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Overview of Pool Removal Procedures


If you've decided to demolish your in ground swimming pool and want to understand the process, you've headed to the right place. Don't worry, the procedure is not complicated. There are 3 different pool removal process

1. Complete swimming pool demolition
2. Partial swimming pool removal - Top layer
3. Partial swimming pool removal - 2 feet from the top


1. Complete swimming pool demolition
Thinking about constructing a building on top of the pool? this pool removal procedure is your only option. In this process, you will completely demolish all the concrete (gunite) along with the re-inforced steel and back fill the pool with sand. Of course, with this option, your pool removal cost also goes up. Check with your city to see if you have to haul out the concrete, some cities don't let you dump it in the pool. After the gunite is removed, pour dirt in the pool, and compress it periodically so that the sand is compact and ready for future construction at the site.

2. Partial swimming pool removal - Top layer
In this processs, you'll be removing the top tiled layer of the pool walls. Once that is removed, holes are punched in the bottom of the pool. These holes are then filled with gravels that let water drain and then the entire pool is filled with dirt and compacted.

This process lends itself to future landscaping on the site. But there's a caveat here - On areas where only the top tiled layer has been removed, it's not easy to grow anything, unless you add a lot of topsoil.

3. Partial swimming pool removal - 2 feet from the top
This is the most popular option for most pool removal procedures. Big holes are punched at the bottom of the pool which are then filled with gravel for water to drain easily. Then the top 2 feet of the gunite (along with re-inforced steel) is removed from the pool walls to provide enough room for future landscaping at the site. Check with your city to see if you have to haul out the concrete, some cities don't let you dump it in the pool. Finally, the pool is filled with dirt and compacted.

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The 'Get the details' article is even better. - Joe Murphy

Do the concrete wall have to be torn down or can they be left up and the pool just filled in? - Anonymous
Concrete wall need not be demolished completely. But it's advisable that you demolish the top 2 feet so you can use the area for landscaping. Also, check with your city, as they maybe ok with leaving the concrete as it is.




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