After you’ve been baking in the sweltering heat, there aren’t enough mojitos in the world to refresh you like a pool does. And summer is just around the corner. If you’re thinking of taking the satisfying plunge into pool ownership, make sure to do your homework. These simple steps will tell you how to install an in-ground pool that is perfect for you and your family.
1. Choose the right type of pool for YOU
There are three types of commonly used in-ground pools: concrete, vinyl-lined and fiberglass. Concrete pools are the most popular.
Concrete pools are durable and customized, but they take the longest to install. Vinyl pools come in many shapes and sizes, but their lining is easily punctured so opt for a thicker size. Fiberglass pools are durable, but hard to install and only comes in a one-shape-fits-all.
Before you commit to a type of pool, consider what your backyard (and budget) can accommodate – and not beyond.
2. Weigh the Logistics
Make sure to compare competitive pricing and reputation before settling on a pool contractor. He or she will be your guide throughout these uncertain waters.
Prior to the construction of the pool, review any relevant zoning regulations and municipal by-laws (i.e. “an enclosure must be built between 10-15 feet away from the pool…”). Your contractor should be able to help fill in any blanks.
Once you’ve hired a contractor and secured all the necessary permit(s), you can begin planning the location of your pool. Regardless of the size of your backyard, the pool must meet certain criteria.
3. Location, Location, Location
When it comes time for you to select the site of your pool, there are a number of things to keep in mind.
For safety purposes, consider where the pool is in relation to the view from your house so you can keep a watchful eye. Make sure that pool accessories could be accommodated without causing any traffic jams on deck.
Think about how the pool would fare in certain weather, like extreme sunlight or areas susceptible to strong winds. A location with an average amount of sunshine and breeze is ideal for a pool.
Prevent a natural pool disaster – don’t build the pool in a low-lying area, as it’d be more vulnerable to flooding with mud and debris when it rains. Avoid locations beneath wires or above electrical cables, sewer lines or septic systems.
4. Oh yeah, and Then There’s Water…
To fill your pool, first choose the appropriate water filtration system. The most commonly used types are sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth. Your pool contractor should be able to tell you the right one to use.
Next, choose a type of pool sanitizer to clean the pool, like bromine, PHMB and most notably chlorine. Consult your pool contractor to help you decide which to use.
After you install the circulation system, enlist the help of a bulk water delivery service to actually fill your pool with water. Fill it to the accurately measured brim, and you’re ready to dive in!
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Joyce Smith has over ten years of experience as a PR professional in Toronto, Ontario. She’s also a part time yoga instructor and full time Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Joyce is a consultant for Arm King Bulk Water Services.