How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

With a swimming pool Deckover, you can utilize all of that valuable space in your backyard that’s currently being consumed by the pool any way you want to!

A Deckover is the process of placing composite decking over an existing swimming pool, giving you usable living space while protecting your pool until the time comes that you either want to use it again or sell your property.

That’s right, a Deckover pool cover can be completely removed so the swimming pool can be filled with water and used again — without any damage to the pool itself.

Deckover, a Phoenix pool & spa retirement company, covered Wright’s pool with composite material decking. It cost him $6,000 but the move isn’t permanent. The space underneath can be used as storage — and it’s completely reversible. Source

Is It Time To Retire Your Swimming Pool?

Installing an inground swimming pool (or buying a home that already had one) probably seemed like a really good idea at first.

But if you seldom feel like swimming these days and the cost of maintaining your swimming pool just isn’t making sense anymore, then it may be time to find other uses for that area of your yard.

Unfortunately, filling in or tearing out a swimming pool is a big expense. Plus, you would also lose the added resale value when it came time to sell your home.

One of the best options that will put an end to the monthly maintenance expenses while allowing you to retain the swimming pool for use some day in the future is to install a pool Deckover cover.

Benefits Of A Pool Deckover

A swimming pool Deckover makes sense for many reasons:

Cost savings: No longer will you be paying for electricity to heat and circulate the water in your pool and no longer will expensive chemical treatments be required.

Safety: It removes the possibility of children and pets accidentally falling into the pool and drowning. No longer will you have to maintain a fence or removable cover over the pool in order to meet local safety ordinance requirements.

Storage: The now empty swimming pool can be used as storage space. Constructing your Deckover in a water-tight manner will provide valuable dry storage space.

Resale value: Since the swimming pool is still there, when it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will have the option of removing the Deckover and re-filling the pool with water if they wish.

Outdoor living space: With the new deck comes a perfect place to set up an outdoor dining or entertaining area. Or, simply use it as more space for the children to play.

Insurance savings: Without an active swimming pool, your homeowners insurance will drop. Pools are nice but they can be a liability issue.

Completely reversible: Returning your pool to normal function is a simply matter of removing the deck that covers it. The deck or supporting structure and equipment do not damage the existing pool structure.

How It’s Done

It typically takes about a week to complete a Deckover project.

There are a couple of things to consider before installing a pool Deckover:

  • Many pools are quite wide. Construction of a deck would require sufficient support and should be designed by a structural engineer.
  • If the deck itself isn’t watertight, then you will need to install a sump pump in order to prevent standing water from accumulating and creating a health hazard.
  • If you want to be able to drive over it, it will need a few additional reinforcements.

How Much Does A Deckover Cost?

The price for a Deckover varies depending on the size and shape of your swimming pool.

Here are the factors that go into the cost:

  • The surface area of the pool
  • The span of the members
  • The shape of the pool (a curved pool is more difficult than a rectangular shaped pool)
  • Different levels, steps, or benches cost a little more
  • The type of material used on the deck itself.

The average payback time for a Deckover pool cover is less than 4 years. Sometimes much less. — Source

Think Outside The Pool…

If you don’t go the Deckover route, following are a few other options during the time when your swimming pool is empty and/or you no longer want to use your pool for swimming:

“I learned that you can’t just empty the pool of water. If you do, it will float up out of the ground, possibly damaging plumbing and electrical connections to the pool.

You can’t just fill it with dirt. With no way for rainwater to drain through the pool liner, it will become a mud pit. The decommissioning process starts with draining the pool. Then holes are drilled through the pool liner. A jackhammer or backhoe is used to remove the rim.

Then it’s filled with dirt and landscaped over. It’s a very permanent thing. And can cost several thousand dollars.”

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Help! I looked out the window this morning and a single, orange maple leaf was floating in my pool. That has to mean that swim season is coming to an end, which is truly a bummer. However, I know that there’s still a little bit of swim time left, so I’m going to make the most of it! In the meantime, what should I be doing to start getting ready to close my pool? (Even if I’m in denial that I really have to do it.)

