How Inground Swimming Pools Work

Regardless of size, shape, or whether it’s a household or commercial pool, all swimming pools perform the same way. To keep the water in your pool clean and circulating, all swimming pools employ a combination of chemical treatment and filtration.

Most inground swimming pools require the following components:

  • Basin
  • Motorized pump
  • Chemical Feeder
  • Water Filter
  • Drains
  • Returns
  • PVC plastic piping connecting all elements

Water is continuously pumped, filtered, chemically treated, and returned to the pool when it is in use. Your pool’s pump system keeps dirt, debris, and bacteria out of the water. Heaters are routinely used to keep the pool water at swimming-pool-temperature.

7 Steps To Pool Ownership


Determine Pool Use
Consider how you and your family will utilize your swimming pool. Are you looking for a place to unwind with friends and family, get some exercise, or create a statement in your backyard? Identifying the primary purpose of your pool will assist you in selecting the best location for your pool as well as features that will suit all of your requirements.
Financial Aspects of Owning a Pool
Before you start, double-check with your insurance agent to be sure you have enough coverage. This insurance coverage should begin right away. Though your pool contractor and his subcontractors should have liability and property damage insurance, it is your responsibility to double-check and ensure that they have the correct coverage.

Don’t forget to include the expense of continuing pool maintenance in your monthly pool ownership expenditures. Chemically treating the water, maintaining the pool equipment, and cleaning the pool surfaces are all part of routine pool maintenance. You can hire a professional pool service firm to do these jobs for you, or you can do them yourself.

Yard Size & Soil Conditions
Consider the slope, kind of soil, and accessibility requirements for excavation equipment in addition to the dimensions of your property. A swimming pool is more easier to construct or install on level ground. Particular situations, such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil conditions, and limited access for construction equipment, necessitate special pool installation considerations, which often raise the project’s overall cost and time. The best option is to consult with a professional pool contractor. They’ll be able to advise you on the optimal pool form for your needs and whether or not a pool can be built in the desired area of your yard.
Get an Estimate for Building Your Pool
After you’ve measured the area where your pool will be built and chosen what your pool will be used for, you can get down to business and start designing your pool. You can add personalized elements to your inground pool when you’re designing it. Your pool designer will submit a finished design that includes the poolscape, decks, water features, and the patio space.
Choosing a Pool Builder
It’s usually a good idea to hire a pool specialist. They’ll be able to advise you on the size and shape of the design that would be best for your yard. They can also assist you in calculating all potential maintenance expenditures. A trained pool contractor will be aware of current zoning and construction limitations in your area when it comes to creating swimming pools and spas. Zoning is normally handled at the local level, and it covers concerns like fencing, diving board depth limits, setbacks, and closeness to utilities.
Designing Your New Pool
When choosing a pool contractor, it’s critical to conduct your homework ahead of time. Talk to a few different builders and obtain numerous quotes. When interviewing pool contractors, find out how long they’ve been in business, if they’re bonded and insured, and if possible, visit their showroom and ask to examine their portfolio of previous work.
Selecting Your Pool Equipment
Choosing the correct pool supplies will make it easier to keep your pool in good shape all year. Your pool contractor can help you choose the correct pool and safety equipment, such as the latest water alarms, high-tech laser technologies, safety coverings, and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.

Swimming Pool Installation Process

To say the least, the swimming pool installation process is cumbersome, but the end product is well worth it. You’ll be well into the design of your new home once the basic excavation step is accomplished. The ten key stages of swimming pool construction are listed below.

Step#1 – Pool Design

This is the most enjoyable part! A pool design professional will assist you in selecting a pool that not only compliments your yard and home, but also best suits your lifestyle. To visualize your project in your yard, a 3D or skillfully hand drawn design is developed. The design possibilities that will be provided to you will take into account your thoughts and conceptions, as well as the shape of your yard. Kitchens, BBQs, fireplaces, and landscaping may all be included into your outdoor living design.

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Step#2 – Permit Process

Your contractor will have the appropriate paperwork preparation knowledge to ensure a rapid permitting process with your local municipality. All swimming pool designs and soil conditions come with engineered structural blueprints. All information requested by the controlling municipality is included in the comprehensive plans. Prior to excavation, local service providers are notified to ensure that subterranean utilities are not disrupted.

