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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.

Perth rentals, tenants and swimming pools – not a good mix!

If you’re a Perth landlord, or considering becoming a Perth landlord, and you think that adding a property with a swimming pool to your portfolio is a good idea. Think again. We had the owner of a rental property call us up last week to deal with a very messy problem that he had.

The pool in his backyard had not been cared for properly by his tenants and as a result had ended up in really, really bad condition.

He then spent over $4,000 on new pumps and filters but neglected to replace the pipes. As the pipes were old and the pump was too powerful for them the problem was further compounded when they ruptured. The money he had spent replacing equipment was actually more than the cost would have been remove the swimming pool entirely.

We also had a chat with the tenants while we were on site. They said that they didn’t even want the pool, had no use for it nor interest in using it. They were, however, upset by the stagnating water, the mosquitoes that were breeding in it and the fact that their children didn’t have a backyard to play in.

We’ve been removing pools in Perth for a very, very long time and this is not the first rental property we’ve been called to help with. It is always the same story. A frustrated landlord, a pool that has not been maintained by a string of careless tenants and tenants who just have no interest in maintaining the pool at all.

Unless you are talking about a multi million dollar luxury rental property which you pay to keep maintained then there is absolutely no upside for a landlord when it comes to having a swimming pool in their rental property.

Here are some of the downsides though:

  • You’ll lose tenants – many won’t even look at properties with pools due to the maintenance and electricity expenses.
  • Unless you keep your pool in top notch condition then you will reduce the return on your investment through lower rents.
  • Even if your pool is in good condition, you have no guarantee that tenants will take proper care of it and a security deposit would very likely not be enough to cover repairs.
  • A poorly maintained pool is a health hazard, especially if it has leftover water in it which has been allowed to go stagnant.

So if you’re considering adding a property to your portfolio which has a swimming pool, or you’ve already got one and it’s not getting looked after we’d recommend you get it dealt with. You’re devaluing the property, reducing the income you receive from it and potentially increasing the chance of it sitting vacant. We removed pools for Perth landlords at least 3 times a month and in most cases we can be in and out in less than a day with minimal disruption. Give Jo a call on 08 6461 6464 or click here to get a quote today.

Filling in your concrete swimming pool – the how and the why

If you’re removing a concrete swimming pool in your Perth property it can be tempting just to drain it and fill it in with sand. It will save you thousands of dollars and a whole lot of time.

You can just go ahead and plant a garden on top of it, or perhaps some lawn, then you’re done and all it’s going to cost you is a guy with a bobcat for a few hours and some clean fill sand.

So what have you got to lose? Why bother going to the extent and expense of completing a proper concrete pool removal?

The reality is that if you plan to keep your property forever, never want to put any structure on the site where the pool is and would like to decrease the value of the property if you do decide to sell it. Then filling your empty concrete pool with sand is a solid option.

Should you find yourself needing to sell the house, subdivide your land or even build a granny flat at some time down the line though, here’s what is going to have to happen:

You’re going to have to dig out the sand you filled the pool with.
Of course that also involves removing whatever flora has grown on top of that sand in the intervening time.

You’re then going to have to spend all the money you saved in the first place, plus quite possibly a lot more.

Why is that?

It’s a lot easier to drain a pool of water than of soil and plants.

You’re also going to be up for several days more work and a bill for landscaping the site once you’ve filled it back in.

Pool Removal Perth are swimming pool removal experts, we want our customers to be happy with the results. That’s why we would never recommend filling in the shell of a concrete swimming pool without removing the pool first. Would you like your concrete pool removed? Click here for a quote.

Free swimming pool removal, is it right for you?

There are a number of companies in the Perth area that will remove fibreglass swimming pools without charge. While this sounds fantastic on the surface, as the old adage goes nothing in life is free. First off, let’s take a look at why it is that any company would want to spend thousands of dollars of its own money to remove your fibreglass pool for free.

The intention on their part is to refurbish the pool and onsell it to someone else.

That means it has to be in extremely good condition or they’re probably going to refuse to help you.

As we mentioned about you’ll also need to make sure the pool is fibreglass, concrete and brick liner pool owners have no choice but to make the investment.

You will also find that companies that remove swimming pools for free in Perth will not accept jobs with narrow access. That means that if there is not at least a 1.9m wide access way to your swimming pool then you’re going to almost certainly incur additional expense.

