While most yards are suitable for pool construction, there are a few instances in which your yard may not be just right for a pool. Read on to learn more!


The smallest in-ground pools and or spools can be 10 feet by 10 feet or possibly smaller as a dipping pool. Also there is decking, fencing and ordinances regarding how far the pool has to be from the house or the neighbor’s property line. When considering putting a pool in your yard, you should determine if you have room for it.


Some soils in a yard, such as caliche or black clay, do not give the pool the support it needs. Caliche is basically a natural sort of cement, and black clay or other types of clay can cause the swimming pool to heave out of the ground during high water ground water levels. Sandy soils are not ideal either. They are much easier to dig than clay or caliche, but if there’s a hard rain after the excavation, the walls can cave in.


An area that’s on or near a slope that is heading downward is an area that a pool can be built, but proper engineering needs to be accomplished as well as adequate drainage for both upslopes and downslopes. If a pool is not engineered properly the slope can actually creep overtime and destroy whatever support the bottom of the pool or a wall used to have. Eventually, this can cause structural problems. Not only this, but the creep can affect trees and fences by causing them to lean or tilt. A descending slope can be especially hazardous to build a pool or a spa. The most important thing to remember is that the engineer uses the pool builders’ plans, they usually do not go out to the site. If the pool builders plan is not correct (where the slope is or how big) the engineering could be improper.

High Water Table

A water table is when the upper level of your underground surface is permanently saturated with water. This is sometimes due to a lot of rain or even being near a lake or Ocean. If you water table is high, it may make it challenging to build a pool in your yard and can even float a pool right out of excavation.


A pool can be built in most situations, but it is critical that the Pool builder you chose know what he is doing and that there is an understanding of the circumstances your yard brings to the building process.

Professional Company

While there are certain circumstances when a pool is not suitable for your yard, luckily most of the time a yard can accommodate a pool, especially within neighborhoods in Southern California. However, it is always best to get a professional opinion when considering installing a pool. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.