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How to Decide if a Pool Demolition is Right For You
Having a pool adds a significant amount of beauty to a home. However, keeping a well maintained pool can be expensive, exhausting, and time consuming. Over time, the pool may not quite be what it used to be.
If your pool has reached this point, you might be one of many homeowners who consider a pool removal. Beyond the pursuit of a good looking yard comes the question of appraisal value. When looking to sell their house, many homeowners will take into consideration the condition of their pool.
Our staff polled local real estate agents in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area about the value of pools. The answer practically always began with “Well, it depends…”. There are so many factors involved with a house appraisal, it’s hard to give a direct answer to whether it’s better to keep or demolish the old pool.
It depends on the area you live in, the size of the yard, the condition of the pool, and so on. For example, having a small yard with most of the space taken up by a pool, demolishing the pool would be in your best interest. Or if you live near elementary schools, a pool demolition could increase the value of your house due to the decreased liability.
Pool Demolition Benefits:
- Less time and money spent on maintaining your pool
- Increased yard space, giving more room for future landscaping projects
- Pool demolition eliminates the hazards and liabilities of owning a pool
- Can make your home easier to sell by expanding the number of potential buyers
Different Forms of Pool Demolition
When demolishing your pool in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA areas, there are many things to consider. One of the most important considerations is your plans for the space where the pool was. Will you let the grass grow over and expand your backyard? Or do you plan to build onto your house, using the space the pool used to be to increase your square footage?
Depending on how you would answer this question you would be looking at either partial or complete pool demolition. Each has their own advantages and price differences. Most importantly, complete pool demolition allows for future construction on the demolition site. Read on below to find out more about these two pool removal services.
Complete Pool Demolition
A complete pool demolition is usually the type of work that people tend to have in mind when they first decide to have their swimming pool removed. It is exactly as it sounds, the entire pool is demolished.
The process starts by using an excavator to break up all of the concrete walls of the pool as well as the floor. Once all of the material has been loosened, it can be removed from the site. This leaves a large empty hole where the pool used to be.
Our demolition crew will then backfill the area with dirt and base material, and finally use a compactor to keep everything in place.
Complete pool removal is the ideal type of demolition work if you plan to build on the area after the pool is gone. The reason for this is every piece of the pool is demolished and removed.
You are then left with a solid foundation, which makes it perfect for new construction. If future builds are part of your plan, you will have to choose a complete pool demolition.
Partial pool removal will not work for your situation, and most construction crews will refuse to build on top of an old pool unless it was completely demolished. Some homeowners choose a partial pool demolition to save cost.
Afterwards, they then need the site dug up and recompacted when they decide to build later. Complete pool removal jobs tend to be a bit more expensive than partial pool demolition due to the amount of work involved. With that said, they can save you money in the long run and avoid the hassle of re-compacting the site in the future.
Partial Pool Demolition
Partial pool demolition is very similar in practice to complete demolition, with just a few key differences. The tops of the walls are broken down and removed using a bobcat, and holes are punched in the bottom of the pool to prevent any water collection.
The concrete floor of the pool is left in place and the whole area is filled with dirt and compacted. Leaving in part of the pool saves a significant amount of time and work, and is therefore a much cheaper way to demolish a pool.
The only real drawback to a partial pool removal is that you will not be able to build on the area in the future. Building on top of partially demolished pools is not an option because the land is deemed “non-buildable”.
This is definitely something to consider when choosing which type of pool demolition is right for you. Partial pool removal is ideal when you are looking to just remove the pool and leave a large open space like a grass yard in its place. With the great money saving benefits, we see many homeowners opting for partial pool demolition.
Above Ground Pool Removal
Our company not only demolished in-ground pools but above-ground pools as well! Above ground pool removal is much more affordable than inground pool removal.
The average cost for an above ground pool removal is much more standardized than an inground pool. Most above ground pool demolition prices start at $850 and vary depending on a few factors. These factors include the size of the pool, access to the pool, whether we will backfill the area, and if we need to pump the pool out.
Demolition services offered but not limited to:
- Garage Demolition
- Shed Demolition
- Mobile Home Demolition
- Interior Demolition
- House Gut Services
- Driveway Demolition
- Pool Demolition
- Concrete Demolition
- House Demolition
- Porch/Deck Demolition
- And more!
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- Sandra Hill
Very nice to deal with. Showed up promptly. Worked throughout the entire day. Did a fabulous job! Would highly recommend.
Great service , They came the same day I called. Very friendly and efficient. Great price for removal. Highly recommend this company. Very professional and A plus rating. Arrived on time and ready to work.
I would highly recommend them they did a great job and the men were very hardworking and very nice I intend to get them back for more at another time
- Michelle Pennington
Excellent communication starting from the first call through our entire demolition project. Answered the phone and responded to emails and texts promptly. Got the job done quickly and efficiently. Highly recommend A+ Enterprises.
Very promote service. They came exactly on time for the appointment and I did not have to left a finger. I lost the invoice for the services and received a quick response and delivery for that as well. If you looking for reasonable priced service with a smile A+ is the way to go. Also to add I have used multiple junk companies and they by far are the best.
I had called them to remove an old couch.. not only did they accommodate at a reasonable rate, they had it removed within hours!! Called 2-3 different places, tied prices w 2, however the customer service was phenomenal!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Thank you so much again!!
- Wes Coates
A+ Enterprise . . .gave an accurate estimate. . .did a PROFESSIONAL job. . .the team was "on-time" completed the work on schedule. . . very easy to work with. . . Highly Recommend!
I had called them to remove an old couch.. not only did the accommodate at a reasonable rate, they had it removed within hours!! Called 2-3 different places, tied prices w 2, however the customer service was phenomenal!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Thank you so much again!!
Called for estimate for tv removal, good price came that morning I called, Sal is great, will use again.
- Jennifer Kobeski
Requested a free estimate and they called me back in seconds! They were much more affordable than other big name companies in the area and provided service the day I requested. The movers were friendly and awesome! They moved out my awful bulky sofa with no issues! Absolutely would recommend to anyone! They are efficient and completely organized!
The price was amazing and the workers were professional. They completed the job within a short period of time and I’m having them come back for more work. Thanks A plus
Sal and his team are amazing! They came and did a clean out the same day I called. They are honest, flexible, quick, and professional. They are worth every penny they charge. I wouldn't consider calling anyone else. Ryan K.
- Carissa Dewey
I never leave reviews but Sal (I think his name is) was great. Both times we used them they showed up the next day on time and did a fast and efficient job. Personable and reliable. Highly recommend.
The 3 man crew did a fantastic job in clearing out and disposing of several large and small items that still remained after a 2 day estate sale. Items removed included beds and mattresses, 3 couches, bedroom chest of drawers, old refrigerator and electric stove, computer desk, old and very heavy television, several tools plus much more.Very courteous workers and owner was great to work with. Highly recommend and you won’t be disappointed.
Very professional and efficient. Came on short notice. Very nice guys. Extremely good job done swiftly.
Pool Removal FAQs
What does pool demolition cost?
The cost to demolish an in-ground pool depends on many variables. Most complete pool demolitions start at $5000, and can vary depending on size and access to the pool.
What do you do with the concrete from the pool?
What we do with the old pool concrete depends on local regulations and your selection of partial vs full pool demolition. On full pool demolitions, we haul away all old concrete from the pool, as well as the liner, pump, etc.
What areas do you service?
We provide pool removal & demolition services to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas. We also consider projects outside this area, so give us a call and we may be able to help you!
Do you pump out the pool?
Yes! Included in every pool demolition is pumping out the water. While other services may use this as an upcharge, we include pump-out services as standard with our company.