Your Glimmerglass Pool is a great investment that will provide you with years of enjoyment. This beautiful fiberglass in-ground pool increases the value of your home and will become the center for family and social activities summer after summer.
The information included in this booklet will help you prepare for installing your pool, offer hints for pool care and safety, answer questions you may encounter, and give the details of the warranty for your Glimmerglass pool.
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GETTING READY FOR YOUR POOL
Before your pool arrives, you should plan out the pool site, contact your local code enforcement office, discuss arrangements with your installer, and arrange for electrical and gas connections.
Planning the pool site. Where in the yard will you put your pool? Where will the shallow end of the pool be? Where will the pump and filter be? We recommend that you draw a plan of your yard and consider these points:
- Are there areas that contain slopes? If there are steep grades, you should consult a qualified pool installer for recommendations.
- What areas are in the sun during different parts of the day? Where will people gather to visit in the shade?
- Is there enough space around the pool site for the excavation and installation equipment?
- Where are other centers of activity, such as the grill, eating area, chairs or swings for relaxing, sandbox or gym for the kids, or basketball hoop?
- Where will you install the required fence? (The current New York State laws concerning pool fences are enclosed.)
- What kind of decking or paving will you install around the pool? Remember to have enough room around the pool perimeter for safety and pool care.
Permits and legal requirements are obtained through your local Code Enforcement office. Get this information and the permit for your pool before you make other plans.
Talk to your installer. Find out what you are responsible for – purchasing gravel? Water? Get the details about how much and what quality. Consider where the equipment will enter your yard, and discuss any possible restrictions – overhead wires, trees or shrubs, fences, etc. Solve the little problems before that excavator pulls in!
Install electric and gas connections. You will need a separate 220-volt, 20-amp GFI breaker, installed by a licensed electrician, for the pool pump. If you have ordered a pool heater, you will need a natural gas or LP gas connection. Lights require a standard 120-volt grounded outlet. And now is also the time to consider yard lights if you need them!
After your pool is installed, consider your rules for safety and schedule for pool care.
Establish safety rules. Safety is your responsibility! Safety suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics are enclosed. In addition, we recommend:
- Install a pool alarm. We offer a pool alarm at our cost.
- Monitor pool activity. Nothing replaces just watching those using the pool!
- Keep fencing in good repair, and keep the gates locked.
- Keep the area around the pool free of toys, hoses and vacuums, litter, or other items that could cause a person to trip over them.
- Do not allow breakable items, such as glass containers, near the pool.
- Do not allow diving.
- Store chemicals in a safe place.
Your fiberglass pool requires less maintenance than other types of pools (such as vinyl liner or concrete), but regular pool care is important. When you are through using your pool for the season, be sure to close and winterize the pool before freezing temperatures arrive.
Fiberglass pools are well known for their durability, strength, easy maintenance, and fast installation. Glimmerglass fiberglass pools are carefully manufactured, resulting in a strong pool shell with an even thickness throughout.
The gel-coat finish of your pool is an attractive, glossy cosmetic finish. This layer is about eight times thicker than a normal coat of paint, so slight scratches usually are only superficial. As with any surface finish, the gloss will wear over time, and you may see some fading, dulling, hairline cracking, etc. This normal wear does not affect the performance of the pool.
The gel-coat finish will stay new-looking longer with careful pool care. If the water chemistry is beyond normal ranges, the gel-coat can become stained or dulled.
Most in-ground pools hold approximately 5,000 to 15,000 gallons of water (depending on the size and depth). That’s about 20 to 60 TONS of water! Careful installation is the key to preventing problems with the pool shell, which holds that weight of water. The bottom of the hole must be well-packed, smooth, and level to support the weight. The backfill should be packed well under steps and seats. The shape of the pool will be maintained by keeping the pool filled about 12” higher than the backfill during installation.
Fiberglass is somewhat flexible, so your Glimmerglass pool will adapt to the harsh winter cold and to the high temperatures of summer. With expert installation and careful monitoring of the pool water chemistry, fiberglass pool owners are pleased with the problem-free, low-maintenance performance of their pools.
Let the fun begin!
SWIMMING POOL SAFETY
Safety is your responsibility!
Here are some safety suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatricians:
If possible, do not put a swimming pool in your yard until your children are older than five.
Install a fence at least four feet high around all four sides of the pool. This fence will separate the pool from the house and play areas of the yard. Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children’s reach.
Keep rescue equipment, such as a life preserver and a telephone, by the pool.
Do not let your child use air-filled “swimming aids” because they are not a substitute for approved life vests and can be dangerous.
Anyone watching young children around a pool should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) and be able to rescue a child if needed.
Stay within an arm’s length of your child.
Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren’t tempted to reach for them.
After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so they can’t get back into it.
In compliance with a New York State law enacted in 1998, we wish to provide you with information on the swimming pool enclosure requirements contained in Section AG105 of the Residential Code of New York State.
