Watsonville Pool Builders

Are you looking for a Pool Contractor in Watsonville? You have come to the right place where we got experts who have been in this industry for years. There are many services available like Swimming pool design, Swimming pool construction from scratch, pool maintenance, and pool accessories.

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How is Swimming pool Constructed?

Layout & Digging out the mud

The pool is laid out using stakes and redwood forms. The form represents the outer edge of the pool shell. We ask that you or your representative be present at this phase for the purpose of coordination between our design and construction departments. It is extremely important that both the pool and mechanical equipment be located at this time. If your home is under construction, we need to have access to both water and electricity at this time. The forms must not be disturbed, as they represent the exact elevation, location, size, shape, and position of the finished pool.

The excavation process will start now. The earth from your pool is either hauled away or kept on site for backfilling as necessary for later phases of construction. This is one of the two “dirty and noisy” phases of construction. We attempt to keep the dust down to a minimum, but it will be dusty, and the heavy equipment is noisy. We suggest you keep all windows and doors closed and keep your children away from the site during this phase.


pool-construction-plumbing: Schedule 40 PVC pipe, which will be beneath the deck will be installed and extended to the mechanical equipment location. This includes lines such as the main drain, skimmer, hydro-therapy jets, automatic cleaner, waterfall, and any other mechanical lines that may be included in your contract. All piping is pressure tested prior to gunite placement to ensure against any leaks.


3/8″ steel reinforcing bars are placed to strengthen the gunite shell. The steel is shaped to the pool’s design and extra steel is used at points of high stress. The reinforcing steel is securely tied in place. The day of guniting, the bars are blocked up from the dirt so the entire “basket” will be surrounded by gunite when finished. The electrical contractor should then bond the steel shell. Stairs and benches in the shallow end do not have steel placed; they are solid gunite.


This will be your first meeting with our licensed electricians. They will inspect your service panel and determine the exact distance to the mechanical location. They will also bond the steel structure and call in your 1st inspection. This is the time to talk about any future electrical, nightscaping, speakers, etc.


Our construction office in Watsonville will notify both the building and electrical departments, if you are using our electrician, prior to gunite. We have placed the permit in a permit container and secured it near your home. Please make sure the building permit is still accessible for signing by these inspectors. If the container is not there, please notify us immediately.


The next process of your pool construction is the application of the shotcrete or gunite. Gunite is a mixture of sand, rock, and cement that will be applied by an experienced Ocean Quest trained technician. These technicians will skillfully shoot the gunite around your pool’s steel reinforcement grid. Your pool shell formed by this process is so strong that Ocean Quest backs it with a Full Lifetime Warranty.

After your gunite has been completed, we will need your assistance to allow the gunite to cure properly. You (or Ocean Quest) will need to water your pool a minimum of three times a day during the daylight, from 7 am to 7 pm. You will need to do this for 5 days. Simply use your garden hose (without a nozzle) and wet the pool thoroughly, top to bottom. Don’t worry about the water collecting in the deep end of the pool. It’s normal and will be pumped out before we apply your pool’s interior finish.


pool-construction-grading Now is the time you most likely will need to purchase sub-base material for the deck area to achieve proper elevation. All lines; plumbing, electrical, gas, etc. MUST be installed prior to deck layout.


Pneumatically applied concrete is installed to form the pool shell. Water curing is done by the homeowner from the existing patio.


Any water features and/or boulders are now installed

Swimming Pool Utilities


Using the National Electric Code approved conduit, wire, and bonding, our licensed professional electrical contractor carefully makes all of the electrical connections for your pool. The lights are installed, the pumps are wired and electrical breakers installed.

The electrical devices can usually be installed concurrently with other construction phases, and thus not hold up further construction.

