Northbrook, Illinois Pool Removal

Vinyl Liner Pool Removal

After enjoying their pool for many years, our clients were ready to see their pool go. The upkeep and maintenance were too much to handle for how little they had used the pool in the last few years. So they gave Mack Land a call to find out about their pool removal options.

This pool is a very common pool type: vinyl liner, vermiculite bottom and fiberglass sides. The vermiculite bottom breaks up very easily and is left in place. The vinyl liner and fiberglass walls are removed and disposed of offsite.

After the walls and surrounding concrete patio were removed, we imported clean, compactable fill material. We compact in layers as we go to help prevent settling. After bringing in topsoil to fine grade, we spread grass seed and finished with straw blanket. Our clients now have a sizable backyard to entertain guests.

If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer. Also make sure to visit our experience page to see some of our previous pool removal work.

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Spotlight Lyman Whitaker

Art in the garden is a great investment. It is often underestimated the value and character art adds to the landscape. Gardens and art go together like peanut butter and jelly.

 

 

After a pool removal we often get asked to replace the pool as a focal point.  If you are looking for low maintenance and low energy consumption, consider adding a sculpture piece.  Garden artwork from a well know artist is a better investment than a swimming pool from our perspective.  A great example of art that can give you something unique that no one else has are these wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker.  This is an example kinetic art (art that depends on motion for its effects) by a well know artist whose work will hold its value.

 

 

Let Mack Land, LLC help you find the signature piece for your landscape.  Contact us to discuss your options.

Fox Lake, Illinois Pool Removal

Fiberglass Sides with Concrete Bottom Pool Removal

After putting a lot of work into the inside of the house, our clients were ready to tackle projects out in the yard.  This unused pool in Fox Lake, Illinois needed to go.  It had not been used in years and cattails were growing in the deep end.

This pool was a typical style we see in the Chicagoland area.  Fiberglass walls with a concrete bottom.  The fiberglass walls were removed and hauled offsite.  The concrete was broken up into small pieces and used as structural fill in the deep end of the pool.

This pool was located in the side yard.  This gave us great access and enabled us to drive trucks right up to the pool area and speed up the process of bringing in dirt.  As always, we compacted as we went to help prevent any settling.

The client is planning to finish the area with sod later this spring and is excited to have even more usable yard space.

If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer. Also make sure to visit our experience page to see some of our previous pool removal work.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Barrington, Illinois Pool Removal

Vinyl Liner Pool Removal

Our clients enjoyed having a pool in the backyard, however over time it became more than they wanted to deal with.  The liner needed to be replaced and the steel pool walls were beginning to rust and fail.  They had not used the pool in a few years and decided it was time for it to go.

 

 

This vinyl liner pool removal in Barrington was a pool style we have seen many times in the area.  This pool consisted of a vinyl liner, steel sides and a vermiculite bottom.  Not all liner pools have a concrete pool bottom, some are a form of vermiculite (like this one) that is very chalky and easy to break up.

 

 

We removed the steel side and concrete walk around the pool and disposed of both offsite.  No material from the pool was buried.  We then brought in clean back fill material, compacted in layers and brought the area to rough grade.  The pool had been slightly raised so we graded out the area to give our client’s a level, usable backyard.  We finished with grass seed and ersosion control blanket to blend the new lawn area into the existing lawn.

 

 

If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer. Also make sure to visit our experience page to see some of our previous pool removal work.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Pool Removals: Why removing your pool can add value to your property.

Real Estate Pool Removals: Tip #3

It’s come time to sell your house.  There is lots of activity but no offers.  You keep hearing the same thing; “We love the house, hate the pool”.  Perhaps it is time to consider removing the pool.  Below are a few reasons why removing your pool may be the right move.

Increase Real Estate Value

  • Removing the pool will allow you to gain a bigger yard with more usable space and a more marketable space for realtors to sell.
  • Houses without pools appeal to a broader market.
  • Houses being sold “as is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it and may decrease surrounding property values.
  • The cost of removing a pool in disrepair will be significantly offset by the value it adds to the property and it will make the property easier to sell.

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Save Money

What if you aren’t in the market to sell your home?  Or did you just purchase a home with a pool you don’t want?  Removing the pool can still add value to your property and save you money.

