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What To Expect When Installing A Fiberglass Pool
The excitement is mounting! You’ve just signed on the dotted line and are ready to break ground to begin the installation process for your brand new fiberglass pool. While you can expect many years of splashing and frolicking in your own backyard oasis in the very near future, there is going to be a period of “growing pains” in order to get your new pool properly installed.
We’re not going to sugar coat it: the fiberglass pool construction process will require heavy equipment, and your backyard will look like a construction site for a few weeks. But – deep breaths – this is only temporary! To prepare you for the road ahead, we’ll walk you through the steps involved to help give you a more accurate picture of what you can expect in terms of installation time. Trust us, a properly installed fiberglass pool is worth the wait and will give you years of enjoyment!
Step 1 : Backyard Prep and Digging
All site prep starts with obtaining the proper permits, and identifying where utilities are located within the project area. Utilities can be buried or overhead. They might interfere with the project and will have to be marked for re-locating prior to any site work. Once you have permits and utilities out of the way, the site is prepared by first establishing the finish grade of the pool wall. Well before your application for a building permit, the excavation area is then prepared by outlining the pool dimensions with spray paint or using a pre-fabricated template that matches the pool design. This shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours at most, depending on the equipment. Once the elevation is set and the layout is marked, excavation can begin.
Step 2 : Excavating and Setting
Before fiberglass pool construction begins, the first step is to hollow out a space in your backyard or side yard where the pool will be located. How much room you need for your pool excavation will be dependent on the design template, size, and shape of the fiberglass pool shell you choose.
Most of the digging will be done by an excavator, which will remove the vast majority of the dirt. Care is taken to follow the outline of the pool by only slightly digging beyond the dimensions of the pool by 500mm to 1 meter for a “tight” fit. Once the digging is finished, it’s time to place the base material for your pool’s foundation into the hole that’s been excavated. You may be wondering, “What do you even put under a fiberglass pool?”
The foundation for an inground fiberglass pool generally consists of a two-inch base of gravel. The purpose of the foundation is to give your pool a firm, even, and stable surface to rest upon, minimizing the risk of settling, bulging, or leaking that could damage the pool and surrounding soil. The bottom of the excavated area is dug 200mm deeper than necessary, to allow for sand or ½” gravel fill material to be added and a smooth area prepared for the pool bottom to rest.
The pool is then set by crane or other equipment using lifting straps . This may take the builder several attempts to prepare the bottom of the hole and lift and set the pool level. This is a normal procedure. Additionally, a sump line or a daylight drain is installed at the deep end of the pool to assist with balancing hydrostatic pressure, which is the pressure the water in a pool exerts on the walls and floor of the pool from the inside. From the start of the excavation, you can expect up to 3 days until your fiberglass pool is nestled into the excavation site. Some builders can do this process in 1 day while others, with different equipment, may take longer.
Step 3 : Adding Water and Backfill
Once the pool is set level, the process of adding water and backfill begins. Backfilling is the process of filling the gap between the fiberglass pool shell and the excavated hole (also known as “locking in” the pool). This is also the stage when water is added to the pool, along with a drain pipe that helps to circulate water properly.
First, 300mm of cement treated crush rocks (CT7mm)is placed around the bottom radius of the pool. The pool is then filled with 300mm of water. To ensure that pressure on the outer and inner walls of the pool remains equal throughout backfilling, your builder will alternate between locking in the pool with CT7mm, then filling the pool with six inches of water. Working with care and precision, your builder will continue to alternate between these procedures until backfilling and pool filling is complete.
When the backfill and the water reach areas for plumbing fittings, the builder will attach PVC pipe to the fittings and pressure test the lines for leaks. This is also the time that the lights will be installed and other possible water features. If all is working, then the process of adding water and backfill continues until they are at the grade level for the deck placement. This entire process can take 1 to 4 days, depending on the builder.
Step 4 : Plumbing and Electrical Installation
To stay fresh and clean, your fiberglass pool needs a plumbing system. This system features two main parts: a pool filter that removes small pieces of debris, and a pool pump that circulates water through the filtration system. Keep in mind that, even with filters, you will still need to periodically skim your pool with a net in order to remove larger debris items.
An equipment pad will be strategically located on the project site to hold the pump, filter, heater, electrical connections, and other options that may be part of the installation. As the plumbing lines and electrical lines have already been run in the previous steps, hooking up the pump, filter, heater, water features, and electrical lighting is a simple process. Depending on personnel and local inspection requirements, this part of the process averages 1 to 3 days.
Step 5 : Pouring Concrete and Finishing the Pool
Once the conditions are right to start pouring concrete, the deck of your pool area will begin taking shape. Setting up the forms, pouring the concrete, and letting it settle can take anywhere from 2-3 days, depending on the weather. While the concrete is curing, the construction team will clean up the site and make sure that your in-ground fiberglass pool and all equipment is operating properly.
Step 6 : Coping & Decking
“Coping” is the trim that borders the edge or lip of the pool, as the margins around the page of a book. Pool coping is both decorative and practical, giving your pool added visual flair while blocking water from spilling over the pool shell and leaking into the soil. It generally takes somewhere from around two to five days to finish building a pool deck and installing the coping.
Step 7 : Fencing
The last step of fiberglass pool installation is to erect safety fencing around your swimming pool. Not only does fencing give you privacy, but even more importantly, it also protects children (or pets) from wandering into your pool and becoming injured. Fencing must meet specific height and design requirements to comply with safety regulations, such as featuring latches located at least a meter above ground level.
Tips For Installing a Fiberglass Swimming Pool Your Builder Will Be Aware Of
Here are a few expert guidelines your local builder will have in mind to ensure a quick and efficient installation:
- An in-ground pool is not only a source of great pleasure but also adds value to the house where it’s installed. You will first need to decide on its specifications. Make sure that it suits your exact needs and the space available.
- The second step lies in deciding where the pool should be placed. It is advisable to install it in a place where it receives adequate sun exposure.
- Once you have decided on the place, your builder will line out the preferred area according to the pool’s size. As soon as this is done, builders will excavate the required hole for the pool. Usually, these pools are one level, but if their depth is greater at a particular end, they will need to dig accordingly.
- When it comes to choosing a design, bear in mind that the design matches the surroundings and adds to your home’s aesthetic value.
- If you’re thinking about a tanning ledge consider how and when you will most often use it. Most people prefer to face the pool on a tanning ledge. Make sure the side you choose takes advantage of the peak sun hours.