Swimming Pool Enclosures/Barrier Requirements
These provisions shall control the design of barriers for residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. These design controls are intended to provide protection against potential drownings and near-drownings by restricting access to swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.
An outdoor swimming pool, including an in-ground, above-ground, or on-ground pool, hot tub, or spa shall be provided with a barrier which shall comply with the following:
- The top of the barrier shall be at least 48 inches (1219 mm) above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance between grade and the bottom of the barrier shall be 2 inches (51 mm) measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Where the top of the pool structure is above grade, such as an above-ground pool, the barrier may be at ground level, such as the pool structure, or mounted on top of the pool structure. Where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, the maximum vertical clearance between the top of the pool structure and the bottom of the barrier shall be 4 inches (102 mm).
- Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter (102 mm) sphere.
- Solid barriers which do not have openings, such as a masonry or stone wall, shall not contain indentations or protrusions except for normal construction tolerances and tooled masonry joints.
- Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches (1143 mm), the horizontal members shall be located on the swimming pool side of the fence. Spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 1.75 inches (44 mm) in width.
- Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is 45 inches (1143 mm) or more, spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 4 inches (102 mm). Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1.75 inches (44 mm) in width.
- Maximum mesh size for chain link fences shall be a 1.25-inch (32 mm) square unless the fence is provided with slats fastened at the top or the bottom which reduce the openings to not more than 1.75 inches (44 mm).
- Where the barrier is composed of diagonal members, such as a lattice fence, the maximum opening formed by the diagonal members shall not be more than 1.75 inches (44 mm).
- Access gates shall comply with the requirements of SRAG105.2, Items 1 through 7, and shall be securely locked with a key, combination, or other child-proof lock sufficient to prevent access to the swimming pool through such gate when the swimming pool is not in use or supervised. Pedestrian access gates shall open outward away from the pool and shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device. Gates other than pedestrian access gates shall have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the bottom of the gate, the release mechanism and openings shall comply with the following:
- The release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3 inches (76 mm) below the top of the gate, and
- The gate and barrier shall have no opening greater than 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) within 18 inches (457 mm) of the release mechanism.
- Where a wall of a dwelling serves as part of the barrier, one of the following conditions shall be met:
- The pool shall be equipped with a powered safety cover in compliance with ASTM F1346; or
- All doors with direct access to the pool through that wall shall be equipped with an alarm which produces an audible warning when the door and its screen, if present, are opened. The alarm shall sound continuously for a minimum of 30 seconds immediately after the door is opened and be capable of being heard throughout the house during normal household activities. The alarm shall automatically reset under all conditions. The alarm system shall be equipped with a manual means, such as a touchpad or switch, to temporarily deactivate the alarm for a single opening. Such deactivation shall last for not more than 15 seconds. The deactivation switch(es) shall be located at least 54 inches (1372 mm) above the threshold of the door; or
- Other means of protection, such as self-closing doors with self-latching devices, which are approved by the governing body, shall be acceptable so long as the degree of protection afforded is not less than the protection afforded by Item 9.1 or 9.2 described above.
- Where an above-ground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a ladder or steps, then:
- The ladder or steps shall be capable of being secured, locked, or removed to prevent access, or
- The ladder or steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of RAG105.2, Items 1 through 9. When the ladder or steps are secured, locked, or removed, any opening created shall not allow the passage of a 4-inch diameter (102 mm) sphere.
Indoor swimming pool. All walls surrounding an indoor swimming pool shall comply with RAG105.2, Item 9.
Prohibited locations. Barriers shall be located so as to prohibit permanent structures, equipment, or similar objects from being used to climb the barriers.
Barrier exceptions. Spas or hot tubs with a safety cover which complies with ASTM F 1346 as listed in RAG107, shall be exempt from the provisions of this appendix.
In addition, you should contact your city or local government code enforcement office to learn of any additional local requirements for the installation of a swimming pool.
For Glimmerglass Fiberglass Pool Kits
These guidelines must be followed when installing your Glimmerglass Fiberglass Pool Kit to ensure that your warranty can be registered.
- The pool site must be suitable for the size and depth of the pool, so washouts and shifting will not occur.
- The area around the finished pool should slope away 2” to 6”, allowing surface water to drain away from the pool.
- All rocks, tools, stakes, etc. must be removed from under the pool so the pool shell rests on a flat surface.
- Use 4”-6” of gravel in the bottom of the hole, tamped down.
- Use gravel to backfill around the pool.
- Pay special attention to backfilling under stairs and support areas.
- Remove subsurface water properly, with perforated drainage pipe surrounded by gravel, or provide a vertical pipe for pumping out water.
- Be certain that the pool is level within 1” before filling with water.
- Set and move the pool only by the nylon straps and only with suitable equipment. Lifting and moving a pool (especially if there is water in it) with forklifts, small backhoes, etc. can crack the pool shell.
