If you’re planning on installing an inground pool in your backyard, there are some important things that you need to know before signing with a builder. Knowing the answers to these questions before signing on the dotted line could mean the difference between a swimming pool that offers years of enjoyable use and one that needs constant (and costly) attention.


1. Experience

Ensure that the builder has a solid history and the knowledge required to install the swimming pool correctly. Keep in mind that every property is unique and that the shell will be built onsite, not simply assembled from a pre-designed kit. Enquire about the specific builder’s experience, too, not just about that of the company as a whole.


2. Trust

Installing a pool takes some time, so the builder is going to be at your home for days on end (most likely whilst you’re at work) – ensure that you’ve chosen someone you can trust. They should be able to provide you with references from past clients, disclose all pricing early in the design process, and alert you to any problems quickly.


3. Height

This is actually a critical part of an inground pool, so you don’t want it to be glossed over. You need to know, depending on the layout of your backyard, where the coping (the top part of the shell) will be. This is important if you’re hoping to include decking, steps, retaining walls and other landscaping features in the design.


4. Bottom

You need to know exactly what the shell of the inground pool is going to be comprised of. Concrete is the best material for this, although some builders will use vermiculite, which is not the same and is nowhere near as strong. Only concrete will provide you with a shell that stands the test of time and the immense weight of the water.


5. Ground Water

High water tables and ground water issues are not uncommon when it comes to pool construction. Although this is something that we hope you don’t have to deal with, it’s certainly a good idea to ensure that the builder has experience in dealing with and solving water drainage issues. Ask them what they would recommend in this case.


6. Plumbing

Ask the builder about the type of plumbing they use. Some types of piping are easier to work with, but they’re susceptible to termite damage (yes, termites will even eat through plastic!). You also need to be aware of the damage that can be caused by frozen water in the pipes over the winter – some pipes are better equipped to handle this than others.


We hope that you find this list very useful when talking with professional pool builders. If they cannot answer these very simple questions, you should consider taking your business elsewhere. To ensure that you receive the inground pool of your dreams, you need to be confident in the builder’s abilities to give you what you want and be happy with their previous work.