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Posted by Pat O'Keefe
Here is a question that you may not find many pool retail companies quick to want to bring up. And that is, “Can you even put and in-ground pool into your yard?” Now the reason they won’t mention this question might not be for the reason you’d expect.
In general, pool companies are not owned by unethical people who want to just sell, sell, sell you a product whether or not you need it. Most people in business have a passion for their particular products and services and can demonstrate why you too can benefit from these things. They provide the consumer with products and services that improve their quality of lives, and you the consumer help them earn an honest living. It’s a win-win.
That being said, this topic is still not one that is readily brought up. Maybe some places believe if they even bring up this idea they’ll scare you right out of putting in a pool before you are started!
This couldn’t be further from the truth. You want, when you do buy a pool, to be thoroughly convinced that it is right for you…and your yard. It’s not a question to skirt around, because honestly not all yards can fit an in-ground pool. In fact, if your yard cannot properly accept a pool, you don’t want to force installation of a pool because you will not end up happy with your purchase!
Let’s take time to discuss the 3 main determining factors that will determine whether or not you have a good yard for a swimming pool.
They are as follows:
ACCESSIBILITY – In order to install a pool there needs to be reasonable access into your yard with a large amount of materials and equipment.
Some limiting features (granted this is not an exhaustive list) include:
YARD LAYOUT – Once in to the site what are the particular limitations of the site where the pool will go?
Just a few questions here…
WHAT LIES UNDERGROUND – This is a huge consideration not thought of until after digging has begun. Because of this concern many pool installers will dig test holes in and around the area to get an idea what they may be in for.
Some potential problems or concerns include the following:
As we said above this is not a totally exhaustive list, but it does give you a pretty good idea of some main factors that will limit installation of an in-ground pool, possibly increase the cost, or even prevent completion of the project .
It is important to note is that any pool installer that will tell you that you can put an in-ground pool in any yard is either inexperienced or stretching the truth. Neither are desirable traits in a pool installer!
The long and short of this is to take your time and do your homework.
True professionals in the business are not put off by your questions and will not avoid answering you, or checking into things to get you the correct answers.
Ask questions – lots of them!
In the end you’ll be glad you did!