If you’ve always wanted a swimming pool, it’s the perfect time to install one, what with the weather warming up! One of the first and most important stages in building the swimming pool is the excavation, so we’ve put together everything you need to know. For more help, speak to your chosen pool builder
Who Excavates a Swimming Pool?
The excavation for a swimming pool is usually done by an experienced and licensed excavation professional. The professional will have done many pool excavations before and will know what tools and equipment are needed to complete the job. The pool builder will usually take care of hiring the excavation professionals for you, so you don’t have to think about it. It is just one of the things that they do as part of the pool building process.
How Much is Pool Excavation?
The cost of the pool excavation will depend mainly on the size of the hole that needs to be dug, the type of soil that you have and the level of access to your property. The simpler the job, the cheaper it will be! The costs will mount if you have rocks or difficult soil that requires more than just simple excavation (rock cutting machines etc will cost extra) or if you have limited access to your property. After all, the machines need to get to the backyard somehow and if they can’t be driven in down the side they need to bring in smaller machines which take longer or even crane in equipment. Naturally, the larger the hole, the more it costs! The cost of pool excavation is usually built into your pool contract but they may be additional charges if the excavation proves to be more difficult than anticipated.
What Happens to the Excess Soil from the Hole?
Of course, when you’re digging the hole, you end up with all of the soil that used to be in there and that soil needs to go elsewhere. If you can’t disperse it around the rest of the home, you will need to remove it and there are costs associated with it. If it is relatively clean fill, you can advertise it as such and people may pick some or all of it up to use in topping up the soil in their gardens. If this cannot happen, the excavation professionals will remove the soil for you but this comes at a cost, as they will pass on the costs of removing it to you.