Having an inground pool is often so enjoyable that the risks involved in maintaining one are often overlooked. While most pool owners never have to deal with an injury or other liability, they are still exposed to the potential for being found responsible for one. For many, a pool removal is an attractive option that not only removes this liability but also creates more outdoor space to safely enjoy. A pool removal contractor can walk you through the removal process, help you choose the best type of removal for your needs, and create a safe place for entertaining friends and family. Here are the top four liabilities homeowners subject themselves to while owning an inground pool.
Common Pool Liabilities
One of the most common risks involved with owning a pool is the possibility of drowning, particularly for small children, pets, and weak swimmers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is one of the leading causes of death for young children. Near-drowning incidents may cause brain damage due to oxygen loss. Pool owners must follow safety regulations that help prevent drownings, such as ensuring that the pool is secured when not in use. If you are found to neglect these regulations, you may be found liable for any drowning incidents that may occur.
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are another common pool liability. Water that has spilled outside of the pool onto tile or other slippery surfaces can cause people to fall and injure themselves without ever entering the pool. Swimmers, too, may become the victims of slips. If the floor of your pool is slippery due to its materials or to improper maintenance, swimmers may easily lose their footing. Diving boards, ladders, slides, and other features also present the possibility of falls. While most slips and falls can cause minor injuries, particularly bad incidents could result in fractures, brain injuries, and spinal cord issues.
Maintenance equipment such as drains, filters, and even the chemicals used to create a safe pH balance can all cause injuries as well. Drains and filters with sharp edges or strong suction can harm unsuspecting swimmers. If this equipment is not functioning properly, it can also fail to properly clean the water in the pool. This leaves swimmers vulnerable to waterborne illnesses, for which you can also be found liable. An improper balance of chemicals, even in clean water, may cause burns, upset stomachs, and other unpleasant side effects that should be avoided.
You could be liable for injuries caused by any of these factors to both invited guests and trespassers. In most states, pools are considered “attractive nuisances.” This means that due to the natural interest that surrounds such a feature, homeowners are responsible for keeping children safe around it. To be found liable for incidents that occur to uninvited guests, it must be proven that the owner was aware of the potential danger of the feature and did not exercise proper care to secure it. Proving that you did take the necessary precautions despite the resulting injuries can be difficult, and fighting claims may result in unexpected expenses that could damage your finances.
Benefits of a Pool Removal
Increasing Home Value
Choosing to remove your pool can be a smart decision. Doing so also removes any liability you may find yourself facing as a result of having this feature in your backyard. The value of your home will significantly increase after a pool removal. Your homeowners insurance policy will decrease, as homes with pools often require higher coverage amounts and premiums due to the increased risk of having a pool in the yard. In addition, your home may be easier to sell in the future. It may be a more attractive option to first-time homebuyers who would prefer to avoid the hassle of dealing with a pool, or to families with small children who would otherwise feel concerned about their safety near the pool. Removing the pool creates a more secure environment for all and gives you — and future homeowners — one less concern.
Saving Money in the Long Run
Removing your pool also comes with several financial benefits. After the initial investment of having the pool removed, homeowners begin to see savings right away. You will no longer need to spend hundreds of dollars each year on cleaning, equipment repairs, chemicals, and other maintenance tasks.This, in turn, can also save time, and rather than spending extra effort to stick to a pool maintenance schedule, you can enjoy relaxing in your yard or spending time with family and friends. Despite the initial cost of removing a pool, the savings can help you not only fund the project, but also begin saving up for bigger expenses, such as college tuition or large vacations.
Creating Extra Living Space
In yards with limited amounts of space, a pool removal can open up a world of possibilities. The new space can be used to install a patio, plant a garden, or simply play games and exercise. You may be able to host more events or enjoy other hobbies in your own yard as a result. If you have chosen to complete a full pool removal, you can even build an addition to your house or small apartment on the area. This can significantly increase the value of your property if you choose to sell it in the future. In the meantime, however, you will have the flexibility that a larger yard offers, with plenty of options when it comes to choosing how to use your new space.
Scheduling Your Pool Removal
Contact Dirt Connections for a free project estimate and to schedule your own pool removal. Dirt Connections has years of experience in helping homeowners remove their pools, remodel their backyards, and begin enjoying their own little piece of the great outdoors again. Its knowledgeable pool removal contractors can help you choose between a full and partial pool removal, based on your plans and budget. Dirt Connections can also assist with a range of residential and commercial construction projects, provide blueprints for remodeling, and deliver free fill dirt to your landscaping or construction project. The firm prides itself on completing projects in a timely and tidy manner, allowing clients to begin enjoying their new backyards as soon as the project has been finished.