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Why people opt for pool removal

When you dream or start installing a swimming pool, probably the last thing on your mind is the possibility of having to let go of it one day. This is especially true if you’re building a fibreglass pool that is built to last for decades.

With this said, a business might be booming for pool builders but the demand for pool removal is starting to be strong enough that there are companies that specialize in the service. Here are some of the reasons people decide to remove a swimming pool.

 

Parent’s whose children have grown and moved away from home

An article in the Financial Review described why a retired engineer and management lecturer, Mr John Waters, decided to take out their pool…

“I was a bit emotional at first about our decision to take out the pool as we put it in when we built the house 40 years ago. But now I think it was a very good decision. Our children used to use it and our grandchildren, but now our youngest is 15 and she prefers to go somewhere where she can do a few laps or meet up with her friends. And I was the only one who ever cleaned it …” Read the full interview at AFR.com

This is one of the most common reasons for our clients removing their pools. If the kids moved out long ago and the grandkids don’t visit often, older pool owners can find the prospect of maintaining a pool daunting, from both a financial and physical point of view.  

Green swimming pool

 A neglected, green swimming pool

Safety hazard

I know this is a sensitive topic but in an article written by Olivia Lambert, she mentioned,

“THERE IS a drowning epidemic in Australia, and there have almost been as many water deaths over a Christmas period as car fatalities. We hear the warnings year on year, every summer. ” Read the full article here

Another article from Pool + Spa discussed how a family immediately decided to take their pool out due to a near-drown experience.

“After the horror summer of drownings Australia experienced over the 2016–17 season, many parents of toddlers are beginning to see their backyard pool as a safety hazard rather than a relaxing oasis. It’s a sad (and scary) fact that children aged zero to four are the most at risk of drowning, and all it can take is a moment’s distraction for a toddler to access a pool and drown.

Parents whose children have had near-drowning incidents often aren’t willing to take the chance again. Cousins says he has been called to remove pools the very next day after a child has nearly drowned. “They get scared and nothing can convince them to keep their pool,” he said.”  Read more here

It’s sad that what used to be a fun area for the family is now being treated (and feared) as a hazard…

Courtesy of Royal Life Saving: Toddler Drowning Prevention campaign
 

Maintaining Costs

If someone is sitting on the fence, struggling to decide between renovation and removal, the cost is usually the deciding factor.
In an article from Domain, Adam Martelletti specified the breakdown of costs in maintaining a pool year-round.


“The annual costs for an average eight metre by four-metre backyard pool can be $1400 every year.

Pump
A 1kW pump, cycles 10 hours per day, seven days a week and can cost $112 a month over summer, and $80 a month in winter. The total cost for the pump alone is $1216 each year. A high energy star-rated variable speed pump could save up to $500 per year, the cost of the pump could outweigh the savings.

Heating
Heating your pool can cost a bomb – especially if you’re using gas. Solar Heating is about $100 to $200 each year, electric heating $250 to $750 each year, and gas heating $500 to …Continue reading here 

old swimming pool being drained before removal

Draining pool before removal

It’s natural to reevaluate your plans once you tally up the price of pool removal (that’s why we offer no-obligation quotes!). You may decide that it makes more sense to put your pool in “low maintenance mode” until you sell the house, or when you compare the costs side-by-side, you may find it tempting to double down on your pool by remodeling or just get rid of your pool due to maybe one of the reasons above. You won’t know what the best course of action is until you have all the facts.

If you have questions, would like to know more or schedule an onsite quote, you can reach us at 08 6461 6464 or via Chat.

Pool Removal Perth joins SPASAWA

We’re pleased to announce our membership of the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Western Australia, we are the only specialist pool removal company that holds membership of the association in WA.

Pool Removal Perth is pleased to be associated with an organisation which holds its members to high standards as a part our ongoing commitment to be the best pool removal company in Perth.

