During this phase of the construction process, the crew will install the coping at the edge of the pool before completing the deck that surrounds your new swimming pool. For most flagstone and cement decks, a sub-surface of road base is laid and compacted prior to the installation of the actual deck. The rock is laid into a bed of mortar and grouted to give it a finished look.
In addition to installing the decking and coping, the construction crew will also build any water features included in the design and place the rock around the outside of the spa. Please note that we will need to delay the application of some concrete deck stains and coating up to a month after the pool is completed to allow the curing to finish.
Once permitting, HOA approval, and the construction schedule have been approved, your pool construction will begin. Building an inground swimming pool is the culmination of 10 main phases of swimming pool construction. The following will give you a brief understanding of the swimming pool construction process, but if you have any questions while your pool is being built, please feel free to call us!
During this final phase, our crew will visit your home one last time to clean-up any leftover construction materials and get your swimming pool up and running. While the bulk of the excess materials will be removed from your home at the end of each workday, we will bring in sandy loam near the end of construction to fill in the ruts left by the heavy equipment. At this time, you may need to replace sod and sprinkler lines damaged during construction.
The first business day after the pool is full of water, we will start up the equipment and test it to ensure that it is running effectively and efficiently. During our visit, we will add chlorine to the pool for sanitation purposes, but other sanitation devices will be activated at Pool School.
Please remember that it is necessary for you to brush the pool sides and floor twice a day for the next two weeks while the plaster cures under water. Brushing is a critical part of the curing process, as it helps to remove the calcium the pool plaster is sloughing off. By preventing calcium build up, you’re taking proactive steps to long-term pool maintenance. While we’re at your home for start-up, we will also let you and your family know when you can start swimming. This is normally 3-7 days after we start up the pool, depending on plaster manufacture’s recommendations.
Once the steel is in, our construction crew will add the rough plumbing to your swimming pool. During this phase, pipes are laid into the trenches, running from the pool to the equipment. Once installed, these pipes will handle the suction and return lines, water features, cleaner lines and auto fill lines. The equipment is set in its final location and will include the pump, filter, heater (if any) and sanitation. Don’t worry if you notice a large amount of blue glue all over the pipes; this just shows the inspectors that the connections are waterproof!
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The fifth phase of construction involves the application of the gunite/shotcrete to the pool surface in order to form the pool shell. The crew will apply the shotcrete using a large hose. During the application of the shotcrete, we will install any benches or other interior architectural features. After just a few hours the pool will begin to have a finished look.
This is when the pool will need your help. To assist in the curing of the shotcrete, please hose down the pool two or three times a day with water during this phase. The concrete will absorb a great deal of water during the curing process. The amount of water absorbed depends on the time of year that your new swimming pool is build, but most pools will need to be sprayed down once in the morning and once at the end of the day. If the shell has more of a white color compared to a dark grey then additional watering will be required.
This is the most exciting part of the building process, because it includes the digging and forming of the swimming pool. The typical time it takes to dig a pool is dependent on a number of factors, including access to the area, soil conditions, and overall size and depth of the pool, but most pools are dug in 3 to 5 days. There are a few situations in rock that will take longer, but we will let you know if this situation occurs with your particular swimming pool. After our construction crew has finished digging the pool, they will use laser leveling to place the forms. This process is what gives a defined shape to the outside of the gunite/shotcrete shell of the pool.
To make sure the construction process goes smoothly, please take care that nothing is moved or altered during the construction process. Although we will be careful to clean up at the end of the day, please understand this is a construction site and it is not safe for children and pets.
With the concrete laid and the coping and decking installed, it is now time to add the beautiful waterline tile to your new swimming pool. Tile is necessary to provide a transition from the pool’s plaster surface to the coping. During this phase of the construction process, our tile crew will lay the tile in a 6″ band at the waterline. It is designed to catch the body oils and surface floating dirt, making it easier to keep your swimming pool sparkling clean all year long. The gunite surface and pipe fittings will be cleaned up and trimmed at this time as well.
Plaster provides the waterproofing surface for your pool, and is available in many different forms from white marcite, to pebble, to polished surfaces. Plastering is completed over one or two days, depending on acid wash or polishing requirements of your particular swimming pool.
Immediately after plaster is finished, we will begin filling your pool with water. With this in mind, we recommend hooking up as many water hoses to your hose bibs as possible. The time it takes to fill the pool will depend on your water pressure and the size of the pool, but most pools take between 16 and 24 hours to fill. If you have an in-ground spa, please put one hose in it until it is full, then put that hose in your pool. Wondering how much water your pool holds? You can calculate the gallons your pool will hold by the following formula: length x width x average depth x 7.5 = # of gallons.
Don’t worry about the color of the water immediately! Your pool water color will look a little off until the water is balanced by one of our pool service professionals.
Once the water reaches the middle of your tile in your pool, please call the office (even if it is after normal business hours) and let us know your pool is full. We will start up your pool the next business day after you notify us the pool is full of water.
During this phase, the construction crew will paint the outline of the pool on the ground, based upon your contract and the drawing you and your designer have agreed upon. Once marked, we contact a separate team of people to come out and mark the utility lines associated with your property. Once the various utility companies have finished visiting and marking the lines, please let our office know if any lines are within a few feet of the pool outline or go through the proposed pool itself. We will adjust the design to accommodate.
Please note, one of the most common observations during this process is that the pool itself looks small. Don’t let this worry you! Once the pool has been excavated you will see and feel the real size of the pool.
During this phase, our construction crew will add the rebar to finalize the ultimate shape of the pool. The rebar team will “tie” the steel using bailing wire in a grid pattern. This phase of construction usually takes one to two days, depending on the shape and size of your pool, as well as the inclusion of any raised walls or bond beams.
During this phase, the electrician will place the lights into the pool and spa, and the equipment will be connected to the electrical source. After the electrician completes installation of the lights, please do not turn on any lights or equipment until instructed to do so. This could cause damage to you and your new swimming pool equipment. Once the pool has been filled, we will walk you through turning on the lights and other features during Pool School.