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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2011

Has anyone had good experience Removing Swimming Pool?

My husband and I want to remove a 16 x 32 ingroud pool with vinyl liner. There are no companies in the Richmond, VA area who advertise as doing this. I'e been told to contact demolition companies, excavation companies, or people who put in pools. I'm not having any luck! Has anyone had good experience removing a pool - or contractors to recommend in the central Virginia area?

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A demolition company or an excavation company with a decent sized backhoe and dumptruck should be able to handle this fine.

Another option, if your jurisdiction allows it (most do) is to take up the deck concrete or wood and peel off the vinyl liner, punch a number of good-sized holes in the bottom through the gunite or concrete underneath with a backhoe or jackhammer (so it is guaranteed to be free-draining), then just backfill with free-draining crushed stone fill (compacted in about 1 foot lifts) to the top, let it settle over-winter and spring, then next summer recompact it, top and level off the fill as necessary, then topsoil to surrounding grade and seed it.

Unless it is WELL compacted during backfilling, it will settle for 10 years or more, causing a significant wet low spot in your yard, so the compaction is necessary - should be to the same standard as for a road subgrade. Anotehr way to minimize the settlement issue is to put a raised bed or picnic area over the old pool, purposely about 6 inches higher than the surrounding ground, so any settlement will not be noticeable or cause a wet mosquito breeding area.

As an even better solution, if you have use for a gravel play or storage or RV or boat parking area, instead of the topsoil place about 6 inches of 3/4 minus crushed stone.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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