Signed; Wistful in Wisconsin

Dear Wistful;

I feel your pain. For those of us who live in a seasonal climate, there unfortunately comes a time when we have to winterize our pools for the year. I have always thought of fall as the time we start counting the days until we can open the pool again. We usually close our pool in mid-September and open it back up in mid-April. I’d like to keep it open longer, but my neighbor has a huge maple tree and it’s a lot easier to get the leaves and helicopters (as my kids used to call them) off the cover than it is to clean them out of the pool.

As the swim season here in the Midwest winds to a close, here’s a list of things you can do now to make sure your pool closing goes smoothly and you’re ready to make a splash as early as you can next year.

  1. Save the date. As soon as the season nears its end, schedule a closing date with your service company (and, as an extra tip, get your winter coat cleaned while you’re at it– you’ll thank me later.) Much like waiting until February 13th to order roses for your sweetie, if you wait until the week you want to close your pool to schedule a closing, you might be out of luck.
  2. Balance your H2O. Be sure to have your water chemistry balanced. All pool stores have winterization kits available, but if you’d rather leave it to the pros, have your pool service company come out and test your water prior to closing. Balanced water at the end of the season means a better chance of pulling off the cover to find clean water next year.
  3. Get your gear ready. Start now to round up all of the winter plugs, skimmers, maintenance equipment and other gizmos your pool service company will need to winterize your pool. Hopefully, you’ve stored them all in one location so you don’t have to tear the pool house apart to find them.
  4. Close it clean. It’s really important to close a clean pool. Vacuum up all the dirt and debris, clean the water line and backwash the filter prior to closing your pool. If you have a cartridge filter, your service tech will remove it.
  5. Cover it up. I strongly recommend automatic pool covers. They add a huge level of convenience in all seasons and give you the peace of mind that your pool will be tightly sealed, safe and clean. If you don’t have an automatic pool cover, consider getting one installed prior to closing the pool.
  6. Pick up your toys. As you deflate your rafts and gather all the other toys you have collected over the summer, give them a good cleaning and store them in an orderly fashion. While you’re at it, round up your lawn chairs, tables and umbrellas and give them a good cleaning too. Ask your pool store about advice on proper protection for diving boards, slides, handrails and ladders. My slide can’t be removed, so I wax it for protection over the winter. I do remove my diving board and I store it with the handrails, ladder, safety rope and all the other pool toys. Store all of your accessories is in a clean, dry spot in your pool house or garage.
  7. Keep chemicals safe. Leftover chemicals must be stored with with their lids tightly sealed in a well-ventilated space away from furnaces and other sources of heat. Certain chemicals must be stored away from other chemicals too, so consult your pool service professional to make sure you’ve got everything tucked away safely for next year.

How to close in an unwanted in ground poolIf your kids are like mine used to be, they’re looking forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter break, and Santa Claus right now. But come early March, they’ll be marking off the days on the calendar until swim season starts again. However, summer isn’t quite over yet, so stop reading this and go enjoy your pool while you can.

Until next time – The General

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How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Closing Your Above Ground Pool in the South

When closing your above ground pool in a warmer climate, you’ll follow the same steps observed in ‘How to Close Your Above Ground Pool in Colder Climates’, but with a few subtle differences. Depending on where you live, you may only need to partially close your pool. This is only the case if the coldest weather in your region isn’t too severe and the temperature never drops below freezing. Read on to find out more!

***DO NOT COMPLETELY DRAIN YOUR POOL***

It’s important to leave water in your pool, especially if you have an above ground pool with a vinyl liner, as they can be easily damaged if left dry. Once a vinyl liner tears or is otherwise damaged, it must be completely removed and replaced.

