What Goes Into Pool Demolition?

(2-min read)

So, maybe you’ve moved into a new home that came with an unwanted in-ground pool or maybe you’re just tired of the cost and maintenance of your existing pool. Either way, you need the pool gone. This can be easier said than done. In this piece, we’re going to look at what goes into pool demolition.

“Can’t you just bury your pool?”

It may seem silly to need to demolish a pool structure. Why not just fill it in with dirt or other materials? While is possible, before you go shoveling dirt into your existing pool, you have to consider the future drainage of the buried pool. If a buried pool can’t drain properly, this means that any water gathered into this section of ground has nowhere to go. The results could range from uneven ground to even dangerous collections of underground water. To avoid this situation, it’s important to punch large holes in the pool structure before burying it.

The Steps of In-Ground Pool Demolition

  • Draining. Before any pool demolition can commence, whether partial or complete demolition, the pool must be completely drained.

  • Holes. If the pool is simply going to be buried, large holes are punched in the pool structure to allow for water drainage.

  • Demolition of the pool coping. To avoid injury or damage to future lawn maintenance equipment, the top several feet of the pool must be demolished and removed.

  • Compacting the topsoil. The dirt placed where a pool once existed must be compacted into dense earth to leave the ground even.

Above-Ground Pool Demolition

Above-ground pool demolition is much less complicated than an in-ground pool demolition. Like an in-ground pool demolition, the water is completely drained. Following that, the pool walls are demolished or disassembled. Any additional foundational elements are then demolished and removed. Depending on the future design for the area, the ground is returned to a grade consistent with the rest of the yard.

In order to ensure the best results, it is always recommended to consult an experienced demolition company for help demolishing and removing an in-ground or above-ground pool.