How To Prepare For A Swimming Pool Installation

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Installing a pool involves more than just selecting a design; it demands careful planning and thoughtful decision-making. From selecting the perfect spot in your backyard to understanding the types of pools available, every step needs careful consideration. In this blog, we’ll discuss important factors to help you prepare for a hassle-free pool installation process. 

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Choosing The Right Location For Your Pool

Choosing the optimal spot for your swimming pool is important during installation. A well-chosen location can boost the pool’s efficiency, minimise upkeep and prioritise safety. Consider the following factors when making your decision: 

Sunlight Exposure

It’s a good idea to position your pool in a sunlit area to reap multiple benefits. Firstly, sunlight can warm the water, reducing the need for artificial heating, which will help you save on energy costs. Additionally, a sunlit pool is inviting and can be a focal point in your backyard. However, it’s also important to consider how the sun’s path changes throughout the day and seasons to maximise its benefits. 

Proximity To Trees

While trees can provide a scenic backdrop, placing your pool too close to them can increase maintenance requirements. Trees shed leaves, flowers and sometimes even small branches, which can end up in your pool. This debris not only requires frequent cleaning but can also clog filters and pumps. Besides this, certain trees have extensive root systems that could damage the pool’s structure over time. 

Underground Utilities

Before finalising your pool’s location and starting the excavation process, it’s necessary to check for underground utilities such as water lines, gas pipes, electrical cables and sewage systems. Digging without this knowledge can lead to costly repairs and potential safety hazards. 

Pool Varieties: Finding The Perfect Fit For Your Home

Selecting the right size and shaped pool is key—too big and your backyard might be dominated by the pool. Too small and there might not be enough room for regular swimmers!

  • Venice: A contemporary design, the Venice pool boasts a grand entrance with spacious steps and ample seating. It provides a vast space for swimming and can be enhanced with optional spa jets. Its simple rectangular shape makes it a versatile choice for various yard sizes.
  • Brooklyn: Equipped with a relaxing spa, the Brooklyn pool offers steps leading to a versatile platform suitable for seating or kids’ play. The pool and spa can function simultaneously or independently, providing an unobstructed area ideal for swimming laps.
  • Brampton: With its striking geometric lines, the Brampton pool serves as a design focal point in any garden. It offers dual entry and exit points, bench seating running its full length, and a spacious area for swimming.
  • Billabong: A classic rectangular design, the Billabong pool provides entry steps at both shallow end sides, making it accessible in any space. With seating at the shallow end, it offers a vast swimming area suitable for the entire family.
  • Plunge Pool: Ideal for smaller yards, the Plunge pool offers a compact bench and dual entry steps, maximizing the swimming space. Its safety ledge ensures children’s protection, making it a top choice for courtyards and limited spaces.
  • Lap Pool: Designed for formal settings and narrow spaces, the Lap Pool is stylish and functional. It provides ample entertainment space around the pool area, with entry steps flowing neatly. A wide seating area can be installed with optional spa jets, making it versatile for swimming, games, or relaxation.

Preparing Your Backyard For Installation

Proper preparation will not only make the installation process smoother but also ensure the longevity and safety of your pool. Here’s a breakdown of this process: 

  • Clearing the Area: You should start by removing obstacles from the designated pool area. This includes clearing debris, rocks and plants.  
  • Utility Line Checks: Identifying and marking underground utility lines, such as water, gas or electrical, is important. If you accidentally hit one of these, it can lead to service disruptions and repair costs.  
  • Ground Stability: The ground where the pool will be installed needs to be stable enough to support the pool’s weight. This might involve compacting the soil or adding materials to ensure a solid foundation. 

Transform Your Space With Gibson Family Pools

At Gibson Family Pools, we aim to make your pool installation smooth and in line with your preferences. Contact us for advice and services if you’re considering installing a pool. Our team will support you at every stage, helping make your pool a valued part of your home. 

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