The excavation process starts with the site survey to determine the location, size, and shape of the pool. After the survey, the pool contractor will mark out the pool’s location on the ground to indicate the excavation area. This process involves marking out the pool’s location, removing any existing structures or debris, and digging a hole to the desired depth and shape of the pool.
Once the excavation is complete, the contractor will use lasers and other tools to measure and ensure that the pool is level and meets the desired dimensions. This step is critical to ensure that the pool is properly supported and structurally sound.
Once the hole for the swimming pool has been excavated, the next step is to install a steel reinforcing frame within the pool shell. This rigid steel rebar frame will provide additional strength and support to the pool’s structure and prevent it from cracking or shifting over time.
The steel frame is designed to withstand the weight of the concrete and provide additional support to the pool’s structure. The size and spacing of the steel bars are determined by the pool’s design and engineering requirements. The steel bars are typically made of reinforced steel or rebar, which is a high-strength steel bar that is resistant to corrosion
Once the steel rebar has been installed, plumbing and electrical lines are laid out and connected to the pool equipment. This includes installing the pool’s skimmer, return lines, and any other water features that are part of the design. This phase typically begins after the steel rebar phase is complete, as the plumbing and electrical lines will run through the steel frame and be encased in the concrete shell. The plumbing phase also involves the installation of any additional features, such as waterfalls, fountains, or slide systems.
The electrical phase involves the installation of the pool’s electrical lines and components, such as pumps, heaters, lights, and controls. The pool’s electrical lines must be installed in accordance with local building codes and safety regulations to ensure that they are safe and reliable. The pool contractor will also install the necessary grounding and bonding components to protect against electrical shock hazards.
After the plumbing and electrical lines are installed, the pool shell is sprayed at a high velocity with either gunite or shotcrete, which is a mixture of sand, cement, and water. This process creates a solid and durable structure for the pool.
After the concrete has been applied, it must be allowed to cure properly. Curing involves keeping the concrete moist and at a consistent temperature to promote proper bonding and strength. The curing process typically takes several weeks, and the contractor will monitor the concrete closely to ensure that it is curing correctly.
During this phase, we will carefully install the coping material around the edge of the pool. Coping is available in a variety of materials, including concrete, natural stone, and pavers. The chosen material will depend on the pool’s design, budget, and personal preferences.
Once the coping is installed, we will begin to install the tile. The tile is typically installed along the waterline of the pool and may extend to other areas, such as the pool steps or benches. Our pool construction experts will carefully select the tile and arrange it in a pattern or design that complements the pool’s overall aesthetic.
Once the tile and coping are installed, the pool is plastered to create a smooth and water-tight surface. Plaster is applied in several layers and can be finished with a variety of colors and textures. This phase is important to the pool’s aesthetics and functionality.
The final phase of construction involves “starting up” the pool. This includes filling the pool with water, balancing the chemicals, and testing the equipment to ensure it is functioning properly. Once a proper start-up procedure has been performed the pool is ready for use.