Our construction supervisor will come to your home prior to construction startup and go over your pool’s location, orientation and access to your backyard. He will also confirm utilities clearance, if there is landscaping that needs to be removed, where your pool equipment (filter and pumps, etc.) will be located, and answer any questions you might have about the process.
2. Layout, Dig & Steel
Once we have obtained the appropriate permits and posted them with our sign on your property, we will lay out the shape of your pool with wood forms. An excavator will then come remove the all of the dirt inside the forms. Typically, the hole will be dug slightly larger than the actual forms. Main drains and any other plumbing in the floor will now be installed and pressured up to make sure there are no leaks. Finally, steel reinforcing bars will be installed inside of the hole to form the floor and walls of your swimming pool. (If you decided to add a spa to your swimming pool, all of the above steps will be replicated for it.) Once these items have all been completed, there will be an inspection by the municipality that issued the permit.
3. Concrete Shell
Once the steel inspection has been passed, the concrete shell will be installed using either gunite or shotcrete. Steps and benches will be hand-formed, holes will be left in the walls for the returns and a larger hole left in the deep-end floor of the pool to equalize any ground water pressure that might exist. The concrete is installed pneumatically through a pump system and shot into place. This is a neat process to watch, but don’t get too close! The concrete shell will typically take 24 to 48 hours to setup. It is critical that you do not try to enter the pool shell. Once the shell has set up, the wood forms will be removed, the shell will be backfilled with dirt and the immediate area of the pool deck will be graded.
During this time, your pool’s plumbing will be installed around the perimeter of the shell. A large trench will be dug from the pool area to the location where the pool equipment will be installed. The pump, filter, chlorinator & heater (if included) will then be installed and plumbed in. The entire plumbing system will again be pressured up to make sure there are no leaks. At this point, some municipalities may require an inspection of the in-ground plumbing.
Once the plumbing inspection has passed, if required, the tile will now be installed. The top of the pool shell will be waterproofed and leveled, the tile installed and grouted. Smaller tiles will be installed on the tops of steps and benches for visual reference. Spillways and other water features per your pool design will be installed at this point as well.