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Building and Maintaining Backyard Pools: 8 Common Pitfalls


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8 Common pitfalls that one may come across while maintaining  backyard pools 

Building  backyard pools is a very ambitious endeavor that can add great equity to ones home, however it is not as simple as digging a hole and filling it with water. Here are 8 common pitfalls of building, and maintaining, a backyard pool.

1.Be sure to know where your septic tank is! Imagine if the excavator is finishing the final cut of your beautifully designed pool, only to rip open the septic tank. Map it out first. This is one of the main reasons to use professional contractors. According to Kamloops Septic Service, digging into the septic tank is one of the most common problems when building a pool in the backyard.

2. Check local deed restrictions on pools. Often time’s home owners who want to build a pool to increase equity do so because no one else in the neighborhood has one – this is because a deed restriction prevents in ground pools.

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3. Have a mineral company or soil company tell you if your backyard can support a pool. Certain soils are unfit for digging and supporting a pool. This can be because of their hardness or their tendency to move – like clay.

4. Keep things in proportion. If you have a 1200 square foot yard, it is against your interest to build a 800 square foot pool. By doing this you lose the functionality of the yard and you actually hurt your property value.

Now the pool is built, here is what to avoid

5. Remember deed restrictions? Many neighborhoods require a fence immediately around the pool at all times. If you did not know this before you budgeted, you will likely be dipping deep into your pockets. Most people elect for an expensive screen room rather than an ugly fence.

6. Budgeting for pool maintenance can be difficult, however it will always be more cost effective to treat the water as a preventative measure. A stitch in time saves nine, but in this case its often a bit of chlorine.

7. The depth of the pool is more important than it seems. Sure you and your family love to dive into the deep end, but when it is time to sell, that deep end becomes a liability to the new family and their baby. A pool of 6 feet keeps the best value, it is deemed safer and it is less likely to experience structural problems.

8. Use the pool! Since building a pool is an arduous process especially when working with your own crew. By the time it is finished its 6 months later, and winter time. The initial ambition and desire for a pool faded away during the process and now the pool is stagnant, costing more in service and maintenance then the added property value.

To avoid these pitfalls it is best to use a professional contractors. Teams of professionals who build pools for a living. You can still design the pool, but its best to leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. By hiring an established firm you can complete your pool safely, to code, and quickly!

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