The contract for demolition / removal of your swimming pool will most likely specify some sort of allotments. It may be allotments for the number of truck loads of rubble exported. It may be allotments specified for the number of loads of fill material imported.
Each year without fail, I have 1 or 2 prospective clients say “why do you limit the number of loads of rubble you’re hauling out?” Or, “why do you limit the number of loads of fill soil you’re bringing in?” And I am always glad to explain in detail why.
The other week we encountered an excessively thick concrete pool deck. So I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to shoot a picture to provide prospective clients with a visual.
See, we have no idea what we will encounter. No contractor truly knows how thick the concrete is until they break into it. In the case of the job in the photo – we encountered a concrete pool deck that had a 2nd concrete pool deck poured over top of the first deck. Two Layers! That was no less than 8-inches thick, probably closer to 10-inches in some places; the average is typically 4-inches. A situation like this can add additional loads of rubble to be exported (if rubble is contracted to be exported). We have to pay to dispose of each individual load. And the trucks and drivers do not operate for free. The more rubble that’s hauled away…translates to the more fill material we will also need for backfill.
Its rare that we encounter such extreme variances in concrete thickness. But it does happen, and we need to have the bases covered for when it does!