4 Ways to Tell if Your Backyard Can Hold an In-Ground Pool

4 Ways to Tell if Your Backyard Can Hold an In-Ground Pool
Dec 12 18

There’s a big difference when it comes to putting an above-ground pool in your backyard and an in-ground pool. The above ground pool is fairly simple to fit — you just need to measure the size of the pool and fix any uneven terrain. An in-ground pool, on the other hand, requires a number of different factors that could affect the placement of it. If you’re wondering how to tell if your backyard can hold an in-ground pool, learn more about determining what’s best for your property below.

Determine Required Property Lines

A majority of Canadian municipalities require that an in-ground swimming pool be located at a certain distance from the property lines. So it’s important first to determine exactly where your property lines are located before you begin to measure.

Get a Survey of the Easements

Your municipality may also have easements in place that can prevent you from being able to build permanent structures in certain locations. For example, a utility company may have an underground gas or phone line running beneath your property. You’ll need a survey of all the easements to determine if there are any building restrictions within your property lines.

Check Your Yard Condition

If you have a number of slopes in your yard or rocky soil, it will be more difficult to install an in-ground pool. If you cannot find a better location with even ground, building on challenging terrain will likely increase the overall price and timeframe. Contact your local municipality to look at the geological make-up of your yard to determine where the various obstacles may be.


To begin your layout, you’ll need a yard measuring kit which can be purchased from most specialty pool stores. This contains items to help you measure and outline the pool size. Once you’ve completed all the necessary steps to mark off the pool, make sure you can move around it. Can you mow the lawn around it comfortably? Do you have enough room between the pool and fence as per your local zoning regulations? If you’re not sure, it’s wise to contact one of our specialists to help.

Looking at the relevant surveys to determine if there are any restrictions and obstacles in your yard are just as important as measuring the size. Even if there are some issues, our team can help you resolve them.

At Rideau Pools, we’ve worked with hundreds of clients to integrate their dream pool into their surrounding landscape, no matter what the obstacles may be. We can help you create a truly spectacular pool and landscape design for your home. We even use 3D technology so that you can see renderings of your backyard space from every angle before deciding. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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