Back in the 1980s, the backyard swimming pool was as much of an Aussie institution as the pavlova at Christmas or Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. Kids and adults alike loved spending hours a day during the summer splashing around and enjoying life. But over the last couple of decades, popularity has dwindled significantly.
Many homeowners now see a swimming pool as a liability rather than an asset, with high ongoing costs and little time to even enjoy it. Regular maintenance can be hard to fit in around our busy lifestyles and cleaning the water, servicing the pump and clearing out the filter all take time. Throw on costs for equipment as well as chemicals and it’s easy to see why pools are out of favour.
So, if you own a swimming pool and no longer want it, how on earth do you get rid of it? You can’t simply dig it up and throw it out with the hard rubbish.
The process requires drainage of the water, safe demolition of the tiles/cement, removal of these materials, filling in the hole, and landscaping over the top. All these make pool removal quite a big task which is why you need to engage the services of a professional company.
Reverse Pools is Melbourne’s leading swimming pool removal company and has been converting pools into gardens, entertaining areas and even storage tanks for nearly 3 decades. This makes the land a lot more functional 12 months of the year, rather than just 2 or 3.
Furthermore, if you have a big block and are considering sub-division, filling in your pool is a necessary process to create enough land for this to go ahead. If you are selling your entire block, having the pool removed already will appeal to potential developers looking to sub-divide as it makes their strategy less complicated.
If you own a home without a pool and are considering getting one installed, you should think long and hard whether it’s worth it. Installing a below-ground pool can cost between $40,000 and $60,000 upfront. On top of that you have the ongoing expenses. Unless you have kids who will use it every day of the summer, it is probably not the smartest move.
If you DO have a pool and want to get rid of it, Tom and his crew at Reverse Pools will come to your home and assess the situation. They will determine the number of staff required to perform the job, what equipment is needed (sometimes you need tight-access excavation if the area is small) and how long it will take.
Their landscaping partner will also provide options on the possibilities in the garden, so you can turn your backyard into an attractive and functional space.
Once you get rid of your pool and still have a craving to enjoy a dip in the hot weather, here are some tips:
- Visit your local swimming centre
- Buy an inflatable pool to use during the summer
- Find which neighbor has a pool and make friends with them
Good luck and enjoy the summer!