Step 1 – Introduction & Orientation Meeting
Once the pool permit has been issued it is time to schedule the installation and book a pre-construction meeting. During this meeting we will discuss our plan to complete your project in the most efficient way possible. We review the general construction process with you so you are aware of the general activities that will take place. A crew with specialized tradespeople is assigned to your project. At certain times during before and during the project permit requirements must be met such as meeting with the bylaw officer. We care about your property throughout the entire project and leave a tidy work site at the end of each day.
Step 2 – Preparing the site
A clear path for machinery to access the backyard must be prepared in advance of the excavation. This might require removing fence posts and/or panels, taking down an air conditioner, or removing structures. An access path at least 6′ wide is required for most excavation machinery. Trees, structures and other backyard items also need to be cleared from the area where the pool is to be installed prior to the start of the project.
Step 3 – Dig Day (1-2days)
Dig day is the loudest and most hectic day of construction, but a well-organized crew can usually complete this process within one to two day given the weather conditions and access to your yard. Usually on this same day your swimming pool kit containing all contents of your pool will be delivered and stored on site in your garage or yard.
Step 4 – Pool Assembly & Rough Concrete Coat (1-2 days)
Once the hole is dug and completed, we proceed into installing the walls of the pool and adding our a-frame supports. In this step, we also install a layer of concrete over the bottom of the pool and a complete ring of concrete around the perimeter, as well we fill son tubes placed every 6′ around the perimeter of the pool for further deck support.
Step 5 – Plumbing & Electrical
Once the pool walls are set, we begin installing the pool lights, plumbing and necessary grounding. Once complete all underground plumbing is pressure tested to ensure that there are no leaks. Installation of dry well where required.
Step 6 – Back Fill
Once all the underground work is complete, we begin the backfill process. We believe the best product for this is 3/4 clear gravel or HPB because it helps with drainage around and away from the pool. The gravel is filled around the entire perimeter of the pool to all necessary levels and compacted along the way at different intervals, as necessary.
Step 7 – Forming & Concrete
Install the top concrete bond beam for structural purposes in order to install the pool coping. In most cases we allow for a 3/4″ drop from coping to concrete form to allow sufficient drainage away from the pool. The forms will follow the exact shape of the pool at approximately 1.25 feet from the water’s edge unless otherwise stated. Once complete we pour the concrete bond beam.
Step 8 – Pool Coping & Surround
Now that most of the pool is installed, the project is turned over to out landscape crew to install the pool coping and interlocking stone. This part of the project can vary in timeline depending on the scope of the project, but may include fencing, pool cabanas, outdoor kitchens, or other structures as per the pool and landscape design.
Step 9 – Pool Bottom Grout
Once the pool coping and pool surround has been completed, we begin the grouting process for the bottom of the pool. The grout is a Portland cement and sand mix that is installed over the concrete to provide the liner a smooth place to rest on.
Step 10 -Liner Install
Probably one of the most exciting days of the whole process is the day that the liner is installed. Assuming that the yard is fully fenced and has been inspected and approved we go ahead and install the liner. The pool bottom is cleaned and completely prepared for the 30mill vinyl liner to be installed over top. Once the liner is fitted in, and in its final place we fill the pool.
Step 11 -Final Hook-up & Pool School
Once the pool is full, we can now do all the final plumbing and electrical hookups. If all power and natural gas has been supplied to the equipment, we can do the initial start up and get the pool running so that you and your family can enjoy the pool immediately. Pool school should be done within a day or two of start-up.