Risks Involved with DIY Swimming Pool Construction

At Packman’s Pools, we’re proud to serve as your full-service custom pool and spa construction experts. From basic pool construction, including design phases, all the way to installation on your property, we’re here to ensure you and your family get the perfect new swimming pool construction from our contractors.

And while we’re huge fans of handy, DIY homeowners who often try to handle certain home improvement projects on their own to save time and money, we cannot recommend this practice for the installation of a new swimming pool. There are several potential pitfalls even extremely handy homeowners – or essentially, anyone without specific training in pool design and construction – might fall into, from safety issues to problems with long-term pool design and many others. Let’s look at some of the specific reasons why we strongly recommend leaving pool design and construction to professionals.

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Timing, Schedules and Delays

For starters, it’s important to realize that even experienced, professional pool builders deal with delays due to weather, contractor scheduling or other factors. And if this is an issue for pros who spend all their time building pools, imagine the hassle it might create for you if you have an entirely separate full-time job to attend to.

It’s important to note that even if you’re handling the bulk of the job on a DIY basis, you’ll be working with various specialists or sub-contractors. You have to plan around each of their schedules, plus any weather or other delays that arise.

Warranty Concerns

For many installing a new pool, warranties are a vital consideration. There are several potentially important varieties, including overall pool warranties, equipment warranties from manufacturers, and labor warranties offered by contractors.

When you attempt a DIY build, though, most or all of these warranties go out the window. In many cases where something goes wrong, you will be entirely on the hook for the damage.

Things Can Go Wrong

Speaking of things going wrong, there’s a long list of possible items here. There are numerous installation mistakes you might make without the proper training, from improper plumbing setup to the wrong thickness of concrete applications. Many homeowners often struggle with bonding the pool in the correct ways, as well. All of these concerns can lead to major structural problems with the pool, often costing you far more in the long run than you would have paid for a simple professional installation.

Mess and Clean-Up

Finally, understand that pool construction projects come with a major amount of materials and potential mess. When you perform a DIY installation, it’s on you to perform the proper clean-up here, a process that often takes weeks or months for non-professionals. Your yard will likely be in total disarray for this entire time period, and could even see permanent damage if you aren’t careful.

For more on why we strongly recommend against DIY pool installation, or to learn about any of our new pool or spa construction services, speak to the staff at Packman’s Pools today.