Pools are often associated with laughing children, cannonball competitions, and waterside cookouts. However, for the pool’s owner, they also bring cleaning and repair costs that might outweigh their benefits, and ultimately lead them to decide that a pool is not for them.
If you find yourself in that category, or at least considering moving on to a pool-free lifestyle, it is an attainable endeavor!
Dipping Your Toe In
Don’t dive right in and start tearing things apart once you decide you’re ready for a pool demolition. You need to take care of a few things first, like draining the water! Work with your pool maintenance company to make sure that this is completed properly. It never hurts to see if they want any of your pool peripherals, such as ladders, diving boards, or filter systems. The sunset on your pool days might contribute to a neighbor’s sunrise!
Partial vs. Complete Pool Removal
Depending on what you plan to do with your land after your pool is removed, you will need to decide if you need a partial or total pool removal. Partial removal is, unsurprisingly, the cheaper option. With a partial removal, the demolition team will come in with some heavy machinery and break the bottom and sides of the pool into smaller pieces, which will be left in the hole and backfilled with new dirt. This works fine if you’re just looking to grade and sod the space afterwards.
However, if you’re considering replacing your pool with a patio, shed, or even an in-law suite, it would be better to spend the extra money for the complete pool removal. In this case, the debris from your pool is carried away from your property and disposed of properly before the whole is backfilled with fresh dirt. There is always a chance that the debris left in the ground with a partial removal might shift over time, causing movement to the surface above and potentially damaging any structures or foundations built there.
Whichever option you choose for your property, pool removal is definitely a job for professionals and should not be attempted without a licensed contractor onsite.