Do you want a pool installed in your backyard? Wondering if that is even possible? Worried the installation might go wrong? Today, we are addressing how you can know if your Vancouver backyard can have a pool put into it. 

The steps to tell if your backyard can handle having a pool installed


1. Check the size and shape of your backyard

In order to put in a pool, you need a flat patch of space. Why is this important? It is not possible to put a pool on a steep slope. Plus there is a minimum amount of space you need – even for a plunge pool. 

Also, you need to think about the shape of your backyard. Is there an area that will suit the pool shape you are thinking of? If not, you may need to restructure your yard or look at a water feature or indoor pool. 

2. Examine the ground conditions 

Soil conditions have a significant impact when you are getting a pool installed. The type of soil not only affects whether it is possible to install a pool but also the construction methods and type of pool. If your soil is not appropriate for a pool, you can always infill the area you are thinking of building on. 

3. Look at how much sun your backyard gets

Does the spot you are thinking of for your pool get the right amount of sun for you? If not, you may not be happy with your swimming experience. Homeowners generally like getting sun on their water for at least part of the day. Have a backyard with permanent shade? Discuss the situation with your contractor as there are ways to resolve this issue. 

4. Check the sightlines 

If you have children, it is vital to make sure that you can see your pool from your home. Should there be plants, shrubs, or trees in the way, you may need to have them trimmed or even removed. You also may need to move small structures like sheds. All this said, remember that you should always be by the pool to supervise when children are in the water. 

5. Have a professional evaluation

Everything looking good? It is time to call in the experts. Get a professional swimming pool contractor in Vancouver to evaluate your backyard. They will look at a number of factors that can influence your pool installation, including: 

  • Retaining Walls
  • Existing Structures
  • Septic System or Underground Utilities
  • Accessibility
  • Property Line Setbacks
  • Drainage and Utility Easements
  • Overhead Power Lines
  • Zoning Regulations and Lot Coverage Rules

Have a meeting after the inspection to review any concerns your contractor has – and how to resolve them. 

Struggling with your backyard but still want to get a pool installed? There are plenty of other options for you to consider!