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A swimming pool can be a wonderful asset to a home, and a popular gathering place for the family, but as it ages, it can become an undesirable, unappealing, and expensive problem. Often times, a pool can be remodeled for around the same price as demolition, but in cases where the pool is unwanted, or simply irrepairable, demolition may be the best option.
Removing a swimming pool requires careful consideration, and can present significant problems and liability if not removed correctly. There are two approaches to pool removal, and you should understand each option before making a decision.
Complete removal is literally, complete removal. All aspects of the pool are removed, including the walls, floor, unwanted decking, plumbing, electrical, and equipment. The area is filled per city code with gravel and soil, and compacted to prevent future movement. This is the best, and essentially, the only option if you are considering ever building a structure in this area.
Partial removal may or may not be permitted in your city, and it should be carefully considered if it is. This method typically involves removing 18” of the pool walls and bond beam, and drilling holes in the pool floor. The remainder of the pool is buried, filled with gravel, soil, and compacted. While partial removal may be significantly less costly to fill in a pool, it may lead to sinking after a few years and eliminates the possibility of safely placing any structure in the area. In addition, a partially buried swimming pool must be disclosed in real estate transactions, and may reduce the value of a property.
Our Pool Removal Process
Atlas Pools is a specialist in pools. While we can build a new pool, or bring an older pool back to life, sometimes the best option is pool removal and you may be ready to reclaim your backyard for a new use. Whatever the reason, we take great pride in our technique for swimming pool demolition and removal. The process for removing a swimming pool or spa varies from city to city, and as such, the approach and costs may vary. Some cities allow partial removal, and others require full removal. Call us to find out what is permitted in your city. Permits & Utilities
The first step once you're ready to have your pool removed will be to pull the city permits and disconnect your power, gas, and plumbing. All of the water must be removed from the pool. We can pump the water out if the pool equipment is no longer functioning.
The access points of the yard will determine if your pool is removed by hand, or with heavy equipment. In most cases, our equipment can fit through standard sized gates, making the demolition faster and less costly. In this case, our bobcat fits through the side yard, and this pool will be completely removed.Haul Away
All evidence of the pool is loaded into a truck and removed from the property
In complete pool removal, all evidence of the pool is completely removed, including buried, pipes, electrical, and equipment. We photograph the site following complete removal for your records.
If you elect partial removal, the pool side walls have been removed 18”, or according to the requirements of your city.Top Soil
The pool itself has been filled with soil, and compacted one layer at a time. We employ a soils engineer to certify the process, and provide a compaction certification report to you for your records. We’ll work with you to form and plan for the new space to be ready for grass, decking, a new garden, or any use you have in mind for your new space. In this step, we can save you money by pre-planning and installing drainage, irrigation, or hardscape.