Best Way to Remove a Vinyl Lined Inground Pool


You might decide to get rid of your backyard pool if it is old, damaged beyond repair, or has been in use for more than 15 years. To ensure the best results and avoid future complications, there are certain steps you need to follow when removing a vinyl liner pool.

It might seem easy to remove a vinyl-lined pool from the ground. It might seem simple to fill the pool with dirt. It is not possible to just fill the pool with dirt and leave it there.

Instead of putting yourself at risk by trying to remove your pool on your own, hire a professional pool company. When removing a backyard pool, it is important to hire an experienced contractor.

There are 2 ways to remove an inground pool

There are two options for inground pool removal. You should do your research to determine which method is best for you. A contractor can explain the differences between a partial and a full pool removal.

Partial Pool Removing

If you have concrete walls behind your vinyl, partial pool removal may be an option. This is more cost-effective and quicker than full pool removal. However, stability issues will prevent you from building structures on the land in future.

A partial pool removal might allow for some of the pool’s sides to be retained. The top section of the walls can be removed but the bottom can be left in place. As fill material, concrete from the pool walls goes into the bottom of your pool. To allow proper drainage, the contractor drills large holes into the bottom of each pool. The pool is then backfilled and compacted. Some pool materials are left behind.

Full Pool Removal

You can also break down the pool and haul it away. This method leaves nothing in the pool cavity, other than fill dirt and topsoil.

Although full pool removal can be more costly than partial pool removal it is often cheaper than partial pool removal. Vinyl-lined swimming pool owners often recommend full removal. These pools are often surrounded by steel walls or other steel materials. It is important to remove this steel before you fill the pool.

If you select a complete pool elimination, this means that everything is removed: vinyl linings, fiberglass, concrete, and other equipment. To remove the pool walls and bottoms, we bring in heavy equipment. Then we haul everything away. The project is completed with backfilling, compaction, and final inspection.

No matter what type of pool removal you choose, it is important to ensure that proper compaction and backfill are done correctly so that there is no sinkhole in the future.

Overview: How to remove a vinyl-lined inground pool

Talk to a contractor if you’re ready to get a pool. The services that you require will vary depending on what type of pool you have, and where it is situated.

Here’s a quick overview of what usually happens when you remove a vinyl-lined, in-ground pool.

  • Estimate – Do not hire a pool contractor without a written estimate. You need to be clear about the cost of this project. To get personalized recommendations, ask for a consultation.
  • Access – The contractor must first have access to the site. It might be necessary to temporarily take down a section of your backyard fence to allow for the transport of heavy equipment. Sometimes it is necessary to remove landscaping features such as shrubs. Clear out patio furniture and other items that might get in the way.
  • Utility – Before digging begins, the pool contractor must identify the location of the utility lines. These utilities must be removed before the project can begin.
  • Water – Now, it’s time for the water pump to be turned off. The contractor cannot start digging until the pool is completely dry.
  • Vinyl Liners – Once you have access to the vinyl liners, it is time to cut them into pieces for disposal. The vinyl liner should be removed and taken to a local disposal facility.
  • Steel Structure – After the vinyl liner has been removed, the steel walls will need to be disassembled. You might also have fiberglass, composite, or wood under the vinyl liner.
  • Concrete Decking – It is common to break down concrete pools decking at the edge of the pool. Concrete chunks can be placed in the pool cavity or hauled away.
  • Fill Dirt – Next, you will need to fill the pool cavity with dirt. Next, topsoil should be applied to the highest layer. To ensure that water runs away from buildings and other structures, heavy equipment is needed to compact the soil. Discuss with your contractor whether engineered structural backfilling may be necessary for your yard.

There might be variations in each step depending on your particular situation. To ensure that your project goes smoothly, a demolition contractor can provide specific information.

Get the best pool removal contractors

Greenbar Excavation can help you remove a vinyl-lined, in-ground pool. For more information on pool removal, please contact us. We’re here to help!

This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top Septic Tank replacement companies in Central Oregon. Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!




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