Golden, Colorado Pool Removal and Demolition

Best Pool Removal Contractor in Golden, CO

Swimming Pool Demolition and Removal Services

This is another project where we did more than just remove the vinyl liner pool.  It is a perfect example of our Low Impact Pool Removal process.  All plastics and metals associated with the pool get hauled away and recycled.  All concrete associated with the pool is completely demolished.  It is processed into 8” fracture concrete gravel similar to PGE and used as fill. This method is lower impact and more cost effective because less has to be hauled in and out to fill in the pool.

If you are ready to find out more about removing your swimming pool, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill our our form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about pool removals or any of the other services that we offer. Mack Land, LLC works the Front Range and Denver Metro areas.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Pool Demolition and Removal, Arvada, CO

Best Pool Removal Contractor in Arvada, CO

Swimming Pool Demolition and Removal Services

Are you thinking about removing your inground swimming pool and live Arvada or Jefferson County, Colorado? Call Mack Land, LLC – landscape architects and pool removal contractors – to speak with a professional company that specializes in pool removals. Our family run business has the experience and knowledge to handle any pool removal issues you may have.

  • Be aware of referral/marketing services that are not referring the best contractors for the job.  The lowest bid is most likely not the best bid and you can’t always trust online reviews
  • The value of performance and experience is often overlooked.
  • One of the biggest differences in our services is that we are concerned about the impact to your property during the pool removal process. We use ground protection and specialized low ground pressure equipment.

If you are ready to find out more about removing your swimming pool, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill our our form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about pool removals or any of the other services that we offer. If you are located outside Arvada, please give us a call, we work the Front Range and Denver Metro areas as well.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Fiberglass Shell Pool Removal, Lakewood, CO

The Pool Removal Contractor in the Denver Metro Area and Chicagoland

Pool Demolition and Removal Services

Our clients in Lakewood, CO were ready to get rid of their fiberglass shell pool that had not been used in years and enjoy their backyard. Removing the pool was their first step to creating the backyard they were looking for.

Mack Land, LLC removed the fiberglass shell pool entirely and hauled it offsite for disposal. We removed the concrete walk around the pool as well.

We backfilled with clean material and compacted it in place as we went. Our clients opted for us to leave it at final grade and they plan to take it from here.

If you are ready to find out more about removing your swimming pool, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill our our form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services that we offer.

No one removes more swimming pools than
Mack Land.

Chicagoland and Denver Metro Indoor Pool Removals

The Best Indoor Swimming Pool Removal Contractor

Swimming Pool Demolition and Removal Services

Mack Land continues to improve our operation with the latest equipment and processes available. When you are building over a pool, with the price of lumber and other materials today, failure is not an option.

We utilized remote control rock slinger trucks to place the material precisely, reducing labor and exposure to harmful dust and carbon monoxide. Making things heathier and safer for both us and our clients. When filling in an indoor pool, air quality is a concern. Below is a video of the rock slinger truck being backed up to the job by remote.

We consulted with a structural engineer for the best fill material to use to provide a structurally sound floor to support interior load bearing walls that are going to support a second floor. Aggregate with a rock slinger/conveyor truck was used to fill the pool. We were able to send it in through an opening, creating a ramp into the pool to bring the compaction equipment in. This moved the material in quickly, allowing us to focus on compaction. We watered the material in, adding the moisture content to aid in maximum compaction.

This indoor pool removal was more of an indoor room renovation. Filling in the pool was the first step for our clients. They are planning on renovating this space into living area for their kids. After the concrete floor is in place, our client can move on to the next phase of converting this room it a space for their kids.

If you live in the Denver Metro Area or in Chicagoland and you are ready to find out more about removing your swimming pool, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill our our form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about pool removals or any of the other services that we offer.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Pool Demolition and Removal, Greenwood Village, CO

The Best Pool Removal Contractor in Greenwood Village, CO

Swimming Pool Demolition and Removal Services

Are you thinking about removing your inground swimming pool and are in Greenwood Village? Call Mack Land, LLC – landscape architects and pool removal contractor – to speak with a professional company that specializes in pool removals. Our family run business has the experience and knowledge to handle any pool removal issues you may have.

