Above ground pools are probably the most affordable alternative to in ground pools.
They are also easy to set up and remove – some products take up to 30 minutes to set up.
However, since they are synonymous with traditional homes, you aren’t sure whether it would a great idea to place one near a mobile home.
So, Can You Put an Above Ground Pool Near a Mobile Home?
Generally, YES. There are several types of above ground pools, each made for specific needs. So some types are compatible with this type of home but others aren’t. In the same breath, spare some time to go through your local zoning codes regarding swimming pools.
Four Mobile Home Above Ground Pool Considerations
1. What’s Your Local Zoning Ordinance Saying?
Zoning laws dictate everything, from maintenance expectations to liabilities associated with structures built or placed on your property.
Different localities have different standards, and that’s why you should consult your local codes first before anything.
Danger of Drawing
Often, zoning ordinances demand that all types of pools stay at least 10 ft. away from walls.
There are two reasons for that –
- to stay clear from electrical wiring
- and prevent moisture from encroachment.
Some jurisdictions may require you to erect a temporary fence – about 4 ft. tall – around your above ground pool to prevent accidental drowning.
2. Power Consideration
Keep in mind that your pool might need the service of a pump (if you go for a more advanced in ground pool, that is).
The pump will certainly link to the home’s electrical circuit unless you have an alternative.
The problem here is that mobile home circuits are rated at slightly different amperages.
Check Your House’s Electrical Service
Long ago before standards became stringent, homes would come with a 100A electrical service line.
If your home is old (including pre HUD homes), you might want to upgrade your 100A service line to, say, 200A before adding a new circuit to serve your pool’s pump.
If your pump is small enough, you probably don’t need to worry about an upgrade.
Still, seek the advice of your local pool professional before making up your mind.
3. Type of Above Ground Pool
Whether you can or can’t install this type of pool will also depend on the type you choose.
There are 4 types of above groups pools:
- easy set/inflatables
- steel frame pool
- traditional above ground
- and semi inground.
Easy set/ inflatables are a YES
I’d easily recommend this type – they fit almost anywhere and can be installed/removed in a flash.
They don’t have too many requirements.
If your water pressure is right, go ahead and install one.
They come with two flaws though –
- the walls can be somewhat flimsy
- and can only accommodate 1 to 2 swimmers.
Steel Frame Pools? Another YES
They are semi permanent and are equipped with a steel frame that makes the top rail and bracing.
They are often 52 inches deep and 22 inches round. They rake 1 – 2 hours to set up.
The fact that they are easy to relocate means they are perfect for a dynamic homeowner.
Note that this pool demands a more powerful pump than inflatables, but can’t stay put for a year.
Traditional Above Ground Pools? YES
These are more permanent than the above 2 types, and they are the most common of the 4 types.
The frame is either steel or resin or both, so they’re often referred to as ‘hybrid’ pools.
Perhaps the biggest difference is that they come with 2 separate liners, one for the pool and another for the wall.
Flexible Yet Sturdy
With such a heavily built pool, you don’t need to worry about structural failures that could lead to accidents.
Another great thing is that it’s semi permanent, meaning it can be installed and removed quite easily. Better yet, they can stay put for 15 to 20 years.
However, be prepared for extensive ground preparation before installing one.
Semi Inground pools? NO
I wouldn’t recommend this pool to a mobile homeowner.
While they are built strong enough to withstand most of the common perils that ruin above ground pools, they are permanent.
They are unnecessarily expensive and impossible to remove if you ever think of relocating.
4. Space/Clearance – The 6 Ft. Rule
If the space is plentiful, zoning ordinances are all for it, and you’ve settled on the right type, go ahead with your project.
Above the ground can take a lot of space very much like regular in ground pools.
Plenty of clearance must be added on the perimeter for easy movement of swimmers and to accommodate items such as fences.
An average above ground pool needs a clearance of at least 6 ft. on the entire perimeter.
When Not to Add an Above Ground Pool
Your zoning ordinance give the green light, but there are a few dangers to look out for.
For example, if the land is not in the right shape, you should reconsider.
Here is when to not install one:
1. Slopped Ground and Danger of Snow Buildup
A sloppy ground is the worst place you could install any sort of pool. So ensure your backyard is level.
This type of pool does collapse sometimes, often with disastrous results.
Often, it has something to do with sloppy ground or snow accumulation.
Accumulation on top of the pool can lead to ice damage or exert undue pressure on the structure.
If the frame isn’t strong enough, the pool may break, flooding your yard in the process.
2. Risk of Liability
Above ground pools are riskier than most other types of pools.
In the event of structural failure, you are looking at a mini tsunami that may end in your neighbor’s yard.
The excess water can destroy plants and weaken other nearby structures.
If the water ends up in your neighbor’s yard, you can anticipate a civil lawsuit depending on your relationship.
If the risk of liability is high, shelf the whole pool idea.
Okay, tell me, are these types of pools worth it?
It depends. If you plan to move your home in the future then YES, they’re worth it, especially the simplest types such as inflatables.
Otherwise, it would make sense to go for the conventional in ground permanent pool.
Another thing, above ground pools, don’t add value to your property; in ground pools do.
They are risky and might even decrease the value of your property in the event of an accident.
3. Maintenance Factor
Another problem with these pools is that they just consist of so many materials, all of which need to be cleaned and maintained.
Unlike in ground pools, they come with a steel or resin frame that needs to be scrubbed from time to time.
And since they are not made of concrete or coated with tiles, algal bloom can be commonplace if you don’t stick to a frequent cleaning routine.
To summarize everything, you certainly can install an above ground pool near your mobile home.
Just make sure your zoning ordinances permit them.
From there, you will need to choose the right type – more permanent types are bad for this type of home.