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Question DetailsAsked on 2/23/2014

landscape an old abandoned in ground cement pool

we have an in ground cement swimming pool. We would like ideas on either filling it in or using it as part of a new landscape/garden design.

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Most are filled via backfill and compression after the rims are cut off for a seamless look.

Is the pool leaking or otherwise unrepairable?

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions


Check the Home > Pools and Hot Tubs category in Browse Projects at lower left for responses to a couple of other similar questions about filling or removing pools in the past 6-8 months or so.

Check also your local code requirements - some require full removal. Also, generally a bad idea to leave the bottom intact, as it can become a soft, swampy mess - benerally you have to knock several good sized holes in the bottom so it can drain, and use free-draining material for all but the topsoil covering.

Generally, using it as part of landscaping would take some significant stair modifications to provide access, you would have to provide drain holes (if water table is below bottom of pool year around), or provide water level control if used for a pond, which brings in aeration and cleaning issues also. Also, if your ewater table is high, you run the probability of it floating out of the ground or collapsing if it is left substantially empty, as pools are not generally designed to be dry for more than a few days during maintenance, and in some high water table areas, require perimeter dewatering before the pool can be drained for maintenance.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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