Gas Lines/Propane Tank

If this is an option you have decided on, your city’s gas line/propane tank requirements and your individual lot size will determine whether your gas line or the propane tank can be buried underground or must be above ground. If it can be buried, the trenches will be dug and the pipe will be laid at the time of the plumbing of your new pool. This pipe will have to be inspected by the city and the entire process takes 10 to 15 days. Do not be alarmed if the actual hookup of your gas or propane does not happen until your pool has been completed. Gas line must be installed by the third party certified gas installer. Having a gas line or propane tank installed can run concurrently with other construction phases and will not necessarily hold up further construction.


before this final step is accomplished, it is essential that the pool and surrounding area are kept as clean as possible, and your fence or temporary fence has been installed to meet both local and state codes prior to filling the pool. Any projects which create dirt, dust, smoke or other mess, must be completed beforehand or postponed until later. The sparkling cleanliness of a fine quality pool depends not only on the ability of our craftsmen but in keeping the pool as clean as possible until it is filled. We cannot be responsible for footprints or stains caused by dirt, fertilizer, dust, and other debris from construction, landscape projects or winds.

FILL UP the Pool- Time to Party!

Once the filling operation has begun, NEVER turn off the water or move the hose from its original position until the level has risen to the middle of the tile band. This eliminates the possibility of a dirt ring, which is difficult to remove. When the pool is full, please turn off the water and inform us. Under normal conditions, it is not necessary to call us until the pool is full. There is no harm in not having the filter on, for up to a week after filling. There is also no harm to the pool swimming in the pool before the filter is started. Watsonville Pool construction code should be followed.

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Pool Maintenance

Each week our factory-trained technicians will thoroughly clean, brush, vacuum & net your pool & waterline. They will empty skimmer baskets, pump baskets robotic cleaner bags, and backwash filters when necessary. Prior to leaving each week, they will properly adjust run times and valve positions for optimal circulation depending on the environment and season. We will gladly adjust water chemistry using your chemicals or if you prefer, our chemicals so you don’t have to concern yourself with storage.

Our complete service rates are competitive with others in the area, yet far more comprehensive. Each visit you will receive a detailed electronic service log indicating all actions we have taken, any chemicals added and additional information you may find helpful — like water level and filter cleanings.

Size, depth, equipment type and trees will impact service rates, so feel free to email a photo of the pool, surroundings and equipment for a bid on route service.

Pool Repairs in Watsonville

Our repair technicians are factory trained and we offer warranty repair services on all the following brands:

  1. Jandy
  2. Nordic
  3. Pentair
  4. Marquis
  5. Polaris
  6. GoldLine
  7. Hot Spring
  8. Hayward
  9. Jacuzzi

Quarterly Filter Clean and 44 Point System Diagnostic Check
We include the following services:

Clean the filter cartridges and screens*
Backwash filter system
Replace/recharge diatomaceous earth*
Check all pump and motor operations, including switches, fasteners, sound levels & running temperature; insure shafts turn freely; confirm proper water pressure & adequate priming
Check all valve operations
Inspect system for leaks
Check robotic cleaner operation
Confirm operation and condition of all skimmers, covers and baskets
Check heater operation (check for proper firing, pilot light, flame color, burner tray, gas leaks, water flow, thermostat operation, and gas valves and overall cleanliness)
Check electrical system, including automatic timer, clock, controller, battery backup, lights, wiring integrity, conduit condition, ground fault interrupter, auto fill system, freeze protection, spa blower and other accessories
Inspect cover for condition and proper operation, anchors & straps and motor operation*
Confirm operation of all chemical systems including Ozonator, mineral purifier, salt generator* and/or EcoSmarte(TM) system
Inspect safety systems, including anti-vortex suction fittings, self-closing gates, and condition of diving board or slide.
Test water pH, chlorine levels, cyanuric, balance, alkalinity & hardness.

