The pool design will be spray painted onto the ground so it can be seen by the homeowner. Any changes should be made at this time. Once it's laid out and approved, the excavation will begin.
An excavation crew carefully digs, forms and hand-trims the pool in accordance with every detail of the swimming pool's design specifications. The excavation process usually only takes one day, however, it may take longer depending on the soil's condition, ground water conditions or unexpected weather delays.
3. Interior Plumbing
Internal plumbing fittings are installed. Each fitting is designed to penetrate from the shell exterior to the pool's interior. High-grade "Schedule 40" PVC pipe designed to prevent leaks or deterioration is used. All pipe connections are solidly bonded and the entire plumbing system is pressure tested.
A Steel Crew forms a rigid contoured grid or cage of reinforcing steel to create the backbone of the swimming pool. Steel bars cross one another for the utmost in reinforcement with tie wires at every other intersection. Block spacers are placed under the steel. This helps to hold the steel above the soil, so the steel will end up being approximately in the middle of the gunite.
The next process of the pool construction is the application of the gunite. Gunite is a mixture of sand, rock, cement and water which is applied by experienced technicians. This mixture is pumped into a hose and when the compressed air is introduced at the nozzle, the technicians will skillfully shoot the gunite around your pool's steel reinforcement grid. After the gunite has been shaped, it is left to cure for fourteen days. It must be thoroughly watered down twice a day during this period.
Depending upon the interior surface, the next step in the construction process is the installation of the waterline tile that you have selected. The tiling of the waterline should take one to two days to finish. Once the tile has been set, the pool will have a durable, non-porous surface that will last for years.
Coping is the term used to identify the material used to cap the pool shell wall. A common material used for coping is flagstone, but many other options are available including pre-cast cement material, pavers, or travertine.
Decks are areas surrounding the pool and the material used can vary from material as exotic as travertine to simple concrete. Once the plumbing from the pool to the equipment area is complete, decking will begin.
9. Setting the Equipment
At the same time the gunite is being applied, the equipment pad is formed and filled. Pool equipment is set based on what items have been selected for your custom project.
Using approved conduit, wire and bonding, a licensed professional electrical contractor carefully makes all of the electrical connections for the pool. The lights are installed, the pumps are wired, and electrical breakers installed.
11. Interior Surface
The swimming pool surface will be coated with plaster, pebble, or beadcrete. Once applied, water is immediately added to the pool to prevent the plaster from cracking and to allow it to cure properly.Because the plaster is cured under water, it will have a compressive strength of about 6,000 psi and is a very dense concrete surface.
This is the time that the mess will be cleaned up and that everything disrupted during the construction process is put back in its proper place.
13. Start-Up and Pool School
Once the pool is full of water, pool chemicals will be added to ensure the proper pH of your new pool and the equipment will be started up. Our experienced professionals will instruct the homeowner on how to properly operate and maintain the new pool to ensure a trouble-free experience.