successfully completing the above steps, it’s time to get into the fun pool building processes.

You want the swimming pool of your dreams — let’s dive right into it:

First, install the frames of your pool. Your team can use wood or metal bars. During this installation phase, your team will need to make sure everything is in line with each other.

Swimming pool plumbing is key; furthermore, if this step is not completed correctly, you can run into massive, expensive problems later on. Always hire a professional pool builder who understands the ins and outs of plumbing and implements systems that meet the approved pool codes. Because through the installed systems, you will fill or empty the pool. The pool systems are normally covered by the concrete walls.

Always hire an experienced electrician for proper installation. No swimming pool owners or loved ones should experience electric shock while enjoying their new pool.

Electricians should have all their safety measures locked in to ensure optimal safety.

Building a solid and reliable foundation is essential to establishing a long-lasting swimming pool. Your pool building team estimates the right amount of sand and cement needed that fits the right proportions. Next, they will pour on the floor, as well as grade and smooth out the areas after its poured well.

Always pay close attention to your pool floor’s orientation; it will matter when you are planning on designing a pool with different depth areas.

Once the floor is complete, it is time to build the pool walls, which can either be done with cinder blocks or concrete. The filling should reach a level ground. Your team will make sure the pool wall is reinforced because they do not want any collapsing to occur.

Some people use in-ground pool kits to build out the rest of their pool, which is fairly simple compared to other methods.

FREE Tip: Wait until the concrete is cured well before moving on to the next step. It usually takes about four weeks or a month to cure properly. Be patient.  

To create the concrete pool moisture barrier, a team may use specific kinds of coating like a plastic liner, plaster coating, sprayed plastic coating, or tile covering.

Pool Walls & Floors Installation With In-Ground Pool Kits

Another common solution amongst pool builders, this one is easy to go over too. First, your team will pump up the wall panels. Usually, steel is the best choice for in-ground pools.

Also, the swimming pool must be put together. Therefore, with concrete pools, make sure the walls are at the same height.

Next, install all the needed plumbing systems and electrical system properly. Depending on pool design, installing the pool accessories may be able to be done at this time.

In order to keep the swimming pool kit intact, cement will be needed. Your team would pour cement on each brace right away after setting up the pool walls.

Cement helps keep the pools secure in place and supports against water pressure. After the three steps are completed, a completed, the in-ground pool should be secure without the floor. Therefore, the next step is installing the pool floor.

Your pool building team will add sand and ensure that it conforms to the desired shape of your pool.

Once you have an installed floor, your team can install foam padding. Your team should always allow some room for installing the pool deck or other last-minute features.

Fill the Pool with Water

At this stage, you should have a complete pool. There are only a few steps left for total completion.

Your team should be filling your pool with water at this point. This is not only needed but it is crucial to test whether there are any leakages or not.

This is also the time for your pool builders to test your plumbing systems.

Pool Deck Installation

Installing the pool deck comes next. And there are dozens of options to choose from.

Safety here is an important step.

You do not want a pool deck that users will easily slide or fall from.

Sparks Custom Pools help you choose the best swimming pool deck idea.

It is important to select one that is cost-effective, long-lasting, safe and attractive.

Landscaping Process

There are several landscaping ideas pool owners can use to elevate and embellish their backyard and their pool.

By adding flowers, plants, pebbles, and rocks, you can add some personality to your pool.

Your backyard is your oasis. Everything from your pool shape to your pool’s accessories is yours to play with.

Sparks Custom Pools

Now you understand how a pool involves designing, installation, planning, finishing, and expertise. When you look at these steps and these stages, you can better select the right pool construction team. Sparks Custom Pools has over 10 years’ history in the swimming pool business in Bakersfield. Our background in pool service and repair gives us insight into what works – and doesn’t work – when designing and building a pool.

Customers choose Sparks Custom Pools for our knowledge of the pool industry and knowing which pool systems are the most reliable. If you want to remodel an existing pool, we take the same process of discovering what you want, designing, and showing you the outcome in 3D.

Your complete satisfaction is our goal. Our experienced crew will make excavating and framing your pool as convenient as possible. Call us today at (661)-477-3925 and in just a few weeks, you’ll be able to dive into your dream pool.

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