Why demolish a swimming pool?
Why would you desire pool demolition? Here are some reasons you may want to remove your swimming pool:
- Your pool may be no longer required. Family structures change, eg. when your children leave home, you may find the pool is no longer necessary.
- You may deem it an unacceptable safety risk for small children (who can navigate over security fences!)
- An unused pool may be a drain on your upkeep budget.
- Pools take up a lot of time in cleaning and maintenance. Stagnant pools are a public health risk (mosquito diseases).
- They take up a lot of space that you may want to use for extensions or gardens.
- A pool can be an expensive luxury that most people only get to use for a couple of months a year.
- Water use costs money, especially in arid Australia and with changing climate.
- The pool may be leaking, costing you even more in water and also risking damage to neighbouring buildings.
- The pool may be old, damaged or outdated. If it’s public and can’t be easily repaired, it's a safety risk and may need replacement or removal.
- If you want to redevelop your commercial property, a swimming pool may have to go.
How is a pool demolished?
What is your pool made of and how is it constructed? These determine the method of demolition. First you drain the pool. Then the demolisher drills holes in the bottom. After that the method depends on its construction.
Removing a prefabricated fibreglass pool is a simpler process. You just drain it, pull it out and take it away.
Demolishing a concrete or shotcrete inground pool that’s been built on a foundation of metal supports is a much more complex process.
First you will have to obtain a permit. Then the demolition must be professionally planned. The site work starts with draining and drilling holes in the bottom.
After that it can be done according to your budget and future plans by one of these methods:
- The least expensive way, without an engineer, is to demolish only the top half metre to one metre of the pool sides. Then you use the rubble from that demolition to fill the bottom of the pool. Soil is used to fill to the top. It may have the disadvantage of rendering that area legally unsuitable for building. It has to be notified to potential buyers. And there may be risks of the ground subsiding or not draining properly.
- Next in cost is full removal of the pool and all its metal supports. It may not need an engineer, but it does need the right equipment and skills. An excavator and jack hammer are used to break up and remove the concrete. Then the pool space is filled and compacted by another machine. Subsidence won’t be much of a problem, but there still may be limitations on building on the old pool site.
- The most expensive method is to get an engineer to remove the pool and do density testing. He can then submit a report that states the area is able to be built on. This maintains your property’s maximum value.
What we do
We plan and work as efficiently as possible no matter how complex the job to minimise cost and time for you. We do:
- Removal of in-ground and above-ground fibreglass pools.
- Commercial and residential in-ground concrete swimming pool demolition.
- Any size of difficulty welcomed.
- Detailed demolition of pools that are surrounded by other structures.
- Tight access demolition of pools.
- Removal of pool material and infill with soil, etc.
- Compaction and grading of ground back to normal ground level.
- Restoring site to a useable state.
- Take away all unwanted materials and leave a clean site.