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4 Tips for Back-filling a Swimming Pool

A backyard pool is great… in theory. In reality, they can be expensive to maintain and grow more dangerous as they age and deteriorate. For a variety of reasons, many homeowners opt to "backfill" their pool. Backfilling a pool with dirt is a process that simply means to remove any remaining water and fill up the vacant space with either gravel, sand, or dirt. If you are considering this project for your backyard pool, here are a few tips to keep in mind so your job goes as smoothly as possible:

#1 Choose the right materials.

Some fills work better than others. Gravel, sand, and dirt are all options, and each one brings its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, dirt is the most cost-effective but takes longer to settle. In order to get around this, all of the concrete and coping should be broken into chunks of 12 inches or less to promote drainage and prevent future ground settling. The rubble layer is covered with a geotextile filter fabric.

#2 Make sure you're following the right procedure.

This is the most common pool demolition process. A partial collapse and fill involve a couple of steps:

#1 Jackhammering the pool floor

#2 Filling the space in with dirt

#3 Compacting the dirt

#4 Breaking the pool sides

#5 Backfilling and compacting

#6 Applying the topsoil

This plan is the least expensive and most efficient way to remove a pool from your backyard. When done in these steps, backfilling will only take about two to five days. In less than a week, your problem pool will be gone and you'll have a bigger backyard!

#3 Hire experts.

This absolutely isn't the time to attempt a DIY project. For homeowners in the Concord, CA area, the experts at Bye Bye Pool are the people to call. Our experienced crew will help you reclaim the space by demolishing the pool in an efficient way and ensuring there are no damages to your existing landscape. Of course, we'll handle the needed city permits and inspections. We do a thorough clean up and recycle most of the materials from the job. Our job does not end there; we stand by our work for the coming years.

#4 Don't forget the cleanup!

You don't want to hire a team who fills in your pool and then leaves you with a big mess outside. Once the pool is filled in, the site needs to be cleaned up. The equipment is removed, any access fencing is replaced, and the site is policed. We also take care of the removal of all metal, wood and plastic pool equipment from the site.

Give us a call today at 1-800-byebyepool. We will start by discussing and understanding your needs, which we believe is key to the success of any project. We then visit the location and do a thorough visual inspection and offer you a free pool backfilling estimate and also a plan of execution. We believe this is the only way to give you a fair, accurate estimate.

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