How to prepare the ground for an above-ground foil pool?
If you are planning to install a large, above-ground foil pool in your garden, it is important to ensure that you have the right substrate. A properly prepared place where the pool will stand is essential for the long-term stability, safety and security of the pool. If you neglect this preparation, you may end up in a situation where you have to start all the "fun" of setting up the pool anew and properly level the surface. In this article, we'll walk you through some important steps to help you prepare the right base for an above-ground pool.
1. Choosing the right place:
The first step is to choose the right place to locate the pool. You should choose a flat and solid place that is large enough and provides enough stability. Make sure the site is not near trees that could heavily contaminate the water. Pool should be located in a sufficiently sunny place where nothing unnecessarily shades it.
2. Site survey and marking:
Once you have selected a suitable site, it is important to measure and mark the contour of the pool. In the case of round pools you can help yourself with string and dowel. Insert a pin in the center of where the pool will be, measure the radius and mark the circle with a taut string. It should be slightly larger than a swimming pool. Use string or spray to create an accurate outline of the pool on the ground.
3. Base preparation:
Now it is time to prepare the substrate itself. Start by excavating the surface layer of soil in the marked pool contour. You should remove about 10 to 15 centimeters of soil. Be careful to remove all vegetation and plant roots that could adversely affect the stability of the substrate.
4. Leveling and compaction of the ground:
After excavating the soil surface, the ground should be leveled and hardened. It is very important that the surface is perfectly horizontal, otherwise the pool would tilt and the weight of the water flowing to one side would damage it. So, for alignment, use a strip and a level that measures an even surface in all directions. Use a shovel or rake and carefully smooth the surface, then it is necessary to thoroughly clean the ground. Don't forget that the soil will settle over time under the weight of the pool, so stones and roots that were originally hidden may come to the surface. Therefore, it may be advisable to level the final surface with a layer of stone-free sand. Make sure the ground is flat and firm, which will contribute to overall stability pool.
5. Application of nonwoven material:
To further increase the protection of the pool, you can lay the nonwoven material on the prepared base. Non-woven fabrics help separate the pool from the soil and prevent the pool membrane from being punctured by sharp objects. Arrange the material so that it covers the entire surface of the substrate and overlaps a few centimeters.
6. Final inspection and installation of the pool:
Before installing the pool, perform a final inspection of the substrate. Check its evenness and strength. Make sure there are no irregularities that could affect the stability of the pool. Then you can start installing the pool itself according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Adequate substrate is essential for the stability and safety of an above-ground foil pool. By following these steps when preparing the ground, you will be guaranteed that your pool will be stable and functional for a long time. Also remember to follow the pool manufacturer's instructions to make sure the pool is installed correctly. Now you can enjoy the joy of refreshment and relaxation in your own pool!