Your pool contractor is experienced at obtaining the proper building permits for your local area.

Step#3 – Pool Layout

Your pool contractor will create a precise layout when the engineering and permitting are completed, ensuring that your new pool is created according to your authorized building plans. Your contractor will be ready to dig as soon as you provide your final clearance! Your pool design is painted on the ground, allowing you to see the shape and placement of your pool in your yard more clearly. This allows you to make adjustments to the design and location of the pool before it is dug up. The pool’s elevation, or height, is set to ensure that water drains properly.

Your pool contractor will do a precise layout to ensure your pool is built to specifications before digging.

Step#4 – Grading & Excavation

Your pool contractor will bring in excavation equipment and begin digging the hole for your pool. As your pool begins to take shape, this is an exciting stage of the construction process. Bobcats® are commonly utilized in a variety of situations. Your pool’s vertical walls and radius coves are manually sculpted to ensure a smooth transition to the pool’s bottom.

Excavation equipment is brought in to dig the hole for your swimming pool.

Step#5 – Steel Framing

Your pool builder will install heavy reinforced steel, or rebar, along the bottom, sides, and top of the newly excavated pool, completely wrapping it around the perimeter of the structure to produce the bond beam. To strengthen the strength of your pool’s perimeter, a four-bar bond beam is used. Steel placed to the pool’s walls and flooring provides protection from the outside’s expansive soil conditions and the inside’s water pressure. Concrete blocks are utilized as spacers in the bottom and sides of the pool, resulting in a thicker, more durable structure.

Your pool contractor will create the shape of your pool with reinforced steel or rebar

Step#6 – Plumbing & Electrical

To successfully filter and clean your pool water, your pool contractor will install plumbing as well as the necessary equipment. An electrical crew will then install power panels at the equipment pad, supplying electricity to the pool pumps and lights.

Your pool contractor will install all of the necessary piping and electrical lines

Step#7 – Gunite / Shotcrete

If your pool is composed of Gunite or Shotcrete, your pool builder will start by pouring a concrete mixture that contains either concrete or sand, or concrete plus rocks, into the pool shell. This material is blown on with air under high pressure, establishing a tight bond around the steel rebar framework. This allows your contractor to build a worry-free construction that will provide years of enjoyment.

The shell of your pool will be sprayed on with Gunite or Shotcrete by an expert nozzleman

Step#8 – Tile / Rock / Masonry

Decorative rock, tile, and brick can be used by your pool contractor to create a variety of artistic effects. Waterfalls, grottos, jump rocks, and a variety of other elements are used to make your swimming pool genuinely distinctive and blend in with the surrounding nature.

Blend your pool into the surrounding atmosphere with exciting rock and tile effects

Step#9 – Decking & Coping

Your pool is nearly finished at this time, and your pool contractor will bring in personnel to finish the decking and coping phases. This is your pool’s cap and surrounding pathways. Concrete, pavers, flagstone, and travertine are commonly used.

Choose from many different materials for your decking and coping

Step#10 – Interior Finish

Water is almost ready to be poured into the pool. During this phase, your pool contractor will apply a high-quality interior finish to the entire interior of your pool, sealing, protecting, and enhancing the aesthetic of your pool for many years to come.

This pool is almost ready for water as soon as the pool finish is complete

Cost & Investment

How Much Will My Swimming Pool Cost?
Wondering How Much Your Pool Will Cost?

The single most common question in the pool industry is “How much does an inground pool cost?“. An inground pool costs on average $51,625 to install a basic pool, with most homeowners spending between $36,750 to $66,500 before adding features and extras. This is assuming you live in an average city with an average cost of living and want an average size pool.

How much your swimming pool will cost depends on the  following:

  • Location you live
  • The type of pool you build
  • Size and depth of the pool
  • Materials you choose
  • Features you add
  • Shape of your pool

To be sure, there is no simple answer. The easiest way to get an accurate estimate is always to contact a professional pool contractor. You can get one on our website of course. Simply fill out the form below.

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