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    AG pool over septic leach lines

    The only place I have to install (back yard) has all the leach lines running across, exactly where I am installing.. What are the issues with installing above the leach lines?

    Is there a correct way to do this? No way around it?



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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Hmmm ... seems like a bad idea to me, but I am not sure.

    I mean I think they do not recommend driving over the leach lines due to weight, and a pool weighs a LOT more than a car.
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    hmmmm, I have drove my 8000 pound truck and my 7000 pound boat over them

    Well this really sucks, thats the reason we went with above ground... Not 1 intsaller ( out of 5 ) has said anything about not doing it and I have told all of them about it...

    So, the pool will be over 2 of the 8 leach lines.. if it does crush them, I am thinking that is the issue, the flow would move down the line to the next lines...

    I have already bought the pool and we are just waiting to have it installed, Is there anything I can do?
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Gotta love google search

    septic site:www.troublefreepool.com

    so this really sucks... going to have to talk to the city and find out whats up.. My city is very very small, I am not even sure they will know anything about this... We will see...
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    I believe I would install directly over them. Sure a pool weighs a lot but the surface area in contact with the ground spreads that weight far more than a car tire or truck tire.

    I am assuming those lines are at least 8-12" underground......if so, I can't think of a real reason not to put the pool right where you want it.
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    You know, I was doing the math and the PSF of the pool was a lot lower than I expected.
    Truck could be up around 12,000 PSF per tire, while the pool was down around 250 PSF although it is a constant load and not a short duration.
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    I honestly think that over only two of them you'll be fine. (I am not a drain field expert )
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    So, i contacted the Oklahoma health department (they do the sewer permits and reg's) and there is not any regulations "per say" for above ground pools but There is a reg for everything from pipe, power, in-ground pool (20 feet from septic), you name it.... The recommendation from them was no closer than 5 feet... I called the company that installed it and they said 5 feet also...

    It would cost 5500 dollars to install a new aerobic system and who knows how much to dig up the old system.. I talked to my installer and someone just paid 2000 dollars to move 2 leach lines so they could install the pool where they wanted... so, about 8 to 10 grand just to put an above ground pool directly behind my house, I don't think so, that is twice the amount I am paying for everything including the install... and if I were going to spend that much it would be on an in-ground pool...

    So, I called the company I bought the pool from and traded the 27 foot round for an 18 X 33 oval that I can put north of the septic by 5 foot and south of the fence by 5 foot.... I will have to run 60 feet of power but at least we will be able to have a pool... it is the area left of the storm shelter just north of the house.. We do have a city inspector and he came over and looked and measured the new area and we are good to go.. I just have to get the pool installer info to them and get the permit...

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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Glad you were able to figure something out
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Nice, good that it worked out. I do not understand why builders put septic fields in the "backyard", usually where the pool should be. We have 5 acres and had to move the pool over quite a bit to keep it out of the septic field.
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Thanks for everyone's help...

    I know, they used almost the whole back yard, no tree's, pool's, just suppose to look at the grass grow I guess...
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycasey View Post
    Thanks for everyone's help...

    I know, they used almost the whole back yard, no tree's, pool's, just suppose to look at the grass grow I guess...
    Oh, but that should make for some pretty green grass!
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    LOL, you would think, it does leave nice green lines in my lawn... and the june bug grubs just love my back yard... must have killed a thousand of them in the last 3 days...
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Man, those dang june bugs come from your yard??? I'm sending them back airmail!!

    June bugs is the reason we don't swim with the pool light no.
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    OHHH MY... NOO! Don't do this! I have seen the construction of leech beds and there are alot of different layers, sand, stone, dirt etc. I'm thinking this would not be ideal surface to place a pool on.
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    Re: AG pool over septic leach lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Pool Noob View Post
    OHHH MY... NOO! Don't do this! I have seen the construction of leech beds and there are alot of different layers, sand, stone, dirt etc. I'm thinking this would not be ideal surface to place a pool on.
    Please read the thread before you comment. He traded his pool for an oval and is avoiding the leach lines.

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