Inground pool removal typically involves draining the pool, drilling holes in the bottom, demolishing the top, and filling the pool with the rubble and additional dirt soil.
However, above ground pool removal is less complicated, involving just draining the pool, tearing it down, and hauling it away.
Pros of Removing a Pool
- You save time and money on swimming pool maintenance.
- If you sell your house, it may increase the number of potential buyers and make your home easier to sell.
- You no longer have the additional hazards and liabilities that come with pool ownership.
- You have more yard space for other activities or landscaping opportunities.
- If you have young children, removing your pool eliminates the potential safety hazards associated with pool ownership.
Filling in a pool involves draining the pool, punching holes in the bottom, demolishing the top layer of the pool (18″ – 36″), placing the rubble in the bottom, filling in the pool with additional dirt and topsoil, and compacting the soil.
Pros of pool fill in
- The most affordable option of inground pool removal
- Fastest to complete – typically 2-3 days
Cons of pool fill in
- This will be something you have to disclose to future buyers of the property, and it could affect the value of your home.
- If this method isn’t performed properly, there is an increased risk of sinkage, swelling, or lack of proper seepage. (Have the backfill performed by an engineering technician greatly decreases the chances of this.)
- A majority of cities consider the area of the former pool to be non-buildable, meaning no additions or dwellings can exist there. However, the area is still suitable for sheds, concrete, landscaping, trees, etc.
Depending on the heavy equipment used to demolish your pool, damage can be done to landscaping, driveways, septic tanks, sewer connections, etc.
A qualified pool removal contractor will carefully consider how to gain access to the pool, and what size/type of equipment is best for your particular swimming pool and yard.
Similarly, when it comes to inground pool removal, backfilling the area improperly can lead to costly problems down the road.
So no matter what removal method you choose, you should always hire someone who is licensed and insured to do the work.