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Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Pool Installed

Posted by Watson's on Mar 21, 2023 11:30:00 AM

Have you recently decided to purchase your own above-ground swimming pool? Congratulations! Your new pool will transform your property and help friends and family to connect like never before. It’s a fantastic investment for your health, relaxation, and entertainment. 

But before you get your pool installed, you probably have some questions that need answering. Here’s everything you need to know before getting a pool installed. 

Location, Location, Location

The first thing to think about before installing your above-ground pool is the best location. 

Of course, you want to install your pool in a convenient place that gives you and your family easy access to the water. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find the perfect spot for your new pool without much effort. But finding the best location for your new pool usually involves addressing a few important considerations before you can proceed with installation.

The distance from the pool to your house should be the first thing you consider. There’s no real advantage to installing your pool close to the house or far away in the backyard; it all depends on your particular needs. 

For example, some folks prefer to build their above-ground pool right off of their back porch. This gives swimmers the ability to quickly get in and out of the water without tracking in dirt and grass and gives parents a reliable way to monitor their kids. 

Alternately, some folks prefer their pool to be way out in the backyard to create an entirely separate environment from their home. Placing the pool farther away gives homeowners the chance to create an outdoor oasis with patio furniture, a fire pit, or even an outdoor bar. 

You’ll also want to try to find a location away from trees and overhanging branches. Leafy trees can provide valuable shade in the scorching summer heat, but they also produce a ton of debris for you to clean up. Not to mention, cool, shady vegetation attracts insects, including mosquitoes. 

Think carefully about the location for your pool and remember, an above-ground pool is difficult to move once it’s been installed - so make sure you choose the right spot!


Weather Considerations

You should also factor in weather considerations when installing your new pool. Unpredictable weather can cause delays in the pool installation process. Rain will lead to the development of mud pits and divots in your backyard when operating heavy equipment. Thunderstorms, high winds, or frozen ground can also delay your pool installation. Try to schedule your installation around a week with calm, mild weather if possible.


Construction Requirements and Site Surveys

You’ll need to consult with your local building department or Dig Safe team to learn the specific building requirements for your property. Things like property lines, underground septic tanks, electrical lines, and even fencing can all impact where you’re legally allowed to install your pool. It may take several days for a technician to service your property, so try to schedule an appointment as far in advance as possible.

You’ll also need to buy a site survey to locate property lines, easements, and setbacks. This ensures that your pool doesn’t accidentally encroach on any neighboring properties, allows utility companies to make repairs easily, and identifies setback lines where you aren’t allowed to build.


Power Needs

Your new pool needs a reliable source of electricity to function properly. Before you commit to installing your above-ground pool, make sure that you have the right electrical outlets. A standard above-ground pool pump needs a 20-amp breaker and #12 gauge wire to run. If you’re unsure about the electrical supply on your property, it’s best to hire an electrician.


Professional 1-Day Installation from Watson’s

Professional installation is the best bet for most homeowners. Why? Having a trained professional install your pool saves you time and eliminates the guesswork that comes with DIY installation. 

In fact, when you choose pool installation from Watson’s, our trained experts will have your pool up and running in just one day. 

We’ll start by leveling the ground to set the stage for your new pool. If you’ve purchased a semi-inground pool, we’ll excavate about 3 feet of soil in order to partially immerse your pool. Then, our friendly technicians will use their years of experience to quickly and accurately assemble your pool. We’ll make sure that your new pool is airtight and safe to use. 

The pool pros at Watson’s will take care of your pool installation from start to finish, so you can relax and enjoy your valuable free time instead of spending days installing your new pool by yourself. 


Equipment and Accessories

You don’t want to wait until your pool has been installed to realize that you still need to buy your pump and filter! Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and accessories on hand before your pool installation so you can start enjoying the water immediately.

Some standard pool equipment you should have includes:

  • Telescopic pole with skimmer attachment
  • Pool vacuum hose
  • Pool treatment chemicals (chlorine, algaecide, etc.)
  • Pool filter and filter media
  • Pool pump

And in addition to the equipment required to keep your pool clean and pristine, it doesn’t hurt to have some fun accessories, too. Make sure you have some inflatable floats and pool toys so that everyone can enjoy your new pool. 


If you’re looking to add an above-ground pool to your property, Watson’s has everything you need.

When you shop with us, you’ll find an amazing selection and personalized service, along with the guaranteed lowest prices in the USA. We offer all the spa and pool supplies you need to make this summer unforgettable. So, if you’re interested in installing a new swimming pool, shop online or stop by your nearest Watson’s location today.

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