The Process of Pool Demolition
Pool demolition is a relatively quick and easy process. If you are considering having your pool removed, there are a few things to keep in mind about how the process will go. First and foremost, you will be quoted on the size, shape, and location of the pool to be removed. Some of the additional cost factors for a quote are going to depend on if there is a demolition permit fee, how easily accessible the pool is for the contractor, and if you are requesting grading (leveling the ground) to be done afterwards. The material used to build the pool also affects how much a demolition is going to cost. Here in North Texas, the most common material for in ground pools is concrete. Depending on where you live, city codes may be particular about which type of demolition that you choose. For concrete pools, there are two types of demolition: complete and partial. A complete demolition occurs when the pool is completely broken up, the leftover debris is hauled, and then the pool is filled with dirt. It is usually finished with grading. On the other hand, during a partial demolition (also known as “filling in” a pool), the material is broken up, but not completely. The unbroken material is then covered with dirt. Both types of pool demolitions have fairly straightforward processes, which are detailed below.
The complete pool demolition:
This demolition method is called complete for a simple reason- it completely removes your old pool and the remnants of it. First, the pool is drained. Once that is complete, the top layer of pool concrete is broken up by machinery. This also includes any concrete walkways or patios you want demolished. Then, the floor and walls of the pool are broken up into manageable pieces of debris. This is the debris that gets hauled away to the dump. Next, the framing is removed (usually steel in gunite pools). Once the preexisting pool structure is completely gone, the hole is filled with dirt or gravel. During the last step, if applicable, the ground is graded. Your backyard is now entirely pool free!
The main advantage of having a complete pool demolition done is that you can easily rebuild a pool where the old pool was. With the old pool completely gone, it is a clean and easy process to rebuild in the same area.
The partial pool demolition:
Depending on how much water is in the pool, it may be drained first. If the pool is mostly filled, it is drained of water. Next, the top layer of pool concrete is broken up by machinery, as it is during a complete demolition. At this point, if there was only a small amount of water to begin with, it is common for demolition companies to drill holes in the bottom of the pool to allow for adequate draining of the remaining water. Next, the broken up debris is pushed and compacted into the pool, and covered with dirt or gravel. The most important step in the partial pool demolition process is the compaction. Since you are not having the entirety of the pool debris removed, it is crucial to have the compaction process done properly. With an experienced contractor, there should be nothing to worry about. The backyard is then leveled if desired, and your pool is gone!
Some advantages of having a partial pool demo are that it is the fastest demolition process, and it is usually the most affordable. Partial demos can often be completed within a week or 2, and cost much less than a complete demo. Partial demolitions are usually less expensive than complete demolitions, but they can still be a bit tricky. If you are wanting to build another pool in the future, or want to build a structure in the backyard, be careful as partial demolitions can cause some instability.
These two demolition processes are simple, but still require skill and experience to execute correctly. It is best to carefully choose your contractor, as with any pool process. There are always going to be risks when making a major renovation, but when the pool demolition process is done, you will have a fresh start at your backyard paradise!