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How To Build A Swimming Pool In Your Backyard

Updated on April 22, 2016

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Almost everyone loves swimming pools, it is the best place to be on a hot summer day.Small swimming pools are best suited for children who love splashing and adults love swimming in bigger pools.

Swimming pools are often built in the backyard of the house as a landscaping element and they are small also because it costs quite a bit of money to build and maintain the pool.

A backyard swimming pool is fantastic to use for exercise because swimming burns fat and is a great sport as well.If you are looking to build a small swimming pool for your backyard, here are some useful tips.

It is highly recommended to consult with an expert in this area who is able to give the right advice for you. Every backyard is different and may require different construction for installing the pool properly.

How To Build A Swimming Pool In Your Backyard

Here are the basics of a backyard swimming pool.

  • 1.Basin
  • 2.The motor pump
  • 3.The water filter
  • 4.The chemical feeder
  • 5.Drains
  • 6.Returns
  • 7.The PVC plastic plumbing that connects everything together

A proper backyard swimming pool will have all the components as mentioned above.The water needs to circulate from the water filter which cleans the water using the chemical feeder and chlorine which keeps the water free of bacteria.Sometimes the water has to circulate through a heater in order to keep the right temperature.

When building a pool, you need to lay the drain system in the lower end of the swimming pool with the surface slanting towards it, this way the water can easily flow through the drains.Make sure to cover the drains with grates so swimmers will not have their swimsuits or hair caught up in them.You can catch any debris by attaching a strainer at the mouth of the drains.

A proper swimming pool needs also a powerful motor pump that helps the water flow to and from the swimming pool through the filter and chemical feeder.I recommend using high rate sand filters because they clean and debris from the water by sand.

Another filter you can use it the cartridge filter, also known as diatomaceous earth filter.It cleans very fine debris particles from the water.

In small swimming pools the water circulates more often than in a large swimming pool.Ideally, the water should circulate every thirty minutes or so.Remember to connect the filter and pump to a fresh water line.

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For chemical cleaning agents I recommend using sodium hypochlorite or calcium hypochlorite.Attach the automated chlorine feeder to the filters to ensure a good chemical filtration.

To keep the Ph levels between 7.8 and 7.9 you need to use sodium carbinate and sodium bicarbinate as required.When the water is filtered, it should go right back into the swimming pool.

If you get algae in the swimming pool you need to use chemical treatment, scrubbing, skimming, washing and filtering of the water.

There is no point in building a pool unless you use the best possible drains, pumps and filters.The same goes for the pumps room where all the pumps and filters are installed.This is where the quality of the water is maintained.

Where to dig a swimming pool? The backyard is the best option because a pool is also a nice landscaping element.You must also think about other things like when you dig the pool.

Most people would say that summer is the best time to dig it, but you should really dig a pool in the winter when the ground is hard and not soggy as it can be in the summer.You need the ground to be hard because you will use heavy equipment to dig it, it will not be dug by hand.

When digging, make sure the sides of the hollow are sloping or else the sides will cave in, 1 foot vertical drop for every 3 horizontal feet is the ideal ratio.To keep the pool in right shape you might need to use steel enforcements.

Children are often unpredictable, so you need to take this fact in to consideration by building a fence around the pool or building a swimming pool cover.

If you build your small swimming pool in the backyard and there is a cold winter, drain the pool and then put antifreeze in the key areas to prevent the remaining water from freezing and breaking anything.Then put the cover on the pool.

Swimming pool covers

Small swimming pools come in many shapes and sizes, at least when you build one your self.There are different swimming pool covers you can buy, like a solar cover that keeps the water warm and also warms the water with the help of the sun.

There are also special safety pool covers that does nothing more than keeps the pool safe and prevents accidents like from your dog falling in or little children falling into the pool by accident.

There are different swimming pool covers for above ground and in ground pools that keep debris, dirt and animals out of your pool during winter.The cover also prevents any growth inside your pool that the cold winter can cause.

When looking for a suitable cover for your small swimming pool there are some things you should look for.

