How Is A Swimming Pool Constructed? [Expert Guide!]

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One of the most enjoyable parts of a summer vacation is by the pool. Swimming pools provide us with the perfect opportunity to refresh, relax, and indulge in some wholesome, fresh air. While it’s great to have a pool at home, what is more exciting is being able to spend time in a pool with your friends and family. In this article, you’ll discover the various techniques and tools used to build a swimming pool, as well as some interesting tidbits of information that you might not know about.

Materials And Tools Needed

The materials needed to build a swimming pool include the usual ones you’d expect to find in any home: cement, sand, and gravel. To those already familiar with these materials, you may add a bag of cement, two or three shovels of sand, and a wheelbarrow to add to your collection. You may also want to purchase a small hand trowel for leveling the sand and placing the cement, as well as some tools for removing the sand once the pool is complete (sifting machine, shovel, etc.).

You will also need several thousand feet of vinyl, plastic, or fiberglass fence to surround the pool area. You may want to purchase a gate with a lock for added protection. If you live in a colder climate, you may want to consider adding an under-the-weather-patio (an area under an awning or sun deck that provides some protection from the wind, rain, and snow).

The Process

The process of building a swimming pool is actually quite simple. You begin by digging the hole for the pool. While it’s nice to have a flat surface to place the pool on, you should have the hole deep enough to accommodate two large adults sitting back-to-back. If you are using concrete, you will need to allow for proper curing time (three to four days at 72 degrees Fahrenheit) before you do any further construction work.

Once the hole is dug, the next step is to pour the concrete. Depending on the size of your pool, you may want to either drill holes in the top of the pool or place boards on the surface of the water to provide a place for the water to drain through. This helps prevent the formation of fungus and algae in the pool which can cause serious health problems for you and your family.

Once the concrete has completely cured, you can move on to adding the pool’s supporting framework: wood or metal rails and stanchions, as well as a deck made of wooden or metal beams for holding the glass, plastic, or fiberglass for the pool’s surface. Be sure to attach the rails and stanchions to the deck with steel cable ties or concrete anchor rods to provide a strong, stable base for your pool. Some people prefer to use concrete blocks as cornerstones for their pools due to the stability they offer and the visual appeal the shape provides.

Tips

So you’ve built your pool and have had some time to settle in. You can now relax and enjoy your poolside, refreshing pool experience. While it’s great to have a pool at home, the fun is in sharing it with your friends and family. So, make sure you invite your friends and family over for a pool party and let them help you celebrate this momentous occasion by diving in and having some fun. You may also want to consider adding a small waterfall feature towards the back of the pool to create a relaxing, yet refreshing environment. Be sure to maintain a clean pool by regularly cleaning it with a pool vacuum and brushing off the debris which settles at the bottom. Also, take care not to leave any toys in the pool. This will inhibit the growth of algae and cause health problems for both you and your family.

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