How to Select the Best Location for Your Backyard Swimming Pool

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Placing the swimming correctly in your backyard

Whether you are planning an in-ground swimming pool or an on-ground swimming pool there are issues that first must be addressed before building the swimming pool. First, before you can begin the dig for an in-ground pool to be installed you must clear the site with either "Dig-Safe" or a similar authority to locate any and all underground wiring and cables that may be in the way of the dig. This is not necessary for an on-ground swimming pool because the dig usually involves only enough digging to remove the top soil and the necessary leveling of the ground. Still, the site must be clear of all underground wiring and obstacles such as septic tanks and leeching fields. Second, make sure any overhead cables or wires are not over the swimming pool site, and are not in the way of the equipment needed to build the swimming pool.

Next, you must conform to all zoning laws and restrictions regarding the necessary distance that your swimming pool must be from your property line. The usual distance for building any kind of structure, including swimming pools, is usually from five to ten feet from the property line. Once you've concluded where you can place the swimming pool in conformance with all the legal and safety considerations, you can then think about where in your backyard best fits your family's needs and enjoyment.  

Next, the terrain must be taken into consideration. You would not want to build an in-ground where there might be ledge or granite that might need blasting, unless you're willing to take on the added expense. Of course any wet land would also not be advisable, if not illegal, to build a swimming pool. Also, access to the site by trucks and equipment must also be taken into consideration as well. 

Now that all of the above considerations have been resolved then it's time to think about where the pool should be built to maximize your family's enjoyment. If the yard has other amenities such as a horse shoe pit, bocce court, tennis court, etc., then placement of the pool may work well with balancing everything and, thereby, spreading the family and friends throughout the yard among the different activities. Of course, placing the swimming pool in the center of the activity seems to work well with folks who prefer the swimming pool close to the home with easy access in and out of the house. This works very well also with large family size highly durable on-ground swimming pools that can bridge onto the existing back deck of a home. The reason the on-ground swimming pool should be highly durable, and perhaps with walls of steel (not rolled steel walls) is because of the large amounts of water contained in a swimming pool. And a swimming pool close to a home should have walls strong enough to withstand the pressures of the rushing water if a liner should fail, for any reason.  

After all of the above has been taken into consideration it's time to apply for a building permit. Before you do, you must have the site selected, the type of pool being installed, and the contractor's name. The building inspector's office can also be a valuable source for checking out the contractor. Chances are, if he's good or bad, they will know the reputation. If you happen to live where a building permit is not required then the permit is not necessary, but it's always best to check out the legal requirements.