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Pool Excavation: 4 Questions To Ask Your Pool Excavating Contractor

Pool excavation can be rather – pardon the pun – deep work. There's a lot of technical know how that goes into excavating the land that will be used as the base for your swimming pool. There's also a large gap of knowledge that exists between the excavating contractor and the client. Although a contractor is more than willing to discuss any matter regarding the excavation process that you might have, he or she might forget that the average person knows nothing about the process of pool excavation whatsoever. Thus, it is best to come armed with important questions for your excavating contractor. Included in this brief article are 4 questions that you should definitely ask your pool excavating contractor regarding his or her process.

What If You Hit Rock Or Water?

It's hard to say what a pool excavator will find when digging in a client's backyard, especially if the client did not submit his or her backyard to a soil test. There are plenty of things that can be troublesome for both the client and excavator during the dig. Two of these things are rock and water. Both of these things can affect the structural integrity of the pool and wind up costing you a bit more than usual (which is why a soil test is recommended; it also saves the excavation team time). There are a number of options you have if the team winds up hitting rock or water. The most common thing that is done is to move the pool to another area of the yard.

How Much Dirt Will You Be Left With?

This is another question that is left up to the contingent situation of your yard itself. There is no real way of telling how much dirt will be left over after a dig. One of the common things that contractors tell clients is that they should get an image in their head of how much dirt they expect will be left over and then multiply that amount by 5. The typical amount of dirt generated by a pool excavation for a normal sized pool is approximately 137 tons of dirt, which is a huge amount of dirt. That should give you an idea of the amount of time you will spend hauling it away or the amount of money you will pay to have it hauled away.

What Will Happen To Your Yard?

In short: your yard will suffer from some damage. You have to take into consideration that the area around the pool hole will not be able to grow grass around it for some time. You should also take into consideration 2 other things: the first being that all of the dirt and gravel will need a place to sit in your yard. This will usually consist of a 20 ft. by 20 ft. area. Secondly, the excavation team needs an access way to your back yard. This usually consists of going through your front yard, so expect some damage to be incurred to your lawn.

Will You Save Money By Digging Your Own Hole?

Perhaps a little bit, but not a lot. Take into consideration that it generally takes about a day for pool excavation team to dig your hole, and these are generally the same individuals as your pool contractors, so they will generally cut you a break on the excavation price. Digging your own hole is a bit of a crap shoot, especially if you have no experience in digging or construction yourself.

Remember to ask these questions to your pool excavation contractor, as he or she may forget about certain details regarding the dig. For more information, contact local excavating contractors