While it is certainly possible to dig a hole in the ground and construct a swimming pool on your own, it is not a good idea. You may think that you will save a lot of money by doing it yourself, but once all is said and done you will probably find that you did not save that much money and the hard work and frustration were not worth it. Here are a few things to consider before trying it on your own.
Although you may know exactly where you want the pool in your yard, it may not be the best place, it may not even be legal to put it there. Before you can get started you need to get a permit, the permit will include placement on your property. If the placement you want will not allow for the proper drainage or flow in the plumbing system, the area will need to be amended or the location changed.
Permits and Inspections
Getting a permit is not always as easy as you think. Any mistake or omission on the application means you have to start over again. A pool construction contractor knows exactly what is required and how to get the permit the first time they go to the permit office. In addition, they know what the inspectors are going to be looking for and will make sure the pool passes the final inspection. If it doesn't, they are responsible for making the changes necessary so it does. If you were to construct a pool that does not pass inspection you are responsible for making the changes, which, depending on the problem, can be quite costly.
Excavation equipment, a cement mixer, or some type of crane and pulley system are just some of the equipment you are going to need to install an inground pool yourself. If you do not have this equipment you are going to need to rent it or possibly hire someone to do the work for you. This is all going to add to the cost of the project. In addition, you will need to coordinate all the different people you hire. It would do no good to have the cement professional ready to fill the pool if the excavator isn't done digging the hole or to have the fiberglass insert ready to be placed if the gravel has not been set.
Yes, you may save a bit of money by constructing a pool on your own, or it may cost you more once everything is taken into consideration. When you add in the time you spent and the frustration you are sure to experience, you will probably wish you had just used professional swimming pool construction services.
Contact a contractor for more information about swimming pool construction.