Remove and Fill Your Swimming Pool with Soil and Backfill

You’re considering removing your swimming pool, but where do you start?

The process can seem daunting, but with a clear plan, you’ll be on your way to filling that cavity with soil and backfill. You’ll need to drain the pool, disassemble the equipment, and break up the shell into manageable sections. But what about the logistics of filling the resulting hole with clean fill? How do you ensure the soil is compacted and stable?

You’re about to take the plunge (mind the pun there, haha), but first, let’s break down the costs, steps, and considerations involved in this complex process.

Assessing Pool Removal Costs

You’ll likely spend between $3,000 and $10,000 or more to remove your swimming pool, depending on the pool’s size, material, and location.

This cost includes labor, equipment, and disposal fees. If your pool is in a remote area or has complex access, expect higher costs.

Additionally, the type of pool you have will impact the removal cost. Fiberglass and vinyl-lined pools are generally less expensive to remove than concrete or gunite pools due to the varying complexities of inground pool demolition.

You may also need to consider permits, inspections, and potential environmental hazards, which can add to the overall cost.

It’s essential to get quotes from multiple contractors to compare prices and services. Be sure to ask about any additional fees or services that may be required, such as topsoil or fill material.

Draining and Disassembling Pool

Before dismantling your pool, drain the water completely to prevent damage to the surrounding area and to make the removal process safer and more efficient.

You’ll need to disconnect the pumps, filters, and other equipment to prevent any electrical shock or damage.

Next, you’ll need to disassemble the pool’s accessories, such as ladders, handrails, and pool covers, before you fill in a pool.

Remove any remaining pool chemicals and store them safely.

It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for draining and disassembling your specific pool model to ensure proper pool fill procedures.

Take your time, and work methodically to avoid damaging the pool or surrounding area.

Remember to label and organize the disassembled parts for easier reassembly or disposal.

Excavating and Removing Pool Shell

With the pool drained and disassembled, it’s time to tackle the most labor-intensive part of the process: excavating and removing the pool shell.

You’ll need to break up the concrete or fiberglass shell into manageable sections, using heavy machinery or manual tools like jackhammers and pry bars.

Start by breaking the shell’s perimeter, then work your way inwards, section by section.

Be cautious, as the pool’s structure can be fragile and may collapse.

As you demolish the shell, remove the debris, taking care not to damage the surrounding area or disrupt existing drainage systems.

You may need to hire professionals or rent equipment for this task, depending on the pool’s size and material.

Filling the Pool Cavity

Now that the pool shell is removed, fill the resulting cavity with a mix of compacted soil and aggregate material to prevent settling and ensure stability.

You’ll want to use a mix that’s specifically designed for backfilling, as it’ll help prevent future settling or shifting.

Start by filling the cavity with about 6-8 inches of aggregate material, such as crushed stone or gravel, and then cover it with fill dirt.

Then, add layers of compacted soil on top, using a hand tamper or plate compactor to ensure it’s densely packed.

Repeat this process until the cavity is filled to the top with clean fill dirt. Make sure to compact each layer thoroughly to prevent air pockets and ensure a solid foundation.

Grading and Compacting Soil

You’ll need to grade the filled cavity to ensure it’s even with the surrounding grade, and then compact the soil to create a solid base for your future landscaping plans.

To grade the soil, use a rake or a shovel to spread it evenly, checking the levels regularly to ensure it’s uniform.

Next, compact the soil using a hand tamper, plate compactor, or roller, and consider adding topsoil depending on the size of your pool area.

It’s essential to compact the soil in layers, about 2-3 inches at a time, to prevent settling. Repeat the process until you’ve compacted the entire area.

Remember to check the soil’s moisture level, as compacting dry soil can be challenging and may impact drainage efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Reuse the Pool Equipment for a Future Pool Installation?

If you’re wondering if you can reuse the pool equipment for a future pool installation.

While it’s technically possible, you’ll need to ensure the equipment is in good condition and compatible with the new pool’s specifications.

Will Removing My Pool Increase or Decrease My Property Value?

If you’re wondering if removing your pool will impact your property value, considering factors such as upkeep and the desirability of an inground pool.

Generally, it depends on your location and local market; in some areas, a pool can be a liability due to the upkeep, while in others, it’s a coveted amenity. Climate is one of the largest factors.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the Entire Pool Removal Process?

Typically, it takes 3-5 days to demolish a pool, and another 2-4 weeks for excavation, backfilling, and grading, depending on the pool size and site conditions.

Are There Any Environmental Benefits to Removing an Old Pool?

Removing an old pool can have some surprising environmental benefits, especially if it’s replaced with clean fill dirt, improving the overall landscape.

Reducing water waste is one of the primary advantages of pool removal. Pools require a significant amount of water to operate, and by removing the pool, you can conserve this water for more essential uses.

Conserving energy is another benefit of pool removal. Pools require a lot of energy to power the pumps, filters, and other equipment needed to maintain them. By removing the pool, you can reduce your energy consumption.

Removing a pool can even create a habitat for local wildlife in the newly filled area. This can be especially beneficial if you plant native vegetation, which can provide a food source and shelter for local animals.

Can I Remove My Pool Myself Without Hiring a Professional?

If you’re considering DIY pool removal, be aware that it’s a complex, labor-intensive process requiring heavy machinery and expertise, making it challenging and potentially dangerous to tackle alone without professional guidance.

It involves several stages, including draining the pool, demolishing the structure, removing the debris, and using appropriate fill material to fill in the pool area.

Additionally, local regulations and permits may be required, and improper removal can lead to environmental hazards, property damage, and legal issues.

It’s recommended to hire a professional pool removal company with the necessary expertise, equipment, and insurance to ensure a safe and successful inground pool demolition.

In Conclusion

You’ve successfully removed and filled your swimming pool with soil and backfill.

Pat yourself on the back – it wasn’t an easy feat!

Now, enjoy your newly reclaimed yard, free from the maintenance and costs of inground pool ownership.

Remember to keep an eye on the soil’s settling process, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a smooth, even surface of clean fill dirt.

When you are ready to start landscaping your newly recovered space, think of MMR Haulage for your landscaping material supplies!

With time, your yard will be unrecognizable from its former pool-filled state.

New landscaped yard after swimming pool removal

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We hope this has given some insight into some of the many things that need to be considered when preparing your home for swimming pool removal and the earthmoving involved.

Need clean fill to fill up your removed swimming pool, or soil hauled from your new pool being excavated?

MMR Haulage is a wet hire tipper truck service servicing areas from Brisbane to the top of the Sunshine Coast and all areas in between. Check out our interactive service area map on our home page to confirm your location in our service area, or give us a call for a chat – 0477 677 408