  • Be aware of referral/marketing services that are not referring the best contractors for the job.  The lowest bid is most likely not the best bid and you can’t always trust online reviews
  • The value of performance and experience is often overlooked.
  • One of the biggest differences in our services is that we are concerned about the impact to your property during the pool removal process. We use ground protection and specialized low ground pressure equipment.

If you are ready to find out more about removing your swimming pool, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill our our form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about pool removals or any of the other services that we offer.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Mack Land’s Pool Removal Guide

POOL DEMOLITION & REMOVAL GUIDE

A swimming pool in disrepair can be a serious burden, until now! No question about it, it is cheaper to remove a swimming pool than to repair and maintain it. The costs associated with pools are only getting more expensive. Mack Land, LLC, landscape architects and contractors, are the premier pool removal specialists. We have developed a streamlined, low impact, efficient and professional process to remove swimming pools and restore the area at an affordable price. Check out our pool removal guide below for more information. Or give us a call to discuss your project.

SERVICE AREA

A swimming pool in disrepair can be a serious burden. Until now! No question about it, it is cheaper to remove a swimming pool than to continually repair and maintain it. The costs associated with
owning and maintaining a pool are increasing. Mack Land, LLC is the premier pool removal contractor. Mack Land has developed a streamlined, low impact, efficient and professional process to remove your swimming pool for an affordable price.

• Northern IL – Chicagoland and the surrounding suburbs
• Southern WI – Kenosha to Milwaukee
• Central CO – Denver Metro and surrounding areas

REASONS TO REMOVE YOUR POOL

WE ARE THE PREMIER POOL REMOVAL CONTRACTOR

Tired of fixing that old pool? You might be surprised that removing your pool may add value to your property and save you a lot of money. Mack Land, LLC is an expert in affordable pool demolition and landscape restoration projects. We are committed to finding pool removal solutions that minimize damage to the surrounding landscape and paved surfaces. We minimize our impact by protecting sensitive areas and use low impact equipment. Give us a call today for a quote.

Be Aware and Compare

LOW IMPACT EQUIPMENT

MACK LAND, LLC USES A VARIETY OF EQUIPMENT
With are focus on low impact demolition, we prefer to use lighter, yet powerful equipment to accomplish our removals. These are just some of the machines we use on the various types of pool removals we regularly preform.

Bobcat E35 Compact Excavator
We use this versatile excavator for most jobs to keep the impact low to the areas
surrounding demolition site. With our experienced Operators it’s capabilities are
endless.
Specs: 6 ft2 Weight: 8,000 lbs

Caterpillar 295D
Versatile, compact, and quiet. Used for moving fill dirt and multiple other applications.
Specs: 5.75 x 11.4 ft Weight: 8,987 lbs

John Deere – 6 Wheel Gator
This six-wheeler allows us to bring in all our tools and supplies in and out as needed with minimal impact to the srounding property.

TYPES OF POOL REMOVALS

Full In-Ground Pool Removal
Pool is completely demolished and removed offsite and the area is restored to lawn. For home owners that may have plans for a home addition or garage in the same area as the pool. No concrete will remain onsite.

Low Impact Pool Removal
All plastics and metals associated with the pool get hauled away and recycled. All concrete associated with the pool is completely demolished and processed into 8” fracture concrete gravel similar to PGE and used as
fill. Pool area is restored to lawn. This method is lower impact and more cost effective because less has to be hauled in and out to fill in the pool.

Basic Pool Removal
Bottom of pool is perforated with holes for water to drain and sides of the pool are removed 24” below final grade. Pool area is restored to lawn.

Above Ground Pool Removal
Pool will be completely disassembled, hauled away and area will be Restored to lawn.

TYPICAL SCOPE OF SERVICE FOR MOST POOL REMOVALS

• Obtain all permits, provide drawings as needed, and pay all permit fees
• Call in a Utility Locate
• Pump out pool water
• Protect trees as needed
• Remove and reinstall fence for access
• Saw cut pool deck away from any concrete to remain
• Disconnect electric associated with the pool at main circuit breaker in house
• Disconnect gas line – typically capped at gas meter
• Demolish/remove swimming pool
• Import and compact clay fill material
• Import and distribute 6” of top soil over the entire disturbed area
• Seed and install erosion control blanket
• Repair irrigation as needed

OUR PROCESS

The process starts with two on staff landscape architects that work through all the various facets of your pool removal project such as: obtaining the permits, tree removals, irrigation conflicts, and can design build your
future patio or landscape your entire back yard.

