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We’re offering discounts, but only for a limited time. Get a jump on summer and get on our schedule and lets make that old swimming pool disappear! The early bird gets the worm, so contact us now!  CLICK HERE for the discount schedule and more information. Do not delay, our Spring-A-Ding-Ding discounts are offered only for a limited time. Discounts are offered for in-ground swimming pools only.

In Ground Pool Removal in Maryland & Virginia

Inground pool removal in MD VA
The start of a demolition of a gunite swimming pool in a confining backyard in Vienna VA. We remove swimming pools in MD and VA.

Professional Swimming Pool Removal Company

Removal and demolition of residential in-ground swimming pools is what we specialize in. I was the first contractor to offer swimming pool removal services as an exclusive service in both Maryland and Virginia. I personally oversee the entire job of every single in-ground swimming pool that we remove or demolish from start to finish. Having the owner onsite aids in ensuring that everything goes smoothly, and that unforeseen problems are properly addressed and contended with. I find that removing a pool can be stressful for homeowners in the beginning, so contracting with an owner supervised pool removal company helps ease a homeowner’s mind.

We try to steer people away from simply “filling in” the pool as this could potentially lead to problems down the road when it comes time to sell the home. Filling in the pool could cause the area to have the quicksand effect, creating a super saturated bowl, which could prove to be a hazard to the public’s safety (mosquitoes, etc.).

We perform one job at a time. We make your job a priority and typically finish the job from start to finish in 3-5 working days.

We provide swimming pool demolition and swimming pool removal services in all of Maryland and in all of northern Virginia. From Frederick, MD, to Bethesda MD, to Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford and Cecil Counites, just to name a few. In Northern Virginia we remove pools in Fairfax County, Arlington County VA. Prince William County, Leesburg VA, Loudoun County, Stafford County, and beyond. Click here for a  complete listing of the areas we serve . If you area isn’t listed, please call or email us, as some areas may have inadvertently been left out.

We do a lot of intriguing swimming pool removal jobs. You can read about some of our Featured Pool Removal Jobs here.

Special Equipment for Residential Pool Removal

All of our equipment is perfectly suited for residential swimming pool demolition and removal. Our machines are equipped with rubber tracks, low noise emission mufflers, and our machinery vary in size. This enables us to access most tight and challenging properties. It also allows us to get in and out with minimal disturbance to the ground (and neighbors) and complete the job in a timely manner. The rubber tracks enable us to traverse up and down most steep slopes.

Our Price Quoting Process For Swimming Pool Removal

Remove a swimming pool in MD and VA
This gunite swimming pool in a confining work area is getting demolished in it’s entirety and will be completely removed.

Our process for pricing and executing removal of in-ground swimming pools typically starts with a free telephone discussion about your property and swimming pool. I will then review e-mailed pictures and I will also review online satellite pictures of your property via online GIS mapping websites. I speculate that 97% of the time the online satellite pictures show me enough to put together an accurate quote to remove your swimming pool. If there is heavy tree cover that blocks the view of your backyard or swimming pool – I will come to your property for a site visit and evaluation.

In-ground vinyl lined pool removal in MD & VA
Removal of a vinyl lined swimming pool. The steel structure is being lifted from the cavity to be hauled away from the premises.

Next, I will draft a detailed proposal. The proposal pretty much spells out every move we intend to make on your property. I try to be as descriptive and transparent as possible at all times, from the way I have created the proposals to the way I interact with all my clients. After you review the proposal in it’s entirety, provided you are seriously considering contracting with us – I will then schedule a time to come to your property to meet you in person and to visit the site.

What type of in-ground swimming pool do you have?

From over the years I’ve been in the pool demolition / removal business, I have found that many prospective clients do not know what type of swimming pool they have when they contact me about pool removal / demolition services. Its not unusual for folks to have bought a property and have never removed the cover from their pool. Its not unusual for new owners of existing properties to not know what type of swimming pool they have. There are basically three types of in-ground swimming pools. The different types involve different steps for the demolition or removal process. The different types of swimming pools are as follows:

Vinyl Liner

A vinyl liner pool has a custom made sheet of vinyl between the water and the pool structure, similar to that of a heavy duty shower curtain. Vinyl lined swimming pools have a structure that consists primarily of  wall panels. The wall panels are either steel, aluminum, or plastic. Some of the older vinyl liner pools have masonry block walls. The base of vinyl lined pools is typically made of vermiculite or grout.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass pools are not as common as Vinyl liner or gunite swimming pools. A fiberglass pool is simply a pre-formed pool shell that is made of fiberglass.