We have been removing swimming pools in Perth for many years and do an average of 3-4 a week, every week of the year.

Our staff are profession and it doesn’t matter where on the property your pool is or what it is constructed from. The majority of Fibreglass pools that we remove are taken out, back filled and tidied up in less than a day.

For clients that need it, we offer interest-free in-house finance and can spread the cost over 12 months for them. We also offer a 10% discount to holders of a current WA Seniors Card.

So if you’re looking to have your pool removed, get in touch with the Pool Removal Perth team today on 08 6461 6464 or click here to request your quote.

What can go wrong with a pool refurbishment

It’s amazing how many pools we end up coming in to remove that have actually been recently renovated by cowboy contractors costing the homeowner thousands of dollars and a whole load of stress. There are generally two reasons that people choose a swimming pool renovation over a pool removal. The first that they genuinely want to keep the pool in service, the second being that they have a perception that refurbing a pool is cheaper than removing it.

For the first group our advice is that they make sure they go with a professional pool refurbishment company and that they check their references. There are a lot of cowboys out there and it can get very costly and stressful if you get someone irresponsible or inexperienced to complete the work. For the second group of people, who think they are saving money. It’s not just about what the pool costs to repair, it’s also about what it costs to own and the negative impact on the value of your property.

A quick search on the Internet will find plenty of people in home improvement forums, both in Australia and abroad, sharing stories of badly behaved or inexperienced contractors leaving swimming pools in bad shape after the repairs. When it comes to fibreglass pools, cracks that have been repaired will never be as strong as the rest of the shell. Repairs can often only last a short while, especially if the person making them is not an expert in doing this kind of work.

Another issue with a fibreglass pool repair is that it can be difficult to match the colouring. Fibreglass fades over time and the repairs can look ugly.

When it comes to concrete and liner pools, once again, it’s not hard to take a look online and find myriad posts that contain absolute nightmare experiences about repairs to these kinds of pools. Liners not fitting properly, bad surfacing one the concrete pour and issues with poorly laid paving. These pools are also generally extremely expensive to conduct a refurbishment on. Concrete pools in particular need regular maintenance and resurfacing, this can make a repair extremely expensive if they haven’t been maintained to standard in the past.

The long and short of matters is that, costs of repairs aside, a swimming pool is an extremely expensive asset. Spending thousands of dollars a year for something that, in Perth, is only really useable for a few months doesn’t make sense. How about a vegie garden?

Have you got any kind of pool in your yard that you’d like us to assess for removal? Our quote process is quick, costs nothing and we’re experts at what we do. We remove 3-5 pools a week for Perth homeowners just like you. Click here to get your quote or call 08 6461 6464 today.

5 amazing things to do with your Perth Backyard once your pool is removed

So you’ve finally made the decision to get rid of that swimming pool but you’re not sure what to do with your backyard once it’s gone? Most of the Perth people we talk to each week about swimming pool removal feel exactly the same way. That said, there are loads of low maintenance, reasonably priced options that you can take to fill in the void once your pool is gone.

1 – A rockery

The great thing about a rockery peppered with succulents or cacti is that you are basically setting yourself up for a zero maintenance yard. They are also incredibly attractive and use a lot less water than other kinds of gardens.

2 – Artificial turf

If you’re someone who really doesn’t want to replace their pool with a whole lot of grass that you’ll have to mow then artificial grass can be a great option. When we took out Marie’s pool she went down that track.

3 – A pergola

Extending your living space outdoors is a great way to make use of the place where your pool used to be. Putting in a covered outdoor seating area is one way that a lot of our customers go when they’re planning what to do with the extra space.

4 – A granny flat

As long as you get a compaction certificate after your pool has been removed then you can build another structure. One that you could potentially rent out for extra income or use as space for guests when you have visitors.

5 – A herb garden

There are plenty of hardy herbs that don’t take a lot of looking after, they’re fresh, attractive and can add something special to your meals too. Consider rosemary, thyme and oregano for hard wearing and low maintenance – not to mention tasty!

