My wife and I decided to have an in-ground gunite pool built earlier this year. We did a good amount of research on what kind of pool we thought was best for us, and finally picked a pool contractor and pool type back in April. They started construction in early May and we've been having a bunch of issues with them along the way.
I was hoping with all of the experienced pool owners on this board, I might get a few people that could comment on a concern I have.
The electrician my contractor hired is actually one of the most well known and reputable electrical companies in the area. In fact, I used them in the past to install a generator for my house and everything went extremely smoothly...maybe generators are their thing, while pools aren't. I'm saying this because they failed inspection 4 times now. They keep on failing because the 10 feet of trench that's closest to the pool equipment (for the electrical line they ran from my house to the equipment) wasn't deep enough. The inspector from my town keeps telling them that the trench needs to be deep enough so that the top of the conduit they ran is at least 18" below the ground level. They keep coming back and digging maybe an inch or a half in deeper and then calling back for re-inspection. Last time I measured it was anywhere from 12" to 14", depending on where I measured.
I woke up in the morning and saw the electricians back there filling the trench with concrete, instead of digging it deeper. They said that the inspection would pass as a result of this, and that digging it deeper isn't necessary as a result of doing this. I know that the inspector ended up calling them prior to them coming on site, because at this point he was feeling bad for us...but I told him I didn't care how long it took as long as the job is done correctly and safely.
As soon as I saw the electrician out there, I went out there and told them that I was concerned that them doing this could lead to major issues for me down the line if I needed any plumbing or electric lines they've now surrounded within the concrete to be fixed. Are my concerns valid? Today, the town came and did pass the inspection, so I'm thinking I don't have much ground to stand on. I'm hoping that I'm wrong and what they did is perfectly normal.
I'm providing a few pictures of how it looks now. As you can see, some of the PVC from the plumbing is now surrounded by the cement. So is some of the ground wire that runs from the electrical equipment to the pool (to tie into the bonding grid).
Thanks in advance for any input!