How to Fill In an Inground Pool
Monday, June 8, 2015
Has the maintenance of an inground pool become a burden? Are the kids all grown and gone and now the pool is only used two times a year when they visit? Dreaming of having a rose garden right where the inground pool is now? Maybe now is the time to get rid of the inground pool. (Note: Before you remove the pool (especially if the pool is in good working condition), it is important to remember, that getting rid of a pool may cause your property value to go down. Therefore, it’s best to talk to a trustworthy real estate agent in your area before making your final decision.)
For most homeowners the job of removing an inground pool is going to be overwhelming so many opt to hire a company to handle this. A company experienced in pool demolition will be able to complete the job in only a few days.
Whether you hire a company or do the work yourself here are the basic steps for removing an inground pool.
- Check with your local jurisdiction on the requirements for removing an inground pool. Some locations require the cement to be removed, others allow the debris to be buried. Also check if a permit is required.
- Disconnect all electrical lines and equipment. This includes the pump, lights and heating equipment. Remove the liner and any other mechanical equipment or metal pieces (such as lighting or pumps) to be discarded appropriately.
- Drain the pool.
- Once the pool is drained, a number of holes need to be made in the pool’s bottom. This part of the job can be completed with a sledgehammer (hardest), a jackhammer (easier) or a Bobcat with a hydraulic breaker attachment (easiest). These holes are important as they act like a drainage system for the pool once you’re done filling it with dirt. If it rains and you haven’t dug the holes, your pool will become a mud pit. Therefore this step is vital.
- Next break down the sides of the pool and use the concrete debris to fill the pool (if permitted). Any cement decking around the pool can also be broken up and placed in the pool.
- Cover this concrete with clean fill dirt. The amount of dirt required will depend on the size of the pool. Dirt should be wetted down or packed as it is dumped in order to minimize the dirt settling later and creating a depression in your yard.
- The final layer (6-8 inches) of dirt should be topsoil to promote any planting you wish to do.
- Sod, seed, plant flowers - whatever you desire now that you have reclaimed your yard.