There is quite a big price difference between above ground and in-ground pools. In-ground pools can be exponentially more expensive than above ground pools. And for this reason, many people ask, “Can above ground pools be partially buried?” in hopes of receiving the best of both worlds. The short answer is that “Yes, they can!” However, there are some things that should be taken into account if you’re going to go down this route. This article will go over some of the basics of sinking an above ground pool into the ground.
You don’t want to completely sink your above ground pool into the earth. There are a few reasons for this. The main reason is that the weight of the dirt surrounding the above ground (now below ground) pool will end up collapsing the walls – especially when the pool is empty. Plus, you’ll likely have to empty your pool at some point to replace the liner or do other maintenance. By sinking only, the bottom half of your pool into the ground, you’ll decrease the likelihood of it collapsing.
The second reason for only submerging half of your pool is that an above ground pool pump must be placed below the waterline. Above ground pool pumps don’t have the ability to suck water above the surface. In-ground pool pumps have this ability, but they’re much more expensive than above ground pool pumps. So, unless you’re keen on digging an extra hole that extends below the water level specifically for your above ground pool pump, having your above ground pool somewhat above ground level will allow your existing pump to work properly.
A third reason for keeping your pool above ground level has to do with local bylaws and the pool’s accessibility by children. Above ground, pools may not need to be surrounded by a fence in many municipalities because the outer walls act as a barricade to small children. If you completely submerge your above ground pool, you may be obligated to build a new fence to protect it as well.
When digging the hole for your pool, you’ll have to ensure there’s enough room to actually construct the pool within the hole. If the dimensions of the hole are exactly the same as the pool itself, you’ll never have enough space to assemble it. Giving yourself at least an extra foot and half for assembly purposes is imperative.
You’ll also need to make sure the bottom of your hole has a large enough diameter. Quite often when digging holes, people will start off at the top with the correct diameter, but it will gradually shrink it as they dig deeper. If the bottom of your hole isn’t wide enough, your pool isn’t going to fit properly. You should also take into account the possibility of the walls of the hole collapsing. By measuring the diameter of the hole from the bottom, you’ll ensure you have enough room to work with.
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