A backyard pool is one of the most effective ways of adding value to a Newport Beach home. It can also significantly enhance the outdoor experience for the homeowners. However, it is important to be aware of the characteristics of a pool excavation project, and how to avert unexpected delays and added costs.
Excavation is dangerous
Any excavation project tends to be high risk, with cave-ins being the primary danger. Collapsing walls on the side of the excavation site are a risk to anybody working on the project, especially for the inexperienced or DIY landscaping enthusiasts. Moreover, with the generally large scale of excavation required for pools, the dangers increase manyfold. Observing the characteristics of the soil and the weather patterns is also important, as these can offer information that will support work on the project. Therefore, it is ideal to leave such projects to professionals who are well aware of the dangers and have the skills, training, and equipment to cater to them. A local contractor, in particular, will be invaluable given their knowledge of local soil characteristics and its structural soundness.
Pool excavation can get messy
If you are thinking of a pool project, you should be well aware of the fact that it can cause a great deal of change to the landscape. Most projects require the use of heavy machinery, such as diggers and earth movers, to keep the excavation safe and quick. This means creating an access path to the yard which can entail having track vehicles moving over lawns and softscapes. In general, it is ideal to schedule a pool excavation project in tandem with a landscape renovation to revert any damage around the yard. It is also important to remember that an experienced contractor can make a world of difference and minimize the damage to the property during work on the project. Always look at a contractor’s portfolio and talk to previous customers to ensure that they have no record of leaving loose ends.
Pool excavation offers surprises
Excavation projects sometimes don’t go as planned, throwing in unexpected surprises that can radically change your construction plans. A typical example of such occurrences is hitting a rock during excavation. In such scenarios, having an experienced contractor is an asset, as they can offer you the best advice on what the next plan of action should be. Depending on the type and depth of the rock, the dimensions of the pool can be changed. There is also the option of attempting to blast or hammer the rock out to make room, although this can add to the expenses and requires the work of experts. A conscientious contractor will recommend soil tests, conduct a thorough inspection of the area, and dig test holes before work begins on the project to minimize the chances of such surprises.
Hitting groundwater is also a possible problem that may be encountered, especially if you are in close proximity to the beach. While this is less likely to thwart your project, extra attention would be required to ensure that the structural integrity of the pool remains sound. Typical approaches include using a dewatering system during construction, adding additional layers of gravel, or shifting to a fiberglass pool construction. The combination of groundwater and sandy soil can catch inexperienced contractors off guard, so having a contractor well-versed in the nature of local soils and water tables is essential.