A pool slide is the perfect addition to turn any home pool into a water park experience but you need to be sure that your new slide is properly installed so that it is safe for everyone to use. Here’s what you need to know about installing a pool slide.
The Process of Installing a Pool Slide
The first step in the process of installing a pool slide is actually selecting a slide. Think about the space you have and the people that will be using it before making this decision. Before purchase, it is a good idea to contact your local council and find out what regulations, if any, apply to installing a slide. It is best to do this before purchasing the slide so that you don’t get stuck if it turns out that you are not allowed to have one in your situation.
The next step, once the slide is delivered to your home is the actual installation process. The slide will need to be placed in its final position (at the deep end of the pool) before it is fixed into place. Make sure that you are happy with the location! The slide will then be securely fixed to your pool surrounds and all bolts, screws and fixings will be securely tightened. You should test the slide at this stage for any loose or wobbling parts. If water will be running down the slide, the pipe and other connections will then be installed and tested.
Who Installs a Pool Slide?
When it comes to installing a pool slide, you can have it installed for you or you can choose to install it yourself. If you choose to have it professionally installed by the supplier, you can rest assured in the fact that the slide is securely fixed in position, that there will be no loose bolts or screws, and that the water pump is hooked up correctly. The professional will fix the slide to your pool surrounds using fasteners or cement. The exact method will depend on the type of slide.
If you opt to install the slide yourself, be aware that it is heavy and you will need at least one other person to help you manoeuvre and hold the slide in position. The slide will come with detailed instructions that you should follow exactly. If you are at all in doubt, stop the installation process and call in a professional. It may cost a little extra but you can be sure that the slide is safe. Also make sure that installing your slide yourself will not void the warranty.
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