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What Happens When Installing A Fiberglass Swimming Pool

Have you decided to install a fiberglass pool in your backyard? If so, you are likely wondering what you'll expect to see happen during the installation. Here is an overview of how this job is done.  


The process starts by creating an outline of where the pool will go in your yard. Since you've already selected your fiberglass pool, the contractor knows the exact size of the hole and how much of the ground needs to be excavated. This is not something that is eyeballed when marking the ground since precise measurements are made to create the spot where the fiberglass pool will go.


Heavy-duty machinery will be brought into your yard to start the excavation process. The soil will be lifted out of the ground and put into a truck so that it can be taken off-site and you do not have to deal with it. Measurements will be taken of the excavated area to confirm that it is the proper size for the pool. 

Base Preparation

The base of the pool will need to be prepared before the fiberglass pool can be installed. This is typically done by installing a gravel base for the shell to sit on. Gravel works great because it will not shift if it becomes wet, and it will settle into its final form immediately. Using sand as a base can cause issues because of how it reacts to water and settles over time.


The fiberglass pool is brought in as one seamless piece on a very large trailer. It will take a crane in order to lift the pool shell off of the trailer and into your backyard. In some situations, the pool shell may even need to be lifted over your home if it cannot be moved around the home to get to your backyard. 


The contractor will create all of the necessary holes into the fiberglass shell for the plumbing, which is known as the outfitting process. This process is done above ground so that the contractor has access to all of the sides to install the plumbing around the pool. These will align with any connections that have been planned around the excavated area for things like the pool filter. 


The pool can now be placed into the excavated hole, which is done very carefully to ensure that none of the plumbing is disturbed. A spreader bar is placed around the shell of the pool so that the weight of the pool is not all on one spot of the shell. A rough set will be done with the pool still attached to the crane, which is when all pipes are verified to be in the right place and the pool is on a solid foundation. If it's good, the pool will be removed from the crane and set in its final place.

Contact a local fiberglass pool installation service, such as American Pool & Spa, to learn more.