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Question DetailsAsked on 2/22/2015

would you have to move water lines underneath your house to install an above ground pool?

we live in a double wide trailer and we have water lines buried underneath the ground. I would like to install an above ground pool in the area. Would it be a bad idea to put the pool in an area where the water lines are beneath it?

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Would not have to move water lines "underneath your house" as the question title asks. But outside, generally water lines are at least 3 feet deep so for construction of the pool you would not have to move them. BUT - especially if not new, if your water line ever leaked in that area, or is getting so old that it will need to be replaced totally in the foreseeable future (say lines are over 40-50 years old), then to repair it you would either have to reroute the line around the pool (not desireable) or take the pool down, which would be a bunch or trouble plus you lose a couple of days getting it done while you might be out of water.

As a matter of good practice, I would NOT put anything (pool, shed, etc) over utilities.

And don't forget to get locates on sewer line as well as least - MAJOR issue with relocating that if it needs digging up. And of course, don't put pool over septic tank, leach field, septic leach pit or water well or cistern or any storm drains.

Generally, electric lines are not allowed to have anything other than walks and drives put over them - and as I recall has to be in grounded conduit if under a pool, so that is probably out too.

Cable TV and phone companies generally don't care too much, but of course if line has to be dug up you will pay for new trenches and running new line to go around the pool. Shallow and cable runs about $1-2/LF so cost of doing that not too terrible. And if you have true winter with several feet of frost penetration, cost of trenching to repair it in the winter, if fails then, can get a bit pricey.

And of course check local zoning regs on how far from property lines, whether can go in side or only back yard, etc.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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