Things can go very, very wrong if you have the wrong contractor on the job. While the above video relates to installing and not removing a pool, if you don’t have the experts on the job – installing or removing – you could have some problems.

The goal of companies that offer this service is to obtain your pool as quickly as possible. While we’re not suggesting that they will be irresponsible, you can expect to be left with a giant hole in your yard, companies that to provide free backfill will not do it on the day and in practise often not until several days later.

We do charge for swimming pool removal, we also work with any kind of pool and can provide for narrow access jobs. We’ll also help organise backfilling, compacting and (if you need one) a compaction certificate to satisfy council if you want to construct something like a granny flat where the pool used to be.

With fibreglass we are usually in and out in less than a day, concrete and liner pools can take a little longer. Our customer feedback speaks for itself, don’t trust your yard to a cowboy who doesn’t care – trust Pool Removal Perth to get the job done. Click here for your quote.

5 reasons Perth homeowners remove their swimming pool

Pool removal Perth removed this ugly, unused pool

We’ve been removing swimming pools in Perth for many years and there are some pretty consistent reasons that homeowners decide to bite the bullet and get rid of their pool. Here are 9 that come up all the time.

Reason 1: The kids have flown the coop

Back when you had a young family your swimming pool played a central role in the leisure activities in your home. Now you’re older and they’ve got families of their own then the costs of owning the pool are just no longer justifiable.

Reason 2: The pool is in disrepair and it’s a safety hazard

If you, or the previous owner of your property, has not kept on top of the maintenance that every pool requires then it doesn’t take much for problems to develop. In many cases this can make your pool unsafe.

Reason 3: The house is new (to you) and it already has a pool

If you’re not going to use it it could require thousands of dollars a year in maintenance. Get it taken out as a part of your other remodeling and you won’t even notice the cost. Imagine what you could do with all that extra space!

Reason 4: Extending the house and the pool is in the way

You’d like some more indoor space and you’ve got a huge, unused pool right in the way of your new extension. A great reason to get rid of your pool and a great time to do it as a part of the other renovations.

Reason 5: The thing just costs too much to own

Owning a pool comes with energy costs, water costs, chemicals and other expenses (especially when it comes to local council regulations being changed). It may well be the case that you’ve just got better things to do with the money. Pools are also not very environmentally friendly!

After many years of enjoyment, Marie wanted her pool gone

Pool Removal, Rossmoyne, Perth, WA

After decades of family fun Marie found herself with a pool in her yard that was taking up space, costing money and causing additional work on her part.

The solution was to remove the pool but she had a lot of questions and needed a bit of reassurance that she was making the right choice.

After speaking with Adam Martelletti of Pool Removal Perth she came to a good understanding of what was involved and decided to go ahead.

After we finished the job we asked her how she thought it went, here is what she had to say:

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What was the problem you were experiencing before you decided to remove your pool?

The pool has had 2 generations of families having fun, however now it is rarely used. Therefore the high maintenance and cost of running a pool are no longer a high priority.

What would you say to anyone considering removing their pool?

Most definitely consider it, I have now replaced it with artificial lawn and couldn’t be happier, now I’m saving money and I have a reduced workload.

Tell me what your experience has been with our services?

Firstly, we spoke with Adam Martelletti on speaker phone who explained all the options to us. Adam was very patient, helpful and extremely courteous from this first phone call through to the completion of the job. We were quite anxious on the day the pool was about to be removed and in two minds as to whether we were doing the right thing. When we expressed this to Adam he allayed our fears and reassured us that it’s a normal reaction of customers as it is a big decision and a huge job.

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Adam’s employees Matt and Shane were also very polite and hardworking. They took a day and a half to complete the job and didn’t miss a beat.

We actually made lunch for them in the hope they would take a break, which was gratefully received.

After 5 truckloads of sand were delivered we thought there would be a huge cleanup for us but Matt and Shane left the front and back looking very neat and tidy.

Pool Removal Perth made the pool removal experience a pleasant one.

Why would you recommend Pool Removal Perth to someone else?

I would definitely recommend you because you and your employees are genuine hard working people who did a great job, with a minimum of fuss and a lot of patience.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I’ve included some photos. You will see there is a hole in the artificial grass so we can plant a tree where the pool once was.

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Are you a Perth homeowner who has an underused and expensive swimming pool chewing up your land and your money?

Just imagine what else you could do with your backyard! Call us today on 08 6461 6464 for a free, no obligation quote. In many cases, we can be in and out in less than a day!