One of the most encountered problems during the installation of new pools by new pool owners is unlevel ground. You’ve put in all the hard work. Then, after 30 minutes to one hour of pool components installation, you filled the pool. Then you are standing further back 20 feet away to check how things stand, and you see the pool is higher on one side.
Maybe the land was not level, to begin with, or the pool became unlevel when water was added into it. Perhaps the pool has started to sink into the soft soil on one side, or the roots of a tree forced one side of the pool through the dirt. There is an easy but tricky solution to this problem. If you have a lot of water in it, you don’t have to empty it.
Identify the Problem
Extend a net pole from the pool to its greatest length and stretch it across the center of the pool.
Place a level on the post to see if the pool is level in that direction. If it is, move the pole around the pool to check its level in more than one location until you locate the un-leveled side.
Lift the end of the pole gradually while maintaining the level until the bubbles on the level are balanced.
Hold the pole into position and measure the distance between the pole and the top of the pool. Record this number, so you know what height to raise from the side of the pool to level.
An alternative way is to measure 4 – 6 points around the sides of the swimming pool to find the lowest area by using tape to measure. The level of the water shouldn’t be more than two inches different around the pool.
Correction of the Problem
Slide the garden spade shovel only under the foot of the pool frame to pry it up. Do not push past this point, as the shovel can puncture the liner.
Lower the garden spade shovel to nearly rest it on the ground until you reach the height of the desired level. Hold it with one of your feet.
Pick up sand with a square point shovel and throw it at the base of the pool. An assistant may have to help. With a garden shovel supporting the wall, compact the sand under the raised wall until it is filled.
Raise the spade and shovel slowly to lower the pool wall. Add more sand around the pool if the level is still off.
How to Level the Pool With an Intex Pool Leveling Kit
An easy-fix solution that doesn’t require the emptying of the pool is the use of an Intex pool leveling kit. The kits are usually a height increaser.
Identify the side of the pool that is causing the slope of the unit. Attach each kit to the feet of the imbalanced poolside, ensuring that the installation of the kit balances out the height.
Leveling the Pool After Draining the Water
If you discover you have an unlevel ground and there is water in the pool, leveling the pool with the first method is a temporary fix. You may have to wait till the water is dirty, or anytime you feel like emptying the pool, and then correct the problem properly. In any case, below is how to level the pool after draining the water.
- Empty the pool with a pool pump. Empty the water into the city’s sewer lines. It will take several hours. It’s OK to leave an inch or two of water in the pool bottom.
- Move the pool to another location in the yard. If you can disassemble the pool, do it. Otherwise, move it out of the way.
- Slide along a 2-by-4 board across the floor to find the lowest point. The lowest area will be displayed as a depression under the board.
- Lower the surrounding soil to the lowest ground level with the shovel. Raising the low points is much more difficult than lowering the high points. Use the tamper to press the dirt into the soil well. Check the ground level again with the level, and make any necessary adjustments.
- Pour 1 to 2 inches of sand on top of the soil. Spread with a rake, then with the 2-by-4 board. Refill once more. The pool will now be level.
Leveling a Tilting Pool Is a Breeze But It’s a Temporary Fix!
The directions for many above ground pools say you can set the pool anywhere. However, in some places with slopes or soft ground, you’ll have to do extra work.
Unfortunately, many people don’t discover the importance of leveling the ground under the pool before it’s too late. A difference of more than two inches anywhere on the pool can cause serious damage.
There is a temporary solution to an uneven pool. This involves prying the sloping side, balancing it with soil, or a leveling kit. Then the second method will be more permanent. This involves leveling the ground with a shovel after emptying and temporarily relocating the pool.