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    Six Things To Do After Installing your Inground Pool Kit

    January 25, 2013
    bobarnold

    DIY-inground-pool-kit-project

    After installing your own DIY inground pool kit ~ take a moment to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Water is in the pool, and your family can enjoy the fruits of your labor ~ a beautiful backyard paradise! This post covers some details that you'll want to attend to immediately after filling the pool.

    Number One thing to do when you finish your DIY inground pool project

    Homeowners Insurance Policy:  Update your homeowner's insurance policy to include additional liability coverage for your pool. This should be done to protect yourself against liability for accidents or damage to your pool from storms or floods. Ask your insurance agent what levels of your insurance coverage need to be increased. You may be asked to submit pictures, and be asked about safety equipment installed, such as pool alarms or the type of pool fence that you have installed.

    Number 2 thing to do after installing your inground pool kit

    Final Pool and Fence Inspections:  According to your local city or town codes, upon finalization of your pool construction project, the pool must be enclosed by a barrier such as a fence around the perimeter of the pool area. The barrier must be at an approved height, according to town specifications, with the appropriate self-closing and self-latching gate. A pool alarm, door and/or gate alarms may also be required to comply with town safety codes.

    Your local governing agency will inspect all aspects of your pool barrier to ensure it meets mandatory safety guidelines. Passing your inground pool final inspection will also require that all electrical, plumbing and equipment have been installed according to your local building department codes. Get to know what your town requirements are, and be prepared.  If something is not done correctly by town code, it can delay the issuance of your Certificate of Occupancy. Without such a certificate, you cannot legally utilize your pool, and any accidents in the pool will make you grossly negligent.

    Number 3 most important thing to do after you build your inground pool kit

    Initial Water Balancing:  Upon filling your new pool with water, it is important to let your pool equipment run, to ensure there are no mechanical or electrical problems, or leaks in your plumbing. Test all equipment before you bury or backfill your plumbing and wiring. Test your pool water prior to adding chemicals, so that you know what chemicals need to be added, according to the initial water test readings. Included in your inground pool kit from SPP are start-up chemicals and water test strips, and we will assist you with the proper chemical balancing process.

    Number 4 thing to do after installing your own inground pool

    Install Pool Deck:  The last thing that people do is finish the pool deck area, depending on the time of the year. Depending on the weather and your soil type, you may be able to finish your deck work immediately, or you may want to delay pouring a concrete pool deck. it is generally a good idea to let the soils around the pool area settle for 3-6 months, and then pour a concrete deck. This is also true for paver pool decks.

    It's no fun to wait for your pool deck, I know, but it will help alleviate shifting and tilting of the concrete slabs, due to backfill soil which have not fully settled and compacted. If you do not wish to wait, you should take extra care to compact the soils thoroughly, as you slowly backfill. We can assist you with advice on stratifying your soil layers, if necessary (for loamy soils, for instance) and equipment to use to compact the layers, for best effect.

    Fifth thing to do after installing your DIY pool kit

    Yard and Landscape Repairs:  Once the pool deck area has been completed, you are ready to finish your landscaping and yard design of the pool.  This is the final phase of your pool construction. Have some fun, deciding what plants that you would like around the pool. At the same time, you can finally make repairs to your lawn where it has been disrupted for your pool installation project. Jon wrote a blog post last fall on pool landscaping, with great ideas for plants to avoid, and plants that do well around a swimming pool, according to the hardiness zone that you live in.

    Number 6 thing to do after building your own inground pool

    Create family safety rules:  All members of your family, and anyone using the pool - must know the rules for the pool area. Prior to opening the pool for the swim season, the family members and friends should discuss pool safety rules. Emergency procedures should also be discussed in case of an accident. We hold a family pool safety meeting every spring, before opening the pool. You should too.

    If pool safety is discussed at the beginning of each pool season, and whenever it seems to have been forgotten - it will help ensure a fun and accident free swim season. Make sure the pool area is free of obstructions and when done swimming for the day, ensure the pool area is secure with locked or alarmed doors and gates. If users can't keep the gate shut, or the doors shut - put a lock on it! Maintain strong rules, such as no unsupervised swimming, no swimming alone. No diving, No running, No horseplay. The usual rules.

    Once you have accomplished all the above, you are ready to fully enjoy your new inground swimming pool. With a little help from your friends at SPP, you can proudly say that you built your own pool! That's a real good feeling, and your family will brag about it too.  

    Bob Arnold
    SPP Pool Expert

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