A swimming pool removal is a major project, and even though contractors can handle the more challenging aspects of pool removal, you will still need to take a few steps to prepare for it. Here is a look at how you can get ready for this important step in creating the yard of your dreams.
Know What You Will Do With the Space
If you intend to use the space for something else, it can be helpful to decide its purpose ahead of the project so that your contractor can leave your yard graded and in the right condition for its future use. In some cases, you may be removing the pool with a specific purpose in mind, such as to have more space for a garden.
However, some people simply have their pool removed to eliminate a hazard or save money on maintenance. You can still proceed with a pool removal if you are not sure yet how you will use the area, but you can save some time and money by deciding now.
Choose a Contractor
You will need to choose a contractor who has specific experience in swimming pool removal. This is a project that requires heavy machinery and expertise. It can potentially be quite dangerous, and a pool removal that is not carried out properly could jeopardize your home. Therefore, you need contractors who know how to handle whatever unexpected situations can arise while carrying out the work. In addition to finding someone who is qualified and experienced, make sure the contractor you choose is licensed and insured.
Decide Which Type of Removal You Want
Before the project begins, you will need to know what type of removal you want. A full pool removal is the most complete option and can leave your yard in the same condition as if a pool had never existed there. This means you will not have to disclose the project to future buyers and can build structures on the space if desired. It involves breaking down the entire pool structure, hauling away the debris, and filling the space in with dirt.
A cheaper and faster option is a pool fill-in. This involves breaking down only the top portion of the pool and placing the rubble inside the shell before filling it up with dirt. Although this will effectively get rid of an unwanted pool, the area could be prone to sinking and drainage problems in the future. You will also be required to disclose the fact that you had a pool fill-in to future buyers as building structures on the space will not be permitted.
In some areas, a permit is required for carrying out a pool removal. The cost will depend on your municipality; some are free, while other areas charge as much as several hundred dollars. Your pool removal contractor will usually be able to take care of this step for you, but it is always worth checking to be sure you have the necessary permits in place before beginning the work.
Facilitate Access to the Pool
Your pool removal contractors will need to access the area of the pool with heavy machinery capable of breaking up concrete into more manageable pieces. Consider how they will be able to get their trucks into your backyard and make the necessary arrangements to facilitate their access. For example, you might need to remove one section of your fencing to give them better access and then move it back into place when they are finished.
Remove Obstacles and Furniture
It is a good idea to ensure the area is free of obstacles before your contractors begin their work. For example, you should trim any overhanging tree branches in the pool area that could get in the way of your contractor’s machinery and obscure their vision.
You should also remove objects from your backyard that might be damaged while the work is being carried out. Although your contractors will do their best to avoid damaging objects, you can make it easier for them by removing items such as grills, playground equipment, fire pits and backyard furniture.
Let Your Neighbors Know About the Work
Once you have set a date for the work to be carried out, it is considered polite to let your neighbors know about your plans so they will not be taken by surprise by the noise. Tell them when the work will begin and how long you expect it to take as this may help avoid conflicts.
Make Sure You Have Dry, Solid Ground
Pool removal requires solid, dry ground to be carried out safely and effectively. If your area has experienced heavy rains recently, your contractor will probably be aware of it and will contact you to find a more suitable date. However, depending on your yard, you may experience mud or very soft ground longer than expected following a storm. If this is the case, you may want to consider rescheduling the pool removal or asking the contractors to come out and see if the ground is firm enough for them to begin work; they may advise you to wait for it to dry on its own.
Keep the Area Clear
Once the contractors have begun their work, you will want to take steps to ensure that your children and pets cannot make their way into the yard. You may need to install temporary locks to ensure they do not wander outside. Between heavy machinery and trucks and the potential for flying pieces of broken concrete, the area where a pool removal is in process is not a safe environment.
Reach Out to the Pool Removal Professionals
If you would like to find out more about having your pool removed, get in touch with the pool removal experts at Dirt Connections. We offer a full range of pool removal services, from preparation and removal to filling the space and grading your yard.
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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