 

 

Asbestos Swimming Pools

Believe it or not some swimming pools in Perth are actually made from asbestos. We have struck this problem many times over the years. The biggest problem is a lot of other companies that do not specialise in the removal of a pool are unaware of how to properly deal with an Asbestos pool. This can result in increased removal costs.


One of the most common designs of asbestos pools is a liner pool with a concrete path poured around the edge. The vast majority of asbestos swimming pools that we remove in Perth have this composition.



Basically these pools a comprised of a 19mm asbestos sheet, a concrete floor and a liner. The inside of the pool looks exactly like any other liner pool until the liner is removed and the asbestos exposed. Many of these pools originally had stickers on the sheets saying that asbestos was used in the manufacturing process, however these fade over the years and it can be difficult to see what they say once they’ve been installed for a few years.


If the presence of asbestos is not identified before the swimming pool removal begins, there are generally one of two outcomes.


  1. The contractor will start breaking up the pool without knowing asbestos is present. This can result in significant environmental impact. Asbestos dust is nasty stuff and should only be handled by a properly experienced and qualified expert. There can also be extremely high fines levied against people responsible for the removal of asbestos pools without due care and attention being taken.

  2. The contractor will levy a substantial cost on the homeowner or give them the option of just burying the asbestos. This results in a contaminated backyard, is an illegal act and could cause huge problems down the track for the homeowner.


The team at Pool Removal Perth are used to removing pools of all shapes and sizes which are constructed of a range of different materials. This includes asbestos. Our team know how to handle the material properly and, perhaps more importantly, identify what pools contain asbestos before we start the job so you don’t get any nasty surprises once we get started.



Poorly maintained pools cost Perth lives

Poorly Maintained Pools Can Kill

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Not only are poorly maintained pools dangerous, they can result in huge fines and even lawsuits.

We’re approaching the time of year that families come together and grandkids are running around their grandparents back yards. This is traditionally when Aussies wind down and get to enjoy all the great things that go along with living in such a wonderful place, unfortunately it is also the time of year that kids get hurt.  Between December first and December 23rd last year there were three serious incidents of children nearly drowning in backyard swimming pools.

Don’t wait for something to go wrong

The culprits in cases like these are almost invariably poorly maintained or below standard swimming pools or fencing. It’s not only dangerous, it’s also illegal and could find a homeowner being held criminally liable for any injuries that occur. Just ask Philip Cameron from Armidale who was actually charged with manslaughter in 2012 after a toddler strayed into his yard and ended up drowning to death in his poorly maintained pool.

The effects of not properly maintaining your pool can be huge and very long ranging. You are at risk of fines from council, someone getting seriously hurt and even a reduced property value. If you’ve got a dilapidated pool in your yard we’d love to give you a free, no-obligation quote to remove it. If you have a current seniors card we’ll even give you 10% off the price!

 

Richard of Fremantle removed his pool.

Richard and his wife of Fremantle purchased this property 2 years ago, they loved the property but not so much the pool, They thought they would use the pool but over the two years, Richard spent more time cleaning the pool than swimming in it.

 

A large gum tree was overhanging the pool and that meant that there were always leaves to clean up which also blocked the pump and skimmer box. After arranging a temporary decking to cover the pool early on in the year so they could get married in the backyard they decided that they loved the look of the backyard without the pool so decided it was time to have it removed.

 

Once we had completed the pool removal in Fremantle, Richard said the biggest regret he had was that he should have done it 2 years ago when they moved in instead of dragging it out and spending money on something that was never used.

The job was very narrow access with a number of steps to tackle and a heap of services to avoid like aircon, gas, water and sewerage pipe. We had to cut and remove a small brick wall to gain access into the property with protection of our protection boards there was no damage to anything. The job was successfully completed in one day with the removal and backfill of the swimming pool and the removal of the concrete surroundings.

