The Hazards of DIY Pool Removal
Unfortunately, many homeowners believe that getting rid of their pool is as simple as buying some dirt and filling it in. But, if you leave the pool lining and other materials in the ground, they will still hold moisture.
The problem is that water is supposed to keep draining down into the ground until it joins the water table, but the water in an old pool can’t. Instead, a giant mud puddle forms.
This mud puddle is unsightly and, more importantly, a serious safety hazard. You can sink into it and even drown in it, seeing as it’s as deep as your pool used to be.
The mud puddle will be more difficult and costly to remove than the pool. Also, sometimes the pressure from the mud might even push the whole pool out of the ground. That’s a dangerous scenario and not a good solution to get the pool out of the ground.
There are other hazards you might face if you try to remove your own pool. Few homeowners have the know-how and equipment to cap any gas, water, or sewer lines that run to the pool. Most also don’t have the expertise to remove a pool’s electrical equipment—and can shock themselves trying.