Next to having a white picket fence, the dream for many homeowners is to have a pool. When it comes down to it, there are a lot of benefits to having your own swimming pool. Besides not having to nag your friends if you can swim in their pool – having your own pool will allow you to walk out to your outdoor space and take a dip whenever you want. Plus, pools offer a great source of exercise and entertainment, especially when you have friends and family in town. Before you build a pool, though, you need to think seriously about swimming pool excavation, because this is often the most important and crucial part of the installation process. Here are some excavation and site prep tips for a new swimming pool.
- Choose the area where you want your new pool and choose wisely. It is important to choose the right area for your swimming pool. If you have a large backyard, you probably don’t want the pool to be too far away from your home. Moreover, you may want to build the pool closer to a specific room in your home.
- Make sure that there aren’t any major utility lines underneath the excavation site. Before you designate a specific area for your pool, you want to find out if there are any gas mains or water mains. The last thing you want is to spend a long time digging – only to hit a major utility line. Hitting a gas line could create a major hazard. Hitting a water main could cause a flood. Before you build a pool, you may have to re-route the line, which requires the help of your local city contractors.
- Mark the area where you want the pool before you dig. Before you break the soil, you want to use posts and flags to demarcate the area where you will be digging. This is important, especially if you have the area surveyed. If you dig too far out of the demarcated line, it could create a problem with soil erosion and your home could suffer as a result.
- Make sure to incorporate room for new plumbing and heating lines. When you do mark the area, you also want to make room for plumbing lines. These lines will take water to your pool. Moreover, you want to have a drainage line and a heating line. If you have a filter, you may have a filter drain line as well. All you have to do is make sure that these lines are marked before digging.
- Hire a professional excavation team to do the digging. When you are ready to dig, you want to hire a professional excavation company – like Stark Excavating, Inc. - to do the digging for you. You could spend months trying to dig the area yourself and not break that much ground. Not only is there a layer of soil, but there are also rocks and firmly packed loam. In the end, it is worth the investment to simply have the area professionally excavated – it will provide a better shell for your pool and it will prevent a possible trip to the chiropractor’s office.