Considering filling in that backyard pool? Tired of the expense, labor and headaches? Twelve years ago my husband and I decided to fill in our backyard pool, which we had used during the previous 8 years of living in our house. I was ambivalent at the time, but now am very glad we made the decision to demolish the pool and re-landscape. I wrote this article in hopes of helping others with this difficult decision.    

Cleaning my pool before considering demolitionCredit: S. Carter
Cleaning the pool is fun!

1.  Energy Savings: Owning a pool is definitely not ‘green’. It costs approximately $30 per month to operate the pump that filters the pool’s water, assuming the pump runs 5 hours per day at a cost of $0.12/kWh. Additional fuel is consumed heating water or running automatic pool cleaners. The daily noise pollution generated by the pump motor is another annoyance that will go away with the pool demolition.

2.  Maintenance: Either you can put in the time and effort to clean and balance your pool chemicals or you pay for the service. Depending on your situation, it will cost approximately $100 per month to have someone skim the pool, clean out the baskets and adjust the chemicals. Without the service, you can expect to pay about $15 per month for the chemicals. In most cases, this monthly service fee does

Backyard After Pool RemovalCredit: S. Mosko
Our yard was a mess immediately after pool demolition.

not include the annual cleaning of the filter, an additional $100-$200 per year.

3.  Repairs: They are unavoidable. Pumps wear out, fittings loosen, tiles come off, cracks appear and walls need re-surfacing. Concrete, (aka gunite) pools need to be re-surfaced every 7-10 years. Take a quick survey of the internet and you will find plenty of vendors offering swimming pool re-surfacing and repair services.

4. Security: The pool must be fenced in to ensure that animals or people do not wander in and accidently drown. Fencing is expensive and needs regular repair or replacement.

5. Liability: Kids, and sometimes adults, will attempt some incredibly stupid antics when near a backyard body of water. One common stunt involves attempting to jump onto a floating pool toy while risking falling backwards and hitting one's head on the pool edge. Pool slides and diving boards make the risk of injury significantly higher. Those fiberglass slides tempt people to try riding down the slide with various accessories such as pool toys and resin chairs, all of which make falling over the curved edge onto the concrete pool deck highly probable. Take a look at this video if you would like to see some of the stupid pool stunts people attempt. Lawsuits, potential guilt, insurance bills, who needs it?

6. Headache: Not only are pool repairs expensive, it is a headache locating a reputable company to complete your repairs. Without the necessary knowledge and experience, how are you to know if doing a particular repair will delay future expenses or improve the clarity of the water? If you do the repairs and maintenance yourself, you may soon find that you will no longer be able to enjoy a simple dip in your pool. Instead, every swim session will become a survey of the repair and maintenance jobs that await your attention. Finally, there is the headache of neighborhood kids knocking on your door asking to use the pool when you were looking forward to a quiet afternoon.

Re-landscaped yard after filling In PoolCredit: S. Carter
    Our yard is beautiful after re-landscaping.

So, if you are looking to simplify your life, save some money and reduce fuel consumption, perhaps it is time to do some backyard demolition. Contact your local concrete cutters, pool installers or demolition companies for estimates.