Pool Setup: 3 Reasons Why You Should Never Place A Boxed Pool On Your Septic System

18 December 2014
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Boxed pools - the pools you pick up in your local department store and set up yourself - are lots of fun. However, they can lead to disaster if you don't set them up properly or if you set them up in the wrong place. This is especially true if you have a septic system.

You may not know it, but your septic system snakes under a large portion of your yard. It's very easy to miscalculate where all the pipes are if you aren't looking at the plans, which are available at your local health department. And if you put your new pool on top of these pipes, you could cause a lot of damage. Following are three reasons why you should never place a boxed pool on your septic system. 

The Weight Could Crush Your Pipes

A gallon of water weighs a little over 8 pounds. Since standard round pools that have a width of 12 feet and a depth of 4 feet can contain nearly 1700 gallons of water, they can way more than 14,000 pounds. Placing this much weight on top of your septic system will simply crush your pipes, which could lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage. 

The Ground Isn't Level

The ground around a septic system is excavated so that it slopes away from the tank. Even though the ground might look flat, there is always some type of slope. When you set up a boxed pool, you have to make sure the ground is perfectly flat. If not, the water will push toward one side of the pool, causing it to rupture. Since the ground is not flat around a septic system, it's impossible to set up a pool without digging and leveling the ground. 

You Could Puncture Your Pipes While Digging

As mentioned, the ground has to be perfectly level, which often requires digging. Since the pipes of your septic system are very close to the surface, it's never a good idea to dig in these areas. You're not even supposed to do extensive landscaping in these areas, let alone install a pool. 

Boxed pools can be a lot of fun, but you have to be careful about where you set them up. If you have a septic system, figure out where all of its components are located under the ground. Once you know where your septic system is, you will know where not to put your pool. If you have damaged your plumbing, you'll need to call a septic expert like Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc.