The Association of Pools & Spas reports that there are around 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the U.S. (1) However, some of these pools are not serving homeowners. In some cases, people may tire of maintaining the pool. Moreover, as families grow older, it may not have the same appeal that it once did. As the costs of repairs and maintenance mount, some homeowners may decide that they would rather have their swimming pool demolition carried out, so they can reclaim the space in their yard for another purpose, such as a garden or patio.
There are plenty of compelling reasons to have a swimming pool removed, but it is important to keep in mind that it is a major project that must be carried out by professionals. Here is a look at what you can expect during a pool demolition project.
First, the pool removal contractor will evaluate the pool site with you and determine the best way to carry out the pool removal process. They will assess the shape and size of the yard as well as the options for accessing the area where the pool is with their equipment and tools.
To plan the project properly, they will consider the location of driveways, landscaping, sewer connections, septic tanks and other features of the home that could be damaged while the work is being carried out.
The contractor will also consider how you wish to use the reclaimed space in your yard after the pool has been removed.
Next, the contractor will provide an estimate for the work. Homeowners should get at least three estimates that include pertinent details such as starting and completion dates, payment schedules, how permits will be handled, the equipment that will be needed for the project, and how the property will be protected from damage during the work. Ensure the contractors you are considering are fully licensed and insured so that everyone will be protected in the event of an accident.
The cost of removing a residential swimming pool will depend on several factors. The size of the swimming pool is one of the biggest factors, with larger pools costing more to remove. The type of pool is also a consideration as pools made of heavier materials require more work to remove. Another important factor is access; pools that are easier to access will be more affordable to remove as contractors can get their equipment to the site without issues.
If you decide to proceed with the work, the contractor will obtain any permits that your municipality requires for pool demolition. These permits range in price depending on the location, and this is something that is normally addressed in the quote provided by the contractor.
Preparing The Site
Prior to beginning the project, it is polite to warn your neighbors of the dates the pool demolition will be carried out so they can be prepared for the noise. Make sure to keep your pets and children indoors while the work is being carried out to avoid injuries. You should also clear the area of anything that could get in the way of the contractors, such as outdoor furniture, potted plants, and pool toys.
Before the pool can be removed, the contractor will pump all of the water out of it. This may be carried out using an existing pump. However, if the existing pump is not in good condition or performs inadequately, the contractor may provide a special pump that can remove the water in a more efficient manner. They will then remove the power to the pool and disconnect any mechanical equipment, including the pump and filter.
Any decking surrounding the pool that is preventing access to it will be removed and recycled as appropriate.
Removing The Pool Shell
The next step is removing the shell of the pool. The precise steps involved depend on the material of the pool liner.
For a concrete pool, heavy equipment will be brought to the site to carry out the work. Because concrete pools are heavily reinforced to prevent cracking, Bobcats and excavators may be needed to break up the shell and remove the pieces.
The contractor will typically begin at the corner of the pool to give them access to the bottom. Once one corner is out of the way, they will then move the equipment to the bottom of the pool to remove the floor and walls.
Although some municipalities may allow concrete pieces of a certain size to remain in the hole as fill material, many contractors prefer to remove all of the concrete to prevent future sinking and settlement.
Vinyl Lined Pool
For a pool with a vinyl liner, the contractor will simply pull the liner out of the cavity. Once it has been removed, the contractor will take out the backing. This may be made of aluminum, steel or plywood; they will use the appropriate method for the material and recycle it if possible. For vinyl pools with gunite backing, it may be necessary to bring in heavier equipment.
Filling The Space
After the pool’s shell and materials have been removed and hauled from the site, the contractor will bring in fill soil and fill the cavity until the yard is level. Fill soil often needs to be compacted to meet regulations and ensure stability. The surface will also be graded for drainage purposes.
If you plan to plant grass in the yard, many pool contractors can place a layer of topsoil across the space to facilitate growth.
Discuss Your Project With The Northern Virginia Pool Removal Team
If you are considering removing a swimming pool so you can reclaim space in your yard and free yourself from the expenses and hassles of pool maintenance, get in touch with the Northern Virginia pool removal team at Dirt Connections. We offer professional pool removal and demolition services at competitive prices for pools of all sizes and conditions and will leave the area in the right condition for you to create the yard of your dreams.
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.
For your convenience our estimates are free and by appointment. Call 703-940-9949 for a free estimate today!