 

While packing up on the job the neighbour came over to see if we could come over and quote for the removal of his pool as he was in the same situation.
Does this all sound too familiar? Find out more by calling us today on 08 6461 6464 or fill out the contact form below.

Removing her old pool changed Beth’s life, here’s how

Willetton grandmother Beth and her husband had spent many happy years enjoying their swimming pool with their family. As they got older though and their kids moved onto lives of their own it became a huge, unused and very expensive annoyance that took up most of their back yard.

After they’d made the decision to get rid of the pool, the first thing that she did was contact companies that offered free pool removal. She quickly discovered that companies that offer this type of service are extremely selective about the types of pools they take out. As access was difficult when it came to getting machinery into her back yard they were quoting thousands of dollars to bring in specialised machinery to get the shell removed.

Many Pool Removal Perth customers just want to reclaim their yard so they can do something useful with it once the kids have flown the coop.

As even the free pool removal companies were looking to levy high fees she thought it would be prudent to get in touch with a few other pool removal services to get a few quotes in and compare their offerings. She called us.

Pool Removal Perth are a specialist swimming pool removal company, we’ve been removing all sorts of pools for all sorts of Perth people for over 8 years. We explained that we could complete the job for her, we had the specialist machinery that was necessary and if she wanted to go ahead we could have the pool out, backfilled and compacted in less than a day so she could get on with her plans for the yard.

Three days later the Pool Removal Perth team arrived at her house. By 3pm, the job was done. What’s more, because Beth had a senior’s card she got an extra 10% off the price.

From wasting money to saving money

What Beth did next was nothing short of awesome. Beth was always a keen gardener but the pool taking up so much space meant she only had a small plot of land to grow her prized vegetables. Where the pool used to be there are now a series of raised garden beds. Garden beds that she uses to grow amazing, healthy and tasty organic vegetables. Vegetables which she shares with her kids and grandkids.

Veggie gardens are a popular choice

The plot of land that provided so much joy for her growing family is now providing healthy, fresh food to her children’s growing families as well as her and her husband. What’s more, instead of costing her money in maintenance for the swimming pool, it’s now saving everybody money by providing food.

If you’ve got a disused swimming pool that you want removed then get in touch with Pool Removal Perth. You can call the team on 08 6461 6464 or just click here to request your quote. We look forward to working with you to help you do something awesome with your back yard, just like Beth did.

We removed Erin’s pool, here’s what she had to say about the experience…

Pool removal Perth removed this ugly, unused pool

When Erin was sick and tired of the wasted space in her yard she wanted her swimming pool removed. She called the experts at Pool Removal Perth to get the job done. Here is what she had to say…

What was the problem you were experiencing before you decided to remove your pool?
The pool was getting more degraded and needed resurfacing, and there were problems with the vacuum that even the professional pool guy didn’t know how to fix

What would you say to anyone considering removing their pool?
We found a lot of people tried to tell us to keep it, and that it adds value to our home. However, we found that the cost of fixing and maintaining it for many years was by far more expensive than getting rid of it and putting in a new pool later was a better guarantee of having a working pool. We just had to stop listening to peer pressure and make the decision that was right in our situation.

Tell me what your experience has been with our services?
Once the decision was made, it happened very quickly. The guys were polite, efficient, and left the place tidy. Some of our paving was damaged, but we had been forewarned so it didn’t come as a surprise and it is just part of the other jobs we have in getting the garden how we want it.

Why would you recommend us to someone else?
You were all fast, efficient, tidy, and everything happened exactly how you said it would. This can be really hard to find!

So if you’re sick and tired of your unused swimming pool costing you money and stealing your space, get in touch with Pool Removal Perth today. We will give you a no-obligation quote and the majority of swimming pools can be gone in a day.

Erin is just one of our many satisfied customers, click here to read John & Judith’s story.