Getting Started

Inground Getting Started

How an Inground Pool Works

All swimming pools work in the same manner - no matter the shape, size or whether it's a backyard pool or a commercial pool. They all use a combination of filtration and chemical treatment to constantly clean a large volume of water.

To maintain clear water, a swimming pool needs the following components:

  • A basin
  • A motorized pump
  • A water filter
  • A chemical feeder
  • Drains
  • Returns
  • PVC plastic plumbing connecting all of these elements

Water pumps in a continual cycle, from the pool through the filtering and chemical treatment systems and back to the pool again. The pumping system keeps the water in the pool free of dirt, debris and bacteria. Heaters are sometimes used to keep the water at a certain temperature.

Steps to Getting a Pool

Steps to Getting a Pool

The first step in building a swimming pool is making a plan. You must choose your site carefully, while remembering your budget restrictions as well as local laws that are in place. These decisions that need to be well thought out before your pool or hot tub becomes a reality. Keep in mind that inground pools and spas are permanent structures and will be prominent features in or around your home for years to come. Be sure to spend the time and energy necessary to create an environment that will last a lifetime.

Step 1: Decide How You Will Use Your Pool

How will you use your swimming pool? Do you want to relax, participate in healthy exercise, or entertain friends and family? Defining the uses now will help you choose the best location for your pool and decide on the style that meets your needs. 

Step 2: Consider Financial Aspects of Pool Ownership

You also need to consider the financial aspects of owning a pool or spa. If the pool is attractive and not highly specialized, it will be considered an asset.

Before work begins you would want to check with your insurance agent to be sure you have adequate protection. This insurance protection will need to begin immediately. Though the contractor and his subcontractors should carry liability and property damage insurance, make sure of these protections.

Don't forget to factor maintenance into the cost of the pool that you choose. Routine pool maintenance will include keeping the water chemically balanced and sanitary, maintaining the support equipment, and cleaning the pool surfaces. You can contract a pool service professional to perform these chores, or you can do some or all of them yourself. 

Step 3: Determine Your Yard Size and Conditions

In addition to your yard's dimensions, consider your yard's slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is level. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and typically add to the overall cost and duration of the project. Consulting a pool professional is a good idea as they will be able to tell you which shape would best suit your needs and whether or not it would actually be possible to construct a pool in your desired location.

Step 4: Design Your Pool

Once you have determined the yard size and conditions as well as what your pool will be used for, you can begin to design your pool. When you choose to design an inground pool you can add customized features. Be sure to remember to design the entire poolscape including decks, water features, and the patio area.

Step 5: Consult a Pool Professional

Consulting a pool professional is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape would be an ideal fit for your particular yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs. Make sure to have the most up to date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas. Zoning is primarily handled on a local level and typically covers such issues as fencing and barriers, pool depth requirements for diving boards, set-backs and proximity to utility lines.

Step 6: Choose a Professional Builder

It is very important when choosing a professional pool contractor to do your research. You should talk to at least three builders when getting estimates. When interviewing possible builders, determine the number of years they have been in business, ensure that they are bonded and insured, visit their work firsthand or ask for examples of their work, and determine if they subcontract the work or use their own staff. 

Step 7: Choose Your Equipment

By selecting the correct pool supplies for your needs, maintaining a gorgeous pool all year round will be an absolute breeze. In addition to choosing maintenance equipment for your pool or spa, you also want to consider safety equipment. Many specialty safety products are available on the market, including water alarms, high-tech laser technologies, safety covers and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.

Installation - What to Expect

Pool Installation Process

Before you can enjoy your beautiful new pool, you might have to endure a few weeks of inconvenience in your backyard. Once you’re past the stage of excavation and into the fun of designing, you’ll see that it’s all well worth it. There are three key stages of pool construction:

Excavation

An access way to your sit will be made to begin excavation. The pool layout will be marked so that you can protect any trees or areas from being affected by the pool. Your builder will need to gather all of the necessary permits, and then the heavy equipment will be brought in to dig the hole. Underground utilities will need to be checked before the digging begins.

Framing

Your builder will set and secure the substructure of your pool to keep it in place, then the bottom of the pool will be shaped and smoothed. The plumbing system will be positioned, and any necessary wiring will be installed. Your builder will then frame the surrounding deck and walkway areas.

Finishing

The interior finish will then be installed. Gunite pools are finished with pneumatically applied concrete. Vinyl pools will have a liner installed and fiberglass pools will have a one-piece shell installed. Once this is complete, the pool will be filled with water and the builder will finish it off with coping, decking and anything else you’ve planned for your poolscape.

Cost and Investment

One of the most common questions in the swimming pool industry is “How much does it cost to build an inground pool?” The answer to that question can vary based on your location, type of pool, size of pool, added features, etc. There is truly no simple answer. However, the most accurate way to get an answer to that question is to get a quote from a pool professional.

Before you contact a pool professional, you should first do some research.

In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for your swimming pool before adding features and extras. This is assuming an AVERAGE pool size, in an AVERAGE city with the AVERAGE cost of living, extras and materials. Here are a few things that will raise or lower the price of your swimming pool:

Size

The size of your swimming pool is the biggest factor in determining the price. For every square foot, expect to pay around $50.

Depth

The deeper the pool, the more labor and materials will be required.

Materials

The materials that you use will definitely affect the cost of the swimming pool. If you choose a gunite swimming pool, this material is considered a premium material and will cost more than a vinyl swimming pool. A fiberglass pool will range in the middle as far as cost between a vinyl and gunite pool.

Location

The cost of living in your area will determine what you will pay for materials. You will also need to pay for permits, which vary from location to location.

Shape

If you are looking for a custom shape, you can expect to pay more for your swimming pool.

Extras

Once your pool is constructed, the extras that you add to your pool really customize it. Sometimes the “extras” can cost more than the pool itself. You can add features such as a hot tub, waterfalls and other water featuresrecreational add-ons such as a waterslide or diving boards, accents such as pool lighting, fire features, outdoor kitchens and more! You also don’t want to forget energy efficiency options such as solar covers, energy efficient pumps and saltwater chlorinators.