Gunite / Concrete

In terms of the steps involved for demolition / removal, concrete and gunite swimming pools entail the same processes. In our eyes we view concrete and gunite swimming pools as one in the same. Concrete and gunite pools basically have a concrete shell that is reinforced with rebar. Concrete and gunite pools have tile around the top perimeter of the walls and the very top of the walls are capped with a coping. The coping is usually a stone or masonry product.

What type of swimming pool removal is best for YOU?

So, you’ve finally made up your mind to take the plunge and dive-in head first into your swimming pool removal. And now you’re faced with an abundance of questions. How will your pool removal be handled? Most counties and cities in Maryland and Virginia allow a partial collapse and fill, where one particular county in Maryland require a full removal of all concrete and rebar and then backfilled under the supervision of a licensed Geotechnical soils engineer. There are a few options that fall between these two ends of the spectrum and I’ll do my best to describe each technique.

 

Process for vinyl lined swimming pool removal

If the pool is vinyl lined or fiberglass the demolition / removal process typically goes like this:
  • A section of fencing removed for equipment access.
  • Shrubs may have to be removed for equipment access.
  • Utilities disconnected (performed by others, or we can sub-contract this service)
  • Pool water pumped out
  • Removal of all pool equipment from site.
  • Cut and remove the vinyl liner from the cavity. Vinyl liner is hauled away from the premises and disposed of.
  • We cut or remove the steel structure from the ground. If the vinyl lined swimming pool does not have a steel structure – then we remove the fiberglass, composite, or wood structure from the ground.
  • Concrete decking typically broken to approximately 15″ x 15″ or smaller pieces and placed in pool cavity if allowed, or hauled away for additional fees if desired or required.
  • Pool cavity filled with clean fill soil and and compacted with a vibratory double drum roller.
  • Graded to proper elevation
  • Pool areas are graded to drain away from structures.
  • Disturbed areas top dressed with top soil, seeded, and mulched with straw
  • Written watering instructions provided.
  • Fill material and top soil are typically imported via tandem and tri-axle dump trucks, and dumped on a solid paved surface – the driveway. The “dump” area must not have tree branches or overhead utility lines that are subject to damages when the truck’s dump body is fully raised. In most cases it’s a good idea to know what the pool area will be used for, so as to plan for final grading, landscaping, concrete pavers, etc.
  • Charles County MD Property Owners: Charles County permit department requires that the swimming pool backfill material and process be monitored and certified by a licensed engineer. This will entail additional costs to the property owner.

NOTE: The process described above in not an engineered structural backfill. Engineered structural backfill can be performed for additional costs to client.

 

Pool removal company in Maryland MD
The start of a vinyl liner pool removal, pulling the steel panels out.

 

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The pool removal is coming along nicely. The steel panels are removed

 

Pool Demolition company in Maryland
Placement and compaction of the fill soil has begun for this swimming pool removal project.

Demolition process for gunite or concrete swimming pools

There are (3) different methods for you to select from and choose how we tackle your concrete or gunite swimming pool demolition. The costs do vary from method to method. As a professional swimming pool removal contractor I make it a point to educate prospective clients about the different methods in as much detail as possible. After the detailed explanation and after answering any questions the property owner may have, I let my prospective clients to decide which method is best for them. 

