What You Need to Think about before Excavating a Backyard Pool

14 April 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you and your family have had enough of steaming at home during a hot Australian summer, you may be thinking about installing a swimming pool. There's no better way to cool off after a hot day, and you'll be able to enjoy even more outside entertainment and hospitality than before. Yet one of the biggest challenges when planning a pool is in the excavation. After all, you will need to ensure that it is well planned and instigated in order to avoid any issues in the future and unwanted additional costs. What are some of the points to remember before you get underway?

Machines for the Job

Of course, this type of job is quite significant, and you'll definitely need the services of an excavator. These machines are perfect when working in relatively tight confines as they have tools that can swivel, extend or retract very efficiently.


The first thing to remember is access, and if you live in a detached home, you may have available space alongside. Still, you should talk with your neighbour if necessary to ensure that they are happy with heavy machinery in their vicinity.


As you plan, make sure that the pool boundary is not too close to your primary structure. Otherwise, the work may be a lot more intricate as the operator will have to work around existing foundations to avoid potential damage.

Dealing with Residue

Don't underestimate the "mess" that this excavation will cause. You'll need to get rid of many truckloads or skip bins full of soil and will need to have a plan in place just for that. Do you have permission to place the skip bin outside your home? Do you know where to take the soil, as local regulations probably cover this? Certainly, you can keep some of it on the property as you will need to backfill areas around the pool once the concrete has been poured.

Potential Soil Stabilisation

What type of soil will you need to deal with? This is an important consideration as it may affect overall stability. You may have to shore up parts of the excavation as you proceed, and in some cases, you may have to add certain chemicals to the soil before any work can commence.

Job for the Experts

These are just some of the considerations, and as you can see, there's a lot of planning involved. Some people may choose to excavate their pool area themselves, but most will instead reach out to knowledgeable excavation contractors. With their experience, they'll make all necessary preparations and ensure that the job is completed on time.