How to Safely Move an Above-Ground Pool

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to safely move your above-ground pool from one location to another, whether that’s across the backyard or across the state. With careful analysis and preparation, your pool can stay in use for years to come. Before attempting to move your pool, read through the guide to get an idea of how the process works.

Step #1: Inspection

Carefully drain your pool and begin the inspection process. Check all pool elements for any signs of damage, excessive rust, or rot. Some rust on certain parts is normal, but anything that seems weak or unstable probably needs to be replaced. If your pool is in good condition, it is ready to be moved.

Step #2: Remove the Vinyl Liner, Wall Bolts, Skimmer & Return Fitting

Disassembly is the largest component of safely moving your pool. You’ll want to start by removing the liner, then working on removing wall components like bolts, return fittings and skimmers.

Step #3: Remove Uprights

Next remove the uprights, which are the supportive beams along the pool wall.

Step #4: Tightly Roll the Wall

When rolling the pool wall, try to get the roll as tight as possible to ensure easy transport. For this step, it’s helpful to have several people assisting.

Step #5: Disconnect the Pool Filter System

After removing the wall, you have access to the bottom rail, base plates, and filter system. Disconnect the system and disassemble the base components. If needed, make a note of how things fit together for reference during reassembly. Your smartphone can come in handy for notes and photos to help jog your memory when you reassemble.

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Step #6: Clean Pool Parts & Accessories

Before loading everything for transport, clean your pool accessories, including hosing off any dirt on exterior pieces. A clean set of equipment will ensure the reassembly process goes smoothly.

Step #7: Reinstall

Once you’ve reached your pool’s new destination, it’s recommended that you contact a pool professional to assist you in the installation process. If you’re confident and would prefer to do it on your own, you’ll want to make sure you’ve prepared a smooth pool base before assembling the parts in reverse order. Remember that draining your pool will damage the integrity of your liner, so a new pool liner is essential after you’ve moved your pool. LinerWorld has a wide variety of options to choose from, including overlap and beaded liner selections, for round, oval, and rectangular-shaped pools.

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If you’re planning to move your pool, we’re here to help. Leave a comment below or give us a call and we’ll see what we can do!

12 responses to “How to Safely Move an Above-Ground Pool”

  1. Vivian Black says:

    You made a great point about tightly rolling the wall to make sure there is easy transport. My husband and I are looking for an above ground pool that we can purchase to have for this summer. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  2. Ronald gunner says:

    Trying to move above ground pool 3 miles from home

  3. Doreen Hicks says:

    Hi. I was wondering how much it would be for someone to move my 21 foot round pool from one house to another? Same town

    • Pool Guru says:

      Thanks for reaching out! That is not currently a service LinerWorld offers, so we unfortunately can’t give you an accurate quote. We recommend reaching out to a local pool professional in your area. Let us know if you have any more questions.

  4. Donna says:

    Can u move an above ground pool that has already been winterized

    • Pool Guru says:

      Thanks for reaching out! That is not currently a service LinerWorld offers and it can vary, so we wouldn’t want to steer you wrong. We recommend reaching out to a local pool professional in your area. Let us know if you have any more questions.

  5. Connie says:

    How complicated and expensive to move a pool over aprox width of pool

  6. Tara says:

    Hi. Do you have any recommendations for removing the liner from the slot at the top of an 18 ft round steel sided pool with rolled steel sides and composite uprights? I need to save the liner. It’s less than 2 years old

    • Pool Guru says:

      We never recommend removing and reusing a liner, as the liner had to stretch and mold into place to originally fit your pool and will not reinstall correctly. The vinyl will also be compromised. If you ever have to remove a liner, we highly suggest purchasing a brand new replacement liner for your pool.

  7. Jeremy Miller says:

    We need a pool taken down and moved to be set up as soon as possible.

  8. Cathy Goodall says:

    Who can I get to move my pool

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