In this age, building a swimming pool is a project that is taken up by a number of people, and it's not so hard to figure out why. For starters, you're going to have complete control of the size, shape and structure of the pool. It's also going to be cheaper than actually buying a pool. However, before starting on this project, you need to be aware of a couple of things. Here are a few tips to save on costs and have a flawless process.
Diversion of Stray Water
You'll need to ensure that you've got a comprehensive storm water drainage system. You don't want rain water flooding the pool halfway through its excavation. In some cases, the storm water drains aren't connected to the down pipes, and that causes stray water to flood the pool. This not only damages the pool, but it's also dangerous particularly if you've got kids around. Besides, contractors will charge you extra for taking care of the drainage.
Construct During Dry Periods
Even with a comprehensive drainage system, plan your project's construction in the beginning of the dry seasons. The reason here is simple: the rain slows down contractors. Yes, your hardworking contractors will be busy siphoning water out of the hole. Besides, all the dirt and loosened soil will lead to a pretty huge mess. In worse cases, you may even have to postpone the project.
Get a Soil Test
One of the most common obstructions to excavating a pool is rocks. Your building contractors have no clue what is underneath, and it won't seem like a huge concern till the soil conditions compromise your pool's excavation. Once a rock is hit and you decide to continue with the project, contractors usually charge a per-cubic-meter rate in removing the rocks. So have your soils tested before digging in, because that's the only way to identify any unfavourable conditions underneath.
Electric and Gas Lines
You also need to know about the gas and electric lines that may be passing through your property. Digging through them will not only add onto your expense, but it may also cause harm. Contact your local authorities and obtain any permits if your state requires you to. You could also revisit your home's plan to get a better idea of the lines and drains. You may need an electrician or plumber to divert them before the excavation begins.