Our process goes above and beyond the typical village, city or county codes for pool removals. Most pool removal codes just require the bottom of the pool be perforated and the sides of the pool be removed 24” below grade, what we call a basic pool removal. Mack Land, LLC has developed the low impact method to complete pool removals in a safe and timely minor while reducing impact to your property.

The one thing that is significant about our pool removal process is that we are processing all concrete associated with the pool into a structural fill material classified as PGE, 8” minus recycled fractured concrete
gravel with fines. This material is often used for sub base under public roads. 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.

The right equipment and the right size equipment is extremely important. Mack prefers to use two rubber tracked backhoe excavators that have an operating weight of around 12,000 lbs to complete the pool demolition work. Using a backhoe is key to completing the project safely and quickly. A skid steer/Bobcat can easily get stuck in the deep end of the pool or get damaged while removing the pool side walls because the machine does not have the reach to keep a safe distance. Most under qualified contractors will use a skid steer and say they have done it before but they will be risking their safety, and may struggle and cause unnecessary damage to their machine. There are also a lot of other contractors, like excavation contractors, that will give you a great price but will come with a 26,000 lb machine with steel tracks and cause unnecessarily trauma to your property and not worry about it because it is not their job to restore your yard.

Having the right equipment and the having the right approach are key to the success of the project.

Average Cost

GOOD ACCESS (10’ WIDTH)LIMITED (6’ WIDTH)POOR ACCESS
Full Pool Removal$10 – 14K$12 – 16K$20K and up
Low Impact Pool Removal$7.5 – 10K$10 – 14K$15K and up
Basic Pool Removal$6.5 – 9K$7 – 12K$12K and up
Above Ground Pool Removal$1.5 – 3K$2 – 4K$4 – 6K

Comparing apples to apples is just about impossible. In most cases we provide a scope of services that you would have to go multiple contractors to get the same scope of work completed. This is something anyone
can do, but to do it correctly in a timely manner you need to have the right equipment and experience. Anyone can fill in hole, but the difference is the in the possibility of settling and impact/trauma to your property by the
equipment being used. An excavation company may be cheaper, but they are not going to restore damage to your yard and will likely want to use over kill equipment causing unnecessary trauma to your property. Other
landscape companies do not have the equipment or demolition knowledge to complete the project in safe timely manner without future issues.

MACK LAND LOW IMPACT POOL REMOVAL METHOD ADVANTAGES

  • Mack operates in a timely safe professional manner and is also a landscape design build contractor.
  • Mack is a one stop shop to remove a swimming pool and restore your back yard to an aesthetically pleasing usable space.
  • We mitigate the impact this process has on your property.
  • Mack will respect your trees and other plants.
  • By using the concrete as fill, we reduce heavy truck loads of concrete out and back in with fill dirt.
  • The processed fill concrete, PGE – 10” recycled fractured concrete gravel with fines, acts like a stable drainage layer improving water infiltration in the area.
  • Because the pool concrete is processes in to PGE, it can be easily removed as needed for future addition.

MACK LAND – SAFETY, PRIORITY NUMBER ONE

We pride ourselves with keeping a safe and secure job site at all times.
• Our concrete cutting is always done by wet cutting, which eliminates flying debris and dust.
• Safety gear worn by all Mack Land employees while on site.
• Safety Fence, to keep people out of the job site and safe from harm.
• Road-side traffic control, eliminates any risk of accidents while moving machinery or fill dirt to and from the job site to the street.

COMMON MISTAKES IN POOL REMOVALS

• The biggest mistake is hiring a company that is not qualified or trying to attempt it yourself.
• It is very possible to create unforeseen problems in future by leaving any part of the pool intact.
• It extremely easy to have an inexperienced machine operator fall in the pool with their machine and get hurt if they do not respect the danger.
• Contractors or home owners without experience demolishing vertical walls will likely damage the equipment they are using or get hurt.
• A bobcat or a skid steer is not a good machine to demolish a pool with.
• Some contractors try and use over kill equipment causing unnecessary impact your property and roads.
• Hiring someone that will take forever to complete the project.
• Having the wrong strategy to complete the project.
• Choosing the wrong access route that will cause unnecessary impact to property.
• Accessing pool area without protecting or avoiding sensitive trees.
• Using sod instead of seed.

