A properly installed sump system is vital to the longevity of a pool. They are a cheap insurance policy and is included in every pool we install. There has been a misconception that pools can just pop out of the ground, not true. This can only happen to a fiberglass pool when the ground water behind the pool shell becomes higher than the water in the pool, this is why we install sump systems in every pool. If you ever must drain your fiberglass pool for a repair than you want to make sure there is no water behind the shell. In a liner pool water that gets behind the liner section or layer can make the liner “float” as we have installed several after this problem has occurred.
Proper grading and drainage systems around a pool can make or break the life of a pool project. If you’re not properly moving surface water away from your pool you may end up with a complete mess and even disaster. Some pool decks years ago, were poured to slope toward the pool and it was thought the pool would filter the water. We have found that this increases your cost of chemicals and can flood out a pool completely! We have learned from the past and have changed industry practices so that we are not creating these problems later down the road. We always slope pool decks away from the pool even installing deck drain when needed to move water off solid deck surfaces and out away from pool and permanent structures. In some projects we must install subsurface drainage systems to capture and move water out of the usable areas so we do not get water behind the pool, retaining walls, foundation, etc.