6 Tips to Prepare for a Swimming Pool Construction Project

6 Tips to Prepare for a Swimming Pool Construction Project

A swimming pool will be one of the best investments you can make for your home and family. With this outdoor feature, you will never have to worry about your family getting bored while at home. You will ensure they spend more time outdoors as well.

This is because, with a private pool, your family will have a place where they can hang out, cool down, engage in fun water activities or relax.

With a swimming pool design that complements your outdoor space, you will effortlessly enhance property value and boost curb appeal. More importantly, you will have an additional entertainment venue perfectly designed and positioned outdoors.

Prepping Your Home for Pool Installation

Although a swimming pool will give you and your family several benefits, you won’t immediately experience them, especially during the construction stage. The whole project can sometimes come with various inconveniences that it can stress out everyone in your home.

Planning and preparing well for this project beforehand will help you and your family deal with all the inconveniences properly. Below are five useful tips on how to prepare for a pool construction project:

1.     Choose the location wisely.

There is more to selecting the best space for your pool than merely finding the largest spot of barren, even ground in your property.

If you are opting for an in-ground pool, you will need to work with your contractor to find the best location. This area needs to be both spacious and easy to excavate.

Most of the time, a property will still require a certain amount of landscaping to remove or move shrubbery to make room for the pool. Your contractor will give you details about this and the whole excavation project.

Additionally, you have to consider the proximity of the pool to other backyard fixtures. If you have a couple of trees, they will provide shade that makes for cooler swimming. In case you have young kids, you have to keep the pool within view of a deck or window to enable you to monitor their safety.

2.     Ensure you have all the permits necessary for pool construction.

Before having any work done in your yard (including excavation), make sure you have all the required permits for a swimming pool installation.

Most contractors will obtain all permits needed to start the construction work. However, make sure they provide this service. If not, you will have to apply for and acquire these essential documents before proceeding to the next stage of your pool project.

3.     Clear your yard.

Days before the construction team arrives to begin work, clear the site of all clutter. This means removing gardening tools or equipment, children’s toys, and other items that will get in the way of the workers.

 

Remove all items or objects around gates, doors, and access areas which the workers and equipment will need to pass through as well.

Make sure you throw or store these items properly before construction to minimize delays and ensure the crew’s safety throughout the project.

4.     Ensure your yard is accessible during work hours.

If you have a gated property, unlock your front or back yard gate and keep it open during the day. By doing so, you will allow the workers to get in and out of your property quickly. They will have fewer difficulties hauling equipment and supplies as well.

Keeping your property open at all times will also save you a lot of time and effort in opening and closing the gate during construction hours.

5.     Keep your kids and pets out of the construction site at all times.

Your kids will be naturally drawn to the noise and activities happening in the construction site. Make sure their curiosity does not get them into trouble or any accident.

Before work commences, explain to your kids what will happen during the project. Make sure you tell them that they can’t go near the construction site at any time, day or night.

As much as possible, keep them inside your home while the crew is working.

Additionally, don’t forget to confine your pets inside the house or in an area where they won’t disturb the workers. If you they will spend time outdoors, inform the workers beforehand.

6.     Ensure the workers have easy access to electrical and water supply.

Your pool construction crew will need access to an electrical power supply to use various equipment and tools. If you don’t have an outdoor power outlet, instruct the workers to use a socket near a door or window inside your home.

 

The workers will need plenty of water throughout the project as well for concreting, tiling, and testing the plumbing system. You can provide a traditional garden hose connected to an outdoor or indoor faucet to supply them with continuous running water.

Like any outdoor improvement project, preparing for a pool construction will take a lot of work. Make sure you have enough time to do all the prep work to help the project go as fast as possible without any hassles.

AUTHOR BIO

Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors and Civils Division.

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