LOW IMPACT PARTIAL POOL REMOVAL

When Mack Land LLC removes your pool, we bring the ground back to its native condition. We break up the pool bottom for proper drainage and compaction. This process ensures for zero settling issues and various
other problems that can occur if the removals aren’t preformed in this manner. We strongly suggest that you remove the entire pool for the best possible ground conditions. As you can see our competitors don’t stack up
with Mack Land.

FILL MATERIAL

Mack Land, LLC uses local fill dirt from residential projects only in compliance with all IL, WI, CO, and Federal EPA Codes. Mack also inspects and rejects loads of dirt that are not suitable. We make sure you are getting
local, uncontaminated fill dirt that has the right soil structure to reduce settling issues.

COMMON QUESTIONS

Settling is the most common question asked. To date Mack Land, LLC has never had an issue with settling on a pool removal. Why? Because we fill in thin even layers and compact it evenly as we fill the pool in.

How long will it take?
Most in ground pool removals are completed in 3-7 days. Above ground pool removals are completed in one day.

Who gets the permits?
Mack Land, LLC will obtain all permits and provide drawings as needed as part of our services.

How do we get started?
Mack Land, LLC will start the permit process with a signed contract and a copy of your plat of survey.

What is PGE?
PGE is a regional classification of coarse gravel. PGE is 6-10” minus recycled fractured concrete gravel with fines suitable for use as sub base for roads or for general structural fill. Mack Land, LLC will process all concrete
associated with the pool into PGE and use it as fill material.

What is better sod or seed?
Seed is by far the best way to go. Grass grown from seed will develop a more drought tolerant root system and blend into your existing lawn better. Also with sod it very possible to get grubs and other pests from the
sod farm.

When do you need the project deposit?
Mack Land, LLC prefers to pick up the deposit check in person after the permits are approved. Mack will deliver the permits and pick up the deposit check at that time. The remaining balance is due on completion.

POOL REMOVAL SPECIFICATIONS

Full Pool Removal Specification (All concrete to be hauled off site)

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Install plywood and/or wood chips to protect access path as needed
  3. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  4. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  5. Demolish and haul off concrete pool bottom
  6. Demolish pool sides and haul off all concrete
  7. Demolish pool deck and haul off all concrete
  8. Import fill, distribute and compact fill material
  9. Import pulverized topsoil as needed
  10. Grade entire disturbed area (all areas will be graded with positive drainage away from all structures)
  11. Seed all disturbed areas with Kentucky Bluegrass mix with DS-75 Erosion Control (straw blanket)
  12. Remove plywood and/or wood chips along access path

NOTE:
ALL DEMOLISHED POOL CONCRETE WILL BE HAULED AND DISPOSED OF OFFSITE. ALL PLASTICS, FIBERGLASS AND METAL WILL BE REMOVED OFF SITE AND RECYCLED.

Low Impact Concrete Pool Removal Specification (Concrete to remain on site)

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Install plywood and/or wood chips to protect access path as needed
  3. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  4. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  5. Break up and pulverize pool bottom into 10” minus recycled fractured concrete fill
  6. Break up pool sides and pulverize pool sides into 10” minus recycled fractured concrete fill
  7. Break up pool deck and pulverize pool deck into 10” minus recycled fractured concrete fill
  8. Compact all fractured concrete in layers
  9. Import fill, distribute and compact fill material
  10. Import pulverized topsoil as needed
  11. Grade entire disturbed area (all areas will be graded with positive drainage away from all structures)
  12. Seed all disturbed areas with Kentucky Bluegrass mix with DS-75 Erosion Control (straw blanket)
  13. Remove plywood and/or wood chips along access path

NOTE:
ALL DEMOLISHED POOL CONCRETE WILL BE PROCESSED INTO PGE LIKE MATERIAL TO BE USED AS STRUCTURAL FILL. ALL PLASTICS, FIBERGLASS AND METAL WILL BE REMOVED OFF SITE AND RECYCLED.