  1. Clean up Around the Pool. Be sure your entire pool area is free of dirt, debris, leaves, branches and other materials that could blow in and change the chemistry of your pool water.
  2. Check All Pool Equipment. Before those temps really start to drop, check your pool equipment for signs of weather damage or items that need to be replaced or repaired. If you happen to notice any issues with your pool liner, filter, pool heat pump or other equipment, repair or replace them as needed. Doheny’s has a full selection of pool liner repair kits, plumbing repair kits and other products available for all of your pool repair needs.
  3. Clean Pool Walls and Floor. However you decide to clean and scrub down your pool walls and floor (using either a hand held vacuum or an automatic cleaner), make sure the walls and floor of the pool are completely clean before continuing with the pool closing process.
  4. Balance the Winter Chemicals. Before you can officially ‘winterize’ your pool, you need to ensure that the water is correctly balanced. Test the water with a Doheny’s winter test kit, which contains Algaecide, Metal Out and Pool Shock, and adjust the chemicals as needed. Be sure to distribute each chemical evenly throughout the water supply. We recommend doing this 24 hours in advance to get the full effect.
  5. Flush the Filtration System. Your filtration system is responsible for keeping your plumbing and water clean and free of all bacteria and invisible organic matter. It is recommended that you run the system to flush everything out of the plumbing lines before closing.
  6. Lower the Water Level. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations for lowering the water level in your pool, and lower it to about two inches from beneath the surface of the skimmer. This prevents freezing and expansion when the temperatures in your area start to drop. Consider adding a skimmer plug to keep water out.
  7. Clean the Filters. For D.E filters, flush out the D.E. and thoroughly clean out the grid. For cartridge filters, clean the cartridge and the inside of the tank. For sand filters, run an extra-long backwash to make sure the sand is clean. After your filter is clean, remove all filter hoses and remove the drain plugs from the pump, filter, and heater to make sure no excess water is trapped. All equipment should be stored in a safe, dry place for next year.
  8. Cover it Up. Consider our equipment covers for your pool heaters, filters, and plumbing lines. This is a great way to keep them safe from dropping temps and wind damage.
  9. Use a Tablet Dispenser. After you have used a pool closing kit to balance the chemicals, gently slide a winter oxidizing tablet dispenser into your pool. Don’t just throw it in, as this could release too much of the oxidizing agent into your water at once and create an uneven chemical balance.
  10. Use Skim Insure. Apply Skim-Insure directly to your skimmer. This will prevent freezing water from causing internal damage if or when the temperatures in your area drop. Even if below 0° temps aren’t something you need to consider, using Skim Insure is still a great preventative measure for all pool owners.
  11. Cover Your Pool. When closing your pool, make sure your winter pool cover is clean and free of tears and holes. Use a pool cover repair kit to fix any damage. To install winter pool covers:
    • Read the directions carefully and make sure the entire cover is evenly spread over the pool’s surface.
    • If you live in a windy area with occasional bad weather, consider placing air pillows underneath the middle of your cover to prevent any excess water, snow, and rain from damaging it. This will put less stress on the cover because it will be evenly distributed throughout the pool’s surface.
    • Check out our Pool Pillow Pal to help you install the air pillows and cover correctly.
    • Don’t forget the cable and ratchet to properly secure your winter cover.
    • Cover clips are a great way to really secure your above ground pool cover. They are able to hold everything down, even in the windiest weather.
  12. Use Seal Wrap. Check out our seal wrap to seal all areas of your pool so that no dirt, debris, or even strong winds can take away all of the hard work you put into this pool closing. No Seal Wrap? No problem! Our sturdy, water filled wall bags are a great alternative. Fill them approximately ¾ full to allow the freezing water to expand.
  13. Add a Winter Pill. Doheny’s Winter Pill will help keep pool water clean all winter long and is safe to use with other pool winterizing kits.
  14. Observe and Remove. Throughout the season, keep an eye on the pool cover and pool area and remove any debris that you find. Allowing debris to collect will cause unnecessary wear and tear and greatly reduce the life of the cover, and it could damage the frame of the pool as well. Staying on top of the winter preparations and keeping an eye on your pool all year long is the best way to protect it from harm.

Closing Your Inground Pool in the South

If you happen to live in an area with a warmer climate year round, then your pool closing strategy will be slightly different than those looking for information on How to Close Your Inground Pool in Cooler Climates, as you don’t have to worry as much about the water freezing, expanding, and damaging your pool walls and floor.

***DO NOT COMPLETELY DRAIN YOUR POOL***

It’s important to leave some water in the pool, even if the temperatures aren’t expected to dip below freezing in your area, as the heat can still cause wear and tear to occur during the winter.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Swimming pools have many virtues, especially during scorching summers. But they can easily become eyesores — not to mention money pits — especially if they leak or have other functional issues.

Instead of going through the costly (and sometimes unsuccessful) process of bringing an old swimming pool up to date, why not turn it into an entirely new, seriously cool feature that sets your home apart?

From a detached, lower-level studio space to a fully realized aquaponic farm, here are six smart ideas (some DIY projects and some that require a little professional help) to convert your old swimming pool into something useful, beautiful, or both!

