Many of our clients ask if we can leave the pool walls and just fill the pool in. In most cases, it's an effort to try to save some money - it's not inexpensive to remove an entire inground pool! Sometimes it's because there's a decking that surrounds the pool that the customer likes to keep for entertaining.
There's 3 good reasons this is not a good idea...
- When you decide to sell the home, the offers you get could easily be $10,000-20,000 below market value because purchasers will want to remove the pool.
- There will be settlement in the first year or two. It's even worse if the buried pool walls crack, then a lot settling will occur. When any settlement happens, the lawn that was even with the top of the wall now sinks and creates a hazard and the need for more expense to add more fill and sod.
- In some areas, this doesn't meet with local building codes and could potentially incur fines.