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Having a backyard pool can sound like an excellent feature for any home, but the truth is, it’s not for everyone. Many people buy a home with a pool, assuming they’ll use it every day and will love having that feature in their backyards. However, sometimes, these people discover just how much work a pool is. They swim in it less and less frequently, and soon enough, that fun backyard feature just becomes a labor-intensive burden. If you have a pool in your backyard that you rarely use, or if it’s just become more work than it’s worth, it’s time to consider pool removal in New Jersey. Keep reading to get a few tips on helping this process go smoothly.

Do a Thorough Search for a Professional

Pool removal is not the kind of project you can do independently. The process is far more complex than just tossing some dirt in to fill the pool’s interior, and if done incorrectly, it can result in serious problems for your backyard. So, ensure you thoroughly search for a professional to do this job. You should look for someone who has ample experience removing pools of all types and who can offer you both full and partial pool removal options (more on that in a moment). Look for a company with plenty of positive reviews, is licensed and insured, and can provide images and references for their past work. Again, this job must be done right if you want to avoid sinkholes and other issues in your backyard later, so don’t rush the decision-making process.

Choose between a Full and Partial Removal

As stated above, full and partial pool removal are options. As the name implies, a full removal involves completely removing all parts of the pool. The pool shell is cut apart or broken down and removed from the ground. Then, the hole that is left behind is backfilled with gravel and dirt, compacted, and prepared for future landscaping.

Partial removal leaves most of the pool’s structure buried beneath an upper layer of soil. The top portion of the pool is broken apart and tossed inside the remaining structure. Then, the shell itself is backfilled and covered with soil to create a smooth surface for landscaping. Partial removal is the more affordable option, but it is more likely to cause complications later on. Of course, when done properly by a certified professional, those issues are much less likely to occur.

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Understand the Costs

In addition to the pool removal, other costs may be associated with decommissioning your backyard pool. You will likely need a permit for this project, which can cost several hundred dollars. Additionally, heavy-duty equipment will need to be able to access your backyard; this often means some damage to landscaping, removal of fence lines, and other construction costs. Finally, remember that once your pool is removed, you’ll be left with a large area of flat dirt. Oddly, that’s not the look you’re going for in your backyard. So, you will need to consider the costs of re-landscaping the area that previously housed your pool.

Keep in mind that, in most areas, building a permanent structure over the top of an old pool is not permitted. This is due to concerns regarding settling underneath anything with a foundation. So, if you’re hoping to build a guest house or expand your home, you won’t be able to do it over this area.

Contact Atlantic Pool Experts today if you have further questions or need a quote for your fiberglass pool removal in New Jersey.

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