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

1. The sunken patio

Though part of a rooftop lounge in Midtown Manhattan, this patio retrofitted within a rooftop pool by Future Green Studio holds a lesson for homeowners — work with the site rather than against it. The final dining area maintains the pool steps, depth indicators, handrails, and even a retooled version of the pool lights, telling the story of the space’s origins beautifully.

2. The practical deck

A simple but elegant solution for an unwanted pool? Drain it and build a deck over the top. Work with a landscape pro to design a deck that blends perfectly with the original pool’s shape and structure. Not only will it add valuable entertaining square footage to the backyard, but it’ll also boost your home’s value over time.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

3. The detached studio

This gorgeous studio by Walk Interior Architecture & Design in its own right becomes even more awe-inspiring when you realize it’s housed in an old, neglected in-ground pool. The finished space feels at once industrial, modern, and airy, and the solar panel–topped A-frame roof is both functional (preventing water from seeping in) and beautiful. Such an inspired idea!

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

4. The peaceful pond

If you’re imagining spending lazy afternoons surrounded by nature instead of cleaning the pool, think about transforming your pool into a pond. It’s the perfect way to invite more wildlife into your yard, and it just makes sense. In the spirit of repurposing, you may even be able to get away with converting the original sand filter into a koi pond filter.

5. The water-wise garden

A Southern California couple converted their little-used pool into a rainwater harvesting system. Now in the pool’s place they have a stream, small waterfall, and some 100 plants, all fed with rain collected from the roof and stored in underground, recycled-plastic tanks. The resulting garden is luscious and inviting while making the most of the region’s scant rainfall.

6. The food-producing farm

And then there’s the family who built a food-producing greenhouse, known as the Garden Pool, in the pit of their former swimming pool. The finished ecosystem includes solar panels and a greenhouse, and produces everything from tilapia (through an aquaponics system) to fresh fruits and veggies to poultry.

While you might not be ready to go full-scale eco-farm, the project proves that an old pool site might be just the spot to pull off the herb-and-veggie garden of your dreams.

There are many people who would trade their swimming pool for something more practical like a storage area, a fishtank or a garden. But all of these things could be realized even having a swimming pool in your yard. A swimming pool adds attractiveness points to your house so in case you’re not sure if you’ll be living in it for long then it’s a good idea to keep the pool that can be converted back. If you don’t want to maintain your barely used swimming pool there are quite a few other uses for it.

Unused Swimming Pool

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Natural Swimming Pool

Pond/Natural Pool

One of the most popular solutions for an unused swimming pool is converting it into a pond or a natural pool. Though it would require quite an effort and a certain budget a swimming pond can be not only an aesthetic addition to your backyard it will also retain the swimming feature so you can have a refreshing dip once in a while.

It is also one of the most eco-friendly options. No chlorine or other toxic chemicals, only beautiful aquatic plants and calming green water. An above ground pool can become a great home for Koi fish.

Storage

There are a few ways of turning your unused swimming pool into a storage. You can build over it and use the space as a basement or simply cover the pool to protect things from the weather.

Greenhouse

This is also a solution especially if you’d like growing your own produce. Building a greenhouse over the pool will enclose the pool and allow you to use that space for growing fruit and veg, raising poultry and fish, as well as it can be used to harvest solar energy and rainwater to power your greenhouse.

Other ways maybe effective as well as they can get pretty costly. Excavating and filling the pool will cost several thousands of dollars and maintenance can get up to a couple of hundred dollars a month depending on the size of the pool, the pump and the chemicals. Plus you’ll need to clean and close and open it as seasons change.
So what do you think? Would you convert your unused swimming pool? Share your ideas of dealing with unused swimming pools.

What recommendations do you have on how to fill in a 64,000-gallon swimming pool that is no longer wanted? We have a 6-foot access through the portico to the rear of the house where the pool is located. Because we border a ravine, we’re wondering if it would be better to leave the concrete pool in place for stability, just break down the top edge of pool a foot or more, and then fill in. Would we need to break out the bottom for drainage? Should we place gravel at the bottom for drainage? Then what? What kind of contractor would be best for this project? —Thanks.

