After careful consideration, you’ve decided to remove your inground pool. Below, we will discuss how to find a pool removal contractor, the pool removal process and landscape options.
Now let’s talk about the contractor. You need a true professional contractor for your pool removal project. Success depends on the professional providing the services. Let me make some suggestions, on where to find a true professional. Go to the local pool supply house or use the internet. You should be able to locate some candidates here. You want your pool removed in a prompt, precise and professional manner, so get a professional. Check out their credential and abilities and so you can get your desired results. Do all you can and make the best decision for you.
No Response Contractors
Contractors who don’t respond are okay. You want to get down to 3 – 6 good professional estimates.
Request For Site Inspection
Now you have to schedule your site inspections. This is were it’s gets personal. Your contractor candidate should visit your home to discover you unique site conditions. Remember it’s your money. You want to spend your money with the contractor who provides the best service. Best service includes includes follow up phone calls, on time site inspection arrivals, communication update (phone, text & email) and overall presentation of the company and the person. Be sure to record who you felt comfortable with. Which contractor was kind? Who listened to you? These are just a few questions to ask yourself.
Peace Of Mind
The pool removal process requires a lot of heavy equipment and coordination. Make sure you select the contractor who demonstrates the confidence to complete the pool removal project. Confidence with the contractor will provide you with peace of mind. The contractor who is the active listener, takes notes and answers your questions, is a must. Often times, this is the candidate that will provide you with the attention and service you desire.
All estimates should include a copy of a written agreement and a copy of the license. Now sit down, in a quiet place and evaluate and compare each estimate. As you read each estimate, make sure the steps or results you want are outlined. I prefer a line item for each step of the pool removal process. Estimates that are unclear and lack detail get tossed immediately. The estimates that provide for a clear explanation of your project with a fixed price, move on to final contractor selection. As you get close to making your final selection ask for references, proof of insurance and photos of completed work.
Home Remodeling Contractor Selection
You are ready to make your remodeling contractor decision. By completing the work above, you can be sure to make a great decision. As the homeowner, you provided information of your expectations, you met with professionals, you received well written estimates with a fixed price, you have a copy of the license, insurance, references and photos. With the 5 get ready tips for contractor selection, you can be sure you have done everything possible to select the best professional.
Types of Inground Pool Removal
The two types of inground pool removal options are total pool removal and partial pool removal. We will speak to both of this options.
Total inground pool removal, requires heavy equipment. Heavy equipment will be used to demolish the existing pool concrete. The pool steel reinforcement can be 3/8″ to 1″ thick. Thick steel and concrete demands the use of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment will use hydraulic hammers to breakdown the concrete. Broken concrete allows for the removal of the concrete material from the ground. Concrete can now be loaded into dump trucks. Concrete with rebar is expensive to haul off and dispose of. You can understand broken concrete with steel can be of little use to others. To reclaim this material into something into a useful sellable material requires expensive equipment and time. This adds to the expense of a total pool removal. This is complete removal of all inground pool items.
Partial pool removal involves heavy equipment, lighter in nature. This process includes the installation of holes at the bottom of the existing pool. The breakdown of the pool edge will ensure a successful project. Dirt Connections breaks down the swimming pool edge 36 inches below the existing grade or pool coping. The depth of 36 inches allows for plenty of safe ground cover grading over the partial pool removal.
Holes at the Bottom of the Pool are Important
These holes allow for the transfer of water through the remaining concrete with a partial pool removal. With no pool expense, you save money.
Pool Area Grading
With completion of the inground pool removal, the importation of fill dirt is necessary. The fill dirt will fill the void created by the total or partial pool removal. Fill dirt will be placed with a machine. As the machine places the fill dirt, compaction does occur. With continued fill dirt placement and compaction, the void will be filled.
Grade work complete, you are now able to install your ground cover. This can be sod, grass seed or a combination of the two. Sod is grass with soil beneath it held together by its roots. Sod is grown and harvested from specialty farms. Grass seeds are produced in a variety of types. Some grass types are Fine Fescue, Kentucky Blue Grass, Rye Grass and St. Augustine Grass. Check with your local contractor for the proper grass type for your area.