  • 1.Get a cover that is strong.The cover needs to be so strong that it can prevent any humans or animals from falling into the pool, not just protect the pool from dirt and debris.
  • 2.Different states and areas have different laws regarding what pool covers you can use. Check with the local authorities to ensure your cover meets all the requirements for your area.
  • 3.Make sure your swimming pool cover comes with a manufacturer´s warranty that is at least 2 years.The warranty should cover all defects and longer for a limited warranty.The cover should also come with a enough parts so you can anchor it properly.
  • 4.The pool cover must also have a good overlap length, just buy a size that is larger than your pool.

Local department stores and swimming pool supply stores sell quality swimming pool covers. Before installing the cover, make sure you read the instructions.This is something many people forget to do.

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Above Ground Swimming Pool Landscaping Ideas

If you want a place that is more airy and lively, then you need to master the art of landscaping. This "science" makes use of basic architecture at any given place or area.Landscaping can be done not only on walkways, gardens and recreation areas but on places like a swimming pool at home for instance.

If you are looking to create a better view around the house or recreation areas, then backyard swimming pool landscaping is one of the most fun ways of doing so because you get the opportunity to use more different materials and will have a wider view of ideas how to implement it.

How to get started and where should you look for simple above ground swimming pool landscaping ideas that you can use? You want to spend as little as possible but still create something beautiful and safe.

Well, the first step is to set up your priorities and focus on just one theme that you want to accomplish. For a more natural feel for your landscaping you will have to lay out paths or stone walkways.You must also remember that you will need plants for the surroundings.

The best choice is to go for small shrubby plants.You want to make it as easy to maintain as possible so think twice about adding flowering because they attract pests that you do not want in the swimming pool area.You want also to add something of the average size like a fence for safety and security.

Instead of having a bare fence, you can use it as a place to grow grape vines.This way it will look more complementing and more natural.Another great addition to your swimming pool landscaping would be a nice patio.Depending on the theme you have, you can opt for stone tiles or wood.

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You can add options to compensate the landscaping theme now that you know exactly what you want and how you want it to look like when finished.The first thing now is to add a suitable lighting system.Safety goes first when choosing the lights.

You can choose between basic incandescent or halogen lights, but there are also fiber optics on the market these days.Fiber optics add striking colors which can look really nice.

If you have children, you can go for a mesh fencing.Children often play in the pool.If you want to play safe you can add a separate children´s area and adult area.

By doing this you will spend less money on fencing and increase the safety measures because the two areas have different water heights.The last thing to do is to add hanging plants, plant boxes and outdoor tables and matching chairs on the patio.

The finishing touches are always the easiest.Painting some areas may be nice but is not necessary, but if you want to do that just be careful so it will not look crowded.Use light colors when painting because this will ensure that a natural setting is maintained.

An important part of the backyard swimming pool landscaping is equipment for maintaining so that the pool area will look properly maintained and clean all through the season.No one wants a cluttered and dirty swimming pool and it is a safety measure as well.Swimming in dirty water is not healthy.


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      martinabinaford 5 years ago

      well dennis if your still knoking around here is there link

      and details, they have a wealth of knowledge ,say martina recommened you

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      alicialoyd 5 years ago

      Great article, having a brand new pool is definitely challenging, these ideas is truly helpful.

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      HomerMCho 6 years ago

      Very informative hub! THanks for sharing.

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      above ground pools 6 years ago

      Hello Tommen,

      It's always fantastic to get cool in swimming pool during the hot summer. Small swimming pool costs very affordable price and can be owned by anyone,who have little backyard. However ,now a days there are some type of swimming pools,which are ready to use within 24 hour and don't need too much maintenance. I am talking about above ground swimming pools. It is very affordable and convenient.

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      Kenny Montgomery 7 years ago

      Small swimming pools are great if you are looking for a way to cool off. Also, if you have a small backyard they are the perfect. Above ground pools are also an option if you are looking for a less expensive or even a temporary solution. Great hub!

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      Karen Reader 7 years ago

      If you want a strong cover, get a hard top cover. You can literally step onto these and you won't fall into the pool.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great hub! I do love swimming, especially on a hot summer day. :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your perfect and helpful tips. An excellent hub.