Interesting project! I would recommend an excavating contractor. He or she will have the specialized equipment needed—concrete drop hammer, long-reach chisel scaler (to remove tile), 90- or 185-cfm compressor, 3-ton excavator, breaker attachment, skidsteer loader (Bobcat), and dump truck, as well as access to equipment that will make it through the 6-foot access space you mentioned. Of course, the height of the portico may also restrict access. Start by contacting contractors to see if they can get equipment through this area. You should be able to tell them over the phone the width and heights to determine if they have the proper size of equipment to handle the demolition and still be able to get through this area.

I don’t have the luxury of seeing the jobsite, so it’s hard for me to recommend whether or not to keep the pool intact because of the ravine. However, I can say with some certainty that the ravine was there when the hole was dug for the pool and it was still there when the pool was built, so I don’t see this is as something to be alarmed about.

Ideally, it would be best to break the pool up and remove all the concrete involved. But to keep the cost down—break the bottom up completely so water can drain and use the broken up sides to fill in the hole. I would fill the hole up to 2 to 3 feet from the top of the topsoil. Then haul off any excess concrete, at this point I would put in a layer of filter fabric to keep the fill dirt and fines from washing down into any voids around the broken concrete, fill in the remainder with fill dirt, and top it all off with about 8 inches of topsoil. Compact the soil with a power tamper to eliminate any possible future settling.

Now that I have made these recommendations—I also suggest that you contact your local building department to find out if a permit is required and if they have any special requirements that deal with filling in the pool’s hole with concrete. Also, you will want to protect your existing lawn in the area where the equipment will be running back and forth. Purchase 3/4-inch CDX plywood and cover this area to protect the lawn from tire tracks or from being torn up—the investment is worth it!

I would like to hear what direction you took, the requirements from the city or county building department, contractors involved, and the overall cost. Good luck with this major undertaking!

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

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When added to the backyard, an inground pool offers entertainment, leisure, exercise opportunities — and an increase in value to your home. A 2003 study by the National Association of Realtors found that an inground swimming pool adds about 8 percent to your home’s value. The typical pool maintenance schedule involves a few weekly and monthly tasks, along with several daily tips to keep in mind. If there isn’t a pool supply store convenient to your home, most super stores and home improvement stores also offer pool care equipment and supplies.

In-Season

Check your pool’s pH and chlorine levels at least twice per week. Your pool water should maintain a pH range of 7.4 to 7.6 and a chlorine level of 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million (ppm), according to the My Pool Supply website. Test the pool water levels at dusk at least four hours after all swimmers have left the water and at least eight hours after a rain or wind storm. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the testing strips you choose. If necessary, add products to re-balance these levels.

Clean the pool at least once per week. For a thorough cleaning, empty the skimmer baskets, skim the leaves and debris from the water. If there is debris on the bottom of the inground pool, use a vacuum cleaner designed for pool use. Skim the surface with a cleaning net.

Apply pool surface cleaner to the waterline on the pool walls. These cleaners eliminate waterline stains to keep your pool looking fresh. Apply the cleaner with a pool brush. Once you rub the cleaner into the wall at the waterline surface, dip the brush into the water and give a quick scrub to the walls under the water surface.

Shock the pool water once per week. Shocking involves adding a large dose of chlorine to the pool to eliminate algae and other contaminants. The amount of shock you use varies based on the specific chlorine product and the amount of water in your pool; follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Shock the water at dusk, allow the pump and filter to run overnight and avoid swimming for at least 24 hours after shocking the pool.

Run your filtration system as much as possible — constantly if you can afford it — during the summer months. When the water is continuously moving, it is less likely to become tainted with dust, dirt, environmental pollutants, bacteria and body oils.

Off-Season

Inspect the pool before you close it for the season. Look for cracks, leaks or any type of damage that needs to be addressed. Since harsh winter temperatures will only make the damage worse, you’re better off fixing the problems before you close the pool.

Test the water’s chemical levels and adjust accordingly. Use the same procedures and materials you used during pool season. Clean and shock the pool using the same guidelines as well.

Remove all objects from the pool. This includes ladders, diving boards, slides, pool toys, ropes, skimmer baskets and any other accessories submerged in the water.

Drain all water from the pool’s pump, filter, heater and all associated tubing. If pool water remains in the system during the winter and freezes, damage will likely occur. A shop vacuum can help remove water, but be gentle with delicate items, like tubing.

