Freedom Pools provides a variety of pool related services, but we pride ourselves on our capacity to complete high quality, custom pool projects. The following is a step by step breakdown of the construction process. It is a must read for anyone interested in having a pool built. For more information review our FAQ or contact us directly at (559) 593-5632.
Once the contract is signed, we start the permit process. Each County is different, so some Counties can take up to two weeks to obtain the permit. If you need to submit an application to your Homeowners Association for approval, we will provide whatever documentation they need to review the application.
Here is a schedule of the process:
- Location of the pool.
We will meet with you and spray paint the pool location on the ground for your approval.
- Layout & Excavation.
We stake out the form boards to the exact shape of the pool that was designed for you and set the grade for proper deck slope to drain.
- Plumbing & Rough Electrical.
Sometimes we stub plumb, which means we plumb the pool and don’t set the equipment. Sometimes we do the complete plumbing job, running pipe and setting the equipment. Depends on the job and equipment location.
- Steel & Bonding.
We weave a basket with the rebar and block it off the ground with 3″ blocks. We bond or ground any metal within 5 ft of the pool to the pool steel.
- Inspection (pre-gunite).
Inspector checks rebar sizing and placement against the engineering plans approved by the City, clearance between earth and steel and bonding. He also checks to make sure the plumbing is under pressure.
The gunite is applied through a hose at 180 lbs of pressure and cut to the shape of the form boards. The steps for the pool are formed at this time.
- Tile and coping.
The tile you selected will be installed, as well as any brick, coping stone or flagstone coping.
- Finish Electrical.
At this point, we will pull the pool lights, set timers or controllers and tie in the electrical.
- Deck Bonding Grid.
A two-foot bonding grid is required around the outside perimeter of the swimming pool, made of rebar or a copper grid. It must be in the deck area and connected to the pool steel.
- Inspection (pre-deck).
Inspector checks grounds for the lights, handrails, diving boards and bonding grid.
- Deck Pour.
At this point, we will pour the concrete and finish it according to the plan. Concrete should cure a minimum of 48 hours before walking on it.
- Plaster prep.
At this stage, we clean the pool and put the eyeball housings on the return lines. Any step tile or decorative tile will be installed at this time.
- Final Inspection.
At this time, the inspector will look at the pool enclosure, gate latches, door alarms, bonding at equipment, main breaker panel labels.
At this phase, the product you chose for your pool finish will be installed. Some products are different than plaster and require additional time before you’re ready to swim.
- Start up.
After your pool is full, you will get an orientation on how your equipment works and how to take care of your chemicals.