Basic Pool Removal (Floor is perforated and sides are removed 24” below grade)

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Install plywood and/or wood chips to protect access path as needed
  3. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  4. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  5. Break up pool bottom/floor for drainage
  6. Remove sides of pool a minimum of 24” below final grade
  7. Break up pool deck and pulverize pool deck into 10” minus recycled fractured concrete fill
  8. Compact all fractured concrete in layers
  9. Import fill, distribute and compact fill material
  10. Import pulverized topsoil as needed
  11. Grade entire disturbed area (all areas will be graded with positive drainage away from all structures)
  12. Seed all disturbed areas with Kentucky Bluegrass mix with DS-75 Erosion Control (straw blanket)
  13. Remove plywood and/or wood chips along access path

NOTE:
ALL PLASTICS, FIBERGLASS AND METAL WILL BE REMOVED OFF SITE AND RECYCLED.

Basic In-Door Pool Removal (Floor is perforated)

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Seal off all openings and provide dust control
  3. Create access – typically remove sliding glass doors
  4. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  5. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  6. Remove pool liner and dispose offsite
  7. Break up pool bottom to provide drainage
  8. Remove pool walls a minimum of 18” below grade or entirely if fiberglass or steel walls and dispose offsite
  9. Import structural fill materials and compact in layers
  10. Prep for new concrete floor

Basic Above Ground Pool Removal

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  3. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  4. Remove pool liner and dispose offsite
  5. Disassemble pool and recycle all materials
  6. Import topsoil
  7. Seed and blanked disturbed area

NOTE:
ALL PLASTICS, FIBERGLASS AND METAL WILL BE REMOVED OFF SITE AND RECYCLED.

Basic Liner/Fiberglass Pool Removal (Floor is perforated)

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Install plywood and/or wood chips to protect access path as needed
  3. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  4. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  5. Remove pool liner and dispose offsite
  6. Break up and pulverize pool bottom into 10” recycled fractured concrete fill
  7. Break up pool deck and pulverize pool deck into 10” minus recycled fractured concrete fill
  8. Compact all fractured concrete in layers
  9. Import fill, distribute and compact fill material
  10. Import pulverized topsoil as needed
  11. Grade entire disturbed area (all areas will be graded with positive drainage away from all structures)
  12. Seed all disturbed areas with Kentucky Bluegrass mix with DS-75 Erosion Control (straw blanket)

Low Impact Liner/Fiberglass Pool Removal Specification (Concrete to remain on site)

  1. Call in a Utility Locate “Julie” 1 week prior to start
  2. Install plywood and/or wood chips to protect access path as needed
  3. Pump out existing pool water and discharge to curb or on property
  4. Safely disconnect and remove all pool utilities, gas and electric
  5. Break up and pulverize pool bottom into 10” recycled fractured concrete fill
  6. Remove and dispose of pool liner
  7. Remove fiberglass pool sides and dispose offsite
  8. Break up pool deck and pulverize pool deck into 10” minus recycled fractured concrete fill
  9. Compact all fractured concrete in layers
  10. Import fill, distribute and compact fill material
  11. Import pulverized topsoil as needed
  12. Grade entire disturbed area (all areas will be graded with positive drainage away from all structures)
  13. Seed all disturbed areas with Kentucky Bluegrass mix with DS-75 Erosion Control (straw blanket)
  14. Remove plywood and/or wood chips along access path

NOTE:
ALL DEMOLISHED POOL CONCRETE WILL BE PROCESSED INTO PGE LIKE MATERIAL TO BE USED AS STRUCTURAL FILL. ALL PLASTICS, FIBERGLASS AND METAL WILL BE REMOVED OFF SITE AND RECYCLED.

Pool Demolition and Removal in Wheat Ridge, CO

The Best Pool Removal Contractor in Wheat Ridge

Swimming Pool Demolition and Removal Services

Are you thinking about removing your inground swimming pool and are in the Wheat Ridge area? Call Mack Land, LLC – landscape architects and pool removal contractor – to speak with a professional company that specializes in pool removals. Our family run business has the experience and knowledge to handle any pool removal issues you may have.

  • Be aware of referral/marketing services that are not referring the best contractors for the job.  The lowest bid is most likely not the best bid and you can’t always trust online reviews
  • The value of performance and experience is often overlooked.
  • One of the biggest differences in our services is that we are concerned about the impact to your property during the pool removal process. We use ground protection and specialized low ground pressure equipment.

If you are ready to find out more about removing your swimming pool, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill our our form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about pool removals or any of the other services that we offer.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Defining the Role of a Landscape Architect

And how it may apply to your project.

