If you have been considering removing your swimming pool, you may have decided to postpone the work until the hottest days of summer have passed to get one more season of use out of the pool. However, as soon as those first leaves start landing in your pool during the fall season, you may be wondering if the autumn months are a good time to have your inground pool removed. Here is a look at what you need to know about timing your inground pool removal.
Why You Should Consider A Fall Inground Pool Removal
There are a lot of reasons why fall is a great time to have your inground pool removed.
The Ground Won’t Be Frozen
Swimming pools should not be removed when the ground is fully frozen, which means the early months of fall are an excellent time to consider a pool removal. Because pool removals cannot be carried out in inclement weather, fall tends to be a better time of year than spring because there are fewer rainy days during this season.
The Yard May Be Getting Less Use
Another point in favor of having your pool removed in the fall is the fact that many families do not use their yard as much once school is back in session and the cooler weather sets in. This means that outdoor equipment like toys and patio furniture may be in storage, leaving fewer obstacles for your pool removal contractors to work around.
Moreover, once the season for backyard parties has come to a close, having construction in the yard may not be as much of an inconvenience as it would have been in the summer months when everyone is eager to be outdoors. Few families are thrilled at the idea of giving up a full week of beautiful summer days to have their pool removed, but this is less of a concern in fall. This lack of obstacles and distractions will make it easier for your contractor to carry out the work and may even speed up the process.
Pool Removal Contractors May Have Greater Availability
Many homeowners wait until spring to have their pool removed as the prospect looms of another summer of maintenance expenses and potential liability. This means that pool removal contractors tend to be quite busy in the spring and you may experience a significant wait for their services. In fall, however, it is often possible to have the work carried out faster, which means you can have the yard of your dreams sooner.
You Can Avoid Pool Problems That Arise During The Winter
Unfortunately, swimming pools can encounter many problems during the winter months. It is not unusual for plumbing and equipment damage to occur. For example, freezing air temperatures can impact pipe filtration systems, and some homeowners may need to keep their pool pumps running when the pool is not in use to stop them from freezing. In addition, even small amounts of water that get into your pool heater, filter or pump can cause cracks when they freeze.
Another issue that pools with vinyl liners encounter during cold winter months is cracking and breaking. In addition to the damage caused to the structure itself, this can allow additional water to drain out of the cracks and cause damage to the yard.
Your Yard Will Be Ready For Spring
Once winter passes, it is time to turn your thoughts toward preparing your yard for spring landscaping. If you have your pool removed in fall, you can dive right into planting grass and flowers and using your yard however you wish as soon as the spring weather sets in.
A fall pool removal means that the fill will have had several months to settle before you begin your spring landscaping. If gazebos or other structures fit into your future plans for your backyard, you will have plenty of time to construct them so they will be ready when the warmer season hits.
What To Know Before Hiring A Contractor
If you have decided to move forward with a pool removal project this fall, here are a few things to keep in mind before hiring a contractor.
Full Versus Partial Pool Removal
It is helpful to have an idea of which type of pool removal method you are going to use. Although contractors can explain your options in detail and make recommendations, you can get a better idea of the price and timeline if you’ve decided whether you want a full or partial removal.
With a full removal, all of the pool’s materials will be broken down and hauled away, and the yard will be filled in and left ready for whatever you have in mind. Although this method is more expensive, it is unlikely to affect your home’s value or cause problems in the future.
A pool fill-in, or partial pool removal, entails breaking down only the top part of the pool liner and placing the resultant debris in the pool shell. The area is then filled in and compacted. This part of the yard cannot have anything constructed on it in the future. Although it is a cheaper and faster approach, it may impact the value of your home and you will be required to disclose it to potential buyers when you sell. The area may also be prone to sinkage and swelling.
If you are considering pool removal because you would like to eliminate pool maintenance and insurance costs, you may be wondering if a pool removal is worth it from a financial standpoint. In addition to the method of pool removal you choose, the type of pool you have, its size, and how easy it is to access it in your yard are all factors that will influence the cost of the project.
A pool removal is a major project that needs to be carried out by licensed professionals. It requires the use of heavy machinery and can be dangerous, so it is essential to find a contractor who specializes in pool removal and is prepared to carry out the work safely and without compromising the structure of your home or your yard.
Get In Touch With The Pool Removal Professionals
No matter what time of year you are considering having your pool removed, the experts at Dirt Connections can help. Our experienced team can advise you on the best way to remove an unwanted swimming pool with your budget and future plans in mind.
Dirt Connections was started with one goal in mind: providing quality residential and commercial construction services to clients on time and on budget. Reach out for more information on how we can support your next project.
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