Inground pools are nice features to have during summer time, but they can be a nightmare to maintain. They can also be a liability risk should anyone get injured in or around your pool.
If you have decided that your pool is not worth keeping, you may be wondering how to get rid of it. The easiest (and least expensive) option, of course, is to just fill in the pool with dirt. But would full removal be better?
Let us first discuss the steps involved with filling the pool with dirt. Then we will talk about which is better: filling it yourself or opting to hire a pool demolition contractor.
How to Fill a Pool with Dirt
Filling your inground pool is something you can do yourself, if you feel up to the task. Before you start breaking stuff up, there are a few steps you need to follow.
Know Your Property
The first thing you need to do is have your property surveyed for gas lines, pipes, cables, etc. Make note of these possible trouble spots and mark them on the property with flags. This can help you to know what to avoid once you start tearing up your pool and digging in the ground.
Damaging any one of these elements will not only slow down progress. It can also cost you more money than you had planned, so it is important to know where they are beforehand.
Order Your Materials
The next step is to order any materials you will need for this project. To know how much fill dirt you will need, measure the length, width, and depth of the pool (use feet as your unit of measurement). Multiply each measurement together, then divide that number by 27 (the amount of cubic feet in one yard). The result is how many cubic yards of fill dirt you will need to order.
In addition to fill dirt, you will also need topsoil so you can plant grass, a garden, or a tree where the pool once was. Get enough so that the top 20% of the ground is topsoil.
One more thing to do is rent an excavator so it is easier to move the dirt, topsoil, and pack it all down when you are done. Make sure you get rent one with rubber tracks so you do not tear up your property.
Break Down the Top of Your Pool
First remove any hardware: ladders, railings, filters, baskets, etc. and drain the pool of all water. Punch some holes in the bottom with your jackhammer or the basket on the excavator. This will allow further drainage to keep your pool from floating or shifting later, causing further issues.
Then begin demolishing the sides of the pool and toss all debris in the bottom of the pool. Once you are finished, use the excavator to begin filling the pool with fill dirt, making sure everything is packed down tight. Finish with the topsoil and before you know it, your pool is gone. Your yard is now ready for whatever step you have planned next.
Risks of Filling a Pool with Dirt
Although doing this yourself is, by far, the cheapest option when it comes to removing or filling your inground pool, it comes with a few risks.
Risk #1: Skill Level. If you are not skilled in demolition, or have never used a jackhammer or excavator before, this task could be very difficult for you. It will take you a lot longer than it would a professional. And even if you have properly marked trouble areas, there is a higher risk of hitting wires, pipes, or anything else under your property, costing you more time and money.
Risk #2: Property Value. Leaving part of the pool in the ground can lead to lower property value, which can be an issue if you ever plan on selling.
Risk #3: Weak Ground. The ground where the pool was is now weakened, so it will not be able to hold anything heavier than a shed or gazebo. If you ever had plans of expanding your home, or building something more substantial, cancel those plans.
Furthermore, if something was not done right, whether it was draining, excavating, or filling, you may be at risk for sinkholes or other dangerous yard conditions.
A Better Alternative
Hiring a professional to completely remove your pool, though much more expensive, is going to be the best option for you overall.
Benefit #1: Skill Level. These contractors are highly skilled at what they do. Their job is demolishing and removing pools, and they do it all the time. They will be able to complete the task much more efficiently than you would, and they will better be able to avoid the problem areas.
Additionally, if by chance they do damage a pipe, wire, or anything else under your property, their contractor insurance will cover and replace the issue without extra cost to you. This not only saves you money and time, but future headaches as well.
Benefit #2: Property Value. The contractors will completely remove every piece of pool, leaving nothing behind and filling in only dirt and topsoil afterwards. This helps your property retain its value, which will not hurt your chances of selling in the future.
This leads us to the final benefit.
Benefit #3: Strong Ground. Without pool debris buried underground, your yard will remain strong. You can now build anything your heart desires where the pool used to be. Your dreams of adding an extension to your house can now come true!
We highly recommend opting for complete pool removal. This will save you a lot of time and headaches, and it is much better for the life of your property.
Whatever you decide, our professional contractors here at Maryland Fill Dirt are happy to speak with you if you have any questions about our dirt delivery or pool demolition services. They can help you decide exactly how much dirt you will need, and how to choose between either service.