The pool construction process is not always cut and dry. There is a science to pool building, but not every project has the same scope. Things like adverse soil conditions, inclement weather, and unforeseen delays in permitting and approvals can impact the timeline considerably. While construction itself is rearely a linear process, building a swimming pool is much less so than the average construction process.
This quick primer will educate you somewhat on what the actuall pool construction process is like as well as provide resources where you can learn a little more on the subject. For the purposes of todays discussion we will be covering Gunite pools which is what we specialize in at Crystal Blue Aquatics.
Pool Building 101:
Pool Design & Layout – A pool designer will finalize your inground pool design and present you 3D designs for approval. Once we have a homeowner approval, deposit and the necessary HOA approvals and permits, we can begin laying out the pool area. Layout of the pool area will happen in spraypaint. We will mark out the area primed for excavation and make note of any gas lines, sewer lines, etc. During this phase we may also take down a portion of the fence in order to make the backyard accessible for large excavation equipment.
Pool Excavation – A parade of workmen, construction equipment and engineers will be in and out of your yard all day. Your pool designer will also be on site the day of dig to coordinate the job site and make sure the pool project is being started without any issues. This is a very exciting time as you can begin to see your inground pool take shape.
Rebar Installation – Workers will form out the pool area using wood boards and begin assembling the steel skeleton in preparation for concrete. This is done using high strength rebar to form a structurally sound surface for gunite.
Rough Plumbing & Trenching – We will begin rough plumbing in the various components to circulate and filtrate water in the pool. Trenching for plumbing and electrical lines will be done at this stage to run lines from the equipment pad to the pool area.
Gunite Installation – During this stage your inground pool really begins to take shape. A crew will come in and shoot gunite from a high velocity pressure hose to form the walls and floor of the pool shell. After the curing process is complete the pool structure will be rock hard and ready for electrical and interior.
Electrical & Interior – As we near the completion of the pool project, at this stage Electrical and finished plumbing is done to tie all components and water features together. Once the components are functional the pools interior will be installed. There are numerous options including plaster, pebble, aggregate to choose from. Depending on which option you’ve selected the process may for installing your interior can take several days or longer.
Pool Opening – Before you can dive into your pool and begin using it, it must be filled and then chemically treated. This will ensure any deposits or materials from construction do not remain in the pool chemistry and create unsafe swimming conditions. It will also ensure that no chemical damage is done to your brand new pool.