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3 Must Know Things About Pool Installation

If one activity is synonymous with summer, it is swimming. And there is no better place to swim than the family pool! From above ground pools to inground pools, the best pool for each family depends. However, one thing that is constant is pool installation.

Yes, in order to enjoy your family pool, it must be installed.

Beyond the standard pool maintenance and process to open your pool each year, pool installation is pretty straightforward, but does require some electrical and plumbing tips.

To help understand the pool installation process and provide some insight into the ease of an above ground pool installation, the following offers general guidance and tips to ensure your pool is safe and sound.

General Guidance for Pool Installation

Typically, once a family decides on purchasing a pool, they would determine what type of pool and where to fit the pool in the yard.

In order to determine the right pool for your yard, there are a couple of factors to consider.

  • Who will primarily enjoy the pool?
  • Do you want room for a patio and play space?
  • What shape pool will fit the the yard?
  • Are there any local zoning or building ordinances to check?

Things like landscaping, lights, paths and other accessories are only a few ways you can finish off your dream swimming pool. The design of your yard should also include electrical and plumbing checks because the pool will need water and power.

Electrical Tips for Pool Installation

What do the electrical tasks for proper pool installation cover? For starters, the electrical wiring needs to follow Article 680 of the National Electrical Code, which relates pools and spas.

What else is required?

  • Secure electrical permit

This is a standard practice for an experienced electrician and will help ensure that your pool passes the local inspection at the end of the installation.

  • Wire a sub-panel to power pool equipment

Any pool requires a sub-panel, which is typically a 100 amp circuit and provides enough electricity to power the pool equipment. Placement of the sub-panel and pool equipment must be within specific distances of the pool. Depending on the distance from the house to the pool, it is possible that some additional expenses will occur in order to connect the sub-panel to the main home panel.

  • Bond metal components of pool

Pool bonding is a form of grounding, but slightly different from the standard grounding process because there is an extensive amount of area with the potential contact of water and electricity. In pool bonding, an electrician uses #8 bare copper wire to connect the metal components of the pool, to carry away any stray voltage. The bonding wire is attached to the pool wall panels, the pool light niche, the pool ladder anchor sockets, and any metal pool equipment (pump, filter, heater).

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In some areas, the pool deck itself may require bonding, known as “equipotential bonding”. This wire runs underground between the pool and the equipment pad, and becomes visible on the pool equipment pad.

  • Pass electrical inspection

Finally, the pool must pass an inspection. It might be worthwhile to contact the electrical inspector beforehand to review a guide to the inspection process in your local jurisdiction. Not only does this establish contact with the inspector, it shows your interest and concerns, and helps you to verify that your electrical contractor is up to speed on current code and inspection parameters for your pool installation.

Proper Electrical Installation For Your Pool Likely Requires a Qualified Electrician

There is sufficient technical knowledge required to set up the electrical components of your pool that a professional is likely required.

How do you go about finding a qualified electrician?

  • Experience installing pools and familiarity with NEC 680
  • Provides sufficient references
  • Properly insured

During the spring and start of summer, many of the best electricians will be busy. Find a time for your pool installation during off-peak time of year and you might be able to save some money as well.

Plumbing Tips for Pool Installation

One thing is certain if you are going to enjoy your home swimming pool. You need water!

However since the pipes do not enter your pool, you’ll need some pool plumbing, which is the general term to describe the pipes, fittings and valves that carry water out of the pool to be filtered, and then return the treated water to the pool.

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Depending on your pool and yard, you are likely familiar with PVC pipe, which is the most common type of pool plumbing pipe. However, there are other types of pipes that many plumbers will use during pool installation.

  • Flex PVC Pipe

Flexible PVC pipe is made from the same polyvinyl chloride as rigid pipe, but with plasticizers added and surface ribs to allow the pipe to bend, or flex. Flex pipe is easier and faster to install in long runs from the pool to the pump, wrapping corners and transitions easily, without the need for plumbing fittings.

  • CPVC Pipe

CPVC pipe (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) is used by some pool plumbers for heater and pump connections because the pipe can withstand higher water temperatures. Of note, the cost of CPVC pipe and fittings can be prohibitively expensive to plumb an entire pool system.

Regardless of the pool piping, the plumbing will require fittings to connect the pipes. Pool plumbing systems should use Schedule 40 PVC Pressure Fittings and above ground pools often use filter hoses or hose adapters, but can also rigid PVC if desired.

To properly install an above ground pool or filter system, then consider a few factors, such as the pump suction and discharge, type of pipe (rigid PVC or pool hoses) and checking the filter system for leaks.

Again, there are some technical factors to consider during the plumbing portion of a pool installation. If you are not a DIYer, then there are some simple ways to find a qualified plumber.

Plus, there is NAMCO, the ultimate summer superstore. We are happy to install your new pool or answer any questions about the process. Stop by your nearest NAMCO store today and find great deals on pools all year long!

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