We understand the temptation to take on DIY projects around the home in an effort to save money, and there are many areas in which DIY service works well. However, if you have considered removing an inground pool yourself, it is strongly cautioned that you seek out professional assistance instead.
Inground pool removal is far more complex than it might seem, and it often requires a professional and experienced crew to ensure it is done properly without causing any damage.
Why a DIY Inground Pool Removal is a Bad Idea
There are many variables when it comes to inground pool removal, and homeowners run into a lot of potential problems when they take on the large project themselves. Unless you have professional experience, it can be dangerous as well as destructive to your home.
Fortunately, there is a better way. A professional company that has experience with and offers the resources, equipment and staff necessary for a proper inground pool removal can complete the project effectively and in an efficient manner.
The following are six reasons to avoid a DIY inground pool removal if you do not have the necessary resources or professional training and experience.
Requires Professional Evaluation
An inground pool removal is a complex job. Every pool is different, and the process varies for each one. Subsequently, it is important to arrange for a professional evaluation to determine what materials are needed to remove the pool, how long the project will take and to receive a quote for the project.
The professional can also recommend the best type of inground pool removal, depending on your needs and preferences. There are two different types of pool removal — a full pool removal and partial pool removal.
In many instances, a full pool removal is recommended as it is the safest option long-term and allows the homeowner to use the area the way they desire — whether to plant a garden or just enjoy a larger backyard. A partial pool removal may be an option for more limited budgets and in situations where the location of the pool is not in a highly-trafficked area.
Incorrect Removal can be Dangerous
A common misconception that many homeowners make is that removing an inground pool is as simple as draining the water, removing a small amount of concrete and throwing in whatever dirt they can find. However, both partial and complete inground pool removal is far more complex. Improper removal and filling can lead to a high-risk of a sinkhole developing.
However, professionals with experience can ensure the necessary amount of cement is removed. Perhaps most importantly, they can ensure the pool is filled correctly so that there is not a risk of it caving into a pool of mud.
Lack of Proper Knowledge and Equipment
Inground pool removal most often requires the use of heavy machinery and equipment. Most homeowners do not have the proper equipment to do even a partial pool removal. While renting the equipment is a possibility, it can be very dangerous to operate the equipment if you do not have proper experience.
Rather than spending lots of money on equipment, spending countless hours trying to learn how to use it and ultimately failing to get the job done properly, it is best to simply hire a professional company to carry out the inground pool removal.
In most instances, the cost of the equipment is included with the total price of the service, and you can keep your valuable time and effort for other things that are important in your life.
Dealing with Gas and Electrical Lines
One of the biggest concerns during an inground pool removal is working around gas and electrical lines. Non-professionals often cannot spot the areas where a gas or electrical line is until it is too late, resulting in a dangerous disaster that is expensive to fix.
However, a professional company can successfully spot electrical and gas lines and ensure they are properly secured before they begin. This ensures there are not any serious electrical or gas issues that arise that add thousands of dollars in costs to fix.
Safe and Legal Drainage is Required
Many areas have laws and regulations in place regarding the way to drain the water from your pool. This is because pools often include chlorine and other chemicals, and if they get into the public water supply it can cause an issue. Subsequently, it is essential to be up to date on all laws regarding the way to drain your pool water.
The best way to ensure your water is drained properly is to hire a professional inground pool removal company. They are well-informed on the safe and legal way to drain a pool entirely so that it does not damage your home water system or get into areas where it can have an impact on wildlife or into public water sources.
Choosing the Right Way to Fill the Pool Cavity
Perhaps the most important part of the pool removal process is ensuring that the cavity left is properly filled. While many ambitious homeowners who try to take on a DIY inground pool removal have the misconception that all dirt is the same, filling the cavity with the wrong dirt can cause serious concerns.
Homeowners who try their own pool removal also run into issues with fill and topsoil ratios. A professional inground pool removal company can ensure the right material is used to fill your pool so that it is well compacted, drains properly and eliminates the risk of it sinking in. You can then turn your attention towards home improvements following the pool removal.
Contact Dirt Connections for More Information
Dirt Connections offers pool removal services, including partial pool removal and full swimming pool removal. To learn more about our inground pool removal process and why it is important to trust in a professional team to carry out the project, get in touch with our friendly team today via phone or email.