Phases of the Pool-Building Process

Phases of the Pool-Building Process

Thinking of pool construction in San Diego? There are factors to consider even before the digging starts, such as the size of the pool, your yard dynamics, and who will use the pool. After planning is completed, the stages of building the pool follow almost automatically.

Pre-Processing to Final Processing

Before digging can start, your plan needs to be checked, and engineering must be ordered. A permit must be prepared and submitted to the city. More than likely, the plan will be entered into a computer-aided design program for the construction crew, after which the area is cleared.

Layout to Electric

The layout of the pool is painted on your property. Form boards are installed, and dirt removal begins. Following excavation, the pool equipment and plumbing are installed, steel-reinforced rebar is placed, and spacers are positioned. Finally, for this stage, the wiring is installed to meet or exceed the required standards.


Whether you’ve planned for a concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl liner pool, the next stage is to have the city inspection scheduled. The difference between concrete and fiberglass or vinyl liner pools is the ability to make the concrete and vinyl liner pools any shape you want. They’re customizable in that respect. Otherwise, geography, weather, and cost are factors for you to consider and discuss with the contractor.

Concrete Application

After the inspection is complete, and assuming the pool is going to be concrete, it’s time to pneumatically apply the concrete. If you’re wondering what the difference between gunite and shotcrete is, shotcrete is wet concrete that’s fully mixed before being shot out of a hose, and gunite is a dry mix that mixes with water at the nozzle. Regardless, after application, the shell is complete.

Features & Final Details

If you’re planning on including water features, decking, or tile, now is the time. It’s also the time to begin the cleanup. There’s a lot of dust and debris to eliminate. If you previously had an access fence that was removed, you can replace it now.

If you’re adding any acrylic material to the decking, remember it needs 24 hours to cure. Schedule a city inspection for after the acrylic has cured. This inspection, with you present, ensures all barrier requirements are met.

With the interior finish installed and acid washed (if necessary), your pool is ready to fill. A technician will get all equipment up and running and add the chemicals.

When you’re ready to add a pool to your home, reach out to the experienced pros at San Diego Pools. We’re a family-owned swimming pool contractor in San Diego that’s been transforming customer dreams into reality with creative designs and high-quality custom construction for more than forty years. Give us a call today at 888-707-7786 to learn how we can build the pool that’s perfect for you.

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