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How to prepare the ground for an above ground pool

 If you don't have the space for an in-ground pool, or you don't want the cost and hassle of digging up your garden, above ground pools are a convenient alternative. These pools sit above the ground but still require careful preparation.

We offer a full installation service that includes preparing the ground for you in selected stores, but you can save time by taking care of the first steps yourself.

Find the right spot

You might already have a favourite spot picked out for your new above ground pool, but it may not be suitable if it doesn't mean all the criteria. Whatever size pool you have, it should be installed in a location that's:

  • flat and level
  • at least 2.5 metres away from trees (check your local regulations)
  • not over utility lines, septic tanks, tree roots or other underground hazards

You also need to make sure there's enough space for the size of above ground pool you're buying. To do this, locate where the centre of the pool will be and plant a stake in the ground. Tie the post with string and measure out to the distance given in your pool's specifications. Remember that some overlap will be needed around the perimeter.

If you don't have enough space for an above ground pool, your backyard may still be suitable for a smaller portable pool or plunge pool.

Prepare the ground

When you're found the right spot, mark roughly where your new pool will go using spray paint or another method and start to prepare the underlying ground.

Your pool needs a flat surface, and you should always dig down to the lowest point rather than trying to build up, which can result in a less stable surface. When you're done, you can check that it's level by using a carpenter's level tool and a plank of wood on a pivot.

If there's grass or other vegetation on the site, this needs to be removed down to the roots, not just mowed. You should then thoroughly rake the area to make sure no plants, roots or loose stones remain.

Lay the foundations

Now that your pool site is flat, you can prepare it for the above ground pool by filling it with limestone. This should be around 5cm deep and will provide a stable foundation for your new pool. You can now arrange a time for your new pool to be delivered and installed.

If you'd rather have a professional take care of your pool preparations, or you're too busy to do it yourself, some pool companies offer this service or can put you in touch with other local tradies who do.

Choose your pool package

However much space you have in your garden, and whatever your budget, check out Clark Rubber's above ground pools range to find the right pool package to suit you.

We also offer a range of pool services to help keep your new Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane pool in top condition all year round.

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