Pool Retaining Walls for Sloped Yards: Cost, Materials, and More

Cristian: So, you’re thinking about having
a pool installed in your backyard, but there’s a bit of a slope. You’re wondering do I need a retaining wall? What’s that going to cost? What’s it going to be made of? What’s the scope of the project for that going
to look like? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about
on this episode of Two Minutes In The Pool. What’s up guys? Cristian here with River Pools, and today’s
episode of Two Minutes In The Pool we’re talking about retaining walls. We’re going to help you to determine if one
might be needed for your backyard. Giving you a little more insight before you
get deep into your shopping, and consultation with a project designer. If at the end of this video you’ve found the
information helpful give it a thumbs up, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more
educational pool content from us here at River Pools. Now without further ado, let’s jump right
into it. First of all most yards are not perfectly
flat. A lot of times there’s going to be some slope,
at least two feet from one end of the yard to other, but there are situations where a
yard is going to have a significant amount of slope. Meaning if you wanted a 40 foot pool, that
is 16 feet wide, and within that amount of space of 16 feet the yard slopes four feet
or more. Well you’re going to have to do something
to hold the earth either close to your home, or on the other side of the pool. So, what is a retaining wall used for? Well typically in backyards that have a significant
amount of slope a retaining wall would be used to actually hold the earth in place on
one side of the pool or the other. We got to get the yard level. We need to get the yard level so that the
pool and the patio sit level, but sometimes there’s a lot of earth that needs to be held
in place so that the project comes together, and the earth is held stable. So, it’s really a matter of how large of a
wall is needed, and then what’s the design of that wall going to look like? Typically, if a wall over two feet in height
is going to be needed you’re going to need an engineer to design that, to create the
plans so that the wall is properly designed and built. What about material? What’s a retaining wall made out of? Well it can be made out of masonry material,
meaning it’s a poured concrete wall, or it’s made out of concrete block and assembled with
mortar. Or it’s a segmental wall, meaning it’s supplied,
or build rather, with concrete blocks that are dry stacked and designed to lock to each
other. How can you tell the difference at a glance? Well you can get a pretty good sense by looking
at a wall whether it was poured with concrete and then faced with stone, or whether that
wall was stacked up. If it looks like it was stacked and assembled
by hand chances are it was. It’s a segmental wall. You might also be wondering can a retaining
wall hold water features? So, could we use this retaining wall in a
much more entertaining, or decorate fashion? The answer is yes. Often times retaining walls can be disguised
as benches or seats, and be integrated into the landscape, or gathering space, in and
around your patio. It could also integrate water features, so
that they don’t just become the thing holding the earth back. They also could hold a cascade, or waterfall,
that could be dumping into your pool making it a multifunctional element of your project. So, now the really big question. How much does a retaining wall cost if it’s
needed for my project? Excellent question, and I know this is the
one you really want the answer for. Well it’s really determined by the size and
scope of a wall that’s necessary. Meaning how tall is it going to need to be,
and how long does it need to be? Obviously the longer the wall, the more linear
feet you have, the more cost there is going to be to have one installed. So, this is a project, or this is an aspect
of your project rather that needs to be determined by the professional building your pool. So, you just need to have that conversation. We can tell you that home owners who need
retaining walls integrated into their pool projects typically spend $7,000-$20,000 dollars. Now there is a low side of that, and they
certainty can go up. But now you have at least a range. You have an idea as to what that might cost
if you think a retaining wall might be necessary to have a pool installed in your backyard. So, have that conversation with the builder
of your pool. Cristian: Okay, so that’s the quick 101 on
retaining walls. I’m Cristian with River Pools. You’re a little pool wiser today my friends. If you have questions drop them in the comments
below, and we’ll get back to you. We’ll see you on the next episode of Two Minutes
In The Pool.

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