Above ground pool: 4 mistakes to avoid


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Inflatable pools, freestanding or rigid pools, above-ground pools offer a small haven of freshness sometimes fragile. Here are our tips for the above ground pool of your home ...

Should we opt for an above ground pool? Yes, because an aboveground pool costs less than a pool and its installation is fast. Is this a reason to consider the above ground pool as disposable after the summer season? Certainly the inflatable pools bought for a few euros will not last long repeated attacks of children. But there are durable above ground pools made of PVC, steel, wood or concrete, provided you take certain precautions.

What are the main mistakes to avoid with an above ground pool?

First mistake: buy an above ground pool without having thought about its positioning in the garden.

Take the time to determine the perfect place to install your above ground pool. The above ground pool should be well exposed to the sun, protected from the wind, but far enough away from trees and shrubs to reduce leaf drop in the water. There must also be a water supply, a power supply, an environmentally friendly wastewater drain and a small technical shelter for the equipment. Also arrange a space around the pool large enough to install a garden and watch the children in the water.

All of these settings will help you determine the ideal size of your aboveground pool.

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Second mistake: buy an above ground pool without knowing the formalities to be done in Mairie

Before installing your pool above ground, remember to inquire in City Hall especially if you live in a protected area, a classified site or pending classification.

In general, an above-ground pool is not subject to a declaration of work, if it corresponds to the following cases: a use of less than 3 months in the year, a pool less than 10 m², a height of less than 60 cm, an implantation at least 3 meters from the property lines.

Third mistake: put your pool above ground without a method

At the time of purchase, compare the models, the quality of the components (thickness of the liner according to the size of the pool, wood autoclaved minimum class 4, because it will be in direct contact with the water etc.) and product guarantees (between 5 and 15 years for the structure).

Build a good support for your pool, perfectly flat and solid. The ideal is to lay a concrete screed that you will cover with a protective felt for the liner.

Mounting an above ground pool requires 1 to 2 days of work for 2 people, depending on the model.

Follow the instructions exactly. Many problems result from a bad assembly, or from a montage ... upside down!

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Fourth mistake: ignore the safety rules for an above ground pool.

According to the DGCCRF, "given the drownings of young children that occur there every year, all swimming in above ground pools must be under the constant supervision of adults able to respond quickly in case of danger". In the absence of specific regulations, above ground pools are therefore subject to the general safety requirement. Consult your insurer to find out if you are well covered and what equipment to install.

It is better to prevent access to these pools outside swimming by a standard fence, a rigid and solid tarpaulin and / or an alarm. Finally buy a retractable ladder that can be stored away from the pool above ground to avoid tempting the little adventurers.