Are you putting a pool in your backyard? If so, you're probably excited about all of the fun afternoons you and your family will share in and around your new pool. Before you can start swimming, though, you have to get through the excavation and installation. One challenge that you may not have considered is the possibility of hitting rock during the excavation process. The backhoes and other equipment used by your pool contractor probably aren't designed to excavate rock. If you hit rock, you'll have to find an alternative solution. Here are three possible options for dealing with rock during your pool installation:
Find a new location. This is usually the most cost-effective solution because you don't have to deal with rock blasting, cutting, and removal. However, it may not be feasible, especially if you don't have a lot of yard to work with. There's also the possibility that you'll find rock in other areas of your yard which means you'll just be facing the same issue all over again. You may have to dig up a few spots in the yard to determine just how far the rock extends. If you can find a rock-free area, changing locations could be effective. If not, though, you'll need to find a different solution.
Elevate the pool. An alternative solution is to keep the pool in the same spot and simply elevate it. With this method, you don't have to blast through the rock or remove it. However, you may need to bring in large amounts of soil to build up the elevated area where the pool will be installed. You also may need to build retaining walls to support the pool area. This could be a good option if moving the pool isn't feasible and if you don't wish to blast through the rock.
Remove the rock. If you want the pool in the ground in that specific location, this is likely your best option. You hire a rock breaking company to come in and blast the rock into smaller pieces. The rock can then be excavated so that the pool installation can continue. Depending on the thickness and location of the rock, the company may break it with a powerful jackhammer or could use explosives to blast it.
Some pool contractors may offer rock breaking services. However, if you run into rock, you may want to take the time to hire a company that specializes in rock breaking services. They'll be able to recommend the most cost- and time-effective method for removing the rock. For more information, contact Able Demolition Services or a similar company.