Once you have signed your contract and all required paperwork and we have received the first contract payment (due at signing) we release to you all design details your HOA will need. We will be pulling your project permit (unless written otherwise) and your HOA approval letter is required from the county. If you do not have an HOA this is not applicable to you.
You will also need to call "811" to make sure all is clear and make sure we have a 9' entry point to your yard ready for us. If this requires us to go through a neighboring property, you will need to reach out to them and confirm in writing that it is okay for us to do so. Customer is responsible for ensuring we have necessary access per contract.
You will have a two week time frame to select your materials using the Material Sheet provided.
Once we have your permit pulled (depending on your county this may take well over a month) we can schedule Phase 2: Excavation.
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This Phase is an exciting time for the kids as well as the adults. Everyone loves big machinery and you will be able to watch your backyard take the shape of your new swimming pool right before your eyes. Our sub-contractors make it look easy but it takes a lot of time and experience along with a lot of hard work to gain the knowledge and ability to do what they do.
This process can take up to 3 days depending on your pool size.
Steel installation; this process takes approximately two days. The family can sit back and relax while watching our team utilize the various techniques that are required to bend and form the steel to the shape of your new swimming pool. The interior plumbing is also done at this time. This also includes pipes to keep the area where returns and LED lights will be installed.
This week of the pool building process is time for the pressurized concrete that is placed and sculpted according to your individual design. Our sub-contractors are skilled in handling the heavy equipment that it takes to gather the concrete and then shape your pool, spa, and even the steps to your pool. The seven day process does include the time that is needed to allow the drying and curing of the concrete.
Customer is responsible for soaking the concrete pool shell for 7 DAYS, 3 TIMES PER DAY.
Take your time when doing this. If the concrete cracks from lack of water the warranty will be void.
We suggest spending at least 25-30 minutes each time three times per day. Pool soaking must begin two hours after shotcrete is done.
The tile setter is a design artist that is responsible for the beauty surrounding your pool area. Materials are utilized, at your request to decorate the parameter. This phase takes approximately close to seven days to complete. This is also dependent upon the design and square-footage of the project or if any change orders are requested.
Plumbing is one of the more important steps in installing a swimming pool. The plumbing is what maintains the circulation system. The features that you have chosen for your pool can be the determining factor in how complicated the plumbing job will be. The hired plumber will be the person that installs the circulation and the main drain system, as well as the skimmer. All flowing systems that are required according to your design will be installed at this time, such as deck jets, sheer descent, and any additional water features that you have chosen. These features that filter into the pool water are also a part of the plumbing process. This portion of the process takes up to a week.
The decking phase takes approximately close to two weeks to complete. This is also dependent upon the design and square-footage of your pool deck and materials chosen. We start with a bed of gravel, then rebar and concrete. The rebar will hold the concrete together, avoiding huge cracks. If you chose decking other than brushed concrete, like travertine pavers, we add a layer of sand on top of the concrete and install. These layers keep your decking from turning green over time. With travertine you also have the added benefit that should one crack or become damaged over time, the broken tile can be removed and replaced easily.
The interior finish is the concrete coating that is applied to the floor and walls of the swimming pool. Then water is put into the pool immediately after acid wash is completed (usually the following day). The interior finish is completed after approximately two days.
At this time your pool construction would be finished and the contract and any additions/changes would need to be paid. This does not mean we're done working on your project but that the major construction is completed and thus materials and sub-contractors must be paid. So don't freak out or try to withhold the remaining balance - read the contract carefully. We aren't running away once we get paid.
During the start up phase the swimming pool is just about complete and ready to dive in. The start up technician is responsible for testing the swimming pool to ensure that it is functioning properly. For example, the start up tech starts the circulating pump and sets the timer. Depending on the design, this will determine the overall job that the technician has to complete. If your design includes eye-ball fittings in the return jets, this tech will install those at this time. The start up tech will also thoroughly clean the pool and the tile deck. Once he has completed the scrubbing and brushing of the pool and surrounding areas, the tech will then begin the balance of the water and the chlorine start up. The chlorine is added over a period of a few days to ensure that the proper amount is added but not too much. The process takes about a day to complete. After 28 days the salt is added and the cell system starts!
Unless otherwise stated, your project includes one month of service from Clearwater Pool Services. After that month you have the option to continue hiring them or to care for the pool yourself.
You will be trained either way on what to do in order to care for your pool - this will be a very hands on process so if you need a little extra help, such as setting up your Dolphin M400 vacuum cleaner, let us know.
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