Pool Removal Problems
Tell them you need X amount of yards of fill, you can calculate the volume of your pool. Option 2 will be much cheaper, because either way you have a large hole to fill in, option 2 just saves you the cost of removing the material and disposing. For example, I have vinyl-liner inground pool and so can’t “leave it” for years or would be a cesspool from accumulated rain and debris, as I don’t think even occlusive covers keep out all water (we use a mesh cover).
We even used the broken concrete from around the pool to make raised garden ‘s a few pictures. I gave away the filter, heater and pool accesories on recycling website in our nothing has gone to waste. Hate to have you fill it in and then dig it out to meet code.
The usual method here, for the reinforced concrete inground pools, is to punch some big holes in the bottom, then slice the sides down a couple of feet anf fill it with gravel and topsoil. My BIL just had his pool turned into the most beautiful pond you have ever seen complete with waterfall and bridge crossing over. I have a faint memory of a Southern Living article from several years ago that showcased the before/after of pool removal/rehab.
Maybe different areas have different regulations, but my neighbour got hers filled in for free by advertising “Free fill wanted”. He came in with his big machines, pulled out the fence, knocked the paving into the hole, and brought about 40 yards, if I recall, of fill dirt and about 8 inches of topsoil. We have an inground pool in our backyard that we are frankly sick of dealing with.
However, this firmly depends on the rules of the community one lives in. getting the pool demolished is a difficult process that involves lots of equipments. Backfill material may be uncompacted sand to the full depth of the pool wall. The sidewalls of the pool must be removed to a depth of at least 2 feet below finish grade.
The other consideration is that there may be a future building on the site and the uncompacted fill would not be adequate to sustain the loading and the new structure would likely suffer structural damage. The concern is that an abandoned gunite pool will act as a bowl and unregulated back-filling may create an area of super-saturated soil which could prove to be a hazard to the public’s safety. The pool is decent size – 45 ft X 20 ft + jacuzzi.
Note the compacting of the fill for every foot put in is key. The remaining fill is added and a final tamping will take place before a layer of topsoil rich in nutrients is added. Clean fill is dumped into the hole and halfway through this process it is tamped down to ensure compaction.
Vinyl sides and debris are removed and concrete decks are broken up and used as fill in the pool’s deep end.