  • Property Tax Reduction – Pool are considered usable space are you are taxed on it.
  • Reduce your Home Owners Insurance Premium – Pools are a safety liability.
  • Lower your monthly utility costs, energy costs are constantly rising, your pool will only become more expensive.
  • Water costs are rising.
  • Repairing an old pool will cost a lot more than it will be to remove a pool over the long run.  Many areas will require you to bring your old pool up to current code and can be quite costly.

If you’re in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.

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Pool Removals: We specialize in using compact equipment.

Real Estate Pool Removals: Tip #2

You know the saying: “bigger is better”.  We have found that is not the case with heavy machinery and with pool removals.  In many locations, there is limited access to the back yard to remove the pool.  Tight side yards, trees, retaining walls or utilities can limit access.  We use ground protection to protect sensitive underground utilities that may not be easily located.  This is more common in tighter communities.  The most concerning are clay pipes and corrugated drainage tiles.  Here at Mack Land, we specialize in getting into those hard to reach backyards.

Completing projects safely and efficiently is our number one priority. 

One way we accomplish that with our pool removals is to use a compact mini excavator.  The biggest benefit of using a mini excavator, is that it brings a lot of power to a small space. With projects that don’t provide much room for large equipment, a mini excavator may be able to handle with ease. They have a small footprint but are very powerful and can manage even tough tasks.

With their small footprint and rubberized tracks, we can reduce the impact to the surrounding area and keep the work zone contained.  A rubber-tracked compact excavator can move over pavement without harming it. A compact excavator’s low ground pressure also minimizes damage to turf.  An additional feature, the machine’s 360-degree turning, offset digging and reduced tail swing, allow compact excavators to work productively in spaces where a full-sized excavator could not move.

Using large machines can cause more damage to the property that just removing the pool.  Their steel tracks can damage roadways and driveways and tear up turf.  The vibrations and excessive force can damage foundations and crack masonry.  Clean air matters.  Older, larger machines put out sooty diesel fumes that are not healthy for you or your family and neighbors to be breathing.  Older machines also tend to leak oil…on your lawn, driveway, sidewalk…

Mack Land Pool Removals Mini Excavator Tight Access

How we get it done.

After navigating our mini excavator into the backyard pool area, we get to work. Depending on the pool type, the machine either removes the fiberglass shell from the pool or begins breaking up the concrete pool bottom.  If the pool had steel or fiberglass walls, the mini excavator pulls them out to be hauled offsite.  Any concrete walls or walks are broken up with the machine as well.  Fill material is shuttled back to the hole with our other compact, lightweight machine, our track loader.  The mini excavator assists in spreading out and compacting the fill material brought in by the track loader.

If you’re in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.

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Pool Removals: We recommend removing the concrete.

Real Estate Pool Removals: Tip #1

This can be a topic that varies depending on who you ask and where you are located.  The landscape architects at Mack Land specialize in pool removals and always recommend removing the concrete, no matter if the code allows it to be left onsite.  Ideally this is the right thing to do and adds the most value.  However, site constants, access and budget sometimes make leaving the concrete the only feasible option.

Most towns do not see a lot of pools being removed and have not put a lot of thought in to their code.  Some towns have no code at all.  The most basic code we commonly see is to perforate the pool bottom and take the sides down 24” below grade.  Well that’s OK if your seller is looking to do the bare minimum.  What if the next homeowner wants to put a pool back in, or an addition?

Removing a pool in today’s market.

Benefits include:

  1. Gain a larger backyard with more usable and marketable space for realtors to sell. Potentially lower property taxes.
  2. Houses without pools appeal to a broader market.
  3. Houses being sold “as-is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it.  Surrounding property values may be negatively affected as well.

When you are sitting at the closing table, a new buyer can take issue to the concrete being left onsite even if the code allows it and try to leverage a better price.  This is more likely to occur in a buyers’ market.  In a sellers’ market, people are more likely to overlook these concerns.  In elite communities, we feel it always pays to remove the pool in its entirety.

As we stated earlier, removing the concrete is the most ideal thing to do but is not always feasible.  If you decide to leave the concrete, the entire swimming pool should be thoroughly broken down into small pieces.  An excavating contractor or a pool removal only contractor are concerned only about getting the job and want to get in and out as fast as possible  They will want to do the bare minimum and they will not be concerned about minimizing the damage to the property because they are more than likely not going to have to restore it.  These bids always seem cheaper.