Every landscape architect will have their own unique description of what they do. From historical preservation, to golf course design, commercial projects, residential, and property management, landscape architects are involved. The field of landscape architecture overlaps many studies including ecology, engineering, architecture, sociology, horticulture, soil sciences, graphic communication and art, to name a few. Fredrick Law Olmstead is considered the father of American landscape architecture and pioneered the field in the late nineteenth century.

One of Fredrick Law Olmstead greatest works was Central Park in New York City. At 840 acres, Central Park is a true oasis in the middle of the city, a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. The trees provide shade from the sun on hot summer days. The pathways meander through scenic landscapes and frames views that inspire. This is a timeless masterpiece that keeps reinventing itself. Even though parts of the park were closed due to the pandemic, users were still able to walk through the park and experience the positive effect of nature.

Aerial view of Central Park lake in autumn.

Definition of a Landscape Architect:

From the ASLA: Landscape architecture involves the planning, design, management, and nurturing of the built and natural environments. With their unique skill set, landscape architects work to improve human and environmental health in all communities. They plan and design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, residences, and other projects that strengthen communities. 

Illinois Title Law: Landscape architects are responsible for arranging outdoor spaces and objects to create a safe, efficient, healthful and aesthetically pleasing environment.

Colorado Code of Regulations: Landscape architects lead the planning, design, and stewardship of healthy, equitable, safe, and resilient environments.

The role of a landscape architect is to know what professional to turn to solve a complex problem in the landscape, knowing when to consult a civil engineer or architect. The difference between an engineered solution and one by a landscape architect – an engineered solution will be more of a mathematical, efficient solution, where the landscape architecture solution takes more of the character of the site as a whole into consideration. 

Landscape architects are not substitutes for engineers, architects, and other scientists, but there is some overlap in the tasks a landscape architect performs, such as preparation of grading plans, design of decks, outdoor structures, and retaining walls. The landscape architects at Mack Land focus on commercial landscape design plans.

Different states have different laws governing what landscape architects can do.  One of the biggest challenges that one faces after going through the rigorous process of an accredited landscape architecture program and the following testing for licensure, is others claiming to be able to do the same without the same credentials. 

Bethesda Terrace in Central Park.

Every landscape architect tends to develop their own niche in the field. Here at Mack Land, we are swimming pool specialists. We remove old pools and install new ones.  When we remove swimming pools, we make a great effort to restore the yard as much as possible to how it was prior to the pool.  Taking into consideration character, grading, and soil profiles so that when we are completed with our project, you can not tell there was a pool there. 

As a commitment to the sustainability of the swimming pool industry, we recommend hauling all of the old pool offsite. This is to make the area where the pool was as usable as possible. You never know when a future resident may want to put a pool back in.

During a pool removal, a lot of landscape problems can come up.  Such as what to do next, figuring out hardscape issues, designing of a new patio and planting, and in general, how to utilize the new space. 

When we install swimming pools, we design custom pools and hardscape to meet the needs of our clients with functional space, adding value and character to the area.  Creating a backyard oasis that adds long lasting value to the property.  One of our biggest assets is that our pool removal business has given us a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t. 

If you are looking for a landscape architect to help you with your next project, give us a call. We would love to work with you.

10 Common Pool Removal Mistakes

Most pool removal mistakes are because you hired the wrong contractor.  

We often get frustrated calls from homeowners and contractors to fix pool removal mistakes.  Sometimes we get called while the pool removal is still in progress and they have concerns.  We generated this list of common pool removal mistakes to help inform people about pool removal pitfalls.

The value of performance and client experience is often overlooked.

Having a swimming pool in disrepair can be stressful and frustrating.  You’ve made the decision to remove your pool and the contractor shows up unannounced with a big machine and surprises you.  Now you are genuinely concerned and wondering what you signed up for. Here is what you need to think about before you sign that low bid, what the experience will be like and the results in the end. 