- Do not run heavy machinery close to the pool while it is being installed.
- Slowly put water in the pool as the gravel is backfilled around the pool, maintaining an equal pressure between the water and the surrounding soil. The water level should remain about 12” above the backfill level. This helps to maintain the shape of the pool shell.
To the Original Retail Buyer
This Limited Warranty is offered by Glimmerglass Swim Spas & Pools, Inc. (“Warrantor”), and is subject to the following terms and conditions:
- WHO MAY ENFORCE THIS LIMITED WARRANTY
The following non-transferable warranty may be enforced only by the original retail buyer of a Glimmerglass fiberglass pool shell.
- WHAT IS WARRANTED AND FOR HOW LONG
The Glimmerglass fiberglass pool shell is warranted only against leaking caused by the structural failure of the shell due to faulty workmanship or materials used in the manufacture of the pool shell. The Glimmerglass pool shell has a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.
WHAT IS NOT WARRANTED
The Glimmerglass fiberglass pool shell is not warranted against any cosmetic blemishes or defects including, but not limited to, the colored Gel-Coat applied to the pool surface. Warrantor does not warrant against the Gel-Coat finish cracking, chipping, heaving, fading, separating, crumbling, splitting, or warping.
This warranty does not include pool attachments, accessories, or other equipment or supplies purchased by Glimmerglass from other manufacturers or suppliers, or sold in connection with the installation of the Glimmerglass pool shell. Buyer must look to these other manufacturers or suppliers for warranty protection.
Glimmerglass does not warrant the fiberglass pool shell against defects resulting from the Buyer’s failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance.
If anyone other than Glimmerglass Swim Spas & Pools, Inc. installs the fiberglass pool shell, Glimmerglass does not warrant the pool shell in any way unless the installer strictly complies with specifications approved by the Warrantor. Failure to adhere to these specifications releases Warrantor from all obligations to Buyer under this written Warranty and any other express or implied warranty.
Warrantor does not warrant the Glimmerglass pool shell if repairs or replacements to the pool shell are made by anyone other than the Warrantor.
Glimmerglass does not warrant the fiberglass pool shell for any damage resulting from misuse, accident, improper installation, transportation by someone other than Glimmerglass, or acts of God including, but not limited to, flood, landslides, and earthquakes.
- DRAINING THE POOL SHELL BELOW THE SKIMMER OUTLET VOIDS THIS WARRANTY
The fiberglass pool shell may crack, buckle, or leak if the water level falls below the skimmer outlet. Do not drain the pool yourself or permit any unauthorized person to drain it.
- BUYER’S DUTY TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN THE FIBERGLASS POOL
The buyer has the duty to understand and follow pool care instructions specifically for fiberglass pools. Failure to maintain the pool with chemicals and practices specifically for fiberglass pools voids this warranty.
- BUYER’S DUTY IN THE EVENT OF A DEFECT
In the event of breach of this limited warranty, buyer must notify warrantor of the defect within fifteen days of the discovery by registered mail.
Buyer must obtain from Warrantor, in writing, the name of a representative authorized to repair or replace the fiberglass pool shell, and Glimmerglass agrees to promptly provide this information.
- WARRANTOR’S DUTY TO REPAIR OR REPLACE
In the event a leak occurs in a Glimmerglass fiberglass pool shell as a result of faulty workmanship or materials during manufacture, Warrantor agrees to repair or replace the defective pool shell within a reasonable time. The choice of repairing or replacing will be at the sole discretion of the Warrantor. If Glimmerglass chooses to replace defective goods, the replacement pool shell will be identical or reasonably equivalent to the original pool shell. The repairs to the pool shell, or the replacement fiberglass pool shell, will then be warranted for the unexpired portion of this limited warranty.
Warrantor’s duty under this warranty extends only to repair or replacement of the defective part. Warrantor is under no duty to refund any or all of the purchase price of the pool.
In the event Glimmerglass elects to replace a pool shell, Glimmerglass agrees to use reasonable care in installing the replacement shell, but accepts no responsibility for and resulting damage to surrounding or adjacent landscaping or fencing sustained during the removal of the defective shell or the installation of the replacement shell. The cost of transporting the replacement shell will be borne by the Warrantor.
- EXCLUSIVE WARRANTY
This limited warranty constitutes the exclusive warranty regarding Glimmerglass fiberglass pool shells. Any and all representations, promises, warranties, or statements made by any person or entity other than the Warrantor, including but not limited to Warrantor’s agents, dealers, or representatives, shall have no force or effect whatsoever.
- WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD
The Warranty Registration Card must be completely filled out and signed by the Buyer. It must be returned within ten days of the delivery of the pool shell, and it must be mailed to Glimmerglass Swim Spas & Pools, Inc. at the address below. Failure to complete and submit the Warranty Registration Card as required above will render this Limited Warranty null and void.