How Inground Swimming Pools Work

All swimming pools function identically – no matter the size, shape or whether it’s a residential or commercial pool. Swimming Pools all use a combination of chemical treatment and filtration to to keep the water in your pool clean and circulating.


Most inground swimming pools work with a pump, filter, chlorinator and heater

Most inground swimming pools require the following components:

  • Basin
  • Motorized pump
  • Chemical Feeder
  • Water Filter
  • Drains
  • Returns
  • PVC plastic piping connecting all elements

When in operation, water is continuously pumped, filtered, chemically treated and returned back to the pool again. Your pools pump system keeps the water free of dirt, debris and bacteria. Heaters are frequently used to keep the pool water at optimal temperatures for swimming.

7 Steps To Pool Ownership


Determine Pool Use
Think about how you and your family are going to use your swimming pool. Do you want to relax with friends and family, use it for exercise, or make a statement in your backyard? Figuring out what your pools primary purpose will be a big help in choosing the optimum location for your pool and features that will meet all of your needs.
Financial Aspects of Owning a Pool
Before you begin the process, first check with your insurance agent to be sure that you have adequate coverage. This insurance protection should start immediately. Though your pool contractor and his subcontractors absolutely should carry liability and property damage insurance, it’s your job to double check and make sure they have the right insurance.

Don’t forget to factor in ongoing maintenance into your monthly costs of pool ownership. Routine pool maintenance includes treating the water with chemicals, maintaining the pool equipment, as well as cleaning the pool surfaces. You can contract a professional pool service company to perform these tasks, or you take care of these chores by yourself.

Yard Size & Soil Conditions
In addition to the dimensions of your backyard, consider the slope, type of soil and accessibility needs for excavation equipment. It’s much easier to build or install a swimming pool on level ground. Special circumstances like steeply sloping lots, rocky soil conditions and limited access for construction equipment creation special pool installation considerations and quite typically will add increase the overall cost and time of the project. Consulting with a professional pool contractor is the best idea. They’ll be able to consult with you on which pool shape best suit your needs and whether or not it’s feasible to construct a pool in the desired area of your yard.
Get an Estimate for Building Your Pool
Once you’ve measured the space where you’ll be building the pool and  determined what your pool will be used for, you can move on to the fun part and actually begin to design your pool. When you start designing your inground pool you can add customized features. Your pool designer will submt a completed design with the entire poolscape including decks, water features, and the patio area.
Choosing a Pool Builder
Selecting a pool professional is always a good idea. They’ll be able  to help you determine which size and shape design would be an ideal fit for your particular yard. They can also help you determine all possible maintenance costs. A qualified pool contractor will be sure to have the most up to date zoning and construction restrictions in your area for building swimming pools and spas. Zoning is usually handled at the local level and encompasses such issues as fencing, depth requirements for diving boards, set-backs and proximity to utilities.
Designing Your New Pool
It’s important that when you select a pool contractor to do your research ahead of time. Talk to multiple builders and get competing estimates. When you interview pool contractors, ask how long they’ve have been in business, make sure they’re bonded and insured, visit their showroom if possible and ask to see their portfolio of past jobs they’ve done.
Selecting Your Pool Equipment
Choosing the right pool supplies will help you easily maintain your pool year round. Your pool contractor will assist you selecting the right pool equipment and safety equipment including the latest in water alarms, high-tech laser technologies, safety covers and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.

Swimming Pool Installation Process

The swimming pool installation process can be inconvenient to say the least but the end result is well worth it. Once the initial excavation stage is completed, you’ll be well into the design of your new. Here are the 10 main stages of swimming pool construction.

Step#1 – Pool Design

This is the fun part! A pool design expert will help you to determine the pool design that not only complements your yard and home, but best suits your lifestyle. A 3D or expertly hand drawn design is created to visual your project in your yard. Your ideas and concepts, as well as the shape of your yard will be considered in the design options that will be presented to you. Complete outdoor living amenities like kitchens, BBQ’s fireplaces, and landscaping can be included in your design.