 

Our LEVEL I demolition process of in-ground concrete / gunite pools entails:

  • A section of fencing removed for equipment access.
  • Shrubs may have to be removed and tress may have to be trimmed for equipment access.
  • Utilities disconnected (performed by others, or we can sub-contract this service)
  • Pool water pumped out
  • Removal of all pool equipment from site.
  • We do not “punch” or “drill” holes in the pool’s floor. We go further than that – we break up no less than 80% of the swimming pool’s floor. Simply punching or drilling holes in the pool’s floor serves no benefit in abandoning the swimming pool. The pool has sat there for decades holding on average from 80 to 136 tons of water, the ground under the pool has self-compacted from the weight bearing down on it over the course of years. To ensure water can drain through the bottom of the pool we go the extra mile and we break up no less than 80% of the pool’s floor.
  • We break down the perimeter of the pool’s walls 24 to 36-inches from the top. We also break up the pool’s steps.
  • We break up the swimming pool’s concrete decking. We place the subsequent rubble into the cavity, provided it will fit.
  • With our partial Tear-Down process no rubble is exported from the premises. The rubble is placed or left in the pool cavity, provided it will fit.
  • Rubble is covered with geo-textile fabric (filter cloth) prior to backfilling the cavity with soil. The geo-textile fabric forms a barrier and keeps the fill soil from sifting through the voids in the rubble. This greatly aids in preventing settlement.
  • The cavity is backfilled with fill soil and compacted with a double drum vibratory roller in 4 to 8-inch lifts.
  • Graded to proper elevation
  • Pool areas are graded to drain away from structures.
  • Disturbed areas top dressed with top soil, seeded, and mulched with straw
  • Written watering instructions provided.
  • Fill material and top soil are typically imported via tandem and tri-axle dump trucks, and dumped on a solid paved surface – the driveway. The “dump” area must not have tree branches or overhead utility lines that are subject to damages when the truck’s dump body is fully raised. In most cases it’s a good idea to know what the pool area will be used for, as to plan for final grading, landscaping, concrete pavers, etc.
  • Charles County MD Property Owners: Charles County permit department requires that the swimming pool backfill material and process be monitored and certified by a licensed engineer. This will entail additional costs to the property owner.

NOTE: The process described above in not an engineered structural backfill. Engineered structural backfill can be performed for additional costs to client.

 

Our  LEVEL II demolition process of in-ground concrete or gunite pools entails:

  • Our LEVEL II demolition consists of the same steps as the LEVEL I demolition process except the subsequent rubble is exported from the premises.
  • Concrete that was not broken up will remain in place, only subsequent rubble will be removed from the cavity and hauled away from the premises. This includes the demolished pool decking.
  • Charles County MD Property Owners: Charles County permit department requires that the swimming pool backfill material and process be monitored and certified by a licensed engineer. This will entail additional costs to the property owner.

NOTE: The process described above in not an engineered structural backfill. Engineered structural backfill can be performed for additional costs to client.

Our  LEVEL III demolition process of in-ground concrete or gunite pools entails:

  • A section of fencing removed for equipment access.
  • Shrubs may have to be removed and tress may have to be trimmed for equipment access.
  • Utilities disconnected (performed by others, or we can sub-contract this service)
  • Pool water pumped out
  • Removal of all pool equipment from site.
  • Break up all of the concrete or gunite pool shell.
  • Break up all of the concrete or gunite pool decking.
  • Load all of the rubble onto tandem or tri-axle dump trucks, export from the premises, and disposal of the rubble at a legal dump site or processing facility.
  • The cavity is backfilled with fill soil and compacted with a double drum vibratory roller in 4 to 8-inch lifts.
  • Graded to proper elevation
  • Pool areas are graded to drain away from structures.
  • Disturbed areas top dressed with top soil, seeded, and mulched with straw
  • Written watering instructions provided.
  • Fill material and top soil are typically imported via tandem and tri-axle dump trucks, and dumped on a solid paved surface – the driveway. The “dump” area must not have tree branches or overhead utility lines that are subject to damages when the truck’s dump body is fully raised. In most cases it’s a good idea to know what the pool area will be used for, as to plan for final grading, landscaping, concrete pavers, etc.
  • Charles County MD Property Owners: Charles County permit department requires that the swimming pool backfill material and process be monitored and certified by a licensed engineer. This will entail additional costs to the property owner.

NOTE: The process described above in not an engineered structural backfill. Engineered structural backfill can be performed for additional costs to client.

 

 

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