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Thread: Just Installed Pool - How long to wait until ground settles?

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    Just Installed Pool - How long to wait until ground settles?

    Hi-

    I just installed a 20x32 free form vinyl pool in-ground. How long do I need to wait to install coping? When the installers back filled dirt around the pool, they indicated the ground would settle anywhere between 6-8" directly around the pool, which is occurring now.

    How long should I wait in total before I start installing coping and pavers.

    I live in southern New York state (Nanuet, Rockland county)

    Thank you in advance!!

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    Re: Just Installed Pool - How long to wait until ground sett

    Soil will settle a lot. Especially if it rains and gets lots of water. a 3 ft deep hole filled with soil is likely to settle considerably. Maybe even a good bit more than 6 or 8 inches, depending on how well (if any) it was compacted during the back filling.

    If you can stand it, wait a couple of months (preferably more) and let it settle really well. In the meantime, water the devil out of it.. I mean a lot of water. Hope for lots of rain.
    Water will help speed the process a LOT. I would not finish it off with soil either, its best to used gravel or sand to backfill. Especially if you are putting down pavers.

    It rained 5 inches here the day after my pool was backfilled 3 weeks ago, and then got cold and more rain. So no concrete yet for me. My backfilll has settled well over a foot in a lot of places. I am happy about it too, because now I know there wont be a lot of settling under my concrete which would cause bad cracks over time where no cracks should be.
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    Re: Just Installed Pool - How long to wait until ground sett

    If the pavers are not grouted, you can repair the settling. If your coping is grouted, I would wait as long as I could.

    Dirt back fill is never good and, depending on the soil type, can take a year to settle adequately.
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    Re: Just Installed Pool - How long to wait until ground sett

    Thank you very much, super helpful.

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