DPK Pools: The Process of Building a Swimming Pool

When shopping for an New Orleans metro area pool contractor, be sure to inquire about the technology they use. Doing so gives you the opportunity have a pool that’s water- and energy-efficient, more comfortable for swimming, and easier to maintain.


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DPK Pools will apply for all the government permits to insure your pool is built in full compliance of Louisiana building codes. A Swimming Pool permit is required for construction or alteration of any type of swimming pool in the City of New Orleans. Swimming Pool permits are generally issued on the same day as application following review by a permit analyst. However, commercial or public swimming pools require the submission of complete plans. The plans are sent through a plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here

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This is the day you’ve waited for! Pool excavation requires heavy machinery and a dump truck to remove any dirt not needed around the pool. Your backyard will now begin to resemble a battlefield. Your landscaping in the pool area and access area will be virtually destroyed. The first step is to “mark off” your pool as per the layout drawing we did of your backyard. Let us know immediately if the pool is NOT positioned as you desire. Any lot preparation and tree removal will also be done. Preparations, such as fence removal, will also be done to provide access for the equipment to your backyard. We will do everything possible to keep the mess to a minimum. But you’ll need to plan some new landscape and irrigation work after the pool is complete.

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Pre-Plumbing Steel

Plumbing and lighting fixtures that will be built into your pool will be carefully positioned into place. An inspection by a local code inspector must now be made, if required. A crew will set and tie a network of steel reinforcing bars to conform to the shape and contour of your pool.

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Gunite Application

Our skilled craftsmen will pneumatically apply the gunite over the steel to form a single piece gunite shell that will provide the structural strength for you pool…a structure that will endure a lifetime! The crew will trim out the final shape of the pool and “cut-in” such features as steps & benches.

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Tile and Coping Installation

Our tile installers will now arrive and set the ceramic tile that YOU selected around the water line perimeter of the pool. Top border coping that you have selected will also be installed, giving your pool an attractive, safe and durable edge. Accent tile will be installed as agreed.

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Pool Plumbing

A crew will dig trenches for the circulation piping system and install the multiple plumbing lines that run between the pool and the filter system. The plumbing system will be pressure tested and inspected. If you have any questions during any of the process please let us know.

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Install Filtration Equipment

Your pump and filter system will now be set in place and connected to the plumbing. Other equipment included in your contract, such as automatic chlorinator, UV Filter, and heater are also installed at this time. If your pool has a heater, a gas line from your gas meter must also be installed and inspected. We will coordinate with the sub-contractor if this is not part of the contract and you will pay him directly.

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Electrical Rough-In, Bonding, & Inspection

An electrician will install the electrical for the underwater lights and provide a safety bonding around the pool. All electrical wiring work must be inspected by a local government electrical inspector prior to any decking being installed. Any additional electrical services or work added after our contract must be paid to the third-party directly. Please let us know if you have any additional questions regarding this process.

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Retaining Walls-& Raised-Bond Beams

Footings will be dug and poured as required. Concrete block with brick or stone as specified will be installed. Upon completion these walls will be back filled.

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Install Decking Form Boards

Now, you can more realistically see how your pool will look in your backyard. It’s time to grade for your decking and install proper drainage. Many of our agreements allow for YOU to alter the decking shape and size at this time, as you can more easily visualize how you may now want your deck. If you want to alter your deck from the original plan we can meet with you, revise the plan and advise you of any additional costs.

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Install Decking

Be sure you are satisfied with the layout of the decking BEFORE the material is installed. With concrete decking, adequate expansion joints or saw cuts are installed to help prevent “cracking and chipping” of the concrete as it ages. Be sure NO ONE walks or touches the deck until it has cured for 24 hours.

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Final Clean Up

A crew will return to do any necessary final clean up. We take great pride in the step because we understand that your house is your castle in that time and effort into everything. We will do our absolute best to restore your backyard to per-existing condition and will make all necessary and adjustments to do so.

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Plaster Preparation

We will prepare your pool for the final finish by pumping out accumulated rainwater and cleaning out construction debris. All pipe and electrical fittings will be grouted and the tile cleaned.

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Fill with Water

It’s now time to cover the Gunite with the interior surface you have selected (plaster or pebble). Crews will mix up, trowel and finish the surface. When completed, we’ll begin filling your pool with water. During this important time, we will need your help. We will need you to watch the water level and turn it off when it reaches the midway point of the skimmer opening. Then call us so we can schedule someone to start up your system.

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Filtration Equipment Startup

After the pool is full, we will return within a couple of days, install your automatic cleaner, and start up your pool pump and filtration system. We’ll inspect the system for proper operation and be sure everything is performing at its best. We will install the initial balancing chemicals in the pool.

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Pool Care-Operation

One of our experienced staff will meet with you and give you personal instructions on how to care for and operate your pool. Be prepared to ask questions. We want you to have as much knowledge as possible. The more YOU know, the easier you will find it to care for your pool.

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