Digging In: What to Check Before You Install an In-Ground Pool

Digging In: What to Check Before You Install an In-Ground Pool
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    Installing an in-ground pool can be a great investment for family summer fun.

    You may need to consider some additional steps in the early planning process to ensure your pool installation goes according to plan.

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In-ground pools represent a major investment and when done properly can add considerable value to your home.

Mark Utilities

Backyards often have utility lines that run through the property to the house. Electrical lines are buried in conduit and can be marked by the utility company. Gas lines are especially important to mark. A single knick from a shovel can be a major headache on flexible PVC gas lines. Be sure to have all utilities including cable lines marked in the perimeter of the in-ground pool site before digging. Most utility companies can do this for free.

Check Your Soil

Soil content has a great deal of leverage when it comes to installing an in-ground pool. It would be wise to consult with expert professionals like T. Luckey Sons, Inc. on what to look out for when checking your soil. Heavy clay soils retain moisture and may need addition preparation for winter frost heaving. Sandy soils can shift and may need reinforcement. Controlling groundwater and preventing accidents such as a sinkhole may be something to consider in your area. In-ground pools require a careful balance of pressure on both sides to prevent cracks in the walls or leaks.

Be Aware of Codes

Local codes can dictate everything from pool locations to specific electrical requirements in your area. Be sure to check ahead of time what steps your local municipality requires when putting in a pool. Checking about fencing requirements and electrical codes can save a lot of time when the excavation starts. Electrical codes may require an upgrade in your service panel or require a subpanel installation.

Consider the Pool Type

Problems can arise in even the most carefully planned pool installations. This is why it’s important to start considering the pool installation types ahead of time while soil is checked and codes are considered. Fiberglass pools are a popular preformed variety that can be installed easily. Many of these fiberglass pools don’t require a liner and can handle difficult soil. However, these pools have limitations to shapes and sizes. Vinyl liner pools and cement are less expensive and have more flexibility for features.

In-ground pool installations are a permanent fixture that can make your backyard an oasis of fun and relaxation. Planning ahead of time before the excavator even touches the soil can save on costs and possible time extensions with contractors. Be sure to keep track of the information above so you can walk in to the planning process fully prepared.

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