Have you finally decided to buy an above ground pool? This is great news for the promise of a very pleasant summer, but before that, if you want to take full advantage of your above-ground pool, be aware that there are some mistakes to avoid before getting started. A bad location, a faulty installation, or even a fine for non-compliance with safety rules can make you bitterly regret your investment! By reading the following, you should knowingly carry out your pool project.
1. Buy an above ground pool without thinking about the location
The pleasure of using your pool will largely depend on its positioning. It is therefore advisable to think about the ideal place. Take into account the sunshine, exposure to the wind: you would not want your pool to be in the shade three-quarters of the time! Keep it as far away from trees as possible to avoid untimely falling leaves in the water. Remember that the filtration system requires a water supply and a power outlet. Finally, will you have enough space around the pool to set up a beach, install deckchairs, or set up a garden shed to store the pool equipment?
2. Underestimate the difficulty of mounting the above ground pool
Although above-ground pools are simpler to build than in-ground pools, they should not be overlooked, otherwise, there will be problems with stability or tightness. Some sophisticated kit models require the intervention of a professional. Plumbing knowledge will not be useless to overcome the system filtration! The followers of “do it yourself” will rather turn to freestanding pools.
3. Install an above ground pool on unstable or sloping ground
The solidity of your installation depends essentially on the ground on which it is posted. If the pool is placed on sloping ground, the pressure on the walls will be uneven, which could distort the structure. Remember that one cubic meter of water weighs a ton! Before assembling the pool, you must ensure that the ground is as clean and as stable as possible, even if it means pouring a concrete slab. At a minimum, prepare the soil to obtain a level surface without forgetting to remove stones, roots, and other weeds.
4. Neglecting the maintenance of the above-ground pool
A pool full of leaves or soil does not really make you want to dip. The maintenance of your above ground pool involves constant cleaning of the water with a landing net, but also of the bottom and walls with a pool brush. There are also vacuum cleaners that will make your job easier. To bathe in clean water, it must be treated with chlorine or ozone.
The pH must be measured regularly and corrected using pH regulators. These products have a cost: they will weigh on the budget of your above-ground pool. When you are not swimming in your pool in winter, you must cover it with a winter cover which helps conserve water. However, this will not exempt you from having to drain it every three years if you do not take it apart.
5. Ignore the steps to take at the town hall for your pool
Admittedly, an above-ground swimming pool does not require a building permit. However, you must make a declaration of work in the following cases:
• your pool is installed more than three months a year;
• its surface is greater than 10 m²;
• its height is greater than 1 m;
• it is located less than 3 m from the limits of your property.
Finally, consult the town planning department of your town hall to verify that there are no particular local restrictions concerning swimming pools.
6. Not knowing the safety rules for above ground pools
The law requires the installation of safety equipment to prevent the drowning of young children in particular. Safety rules do not apply to above-ground pools, with the exception of semi-buried models. Compulsory equipment includes the protective barrier, the safety cover, the alarm, or the shelter covering the pool. Only one of these four pieces of equipment is enough to be in good standing. If there is no system, you risk a fine of 45,000 euros.