I am considering buying a new home and adding a swimming pool.  What are some things I should consider?

  1. Make sure the homeowners association (if there is one) doesn’t have a ban on inground pools.  Be aware of any stipulations as far as location, size, setbacks from property line, fencing, etc.

  2. Septic tank and field lines location.  Although the only sure way to locate possible septic tank or field line obstructions is to have a company locate them in the yard, many county and city health department jurisdictions have diagrams showing where these are located (accuracy may vary).

  3. You can call 811 to do a “locate.”  Dialing 811 will connect you with a free service that will locate any PUBLIC water, gas, electrical, and communication lines.  They will mark them in your yard.  These can sometimes be moved, but it may not be cheap.

  4. Find out if there are any private water, drainage, gas, electrical, or communication lines that may be in the way.  These can also usually be moved, but it can be expensive and cause a big problem if they are hit during excavation.

  5. Find out if there are any city or county codes regarding setbacks from property lines, or any other restrictions regarding swimming pools.

  6. A typical swimming pool needs an area of about 40 feet by 60 feet.  We can work in areas smaller than this, if you are interested in a smaller pool.  If your yard is too small, it can affect the pricing, as equipment may not fit and work would have to be done by hand.

  7. Ask your real estate agents to get any of the above information for you.

Do you install salt systems?

Yes, almost all of our new pools are salt water pools.  The system generates chlorine from the salt, eliminating the need to add a powder, liquid, or tablet form of chlorine.