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Swimming Pool Decks

Sundek was the originator of the Classic Texture Splatter Knockdown finish that dominates the swimming pool deck industry to this day. We did not stop there as we have improved technologies incorporated into the complete line of decorative concrete systems providing all the properties you want around a pool deck:

  • Slip resistance
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Comfortable walking surface
  • Variety of colors to choose from
  • Variety of textures to choose from
  • Mix & match systems to increase appeal while reducing investment

How to backfill your pool:

Pool construction involves backfilling around the walls and braces. Your inground pool kit should be completely assembled and your concrete collar or footing is already poured around the outside of your pool – generally 8” to 10” up all around the framework of the pool. You may have already installed the pool liner and have filled the pool with water, although this can be done after you backfill around the pool walls.

Step 1: Swimming Pool Backfill Material

When you dug out your hole for your swimming pool we had you separate the material you dug out; a pile with your grass, a pile of the topsoil and the remaining material that may be useable for backfill material. If that material is a gravel mix that seems compactable – you can use that. If this third pile has many large rocks or is a clay-based material or red pan, or any material that retains water, you should avoid using this as backfill against your inground pool walls.

It’s expensive to truck out bad fill, and truck in gravel, but good backfill material is important against the pool walls and as support for your pool deck. If you do need to bring in more suitable backfill material you want a good gravely mix or just plain gravel or any compactable material. Your local sand and gravel yard can advise you of the best choice in your area.

Step 2: Arrange for the Heavy Equipment

With the proper backfill material onsite, we are ready to begin the process of backfilling our inground pool. You could use shovels and several workers, but it’s probably easier, faster and cheaper to bring in a Skid Steer Loader, Bucket loader or a Track Hoe for this part of your DIY inground pool project.

Step 3: Backfill – Tamp – Backfill – Tamp

In this phase of our DIY pool project, we will place our fill material into the trench around the pool, in phases – all the way up to the top of the wall. First, push in about 1 ft of your material all around the pool. Then compact this initial layer, using either a gas-powered compactor or a heavy hand tamper. You’ll find both to be a lot of work, but the gas-powered tamper (shown right) will complete the job more quickly.

Go all the way around the pool – all the material we just put in must be compacted fully. After the first layer is done, push in your next layer of material and compact it in the same manner as the first. Continue in this manner, one foot at a time, until you come within a foot of the top of your pool wall.

Step 4: Final Layer of Gravel

bluestone gravel for the last layer we want to use the best backfill material. I always suggest using a 8-12 inches of bluestone gravel for the top layer. This will give a good foundation to support your concrete pool deck. Put the top layer of gravel in a little higher than your wall and compact it extremely well. This is what our patio will sit on top of so we want to take extra time on this layer to prevent cracking or settling of our pool decking.

Step 5: Soak Down the Backfill

We have all our material in place and compacted our next step will be to soak the whole area thoroughly, for hours. Placing sprinklers around the pool and letting them run for 2 or 3 hours usually does the trick. After a super-soaking, let the ground surrounding your pool dry up; this usually takes a day or two. You will notice that even though you spent all that time compacting your layers, the area around the pool will have settled a few inches. This is good and exactly what we were hoping for. If desired, after a few days, you can repeat the process, to ensure that the layers are as compact as they can be.

Step 6: One More Backfill Layer

One more layer of gravel or stone dust can be placed on top – again to bring it up to the level of the pool. Use more material up against the pool walls, because as you tamp this final layer, you will grade it, to slope it away from the pool. The slope should be about 1/4″ for every foot of pool deck. If you are installing a 4-foot wide pool deck, the outer edge should be 1 inch lower than the edge against the pool. No need to be exact, any difference will be made up for as the concrete deck is poured.

And that’s it! Backfilling your inground pool is one of the happier phases in building your own inground pool. You can now really see it coming together, and the excitement will fill the house. Very few steps in your DIY inground pool project remain. When you backfill your pool using our methods described above, you can quickly schedule the concrete truck to make another visit and have your pool deck poured, without having to wait for the surrounding ground to settle. Are you ready to backfill your pool in Watsonville?

You don’t need to look elsewhere for pool contractors. We are most professional guys in Watsonville.