The installation of an Intex pool is something you must get right. Leveling the ground is quite an important process.
One of the options you have for leveling your pool is the use of concrete.
Follow me in this article as I show you the best ways you can level your pool effectively.
Can you put an Intex pool on uneven ground?
A lot of people would prefer to install an Intex pool because of the cost. They are much cheaper than in-ground or other above-ground pools. The materials used in the construction and set up can be easily procured and installed in no time. However, no matter the kind of pool being installed, it is always important that the installation is done correctly.
Intex pools can be installed on flat surfaces such as grass or sand. Any other surface can cause issues for your pool. You could experience problems with water levels and the pool walls. When constructing a pool, the foundation is very vital. Some people could leave it bumpy without taking care to level the ground before installation.
With regards to the above question, as much as possible, avoid having an uneven pool. Making a ground level can be very dicey, even for an expert pool installer. Even the best pool installers frequently only achieve levels of 12% for round pools and 25% for oval pools. This means that your pool might not be completely flat.
However, there is a maximum limit that is allowed. At 1 inch off, your pool is quite manageable. There won’t be any major issues with the structure. However, you might notice a slight unevenness in the water level. Even at two inches, the structure will still have no issues. However, the unevenness in the water level will become more noticeable.
Anything above 2 inches is not recommended for your pool. Your pool’s structure becomes at risk. This is due to the fact that pressure from the water begins to concentrate on one side. In addition, the aesthetic look of your pool will be affected. The water level will be clearly uneven.
What happens if an Intex pool is not level?
There are a lot of things that can occur when your Intex pool is not level.
- Uneven water level: As mentioned above, the water level in your pool will become clearly uneven. Some people might think that this isn’t much of an issue. However, they are wrong. When water pools to one side, it can cause that side to settle more into the ground. This increases the slant. And then, with time, the water levels look more off than before. This is not a good aesthetic look for any pool.
- Structural defects: One of the major drawbacks of installing a pool on an unlevel surface is damage to the pool structure itself. In an unbalanced pool, water will naturally pool to one side. This creates pressure on the pool walls. This can cause that side to collapse. If it is an inflatable pool, the inflatable rings on that side can begin to fold under the pressure and bow under the strain. If this happens, your pool can be permanently damaged. It can also be a hazard to swimmers.
- Damaged liners: Having an unbalanced pool is a threat to your pool liners. The uneven slope can cause your liner to wrinkle. This is because it will be experiencing uneven pressure from different directions. The liner can’t lie flat, and things could easily tear in its material. Another issue is with your pool vacuum. Your pool won’t be able to vacuum effectively due to the wrinkles. This could cause your liner to be put out of shape anytime you want to vacuum. Overall, your liners won’t last a long time.
- Swimming hazard: An unbalanced pool means that one side will end up deeper than the other. This can be a problem for children or others who are not great swimmers. You don’t want anyone drowning in your pool as a result of this.
- Faulty skimmers: Another issue that can arise with an uneven pool is faulty skimmers. If the water pools are lower on the side that is opposite the skimmer, you run the risk of your skimmer getting spoiled. If the water levels go below halfway in the skimmer, it can stop working. This means that your pool will end up in an unsanitary state. The skimmer is what facilitates the addition of sanitizers like chlorine and shock treatment.
Does an Intex pool have to be perfectly level?
As mentioned before, with above-ground pool installations, aim for perfection. However, this might not be possible. In installation, an allowance of 2 inches is permissible. Anything more than that is not advisable. It must be avoided at all costs. You have already seen how much damage that could cause to your pool. The consequences will be clear at the end of it all.
What do I put under my Intex pool to level it?
When choosing to level your pool, the choice of material is quite important. Putting something at the base of your pool is quite important. These are some reasons why:
- It guards against abrasion on your pool’s bottom. Friction from having your pool on bare ground leads to scratches and punctures. There are quite a number of materials you can make use of as a base for your pool.
- It prevents damage from grass: Placing your pool on bare grass can cause damage from outgrowths. These outgrowths can form one of the factors that will make your pool unbalanced. Placing a material on top can prevent that.
There are some materials that you can use to level your pool. They include:
- Concrete: Concrete is quite preferred, as it wouldn’t allow the growth of grass. It is also quite level and provides a smooth surface.
- Pavers: Paving stones can do a good job of supporting your pool.
- Gravel: Using gravel is an excellent choice. Just as with outdoor spas or hot tubs, it is a very good option. Gravel is quite a cheap option to use. They can be easily procured with little cost. Another upside is that the gravel is excellent for draining water from splashes.
What is the easiest way to level the ground for a pool?
To level a pool, you should take the following steps:
- Remove any rock or debris: You can make use of your hands to remove any large debris or rocks that could damage the pool. Also use it to take away smaller particles like leaves and pebbles.
- Place 2 by 4 planks on the ground and lay a level on top: Place some planks to cover the whole site. Then place levels on each of these planks. The levels give you an idea of where it is not flat on the site. Remember that you are aiming to get a completely flat surface, so you don’t pose problems for your above-ground pool.
- Add or remove soil where necessary: Knowing where it is flat and not, you can then begin to adjust the surface. Find the deepest part of the site. That is the level that you should aim to reach in the other areas. So begin by removing earth to level it.
- Keep going until everything is finished.
- Compact the soil: Take the surface once more to remove any lingering debris. Now moisten the soil with some water and then, using a hand tamper or rolling tamper, you can compact the surface.
Can I use sand to level my pool?
Yes, you can. You can use some sand to smooth out the surface of the ground. Your aim should be to make the sand at least 2 inches thick. A level of up to 6 inches thick is still good enough. Just shovel it in, and then use a rake to smooth it out.
What type of sand do you use to level a pool?
You can make use of concrete sand for this purpose. It is actually the best to use, due to its durability. However, you could still make use of yellow or white sand.
How do you keep Intex pool legs from sinking?
Intex pools usually come fitted with plastic feet. However, most of the time, it doesn’t prevent it from sinking into soft ground. Intex recommends that you make use of pressure treated wood boards to support it underneath. You must be careful to ensure that the sides of the pool do not stick out from this wooden perimeter.
Can you put an Intex pool on pavers?
Yes, you can, though it is not the most recommended option. Pavers can begin to sink into the soil, especially if that soil is quite soft.
Can I put my Intex pool on grass?
This is not quite recommended, as placing your pool in that location can kill the grass. It will deprive the grass of oxygen and light, causing it to die. For an inflatable pool, the grass outgrowths can cause damage to the external surface of an inflatable pool.