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Pool Construction Process (click here to view full article)

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

POOL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

For the next 4-10 weeks, depending on your choice of pool selected. Your backyard will be overrun with staff and swimming pool construction equipment. Your backyard has now become a construction site and will look like one until the end of the process when your dream becomes a reality. This process has many moving parts and at times we will be waiting on city inspections, weather or other scheduling obstacles before work can continue. The typical estimated time frames are listed below, they can and will fluctuate to some degree on every job. Please be patient and understand that it is not the journey but the end result. Through this process, please ask our Project Manager any questions you may have.


STEP 1 – PERMIT, ENGINEERING PLANS & HOA (AVG 7-10 DAYS)

We shall acquire the permits for the construction of the pool. All plans must comply with state, local and HOA building requirements. The homeowner is required to get the HOA approval unless otherwise agreed upon. We can provide you detailed plans to submit to the HOA for approval. Be aware that some HOAs only meet once or twice a month to approve submissions so that could delay the start of your pool.


STEP 2 – LAYOUT (AVG 1 DAY)

A representative from American Backyard Pools will come to your home and lay the pool out that you approved with our Sales Consultant. This layout will indicate the shape, size and location of your pool in your yard for the excavation crew.


STEP 3 – EXCAVATION (AVG 1-2 DAYS)

The excavation crew will come in with some heavy equipment within a couple days and dig the pool to the plans. We will push any decorative rock to the side to gain access to the dig area but unless stated in the agreement you will be responsible for re-spreading the rock. We can not be responsible for any decorative rock, landscaping or irrigation from the front of your home to the dig site. You most likely will need to repair irrigation, replace plants and purchase additional decorative rock from the front of the home to the dig site.

The term “Hard Dig” is used when the soil conditions require the crew to remove the bucket from the excavator and replace it with a ripper attachment. This ripper attachment can break up hard soil but is very timely therefore excavation surcharges will occur. The amount depends on the size of your pool, depth of the hardened soil and type of hardness. We will dig a test hole at the beginning of the excavation and will be able to determine at that point if you have a Hard Dig and give you the surcharge amount. We do everything we can to avoid any excavation surcharges.


STEP 4 – SET THE NEW POOL IN PLACE (AVG 2-4 DAYS)

Install the structure for the shell of your pool per the engineering plans. It consists of wall panels that are polymer or sheet metal with bracing. We make sure all walls are square and level. Install concrete bond beams around the perimeter of the pool walls to lock them in place. Or if you buy a fiberglass pool, we will set the new pool with a crane or Skytrack equipment lift into the pre-dug hole.


STEP 5 – PLUMBING & EQUIPMENT SET (AVG 2-3 DAYS)

The plumbing for each pool is designed specifically to give it the best circulation and filtration for crystal clear water and ease of maintenance. We perform hydraulic calculations to ensure that all equipment and piping are of the correct size to combine water clarity and energy conservation. Our team will plumb in all of the filtration equipment for the pool, including water features, pumps and other optional equipment.


STEP 6 – ELECTRIC & GAS (AVG 1-2 DAYS)

Our master electricians will trench and install electrical conduit/wire from the house main electrical box to the equipment and all other locations specified on the plan. If utilizing a gas heater or BBQ grill, gas lines will be run from the main gas meter in the front of the house to the designated equipment. Upon Final City Inspection the homeowner will need to contact SRP and have them connect the gas line to the main meter. Only the homeowner can call to schedule this appointment and will need to be home for the appointment to allow access to the home. This is a free service from SRP and they will most likely install a larger meter to accommodate your use.


STEP 7 – CITY ELECTRICAL INSPECTION (AVG 2-5 DAYS)

Upon completion of the electrical stage we are required to have a city inspection before we can proceed. This is the first of two city inspections and depending on the city and time of year can take a few days.


STEP 8 – INSTALLING VERMICULITE FLOOR (AVG 1 DAY)

Once we have received your custom vinyl liner, we shape the dirt inside the pool for the specific measurements of the pool liner. After the shaping is completed, we install a portland cement and vermiculite floor that is hand troweled to create a solid bottom underneath your liner.

STEP 9 – INSTALLING POOL LINER (AVG 1 DAY)

Now that we have built the foundation for your pool, it is time to place and install your custom vinyl liner.


STEP 10 – DECKING (AVG 3-5 DAYS)

The two most popular decking options are concrete or pavers. Concrete can be coated with a texture such as Cool Deck, stamped, acid wash or many other options. Concrete decking will be poured and then the finish applied.

Pavers have become the most desirable because of their beauty, longevity and they are maintenance free. Pavers come in brick pavers, concrete pavers and tumbled travertine.

The number of square feet of decking will determine the number of days it will require.


STEP 13 – FINAL CLEAN UP

At this point, the project is nearing completion. We will now remove all extraneous construction materials and waste from the construction site and prepare the pool interior to be finished.


STEP 14 – FILLING & START-UP (AVG 2 DAYS)

The kids are probably ready to jump in by now! A little patience will be needed as our staff starts up all the equipment and starts to balance the water chemistry. Our start up crew is there to get the water moving as quickly as the pool can get filled so you can begin to enjoy your new pool. A technician will set up a convenient time to go over all the equipment and care instructions with you.


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