Your pool will be spray painted out in your yard, we will require your approval the morning of excavation. We excavate our pools using a variety of equipment depending on your yard, we will use one of the following; a track hoe, loader, or a bobcat.
Your pool is built like a bank vault with 3/8” steel tied on 12” centers throughout your pool. Your pool steel will look like a grid suspended off the floor and walls when complete. This is to help insure the steel will be in the middle of the floor and walls for strength. The beams have 41/2” bars of steel for strength as well.
The pool plumbing will go in with schedule 40 PVC pipe. Pool equipment is a self contained unit and is able to withstand the outside elements. The equipment is then placed on precast slabs in the designated area. The plumbing lines are buried 12” to 18” underground. All pool equipment will be pressurized to insure there are no leaks.
Inspections will be called in and construction will halt until they are passed. This could take several days.
It contains cement, sand, and rock. Gunite is mixed on site and is made up of sand and cement. Shotcrete is both stronger and more consistent, than the “old school” gunite application. Your pool shell will be shot in one day. Shotcrete is sprayed on with a concrete pump and air. It is pneumatically applied which makes it stronger than gunite.
If you have stone coping, cantilever, stack stone walls, waterfall, or a raised spa with stack stone exterior. Tile and coping can take two days or more depending on how elaborate the design.
You will need to be home so the electrician can access your electrical panel and run power to your pool equipment. If your pool will have a gas heater on it we will need to cut the gas off and connect it to the pool heater. We will then relight your pilot light in your home.
We will not pour any concrete until you are happy with the layout of your concrete decking. If you have decided on colored concrete or stamped concrete, this will be the time to decide on a color selection.
You are required to have a 5’ high fence with self-closing and self-latching gates completely surrounding your pool. Gates are required to open away from the pool enclosure. Fencing requirements are your responsibility, but please feel free to call us with any questions. If any portion of your residence is used as part of your enclosure (fence), then all doors and windows leading directly into the pool area will require a special door alarm. These alarms are available at Home Depot for approximately $20 each and are battery powered. Door alarms must be installed prior to your final inspection. Someone must be at home on the day of inspection to allow the building department inspector to test the door alarms.
This will be a two day process. Once the finish is applied we will start to fill the pool with water. It is very important NOT to turn the water off for any reason until the water reaches the middle of the tile line.
We will add the chemicals and show you how to use all of your equipment so you will understand how to use your new pool!
We hope this information will answer some questions and help you anticipate each phase of construction.
All of us at Atlantis Pools and Spas are looking forward to serving you and will do everything we can to make this an exciting experience!