The short answer is yes. By working with professional pool builders and landscapers, you can pursue pool installation even when you're dealing with a slope. However, you'll have to utilize some creativity in order to have the final result be aesthetically pleasing, functional, and safe.
Yes, building a pool on a slope is definitely possible, though it can come with some additional challenges. In this article we'll shed some more insight into what's involved with building a pool on a sloped yard, including some ways that you can actually use this situation to your advantage.
Place stakes or sticks at areas that slope or are off-grade. You'll need to dig away these area in order to create level ground for the pool. Dig away soil instead of building up low patches. Always dig away slopes and high spots to make them level with lower areas, even if it takes more work.
If you have a hill or sloping backyard, the only way it's possible to have an above ground pool is to have one specifically designed to be a semi-inground pool. Semi-Inground pools in the most basic description are above ground pools that can withstand the pressure of being buried.
In order to install an above ground pool on a slope, dig down to create a flattened, level area. Using a level, mark all the high spots in the yard with stakes. Start digging on the high side until the hole is roughly level. Using a rake and a tamper, flatten masonry sand until area is level.
Semi-inground pools offer the best of both worlds. You'll find that a semi-ground swimming pool is significantly deeper than a regular above-ground pool, but doesn't cost nearly as much as a traditional in-ground pool.
The most common materials to use as a base for above ground pools include concrete pads, commercial pads, sand, solid foam, carpet padding, and flooring underlayment.
It can be hard work and time-consuming, but it's a lot easier without any weight on it. Things don't always go as planned, though, so if you find that your pool is uneven after you fill it, don't despair. It is fixable. It will just take hard effort and determination on your part.
Well-known member. thats way too much slope. slope should be no more than 2 inches over a span like that.
An above ground pool needs to be setup on level ground. Manufactures typically state a pool should be level within an inch, while those who are OCD may try to do even better. An above ground pool that is off level by 3 inches or more is unsafe.
Any more than two inches is unacceptable. Intex pools that are three inches off or more will not last and no one should be swimming in one. Not only does it look very bad, once the uneven wall starts to create the outward pressure one side it will eventually push the pool out of shape more and more.
If you measure a drop from 3 inches to 2 feet, you may be able to do the leveling yourself. However, if the drop is greater than that, or it slopes upward, it is recommended that you hire a professional to grade the yard. For very steep slopes you may consider planting ground covers or building terraces.
The Stealth Pool is a high quality alternative to a high-priced Inground Pool. The Stealth Semi-Inground can be buried up to 3/4 in the ground to create a sleek design in your backyard.
In-ground concrete swimming pools are usually durable installations that last for decades. However, gunite, shotcrete, or concrete walls may develop cracks over time. Small shrinkage cracks aren't a problem, but if the cracks grow large enough to insert a dime, the shell might be compromised.
Pool patios should slope about one-quarter of an inch per foot, away from structures like the pool and your house. This helps keep water from washing debris into the pool.
There is a national standard that requires that all swimming pools must be at least 10 feet away from the house walls. As mentioned, this will protect electrical wiring from leaks, floods, and splashes.
The water will press with more force on one section of the pool than the others. This uneven weight distribution can buckle, twist or even collapse the pool wall, resulting in property damage and injury to anyone in or around the pool when it fails.
Many swimming pools are slightly out of level and under most circumstances it is not a significant problem. If a pool is out of level by a 1/4 to a 1/2 of an inch, most inspectors will not give it much thought, unless there are other issues.
Pool Collapse – An above ground pool collapse is often caused by the results of ice damage, but it can also happen when there is too much snow accumulated on top of the pool and the frame cannot handle the weight.
For portable pools like the Intex Easy Set Pools, sand is not recommended. Although it's easy to put down and level and it may seem like an ideal material, it can easily erode and get partially washed away in heavy rain.
It is best to put a 1ft-by-1ft concrete block paver under each leg of your above ground pool. These blocks can take the pressure and they don't get mold, insects, or other forms of deterioration issues. By properly supporting the pool legs, you won't damage the legs over time and have to dig them out to remove later.
Traditional felt carpet padding is usually frowned upon as a pool padding material, according to the Pool Homeschool blog, but modern closed-cell foam carpet pads can work well. Those marketed as "memory foam" pads work for an above-ground pool sitting on concrete.
Cocktail pools tend to be less than 400 square feet and provide an ideal solution for homeowners with limited outdoor spaces. Sometimes called "spools" for a small pool that combines a pool and a spa, these cocktail pools often include heaters, jets, and benches.