Becoming a pool owner is an exciting time. After the purchase comes the installation. The process may seem foreign to some people This post will help explain what to expect during the installation process. Besides quality of work, quick installation is important to many new pool owners. Improperly installed pools can lead to uneven surfaces, leaks and tears in the liner – not to mention the wasted time and resources spent to fix the issue. For this reason, it is recommended to have all pools, in-ground and above ground, installed professionally. Having it done right the first time will save time and headaches in the long run.

The Process

Below is a rough outline of what to expect during the installation process. The method may vary slightly depending on each situation.

1. Clear the area 

One of the first things the installation crew will do is clear the pool area of sod, rocks, roots and any debris that could puncture the pool liner. After the debris is cleared, the ground has to be level. While there is about an inch of leeway, the more level, the better.

2. Rail Preparation

After the ground has been cleared and leveled, the crew will begin to map out the rail system and connect them. Generally, all rails will be connected in a circle before proceeding. When the pool area is determined, the pool base and sand are added.

3. Wall Installation

After the area is prepared and the railing is connected, walls are added. This process tends to take the longest as has the most steps and is more labor intensive. Depending on the type of wall used (aluminum, steel, resin) completion time could vary.

4. Liner Installation

Once the pool structure is up and stable, the liner is seeded under the rails and over the walls. Liner installation is one of the most important steps in the process.

5. Add Water 

The final step is the addition of water. The key in this step is doing so slowly and carefully. The crew will likely do so cautiously, paying attention to any wrinkles or imperfections in the liner.

This outline is meant to serve as a general overview of what to expect and should not be used as an instruction point. Once the installation is complete, it’s time to enjoy. It is important to keep an eye on the water level, as well as any wrinkles that may have developed during the installation process. Your local pool care professionals will be able to provide further information on the installation and what can be expected in the first few weeks of use.

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