Full Inground Pool Removal
A full inground pool removal is just like it sounds: we remove the entire pool and fill the hole back in. While this method is more expensive than partial swimming pool removal, the benefit is that there is a much lower impact on the ground soil and environment, and you will be able to build in the space formerly occupied by your pool.
Partial Swimming Pool Removal
With this method, we leave the bottom of the pool in place and drill holes for drainage. Then the pool is filled in. You won’t be able to build on the new land and it might impact your home’s resale value in the future.
While many cities such as San Jose and Los Gatos allow partial swimming pool removal, Palo Alto requires complete removal in most circumstances. However, the city’s guidelines allow for soil engineers to allow exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
DIY Pool Removal
There’s a lot of information out there to help you remove your pool yourself, but we don’t recommend it. There are too many things that can go wrong, both in terms of the work, and in terms of the permits and licensing. We’ve seen a lot of homeowners who spent the time and money to DIY their pool removal only to have a sinkhole or giant mud pit in their yard – and we came in and had to redo all of their hard work to get their yard right again. It’s best to have it done right the first time.