Planning a Swimming Pool? What You Need to Know About Excavation

17 August 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you have plenty of available space in your backyard, you may have decided to install a family swimming pool. You may have looked at some designs and agreed on a course of action already and are happy enough with the budget. However, you will need to talk with the installation company and, especially when it comes to excavation, to make sure that the job can proceed efficiently and that everything works out. What do you need to take into account?

First Things to Consider

In an ideal world, you will have enough space alongside the existing building to allow access for required machinery. Make sure that this is okay first and that you have any necessary permission, if required, for this work. Remember that you will need to remove quite a lot of soil, some rock and other materials, and this may cause some disruption to your neighbours as well. Discuss this with all concerned ahead of time to avoid any blowback.

Relevant Detail

When you talk with an excavation company, they will want to know a lot more about your land. Are you aware of the soil composition or know how much topsoil you have before reaching a layer of rock? This company will work closely with your pool builders to determine just how far down they need to go and whether the excavation will need to be sloped from one point to another to facilitate the design of the pool.

Hidden Utilities

They will also want to know about underground utilities. Don't worry, however, if you are not sure, as they will always look at local government and utility company records. They may even make a careful bore or two on-site, just to be sure.

Dealing With Rock Surface

Remember that if there is a significant layer of rock and it is not very far below the surface, then the contractor may need to bring in a hydraulic compressor or other equipment to facilitate the excavation. This will increase the scale of the job, of course, and is something that will need to be determined before you proceed. Sometimes, you may agree to work with what you have and could even elevate the pool so that it is partially above ground. Alternatively, you can lay the pool on a pillow of sand if the bedrock is a long way down, and this is a more practical approach.

Further Advice

Talk with excavation specialists while you are at the planning stage so that they can help you achieve your vision.