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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.

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.