If you don't use your swimming pool very often, getting rid of it is a good idea. You'll significantly increase the size of your yard and eliminate the need for pool maintenance. Pool demolition involves breaking down the pool and filling it in, and there are two main ways that can happen:
- Partial Demolition: The top portion of the pool is broken off, put down at the bottom and then filled over.
- Complete Demolition: The entire pool is demolished, the debris is taken away and the area is filled in with dirt and gravel.
Now, complete demolition does take a little longer and cost a little more, but it's still usually the better option. Here are just three reasons you should choose complete pool demolition over partial.
1. Non-Buildable Land
The main disadvantage of partial demolition is that you'll end up with non-buildable land. In most parts of the country, you won't legally be able to build anything else on it; even if you're technically allowed to, it's a very bad idea. A shed or paving can be accommodated, but any extensions or other projects cannot be supported by a partial removal. In fact, even a new swimming pool can't usually be built. If you did want to do any building, you'd have to have the old pool completely dug up and the area recompacted; essentially, that means conducting a full demolition years down the line.
2. Drop in Property Value
Yes, you're going to save yourself a fair amount of money by choosing a partial pool demolition over a full demolition, but you'll probably end up costing yourself in the long run. Any pool removal should be declared when you try to sell your property. A full pool removal shouldn't result in a drop in value since the land will still be buildable. If the removal was only partial, the value of your property is almost certainly going to decrease. The difference between property values can be much larger than the price difference between full and partial pool removal.
3. Risk of Sinkage
Finally, keep in mind that any mistakes made during the partial removal process can increase the likelihood of sinkage. You might start to notice small sunken pockets appearing across the area, which can be a real problem if you've decided to pave over it. You'll also increase the risk of seepage and swelling. All told, a partial demolition is a bit of a risk.
For more information, get in touch with local demolition contractors.