Building an inground pool is a very exciting time for any homeowner but creating the perfect venue for relaxation and leisure takes a great deal of planning. Pool designers spend a large amount of time focusing on drainage while also maintaining the integrity of the pool, patio and yard space. Diverting runoff water flow away from your pool and home is a focus of any pool designer/builder. One tool commonly used to achieve the desired water flow while bolstering the structural integrity of the pool is a retaining wall.
Retaining walls are best described as a wall or structure built between your pool and a slope in your yard. Determining wall placement and height are two factors to consider early in the construction process. If your yard is perfectly flat, there is simply no need for a retaining wall (very rarely is this the case). Most homes must be built up using fill dirt to achieve the required flood level. With these prevailing slopes a retaining wall in many cases will be required.
Our Retaining walls begin with a concrete footer poured with rebar running throughout the length of the deck. Blocks are then stacked and filled with mortar and rebar that ties into the footer. Repeat this process with each layer until the desired height is reached. The final layer is a paver boarder secured by a layer of mudset providing an aesthetically pleasing finish.
The best practice is to consult your pool construction company to first determined if a retaining wall is even necessary. Once you have determined the need, your pool designer or engineer can recommend the right construction style, length, height and placement of your wall to maximize aesthetics and functionality so your patio and pool area will remain structurally sound for decades to come.