Get the details - Swimming pool removal procedure
In this article, we'll dive into the details on how to remove an in ground swimming pool and use the site for ladscaping. The previous article describes the three different ways to remove a swimming pool. Of those options, this is the third option in removing an in-ground swimming pool. Note, if you are planning to do construction on this site, this pool removal procedure won't be enough. Check out the previous article for more information.
1. Drain your pool
In removing your pool, the first step is to obviously drain the pool in case it's not empty. Pools can be drained very easily using a submersible pump which can be rented for as low as $125. Plug-in the pump to an electrical outlet and on the other end of the pump connect a garden hose to pump the water out. The other end of the garden hose should be inserted into the sewer outlet. When pumping out water into the sewer, you don't want to clog it with too much water gushing out of the hose. So, get a slow pumping pump that drains water slowly. For a 25,000 gallon pool, draining a water can take up to 2 days, so, start early.
2. Punch holes
Assuming you have gotten all the required permit, next step is to roll up your sleeves and get down to work. Disconnect gas line to the pool heater and electrical wiring before punching holes in the bottom of the pool. Holes are punched using jack hammer. Holes are typically about 2 feet in radius, depending on the size of the pool, you may need about 3 to 4 holes. Check with your city for the hole requirements - number of holes and hole size.
Once holes are punched, before you pour dirt in, be sure to fill the holes with gravels (maximum 3/4" size) for a minimum of 8" deep at the bottom of the pool, then clean fill may be added. Gravels don't block the hole and will provide for easy drainage.
After this step, it'll be a good time to call the city's pool inspector and see if the holes and gravels are upto code.