Lower the pool’s water level by draining the water into the local sewer lines. Do not drain all the water from the pool. Simply reduce the water level until it’s below the lowest pool return. If your pool walls are decorated with tiles, the water level should also remain below the tiles during the off-season.

Cover your pool with a pool safety cover. The cover should secure tightly around the pool with no obvious tears, rips, gaps or damage. Inspect the pool cover every few weeks during the off-season. If you notice a poor fit or damage to the cover, replace it immediately.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

A house with an in-ground pool in the yard has been the ultimate luxury for nearly 100 years, and the allure is not about to disappear. But for some pool owners, it’s a relationship they would prefer to end. Some are opting to fill in or demolish their swimming pools rather than continue to maintain or remodel them.

Or maybe you have bought a house with an in-ground pool that is in need of repair, requires too much maintenance, or you can use the space for something else. Get estimates for a remodel vs. demo before making your decision.

If you do decide to go this route, it’s not a DIY job. Hire a demolition contractor or a company that specializes in this service to demo the in-ground pool. And before you get rid of the pool, really think about it, do your research, and make sure that everyone in your household is on board.

Here are reasons to demolish an in-ground pool.

You No Longer Use It

Reasons can vary for not using your swimming pool:

  • The kids have gotten older and no longer use the pool, or have gone off to college.
  • Weather—it’s never quite warm enough.
  • You don’t like to swim by yourself, or you don’t have good reasons to swim.
  • The allure is over. It’s a big pit of water in the yard that’s eating away your finances and free time.
  • There it sits—beautiful and alone.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Cost of Pool Maintenance Service

Are you paying $100 or so weekly for a pool service company (aka pool guy) to come by and clean out your pool, maybe check the filter and water levels? That’s $400 per month, which can be $5,200 per year if the pool water stays in the pool throughout the year. In three years, that’s $15,600 to keep the pool clean and maintain pH levels. Never mind repairs.

Maybe you do the pool maintenance. Would you rather be doing something else?

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Too Many Repairs

Ah, repairs, both minor and major, add up when you own a swimming pool. When you’re trying to make ends meet, who has extra money to buy a pool pump or other costly piece of replacement equipment?

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

It Needs to be Remodeled or Retrofitted

You want to be a good citizen and retrofit your pool with compliant drain covers and up-to-date equipment, but the cost of these components, plus keeping abreast of new codes, is more than you ever wanted to undertake.

Or, your pool is hopelessly outdated and needs to be remodeled. By the time you add up the costs to repair the pool and add a few extras, you’re in over your head.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

It’s Not an Asset for Selling the House

In many cases, a well-constructed and maintained swimming pool is still considered a perk when it comes to listing your house for sale. But not if you have let it fall apart. Would you want to buy a house with a dilapidated pool in the backyard?

Check with local real estate agents and listings to see if pools in any condition really help or actually hinder the resale value of a home.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

You’d Rather Use the Space for Something Else

If your home has a fairly small backyard and the pool takes up a great deal of it—as in fence-to-fence pool—then it might be a good idea to raze the pool, especially if you plan on residing in the house for several more years.

What could you put in place of your pool? A patch of lawn, a garden, a patio—the choice is up to you.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

There’s Liability

Having a pool in the backyard can increase homeowners’ insurance for some.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Cost of Heating

You’ve bought a cover for the pool and use it religiously, but it still does not keep the pool warm enough for a comfortable swim. The price of heating it, solely during the months when you use it, is still too high. Maybe fill it in and get a hot tub?

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Pools Waste Water

A well-maintained swimming pool that does not have any leaks should not have to be drained or refilled every year—even every two or three years. But, if you find yourself unable to fight the algae or if there is a leak, you may want to get rid of that big pool of water—a valuable resource in drought-ridden California, the Western United States, Australia, and other regions affected by drought.

How to close in an unwanted in ground pool

Safety Issues

You have young children or grandchildren, and despite the safety fencing and all of the other precautions you have taken, that pool is a constant source of anxiety and sleepless nights. What if a neighborhood child climbs the fence and drowns? Or a child wanders through the gate and into the pool somehow while you are on vacation? Maybe it’s time to stop worrying and transform that pool into a meditative garden.