Swimming pool removal is most often needed when your pool no longer fits your new vision for your landscape or your yard is too small for a pool and growing children. You may want more yard space or a home sport court for the kids instead. Or, you may simply no longer want a pool at all.
In other instances, though, the pool simply is the wrong size and shape for the landscape design around it and needs to be removed and replaced altogether.
To make such an important investment, consult with a landscape design professional first before calling a swimming pool removal company. Prior to doing anything on your land that could affect underground utilities, garden design, hardscape integrity, and home foundation stability, you need to know exactly how swimming pool removal is going to affect your residence as a whole.
A landscape designer always works with a team of partner companies and subcontractors who handle specialty projects like masonry and swimming pool design. However, certain other aspects of Houston landscaping, such as tree preservation, sod, irrigation, and drainage, fall exclusively into the domain of the landscape designer.
Taking out an massive underground structure such as a pool has an impact on the entire yard beyond the visible boundaries of the pool coping.
Very calculated and specific steps have to be taken in a swimming pool removal operation in order to preserve the integrity of your property’s grade and the stability of your home foundation. The most important thing that must be done in the backfilling process, once the shell and coping are removed from the ground and all debris is cleaned out, is soil compaction.
Compacted soil must be used to prevent dirt from the sides of the hole from falling back into the center. If this were to happen, it could potentially create a sinkhole in your yard that is dangerously close to your home foundation and other outdoor structures. Foundations have been known to crack when this happens.
This also prevents a drainage problem from developing that could lead to standing water in the yard. Standing water can damage any adjacent wood structures and presents a very real health hazard as a sure mosquito breeding area.
Landscapers prevent this from happening by mixing the soil at precise and appropriate amounts and testing its compaction at every six inches during the backfilling process.
Engineering specialists who handle the actual swimming pool removal are supervised to make certain that the do not damage existing utilities or tree roots and that no other elements of the landscape master plan (such as patios or walkways) are damaged in the process.
Homeowners have an advantage in convenience in this type of operation. They get to deal with their landscaping designer as a single point of contact, who then works as a general contractor coordinating the expertise (and payments to) all respective subcontracted entities.
This creates a more efficient process flow and guarantees and functionally viable and aesthetically pleasing turnkey solution at the end of the day.