Filling in a pool...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bottlefed89, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. bottlefed89

    bottlefed89 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Have a possible customer that wants a bid for several jobs, one of which includes filling in his inground pool. I got pretty detailed with tearout cost, and backfilling, and I'm fine on that. BUT... he said that sounded like too much, how much to just fill it up and leave it??
    How dumb would this be?? Seems like a bad idea, but anyone have any insight as to the problems that could arise from this??
  2. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    have a semi-dump back up to the edge and fill it with clay fill dirt, or talk around with a concrete contractor and tell them you need some fill& broken concrete, they will PAY YOU to dump a few loads in the pool then ya just have to cover it with a mound of topsoil
  3. Starman

    Starman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Be careful about using concrete slabs for filling in a hole like a pool. I guarantee that if the slab pieces are not broken up into small pieces, you'll be back filling in sink holes for years to just won't happen this year! :)
  4. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 464

    you have to punch holes in the bottom of the pool to drain future water off.....if you dont...youll have a swamp!
  5. Adamma Landscape Group

    Adamma Landscape Group LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    What is the home owner going to do on the spot where the pool was?
    He sounds cheap. Your method sounds correct. Be careful what you use for the backfill.
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    that would be my concern as well.

    even with a few holes in the bottom, it will still retain a lot of water.

    make sure to drill holes in the sides also. cover with filter fabric to keep the holes from clogging. and drill lots of holes.
  7. Masonman

    Masonman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Punch drainage holes through the bottom of the pool. Break up the top 1-2 foot of the pool structure. If they are small pieces, let them fall in, if not, haul them away. Have entire pool area filled with 2B's. Place geofabric on top of the 2B's before backfilling with some clean fill and topsoil.
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    now that sounds like a good plan.
  9. 1bsman

    1bsman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Don't forget to check with the local building dept. If you are in an urban area, they can be strict about the type of fill used. In one town near me, they require a complete concrete removal and disposal. No caving the walls and backfilling allowed. This is followed by backfilling with heavy clay to within 1' of grade and leveled to existing soil line with topsoil.
    Check with local excavators as they will probably know local codes for pool removal and are usually willing to provide the backfill because it saves them disposal costs.
  10. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Punch many holes with a pick and fill and compact in layers or "lifts" with clean fill. :p

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