If the client chooses not to haul everything off, Mack Land thoroughly breaks up the entire pool into small pieces of concrete (see below).  We go above and beyond to remove all plastics, metals, wood, and vegetation and recycle it off site.  Also, we make sure the fill dirt is clean and suitable for compaction and from a local residential source.  In addition, we typically use plywood/ground protection along the access route.  Our specialized low ground pressure machinery also reduces our impact to the work area.  We include a professional restoration and we always use the highest quality seed and turf.  Mack Land is so confident, we are providing pool removal closure reports and a lifetime warranty on our pool removals.  The pool removal closure report is a great tool to have on hand during real estate deals – documentation of the process from start to finish.

 

Mack Land Low Impact Pool Removal - Concrete is processed onsite into structural fill.
Mack Land Low Impact Pool Removal – Concrete is processed onsite into structural fill.

Don’t pay to get the pool removed twice, get it done right the first time.

Not all contractors care about homeowners like Mack Land does.  We are committed to add value to your real estate.  Why?  We care about the buyer and the seller.  We are not going to push anyone into something because it is easier for us.  Whether it is a buyers’ or  sellers’ market, it pays to do the job right the first time.  Improperly removed swimming pools can be something that can be a nightmare at the closing table or haunts you down the road, even after the real estate transaction has been completed.  Most states require you to disclose landfills.  Buried concrete can be considered landfill material.  No matter how you interpret the laws and codes, morally, you should feel obligated to disclose the buried pool removal to the next owner.

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If you’re in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.

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Chicagoland Pool Removals

Removing a swimming pool is quite a big undertaking and clients like to do their due diligence before selecting a contractor. While chatting with prospective clients, the following are common questions that are asked:

Do you have any examples of other Chiacgoland area pool removal jobs?

We have been in the pool removal business for many years. We have removed many pools in the Chicagoland area, and have many satisfied customers. Take a look at just a few of these here:

Northbrook, IL

Lake Forest, IL

Barrington, IL

Wauconda, IL

What methods do you use?

We have continually refined our processes in order to do the job as quickly and efficiently as possible. Long gone are the days of the wrecking ball. We are able to minimize collateral damage by using new and improved low impact techniques.  Our main tool to achieve this is the compact excavator.  We also make sure to do inspections long before we start to ensure that everything runs without a hitch.  Additionally we are a complete turnkey solution company with Licensed Landscape Architects, allowing us to not only manage your pool removal but also to leave you with a beautifully landscaped yard afterwards.

How environmentally conscious are you?

Where possible all the concrete associated with the pool removal is completely demolished and processed into 8” fracture concrete gravel similar to PGE and used as fill in the resultant hole.  Because we process the concrete associated with the pool into fill material, also called our low impact method, it reduces heavy truck loads of concrete out and then heavy truck loads of fill back in reducing trauma to your property and public roads.

We do not bury fiberglass or steel walls and haul all plastics offsite for disposal.

We also recycle all the pool heaters plus whatever other material is recyclable.

As you can see there is a lot to consider before choosing your Chicagoland pool removal contractor. Get the facts, make an informed decision and be happy with the outcome.

Still not sure? Contact us for a free consultation.

Northbrook, IL Pool Removal

We receive many pool removal calls from Northbrook, IL and this is an example of another one we completed.  After purchasing their house, our clients had focused on renovating the inside.  Now their focus is on the backyard.  The pool and wood deck had not been used in years and dominated the space.  So this did not leave much room for their kids to play safely.  They called us to discuss their Northbrook, IL pool removal options and how to best use the space they had in the back yard.

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This pool has fiberglass sides and a concrete bottom.  Because of the numerous large trees surrounding pool, maintenance was time consuming.  Even with an automatic pool cover, you still needed to clean off the leaves.

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The client had previously looked into redoing the pool and pool deck but was shocked by the cost.  They opted to remove the pool and crumbling wood deck, and restore the area back to lawn with seed and blanket.  They now have a great area to play with their kids.

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If you are in the greater Chicago or Denver areas and are interested in finding out more about your pool removal options, then please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary estimate.