Every permanent structure in Texas has a few foundation and erosion risks. Especially in North Texas, the soil can expand and contract so rapidly — and the rain is equally unpredictable. Protect your new swimming pool by doing what you can to lock the soil in place and prevent settling or shifting. Some of the most successful techniques you can easily incorporate into your backyard include:
Add French drains around your pool.
Dry clay soil will eagerly absorb water in the middle of a drought, and that displacement can threaten your pool. Install a French drain system around the perimeter of your in-ground swimming pool, or any sides particularly vulnerable to pooling water. This will move excess water away from the soil so it doesn’t swell.
Add durable grass up to the edge of your pool.
It’s okay to have a pool deck or a path that connects your pool to your patio — sometimes, that’s the only way to avoid stepping near fire ants! But the edges of these features should have a healthy, thick carpet of grass. This will stop the soil from pulling away from edges of the pool and the pathways when the soil gets too dry. Not only can shrinking soil cause a bit of instability over time, but it also allows sudden rainstorms to pour water right into the gap.
Talk to a professional about placement.
If you’re still in the process of deciding what style and size of pool you want, talk to your contractor about placement, too. Locating your pool in the right spot based on the soil grade, its position in relation to your house, and proximity to drainage systems can make all the differences in keeping the surrounding soil in good condition.
Well-protected soil and erosion protection can make your pool last much longer without potential repairs or emergencies. Contact Carroll Pools today to talk to Texas experts.