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How to move an above ground pool

  • Owning an above ground pool

The benefits of owning an above ground pool are many to name. For the most part, many people choose this option simply because the modern above ground pools come equipped with many of the same features as its in-ground counterpart, minus the hefty price tag.

So what happens when you are getting ready to relocate home? Do you leave it or take it with you? Of course you take it with you, silly! Actually, moving an above ground pool is not as complicated as it may appear.

All you need to do is just follow our simple steps below on how to move an above ground pool. This task will require your time, and effort. But if you’re still having a hard time, just contact us, and we will walk you through every step.

How to move an above ground pool

  • Pick location and check availability

Sure you may ask, “Why do I need to check availability, it is my property after all, and I know it’s available, duh”! Well actually, even if you own the property, you have to make sure the pool is located a certain distance from the property line.

For those who don’t already know, a property line is the defined point where your land ends and the neighboring land begins. Some detached, and attached homes are built in close proximity to each other.

Therefore, you want to make sure you will have enough room for the pool at your new place. Otherwise, you may have to sell it. Just kidding! Not really. Be sure to also take note of any trees on the property near where your new pool will stand, and make sure they are at least 8-10 feet away. 

  • Prep the new location

You will require tools for this part. Many of the tools on this list can be rented from your local equipment shop in the case you don’t already own them.

  • Shovel
  • Sod cutter
  • Level
  • Rake
  • Tape measure

One of the main, and first things you must do is to ensure the ground is level! This is of great importance to the base structure of your pool.

To measure the level of the area, simply place a level on a long, straight board. The area shouldn’t be more than 1 inch of perfectly leveled.

If the area is not leveled, dig down any high areas. Don’t build up low areas because the pool will settle over time.

Next, determine the center point (middle) of your pool. Measure off an existing object, such as your fence, and mark where you want the edge of your pool to be based off that.

Use the tape measure to measure half the width of the pool to determine your center point. Mark this point on the ground with spray paint.

Next step is to create an approximate guideline for where the wall of your pool will be. Pull the tape measure one foot from the center point. Now using spray paint once again, mark this point all around.

Now you must remove all the sod within that chosen area with the help of your trusty sod cutter. If you don’t own one, you should be able to easily rent one.

Rake the area to remove any remaining sod, roots, and rock. Having grass, and other debris under your pool will render it unstable over time. Therefore, make sure the area is completely clean.

  • Disassemble the pool

First and foremost, empty out the water from the pool. Be aware that once you drain the water, it is likely that your pool liner will shrink up, making it difficult to remove safely.

You are likely better off replacing the pool liner with a new one. Next, remove the accessories, and disconnect the filtration system. Take the pool apart from the top down.

Remove post caps, upper railings, then the liner. Detach the filter panel from the wall and roll the wall up. Finally, dig out, and remove the filter panel, and support posts.

If you still have the instructions manual, follow it to take the pool apart step by step, as you did when putting it together, just in reverse. Keep track of all your parts! They may be harder to replace than you think.

Congratulations! Your above ground pool is now ready to be moved to its new location. 

Now that your pool is ready for relocation, you may want to hire trusted professionals to help you move it to your new place!

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