Process

How we bring your pool to life

Below is a step-by-step overview of our process from start to finish so that you can follow along and see how your job will get done. Just doing a remodel? Click here to jump to the beginning step of that project.

Step 1: Scrapping The Designated Area

Step 1: Scrapping The Designated Area

Frequently asked questions and answers about this step:

Q: Where will you be accessing the back yard?
A: Please see the drawing submitted. It will show the access and an arrow designating direction.

Q: What happens if you hit a sprinkler head? Unfortunately we will hit every sprinkler head in the designated area!
A: We will cap off the zone or zones where the system comes into the pool area. If it is unknown to any Turtle Pool and Spa staff as to a line being broken, please turn the system off until after pool shell is shot. The reason for this is due to any open sprinkler lines could collapse pool walls after pool is dug. It is the sole responsibility of the homeowner to re-route, re-direct and or repair the sprinkler system. Turtle Pool and Spa can perform any of this work as well as any landscaping; please just ask about these services.

Q: How wide is the machine that will be coming into the back yard?
A: The machine is approximately 7 ft wide

Q: What will happen to our fence and gate?
A: We will do our best to disassemble the gate and fence panels. It is hard for us to save the poles due to most of them having concrete surrounding them. Fence posts may have to be replaced.

Q: What will happen to the sod at the front of the house where the machine will be going over it?
A: The sod will need to be replaced once total pool is complete. This expense is typically borne by the homeowner unless otherwise agreed to prior to construction. In addition to, most if not all materials will be delivered and brought back to the pool area down this side of the house, so any repair to sod should not be done until pool is complete.

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Step 2: Laying Out The Pool

Step 2: Laying Out The Pool

Very Important Note: It is imperative that you as the homeowner have reviewed the drawing submitted with the contract. Please review the distance of the pool from the house, distance from the side property lines, the length of the pool, the width of the pool, the depth of the pool, light location in the pool, benches in the pool, steps in the pool and any other features that may have been discussed. Please understand the drawing is all that we have and the only representation that is given to the subcontractors to work from. In many instances things are mentioned in conversations or can we do this or can we do that? Yes we can however it needs to be on the drawing. It is our goal to make your pool your dream and vision, we can do anything! I would rather delay things to make sure there are no misunderstandings in achieving this.

On the drawing submitted with the contract, there is a signature box that must be signed prior to laying out and any digging.

Frequently asked questions and answers about this step:

Q: What happens if you find something unknown beneath the surface? For example, an old tree stump or septic tank?
A: These instances happen more than often. Each instance is handled on a case by case scenario. There shall be additional charges for such items due to the time and disposal fee’s associated. Any cost will be discussed, agreed to and written up prior to removal of item.

Q: What happens if you hit our sewer line going to the house?
A: This really stinks! LOL. In most cases we do not break the line; however it will need to be re-routed. If it is broken than we will need to coordinate a plumber to make an emergency service call. The cost of such shall be borne by the homeowner. If the line is discovered and not broken during the dig, we will most likely leave the pipe in place until after the pool is shot. The reason for this is due to disturbing any of the soil around the pool prior to it being shot, will cause the walls to cave in.

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Step 3: Shooting the Shell

Step 3: Shooting the Shell

Frequently asked questions and answers about this step:

Q: How thick is the shell suppose to be?
A: The shell is 8” thick. The steel seen before the concrete is applied is 4” from form allowing it to be centered to an 8” wall.

Q: What are the pipes sticking out of the walls of the pool? These are the “returns” or circulation piping for the pool.
A: This will eventually be cut flush with the wall and an “eye ball” fitting will be placed on pipe for directional adjustment.

Q: How long does it take the concrete to dry?
A: It dries very quickly. The concrete is air enriched when applied. As it is applied it is a dark, rich green – gray color. As it begins to dry it will be a very light grey color. This process will most likely take between one day and 5 days.

Q: Is it ok for water to come into the pool from the ground?
A: Yes, it is perfectly normal for ground water to come up from the bottom of the pool. The 2 main drains in the deep end of the pool have holes in the bottom of them. Eventually once the pool finish is applied, we will plug these holes with a threaded PVC plug to stop water from coming in. It is actually beneficial for water to come into the pool. This process is allowing any water pressure beneath the pool to be relieved.

Q: What’s next?
A: The layout and dig contractor will return to remove all forms from around pool and rough grade the dirt around the pool. This process is preparation for the plumber to come in and begin the rough plumbing.

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Step 4: Setting the Tile and Coping

Step 4: Setting the Tile and Coping

Frequently asked questions and answers about this step:

Q: When is the tile grouted?
A: The tile is typically grouted when the coping is grouted. The only reason this would not be the case is if the tile requires a different color grout than the coping.

Q: What color grout goes in the coping?
A: The color grout is totally up to the homeowner; however we try to match the grout to the color of the coping.

Q: If the pool is curved or free form do we cut the coping to align properly?
A: Yes, we will most likely cut every piece so to keep the consistency around the pools edge and the brick joints.

Q: We would like to have some small turtle tile set in the steps and the bottom of the pool, do those go in now?
A: No, we will install these the day of the interior finish application. If they are installed now they will most likely be damaged by someone walking on them etc.

Q: What’s next?
A: The paver decking will begin to go down around the pool. This is really is a big change to the whole process and will allow you as the homeowner to see just how close the finished product really is.

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Step 5: Applying the Interior Pool Finish

Step 5: Applying the Interior Pool Finish

Frequently asked questions and answers about this step:

Q: How do you keep the water out of the pool?
A: The water will be controlled by a pump being connected directly to a dead line (line placed beneath the pool in a bed of rock) this way we can pull the water from beneath the pool allowing us to place the interior finish..

Q: Will the pool pop out of the ground?
A: No, by controlling the water from beneath the pool we are relieving the pressure of the water under the pool.

Q: How long does the interior finish take to apply?
A: An average pool finish takes about 3 to 4 hours pending the size of the pool and whether or not it has a spa.

Q: How long does it take to dry?
A: The pool finish is typically dry before we leave, however there should be nothing put in the pool such as water or anything hard that may damage the surface

Q: When do we fill the pool?
A: We will come back the following day and acid wash the pool, sometime pressure clean the pool depending on the type of finish. We will then install the plug in the main drain, put on wall fittings then begin to fill with a simple garden hose. (PLEASE NOTE: UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED, PLEASE DO NOT STOP WATER ONCE FILLING! THIS CAN CAUSE A RING WHERE THE WATER LEVEL STOPS! IT SHOULD BE STOPPED AT MID TILE!

Q: Why is the water a green color?
A: This is the color of the water from the city or local municipality. The water is treated with different chemicals suited for drinking etc. The water will clear up after a day or two, or once initial chemicals are added.

Q: Can we swim in the pool after it is full?
A: Yes, you can however it is recommended by all manufactures that the pool should not be swum in until pool finish is fully cured.

Q: What should I do once the pool is full and initial chemicals are in?
A: It is recommended by all manufacturers that the pool be brushed down once a day. This will help the new pool finish become further exposed (color be more clear and even in the pool).

Q: What’s next?
A: The next step will be a happy Turtle Pool and Spa, LLC. customer swimming in their new pool!

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