If you notice when you are inside your pool that the water level is uneven, chances are your pool has settled. This can also be caused by heavy rains, shifting ground or simply, that one of the support posts have slipped off its footing. Over time this can cause your pool to continue leaning and in certain cases — when there is approximately more than a 1-inch water level difference — total pool collapse. But never fear! This can be fixed. Although this is not an easy task, with a little planning and help, you can level an above-ground pool with water inside.
Before You Begin
Before starting work, it is important to understand why this happened, how your pool was constructed, and what the best method would be to lift the pool without causing damage. This is where you become a pool detective and have to hunt around a little to understand why the ground shifted/settled and the best way to lift the settled area back up.
Start by observing the ground around the pool, specifically at the nearest support posts where the pool seems to be low. You can determine this by looking at the water level in the pool and comparing the height difference from the top rail to the water level. Where the water level seems lower than the rest of the pool, that is the post that dropped. Now observe how your pool is constructed. This is important because when you start lifting the pool up, you must lift everything at once; otherwise you risk ripping the frame apart.
Generally, if you have a steel pool it will have a bottom track that the steel or aluminum body goes into. The liner of this type of above-ground pool connects to the top of the body. This means that when raising the pool (which is in effect raising the liner) you must raise all pieces evenly. Failure to do this will result in the pool coming out of the top and bottom track and straining the liner. You want to lift at the bottom of the post and support the bottom track at the same time to lift in sync. If you have an Intex type pool where the liner is integrated into the top rail, it is a matter of lifting where the support post meets the top rail and the liner should follow. Again, the goal of this operation is to lift the liner up using the sunken posts to the correct level.
Make a Plan for Lifting the Support Post
Lifting the support post requires multiple people. You should make your plan with these people in advance of beginning the process. An easy way to lift the sunken post is to get a flat or spade shovel and dig under the post and surrounding bottom track to a point where you can get the shovel under and pry the pool up. Make sure to have either a piece of wood or stone to slip under to use as a cantilever. When choosing a piece of wood to use under your shovel or tool of choice make sure that it will be big enough to give you the proper angle you need to sufficiently lift the post to the desired height. If you have a pipe that can slip over the shovel handle (such as a conduit pipe) that will help as well to gain more leverage. Lastly, make sure that the material selected for under the support post, whether it is blocks, stones, pavers, etc. is close to the post and that someone has been designated to put the block under the lifted post once it is raised high enough. Be sure that everyone is comfortable with whatever method is chosen and everyone understands their role. Once the process is started, there is usually no turning back.
This is one of the more high risk maneuvers to attempt with a pool. Before considering trying to lift any pool it is important to be aware of your surroundings and the existing condition of the pool in case of a catastrophic failure. Some pools are more complicated than others and every situation is different. This procedure will put stress on your liner and pool structure so it is also important to be aware of what it is doing at all times and its condition. If the pool has corrosion, that will add to the risk. Proceed at your own risk. It is strongly recommended to have at least one or two other people with you to help with the lift and as extra eyes and ears to be attentive to any issues that might require quick adjustment.
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