Are you looking to install an above-ground pool, but aren’t sure about the bylaws and necessary steps you’ll need to take? Throughout the planning stage, it’s important to establish where the best spot is, taking into consideration how far your pool needs to be from your home and any other objects. You will also need to make sure your pool is being installed on even ground. You might be asking yourself, what happens if I don’t have an even ground to work with? Can I still install an above-ground pool?
The simple answer is, of course. There’s always a solution! Below, we will be providing you with what you need to know before installing a pool on grass.
The Importance of Leveled Ground:
It’s probably safe to assume that most of us are aware of the importance of installing a pool on level ground. Many issues can arise when pools are not on even ground, such as unnecessary pressure to the walls that could potentially cause your pool to collapse. Tears in your pool liner can also occur due to uneven ground, which you want to avoid as a pool owner. Establishing an even base for your pool is necessary for the overall safety of your pool and the homes and people around it.
However, there are many steps you can take to prevent this from happening, so there’s no need to stress! Pools, after all, are meant to be a place to relax and enjoy. With that said, here’s what you can do to make sure your pool is safe and secure.
Finding the Right Spot for Your Pool:
First things first when it comes to safety. When determining the best location for your above-ground pool, you should be looking at a space in your yard that is no closer than 10 feet from your house and 3 feet from any trees. By ensuring this distance, you are actively taking the necessary precautions against your pool and its water possibly coming into contact with any electrical wiring or tree roots.
So, once you’ve established the safest area in your yard to work with, the next thing you want to check is how level the ground is. In this case, we will be discussing how to establish an even foundation on grass.
It’s recommended to use a levelling tool to see the highest and lowest parts of your yard. This will help you determine if there are major differences between one side of where your pool will go and the other. Using this tool and some markers to show the depth of each side, you can then either have a professional come in to dig out the higher parts or begin doing so yourself. We recommend always digging the higher land rather than trying to add to the lower.
Once you’ve established that your land is even, the next thing you want to consider is what will be placed underneath your grass. Even if you didn’t need to do any digging because your land was already perfectly flat, it’s always important to install something solid and sturdy over your grass and underneath your pool.
The Importance of a Solid Foundation:
Although your surface might look flat and even, there’s quite a difference between levelled ground and sturdy ground. Because grass is alive and always growing, it’s necessary to have a layer of something between your pool and grass. Using sand or solid foam are good options. Not only do these additional pieces ensure the safety and sustainability of your pool and its users, but they are also necessary as you should avoid setting up directly on grass altogether.
This might seem like one more step in your installation process, but it is actually easier than you might think. And not to mention, it is a proactive step in making sure everyone, and everything is safe moving forward.
Once you’ve established the right location and foundation, you’re ready to have your above-ground pool installed! Download our coupon offer today to receive a discount on your pool.