Hello! New to the forum here. I have had Intex blow up ring pools for 4 years. Hate the take down at the end of each season. Now we are ready to move up to the big leagues. Within a month the plan is to begin construction on a permanent above ground pool. I do have a wet ground problem though. My yard floods to a couple inches deep several times a year and can stay that way for weeks at a time. I'm afraid the flood waters will ruin the bottom ring and wall on a metal wall pool.
In the area were I had last years 18' Intex set up, it is somewhat bowl shaped. Maybe 2"-4" deeper in the middle than 2 opposing sides. All I did for site prep was scalped off the grass with the mower then treated with ground killer and brought in 3 cubic yards of sand. Leveled it all out, tamped 3 times and it ended up raised about 4" above the surrounding yard. This worked great for the 18' round by 4' deep Intex pool. The pool never was touched by flood water and our feet stayed out of the wet sloppy grass while walking to the pool. I would use the pool again but BigMac our Saint Bernard decided to use the pool as a chew toy. (note to self, don't store chewy things in reach of dogs)
Will this "raised with sand" idea work for a larger metal wall pool? Maybe 24' round. If so, do I need to remove all the existing sand and dig a perfectly flat base before bringing in more sand for a larger pool? Or can I just pour more sand and level it that way? Is there such thing as too deep of sand for a solid foundation? I realize these are probably foolish questions but I am bit of a do-it-your-self-er.
Thanks for any advice. I'm sure I will have lots more questions before swim season.