It all begins with the first phone conversation.
Once we discuss the details of your outdoor vision, I will set up an appointment to meet with you on site and go over everything in person.
At this point, I will know all the details of what is involved in your project and be able to give you a price based on exactly what is entailed. Every site has different obstacles and access is critically important.
I will send over a detailed proposal and once agreed upon, a written contract and deposit are required to begin the permitting procedures.
Each county has different regulations and there might be some paperwork required. It is always helpful to have a plat that is required. In some cases, drawings will need to be provided for permitting but that is rare. This is all part of what I will go over with you in person as it varies from county to county and depending on the exact scope of the job.
Time to begin, everything has come back and been approved. The permit will be dropped off usually the day it is completed or on the first day of work. This needs to be posted on the inside of a window facing out towards the street to be visible to a passing inspector.
Typically every pool has some sort of fence around it. There will be an access point required to get the equipment and materials through. Again, this will be decided at the on-site inspection.
The steps to remove each type of pool vary some but it is generally simple.
The water must be removed from the pool. Once the level is to a certain manageable point, I will begin breaking down the floor and walls of the shallow end. If your pool is a vinyl liner pool, the process is slightly different.
Finally the water is out and the pool is empty. The entire pool will then be broken down into small pieces.
Do not be fooled by some online concepts or lazy contractors that suggest that only drilling holes or knocking a small portion of the bottom out is acceptable. This is a huge mistake. The entire bottom and sides need to be broken into pieces small enough to be able to mix into the dirt for filling or be able to be scooped if hauling. Again, this part is different if it is a vinyl liner.
Once the bottom is broken and entry into the pool is safe, the beginning of my ramp will be installed over the concrete. This allows the dirt to tightly compact into the concrete and allow less settlement. The pool rubble is layered and compacted as the complete demo is done. This method allows for the tightest compaction and gives the best result if you are burying the debris.
If this is a haul job, the concrete will all be hauled out prior to the dirt being installed. The dirt would be compacted as it is being installed and the final grade would be set to match existing or the original drainage of the surrounding land.
Seed and straw spread over the disturbed area are minimally required once the projects is complete. Sod is an option for those who want the quickest turn-around.
Inspections are called in once it is completed.