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Old 06-11-2019, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Swimming pool in heavy clay soil?

Hey guys,
I was wondering if anyone has been through the process of installing an in ground pool in heavy clay soil? Did you just install it in the clay or dig out and back fill with good dirt?
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:57 PM   #2
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I think you need to back fill with some sand
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:02 PM   #3
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Soil injection or helical piers
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:16 PM   #4
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Soil injection or go with a company that has a lifetime warranty like what I did. They put in a thicker wall of concrete to help prevent cracks or blowouts as not to have any warranty claims.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:46 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys. No Tox, who did you use to build your pool?
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:01 AM   #6
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Hey guys,
I was wondering if anyone has been through the process of installing an in ground pool in heavy clay soil? Did you just install it in the clay or dig out and back fill with good dirt?
Thanks for any replies
You don't need to overexcavate and backfill.
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:14 AM   #7
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You should be fine, maybe go with 1/2 inch steel schedule, main thing is have very good drainage around the pool, water makes clay expand.
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:23 AM   #8
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I design and sell pools in north texas and it really depends on what the plasticity is in your yard as to how we handle it. Like some said, worst case we overdig 3' and backfill with road base. Helical piers are good for settling but do not help against upward movement of the pool. Basically figure out what your plasticity is and go from there.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:29 AM   #9
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We have very expansive soil/clay as well and we are going with a fiberglass insert with a lot of backfill. From what I have researched the new fiberglass pools can sustain movement over 10 inches. Not saying the rock work or flat work around the pool will, but thats an easier fix than cracked pools.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:56 AM   #10
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Non-issue with properly engineered plan and gunite to specs.
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:11 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies guys. No Tox, who did you use to build your pool?
Donít just go with any company though. A lifetime warranty is no good if they are out of business, we just fished a pool (still filling it up) and I didnt even talk to anyone that has not been in business with the same name for at least 15 years..
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