Swimming pool excavation is the first phase in the construction of a new backyard pool. A backyard will become a construction zone – walls are removed, plants are uprooted, and a mechanical, parallel rut is embedded into the side yard of the home.

This is just part of the building process. These machines and the process for removing all of the dirt take a toll on any backyard. An average pool with a length of thirty feet and depth of four feet has nearly eighty-five cubic yards of dirt. One cubic foot of dirt typically weighs 120 pounds. This means that an excavator will remove about 137 tons of dirt from a backyard during the construction process, which equates to about thirteen truckloads of dirt.

The problem is that not all yards are the same. Some homes have large side yards, which can accommodate a truck and full sized excavator at the side of the house. Other homes may only have enough room to accommodate a mini-excavator. The cost of a swimming pool excavation is determined by the size of the pool and the construction access.

In order to get a clearer picture, measure the width of access at all points. Some common choke points include gas meters, hose bibs, air conditioning units, and the overhead eves of a home. Turning radius and even the slope of the yard can affect what type of machinery an excavator can use to dig the pool.

Have an excavation contractor pre-site the home to determine a proper estimate for the pool excavation.

Excavation sets the stage for the rest of the project. This establishes the foundation and the elevation with which a pool construction company will complete the project. Excavations typically only take one to two days to complete. Afterwards, the dust can be swept away and the rest of the construction process can begin.

Build Your Own Pool has helped homeowners with swimming pool excavations across the valley.
If you have any questions about your pool excavation subcontractor or the bids you’ve received, let us know. We’ve helped home owners with their swimming pool excavation in: Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Ahwatukee, Buckeye, Carefree, Casa Grande, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gila Bend, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Mesa, New River, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Sedona, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tucson, Wickenburg, Youngtown.