Even though the temperatures are dropping across the nation, now might be the perfect time to start thinking about your new above-ground pool. By the time the weather begins warming up again, you'll be all ready to go and can get the pool installed in time to enjoy every minute of summer.
There are several important things to consider before you buy an above-ground pool. Consider the points below:
- Water and Electric – Both are nice to have close to where you would like to assemble the pool. For most pools, it works the best if you run an underground conduit from your house outlet to where the pump and filter will be located. This also makes sense if you want to add a pool light or cleaner, as you do not want to have cords running across the yard. You may also want to extend an underground water pipe if your pool will be more than 50 feet from the water source. That will give you a cleaner look than having a garden hose stretched out over the lawn.
- Visibility from the House – You might want to be able to enjoy the view of the pool from your house, especially if you have younger kids and want to keep a close eye on them. Do not leave small children unattended. Be prepared and safe with pool alarms and safety equipment. Conversely, you may want the pool to be hidden from view, in order to preserve the appearance of landscaping from the house.
- Level is Key – The ground beneath your pool will need to be absolutely level before you begin to assemble your above-ground pool. This is so important to ensure the structural integrity of the pool and to have a nice even water line when the pool is full. A badly lopsided pool is a safety hazard--at best, it could fall over and flood the backyard; at worst, it could fall over and injure a swimmer.
- Access to the Pool – You want to be able to jump into the pool quickly on a really hot, sweltering day, or run back into the house at rapid speed on a cold night. You also want to make sure there is quick access for emergency personnel, in case there is an emergency. You should also verify local government regulations for how far away a pool must be from the house. Keep a buffer zone around the pool so it is easier to walk around and clean once assembled.
- Let there be Sun – Finally, you really want to consider where in the backyard the sun and shade exists during different times of the day. You might prefer partial shade, or want to make sure your pool is in the sunniest part of the yard. If you live in a really hot location, the sun might make the pool too warm in the middle of summer. We also suggest not placing your pool under a large tree, as the leaves might make cleaning the pool a major challenge.
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