How to demolish an inground pool

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There are many reasons for wanting to get rid of your inground pool: high maintenance costs, advanced state of deterioration, difficulty selling your property, wanting a bigger yard, etc.

Whatever your motivation for wanting to say goodbye to your pool, demolition is a tricky operation that can be divided into 4 main phases:

  1. Site preparation
  2. Demolition of the inground pool
  3. Debris removal
  4. Filling the hole left behind

In this article, our demolition experts explain each of these phases in detail.

1 – Preparation of the demolition site

Before you start demolishing your inground pool, there are certain tasks that can be done ahead of time that will make the rest of the project run more smoothly. You could do this yourself, but most inground swimming pool demolition companies will offer to do this for your convenience.

First, you will have to empty all the water from your pool. Next, you will have to remove the coping, the cover and all accessible mechanical elements and accessories:

  • Pump
  • Filter
  • Hoses
  • Ladder
  • Diving board

These accessories can usually be recycled so consider choosing a demolition partner who can take them to a sorting center with a semi-truck.

To facilitate access to the site, you should also remove as many decorative items as possible from your backyard.

2 – Demolition of the inground pool

When it comes to the second step, which is the pool demolition itself, it is best to have the work done by professionals. In addition to being very dangerous for amateurs, pool demolition often requires the use of heavy machinery that only qualified people can handle efficiently and safely.

For example, demolishing an inground concrete pool will require an excavator equipped with a hydraulic hammer to break the concrete shell into fragments.

3 – Debris removal

Once the concrete structure of the pool has been reduced to pieces small enough to be moved easily, the removal of the rubble and debris resulting from the demolition can begin.

This task is best left to residential excavation professionals who have the necessary equipment to load and transport the debris off-site, such as an 16 ton excavator and dump truck.

In addition, working with a reputable excavation and demolition company ensures that your debris will be disposed of properly.

4 – Filling the hole left behind

The demolition of your pool will undoubtedly leave a huge hole in your property. However, if you ask excavation and earthwork experts to backfill the hole, your land won’t be marked by the demolition and you’ll be able to put it to good use again.

Again, this step is best left to the pros because if the hole is not filled properly, the backfill material could settle over time and you will end up with a depression in your garden. Experts know the compaction levels of the materials and aggregates to achieve so that nothing will settle.

Excavation Chanthier: the leading inground pool demolition company in Quebec

As you can see from the above, inground pool demolition is a job best handled by professionals. Only experts have the skills and equipment necessary to complete the 4 steps mentioned above.

If you have an inground pool to demolish in the Greater Montreal area, Excavation Chanthier has extensive expertise in pool demolition gained from many successful projects. We can precisely assess your needs and provide you with a clear and detailed quote. We offer a turnkey service!

Contact us for more information.

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