If you are looking to remove a pool from your property, you have a few methods to choose from. Each method has its own set of pros and cons. You will want to examine these so you can determine which method is the best for your plans and needs for the space. These are various types of pool removal benefits and drawbacks:
Pool Removal Types and their Pros and Cons
- Partial Removal and Non-Engineered Fill – This is the most common form of pool removal and it involves breaking down the sides then backfilling the space and compacting it with no oversight of engineering. The benefit of this method is that it is less expensive than other methods and it can be completed in 2-5 days. The disadvantage is that it can impact the value of your home because the area will be considered non-buildable after this method is completed.
- Partial Removal and Engineered Fill – This is very similar to the previous technique except an engineer would monitor the backfill process. The benefits to this method are that it can be completed in 4-5 days , it is relatively inexpensive, and you would have verification that the area was properly compacted. The disadvantage is the same as the previous method.
- Full Removal with Non-Engineered Backfill – With this method, all concrete, liner, fiberglass, and other materials are completely removed from the pool cavity. It is then filled and compacted without the oversight of an engineer. The benefits of this method include less of an impact on the value of your home than a partial removal, less room for error in the backfill process, and lack of concern for seepage like with a partial removal. The disadvantage is that it takes longer and costs more.
- Full Removal with Engineered Backfill – This is similar to the previous method except an engineer oversees the backfill process. The additional benefit is that the area is declared buildable after it is completed and will be as though the pool never existed. The biggest disadvantage is the high cost associated with it.