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Step#2 – Permit Process

Your contractor will have the experience preparing the necessary paperwork to ensure that the permitting process with your local municipality goes quickly. Engineered structural plans are provided for all swimming pool designs and soil conditions. Comprehensive plans are submitted with all information required by governing municipality. Local service providers are alerted prior to excavation to ensure that underground utilities are not disturbed.


Your pool contractor is experienced at obtaining the proper building permits for your local area.

Step#3 – Pool Layout

Once the engineering and permitting is complete, your pool contractor will do a precise layout that ensures that your new pool is built per your approved construction plans. Upon your final approval, your contractor will be ready to dig! Your pool design is painted on the ground, allowing you to better visualize the shape and position of your pool in your yard. This gives you the ability to make design and pool location changes prior to excavation. Pool elevation, or height, is established to ensure proper water drainage.


Your pool contractor will do a precise layout to ensure your pool is built to specifications before digging.

Step#4 – Grading & Excavation

Excavation equipment is brought in and your pool contractor will begin digging the hole for your pool. This is an exciting part of the building process as your pool begins to take shape. Bobcats®, are generally used for most conditions. Your pool is hand contoured to ensure a smooth transition from your vertical walls and radius coves to the floor of your pool.


Excavation equipment is brought in to dig the hole for your swimming pool.

Step#5 – Steel Framing

Your pool contractor will place heavy reinforced steel, or rebar, inside the newly-excavated pool at the bottom, sides and top and completely wrap it around the perimeter of the structure to create what is called the bond beam. A four bar bond beam is used in the perimeter of your pool to increase the strength. Steel added to the walls and floors of the pool offers protection from expansive soil conditions on the outside and water pressure from the inside. Concrete blocks used for for spacers in the bottom and sides, providing a thicker, sturdier pool structure.


Your pool contractor will create the shape of your pool with reinforced steel or rebar

Step#6 – Plumbing & Electrical

Your pool contractor will install piping as well as the proper equipment to efficiently purify and clean your pool water. At this point an electrical crew will install power panels at the equipment pad, providing electricity to pool pumps and lights.


Your pool contractor will install all of the necessary piping and electrical lines

Step#7 – Gunite / Shotcrete

If your pool is made of Gunite or Shotcrete your pool contractor will begin constructing the shell of your pool with a concrete mixture that contains either concrete or sand or concrete and rocks. Under great pressure, this material is blown on with air, forming a tight bond around the steel rebar structure.  This enables your contractor to create a structure that’s worry free and offers a lifetime of enjoyment.


The shell of your pool will be sprayed on with Gunite or Shotcrete by an expert nozzleman

Step#8 – Tile / Rock / Masonry

Your pool contractor can construct many artistic effects through the use of decorative rock, tile and masonry. These are key design effects including waterfalls, grottos, jump rocks, and many other features to make your swimming pool truly unique and blended with the surrounding landscape.


Blend your pool into the surrounding atmosphere with exciting rock and tile effects

Step#9 – Decking & Coping

At this point your pool is almost complete and your pool contractor will bring in crews to complete the decking and coping phases. This is the cap and surrounding walkways of your pool. Typically constructed of concrete, pavers, flagstone and travertine.


Choose from many different materials for your decking and coping

Step#10 – Interior Finish

The pool is almost ready to fill with water. At this phase your pool contractor will cover the entire interior of your pool with a high quality interior finish that seals, protects and enhances the look of your pool for many years to come.


This pool is almost ready for water as soon as the pool finish is complete

Cost & Investment

How Much Will My Swimming Pool Cost?

Wondering How Much Your Pool Will Cost?

The single most common question in the pool industry is “How much does an inground pool cost?“. In general for a basic swimming pool the average cost is anywhere from $25,000-$50,000 before adding features and extras. This is assuming you live in an average city with an average cost of living and want an average size pool.

How much your swimming pool will cost depends on the  following:

  • Location you live
  • The type of pool you build
  • Size and depth of the pool
  • Materials you choose
  • Features you add
  • Shape of your pool

To be sure, there is no simple answer. The easiest way to get an accurate estimate is always to contact a professional pool contractor. You can get one on our website of course. Simply fill out the form below.

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