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How to Remove An Inground Pool Correctly by Hiring a Professional!

Stephanie Campanella - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

You know it's time to remove your inground pool when:

  • it's been years since you've even stepped into the pool.
  • your inground pool is a source of high operating expenses
  • your children are grown, have moved out, and rarely swim in the pool
  • your pool is aging and requiring repairs or even replacement, or

These are only a few of the reasons homeowners decide to have their inground pools removed. So, when you decide to remove the pool, you have the choice of trying to remove it yourself or calling upon a professional. And calling a professional will save you time, stress, and money.

Removing your pool encompasses more than draining the water and filling in with dirt. Avoid a "Poltergeist" nightmare! If you drain the pool from the bottom, this may hydrate clay soil and you'll have a pool floating in your backyard. Or you'll end up with a swamp for a backyard because there is no way for the water to escape. Now consider the removal contracted with a professional.

How to Remove Your Inground Pool Correctly!

A professional company, Jett Earthmoving, leaves you with a great backyard instead of a high maintenance inground pool. Removing an inground pool involves the following steps:

1. Advising you of the type and size of equipment used and the path of access to the pool. (Also, you need to advise the workers of the septic tank location, drain field, sewer connection or other underground services, in any.)

2. Cutting steel, concrete, and other structural materials 60 cm (two feet) below ground level guards against pool materials sticking out of the ground as the earth shifts.

3. Removing the pegging found every 36 to 48 inches for galvanized pools.

4. Drilling holes in both the shallow and deep ends and making cuts across the width of the pool bottom helps the ground break up.

5. Removing vinyl sides, debris, and concrete decks out of your sight. (Sometimes broken concrete fills in the deeper end of the pool.)

6. Filling in with sand or clean soil halfway in the hole, then tamping it down to ensure compaction.

7. Adding the rest of the sand or soil and giving it a final tamping before adding topsoil rich in nutrients.

8. Seeding or sod is the final step with the area cleared of any missed debris.

The removal of an inground pool does come with a price but you'll save money by having a professional take care of the entire process. Otherwise you may end up paying more for a professional company to take care of your mistakes and finish the pool removal process. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us. We'll do a professional job and leave you satisfied with your new backyard.

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