The steps to perfect DIY Inground pool
Inground pool is a cool concept to beat the heat and have your own concrete swimming pool inside your house. Even though this sounds easy, the planning stage is a little hard. You have to first consider each and every option and obligation before you can even break the ground for the inground pool construction.
The inground swimming pools have now become the sudden rage. Association of Pool and Spa Professionals place a figure of 5 million inground pools already existing in US with almost 2,00,000 new pools built every year.
There are certain steps that need to be followed to get you an inground pool. The very first would be to meet a pool contractor and get the construction costs. Then, you need to check for finances. Without blasting it, there is almost no way of digging up a pool. Also, by law, there needs to a protective barrier installed around an inground pool. All this is really costly.
- Picking up a pool is the first step in a DIY inground pool. There are three types of pools – concrete, vinyl-lined and then there is fibreglass. You might also find steel or aluminium walled pools.
Gunite or Shotcrete pools are the ones which are made out of concrete shot out of a gun into steel-reinforced walls. When the concrete settles, it is then plastered into smooth, painted and then is finished with a textured surface or is tiled. Concrete pools might take longer to be built but they are strongest, can be made of any shape, remodelled, enlarged, updated and are most durable.
Vinyl pools are generally rectangular or L-shaped. They are made from a preformed flexible liner that has the ability to get into the hole and attach itself to a steel wall frame. They come in lots of patterns and colours. But, it is important to note that the pets, pool toys or any sharp object can puncture the liner of the pool.
Fibreglass pools are durable with stain resistance, owing to their super smooth gel coat finish. They harbour fewer algae and are nonporous.
Selecting a pool type should be done with the help of a local pool contractor because the pool type also varies with local climate and the soil conditions.
- Compare the prices
The price can depend on the region, type of pool, circulation system, type of soil, accessories needed and the shape or size of the pool. There are contractors who quote offer discount prices for the same type of pool in off-season. Concrete pools are most expensive ones while fibreglass is the cheapest one.
Check for a price that suits you and has the following inclusions as well- filtration system, initial water filling, stone coping around the pool’s edge, underwater lights, landscaping, etc. The cost of fencing is additional.
- Checking with zoning regulation
You have to first apply to secure a building permit for building a DIY inground pool. There are some codes that relegate to pool barriers and also gate hardware. There must be specified distance of the pool from septic tanks, wells, wetlands, property lines, wetlands etc. Installing an alarm or power safety cover over the pool is a great idea for the extra level of protection.
- Pick the proper spot for your inground pool
Select a location which is open to the sun. That would reduce the number of leaves falling in the pool and also warm up the water. A windy location increases water evaporation which would increase water evaporation. Make the pool within the view of the house. The pool should be spacious enough to install accessories like slides, bench seats, spa etc.
- The pool’s circulation system should include filtration and sanitization. Use chlorine for sanitization and hydrogen peroxide for oxidizer. Maintaining the PH level of the water is also equally important.
With these steps in mind, one can very easily build up a diy inground pool.