Your pool must be on level undisturbed soil. An unlevel area may cause excessive stress on the pool’s wall and framework and may result in pool failure.
INSTALLATION NEAR SLOPES: A pool filled with water weighs many tons. If the pool is installed too close to the “Crest” of a slope, the pool/water weight could cause the ground to give way. The pool can rupture, allowing thousands of gallons of water to rush out and cause extensive property damage and personal injury. Consult with your local building department. If the pool is installed too close to the “toe” of a slope, outside collapsing ground forces can collapse the pool wall.
ONLY SELECT POOL MODELS CAN BE INSTALLED BELOW GRADE WHEN USING SPECIAL BELOW GRADE INSTRUCTIONS: Deep burial of the pool into the ground can cause pressure from the ground outside the pool to collapse the pool unless special provisions are made using the specific instructions to do so. See your pool distributor for these if your pool qualifies.
DO NOT BACKFILL AGAINST THE POOL WALL: Back-filling against the pool wall can cause forces from the ground outside of the pool to collapse the pool. Some soils are highly aggressive and will corrode the pool components, resulting in pool failure. Keep pool exterior clear of soils and other materials around its entire perimeter. Provide good drainage away from the pool area.
PROVIDE GOOD DRAINAGE: Prevent run-off rainwater and general yard watering from settling against the pool frame and wall to prevent corrosion and unsightly build-up on the pool components. Provide good drainage away from the pool to help keep it level and not sinking into the ground.
TILTED POOL: If the ground level slopes in any direction more than 1” from one side or end to the other, the wall may rupture causing extensive property damage and personal injury. Follow the steps for leveling your pool carefully, rechecking how to level your pool area is before proceeding to the next step.
WALL WRINKLING: Prevent wrinkling of the pool wall during installation by checking and rechecking the level of the ground and patio blocks (if being used) at each vertical. If one patio block is higher than those positioned at each side, wrinkling of the wall will occur when the wall is installed.
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