10 COMMON POOL REMOVAL MISTAKES

  1. Be aware of referral/marketing services that are not referring the best contractors for the job.  The lowest bid is most likely not the best bid and you can’t always trust online reviews
  1. Is the pool being demolished to meet or exceed local pool removal code? How would you like it if you bought a house where the contractor cut corners with the pool removal?   
  1. Are you hiring the right company that is qualified to set grades/slope of the land for proper drainage (landscape architects, engineers, and land surveyors) and has the precision equipment to get it done right?
  1. Be aware of companies that say all they do is remove swimming pools, making it seem like they are an expert because it is all they do.  These contractors may give you the low price you want but they are not concerned about restoration, the impact to your property and client experience through the process
  1. The quality of restoration, grading, seed or sod and providing fertile topsoil at proper depth, is what makes it look like the pool was never there. The easy part is wrecking the pool, the real work is putting the place back together and making it look like there never was a pool. 
  1. The contract does not clearly specify how the job will get done.  A lot of contractors do not like putting down plywood/ground protection. Make sure you clearly understand local codes. Is the concrete is staying or is it being removed? Are they bringing in properly licensed contractors to disconnect the utilities?
  1. Some contractors try to save time using oversized equipment causing unnecessary impact your property and roads. 
  1. Not being aware of the surroundings, trees roots, utilities, property lines, and taking the wrong access path.
  1. Attempting to move forward with a pool removal when the ground is too saturated with water or substantial rain is on its way.  This causes increased trauma to the yard and the road with heavy trucks, it is harder to clean up the jobsite, and not possible achieve proper compaction.
  1. Homeowners attempting it themselves. Most of the time they underestimate how much work they will be doing and time it will take and give up before they are halfway done. Also, they run the risk of doing costly damage to rental equipment and possibly injuring themselves.  

Mack Land Landscape Architects & Contractors is a swimming pool specialist.  We design and install pools and we are America’s leading expert on swimming pool removals.  Our local markets are Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and Colorado.  If you are outside those markets, give us a call we are still happy to help. 

Are you on the fence about removing your pool?  Give us a call and we can consult you on your options: repairing your pool, removing your pool, or installing a new one.   We guarantee client satisfaction and make sure the job is done right the first time. We also make sure the client has a good experience from beginning to end.   

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Swimming Pool

AVERAGE COST OF REMOVING A POOL WITH RESTORATION

 GOOD ACCESS (10’ WIDTH)LIMITED (6’ WIDTH)POOR ACCESS
Full Pool Removal$10 – 14K$12 – 16K$20K and up
Low Impact Pool Removal$7.5 – 10K$10 – 14K$15K and up
Basic Pool Removal$6.5 – 9K$7 – 12K$12K and up
Above Ground Pool Removal$1.5 – 3K$2 – 4K$4 – 6K

Note: Many other contractors do not properly restore the access path and pool area to a professional level. Don’t be fooled by lower prices that don’t include professional restoration.

COMPARING PRICES

Comparing apples to apples is just about impossible. In most cases we provide a scope of services that you would have to go multiple contractors to get the same scope of work completed. This is something anyone can do, but to do it correctly in a timely manner you need to have the right equipment and experience. Anyone can fill in hole, but the difference is the in the possibility of settling and impact/trauma to your property by the equipment being used. An excavation company may be cheaper, but they are not going to restore damage to your yard and will likely want to use over kill equipment causing unnecessary trauma to your property. Other landscape companies do not have the equipment or demolition knowledge to complete the project in safe timely manner without future issues.

COMMON QUESTIONS

Settling is the most common question asked. To date Mack Land, LLC has never had an issue with settling on a pool removal. Why? Because we fill in thin even layers and compact it evenly as we fill the pool in.

How long will it take?

Most in ground pool removals are completed in 3-7 days. Above ground pool removals are completed in one to two days.

Who gets the permits?

Mack Land, LLC will obtain all permit as part of our services.

How do we get started?

Mack Land, LLC will start the permit process with a signed contract and a copy of your plat of survey.

What is PGE?

PGE is a regional classification of coarse gravel. PGE is 6-8” minus recycled fractured concrete gravel with fines suitable for use as sub base for roads or for general structural fill. Mack Land, LLC will process all concrete
associated with the pool into PGE and use it as fill material.

What is better sod or seed?

Seed is by far the best way to go. Grass grown from seed will develop a more drought tolerant root system and blend into your existing lawn better. Also with sod it very possible to get grubs and other pests from the sod farm.

When do you need the project deposit?

Mack Land, LLC prefers to pick up the deposit check in person after the permits are approved. Mack will deliver the permits and pick up the deposit check at that time. The remaining balance is due on completion.