POOL DEMOLITION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

How does the pool demolition process work, can you show me how the work is done?

Yes, please see the video below for a thorough explanation of the process

Why are you different from other contractors that provide pool demolition services? Why should we choose you over another subcontractor?

Here is why S.K. Choppin Demolition is the best choice:

  • Numerous positive testimonials, including clients such as the Salvation Army, demonstrating excellence in “on time and on budget” performance, communications, competitive pricing, and highlighting our capabilities as a world-class demolition contractor
  • Perfect safety record with zero incidents since founding the company
  • Utilization of integrated cloud-based mobile field information system called FieldLens, with all field personnel reporting daily into the system, producing a valuable data stream from the field to our clients.
  • Fleet of owned equipment, including Caterpillar brand skid steers
  • Highly trained and deeply experienced teams of operators and laborers
  • Our family has been in construction and real estate in Long Beach since 1960, that’s 56 years of demonstrated success.

As well, we teach our staff the three most important things about taking good care of clients:

  1. Communicate well and often
  2. Be on time
  3. Keep your promises

Should I just pick the lowest price contractor?

Definitely not. Having someone come and take over your house for a week and make a major change to that environment is a very big decision. Picking the lowest price just becomes the easy way to make the decision when lacking any other criteria like trust.

So we think the better way to make a decision is to ask yourself these questions:

Do they have a publicly accessible proven reputation for successful project completion and happy clients?

Does the business respond timely to initial emails and phone calls when you ask for a bid? 

Are they acting to take care of you the client? Are they giving ideas or help for your project that go beyond just another demolition bid?

What is the subcontractor doing right now, before the projects starts, to demonstrate they are taking good care of you and are worthy your trust?

What does it cost to complete a pool demolition project at my house?

You can generally assume $6,000 to $9,000 for your standard pool demolition project. This price assumes good access for larger equipment (like one of our Caterpillar 246 skid steers as an example), no required compaction report, and excludes pool deck removal. If access is tight, a compaction report is required, or you have a very larger or deep pool or a large concrete pool deck to be removed, you can safely add $2,500 to $4,000 to that price. However, most pools from our experience will fall into the “standard” category.

Does S.K. Choppin Demolition handle the city permitting process?

Yes, our offer is a “turnkey” offer, meaning we take care of everything, including permitting. In fact, one of our pool demolition blog posts describes in some detail the process we go through to obtain the permit. On most projects, we prepare the site plan, permit application, pay the permit fees, and provide all necessary information for the city to issue a pool demolition permit. Some cities issue a grading permit instead, or in addition to the pool demolition permit. Finally, we will manage the entire inspection process. In some cases, cities require minor upgrades to your home, on items such as updated smoke detectors. We will coordinate the inspection for this, although we don’t install items in your home.

Where does S.K. Choppin Demolition source their dirt?

We have relationships with a number of highly reputable grading and excavation contractors throughout Southern California. In every case, we know the source and location of the soils, and we inspect and sign off on every load that is received on our job sites. We regularly reject soil deliveries, due to imperfections in the dirt, i.e. too much organic materials, too much clay content, or too many rocks or concrete material. We always request and receive high quality dirt from our suppliers.

Are there different types of pool demolition methods?

Yes, generally there are two types: “Uncertified” and “Certified”. Uncertified is the more common and cost effective demolition type, where we break holes in the bottom of the pool for drainage, break the top edge of the pool shell (the “bond beam”) down 18-24 inches below grade, and back fill the pool with dirt at a 90% or above compaction ratio. The Certified demolition process is where the entire concrete pool shell is removed offsite and then the remaining area is back filled to a 90% compaction ratio. Certified demolition is about double the cost in both time and dollars, and would only be needed if you wanted to build a permitted structure on that area in the future. See our “How Pool Demolition Works” Part 1 and“How Pool Demolition Works” Part 2, for further guidance on the pool demolition process.

I have a vinyl liner in-ground pool, can S.K. Choppin provide demolition on that type of pool?

Yes, we can. We are well versed in removal of pool types other than concrete.

We have a fiberglass pool, can S.K. Choppin provide demolition on that type of pool?

Yes, we can. We are well versed in removal of pool types other than concrete.

How long does it take to complete a pool demolition project on average?

Generally, you would be safe to assume a 5-6 working day schedule, or about 1 week’s working time. For us, there is one day of preparation ahead of a demolition start, where we take care of such things as the permit issuance, draining the pool, delivery of equipment, and other pre-demolition activities. As well, at the end of the project, we may take 1 additional day for clean up, repairs,  completing our Project Close Out Checklist, and most importantly walking the site with the client and preparing the Punchlist for project completion.

Why can’t I just fill my pool with dirt and do the work myself?

You certainly can do this yourself, but you have to ask yourself: do I have the expertise needed for this process to be completed competently. We always tell people that we are experts at this process, and know how to source good dirt, how to set up the pool to drain correctly once back filled, how to move dirt into and correctly back fill the pool. We have the right equipment and personnel to effectively, professionally, and competently complete a pool demolition project. What you get when you hire us is a professional demolition outfit that will get the project completed fast, with no breakdowns, on budget and on schedule.

Will I save money by filling my pool with dirt myself?

You might, but consider this, what’s your time worth? Would you rather hire us, so you can spend time with your family, to help you make more money in your career? Rather than hassle the process of pool demolition that most people are not intimately familiar with? We have been called many, many times to resolve the breakdown caused by folks trying to get a pool demolition project done by themselves. Believe us when we tell you, every person that has called us after they get stuck, has been very happy when 5 days later the work is done and they have their backyard back to enjoy. We are an offer of help for pool demolition.

Does S.K. Choppin provide pool demolition services for apartment and multi-family owners?

Yes we do. In fact, we are multi-family owners ourselves, and have been so since 1960. We understand what it means to work in the environment of rental housing and rental tenants, and we are really good at coordinating schedules for production to work with owners and tenants. We understand very well what it means to be an apartment owner, and we can be an offer of help in the management and delivery of the cost saving and liability reduction move of pool demolition in your apartment community.

Does S.K. Choppin provide pool demolition services for condo communities and HOA’s?

Yes we do.

How does the price of pool demolition compare to rehabbing or upgrading our pool?

From the many conversations we’ve had with past clients, generally most pool rehab and upgrades cost estimates are coming in around $10,000 to $25,000. In many cases, we have clients that had upgrade/rehab work done, and the fundamental issues related to the repairs (like leaks in the pool) were not fixed. They end up calling us to take out their pool anyways. So basically, they paid twice.

What kind of utility and insurance savings will I achieve if I have S.K. Choppin complete pool demolition at my property?

You can expect to save on the following items when you have S.K. Choppin remove your pool:

  1. Insurance costs through reduced liability, call your insurance broker and ask them about reduced insurance costs.
  2. Maintenance costs, through the elimination of the need for a pool maintenance company, elimination of purchase of pool chemicals and replacement equipment.
  3. Utility costs, through the elimination of use of electricity to run the pump, reduction of gas use by removing the heater, and reduction of water costs through the elimination of one of the largest water using appliance in your house, your swimming pool.
  4. Long term maintenance costs and repairs. The average life span of a pool is 20-25 years. One way or the other, pool repair is in your future. Pool demolition is the only option that removes this cost from your future permanently.

Generally from conversations with our past clients, you can expect to save around $1,500 to 2,500 per year. This means you recover the cost of the pool demolition in around 3-4 years, and the best thing: the costs stop after that. No more pool, no more costs, simple as that.

Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

Yes. Our Contractors State License Number is 953795, where we hold A (General Engineering), B (General Building), C-21 (Demolition) license classifications. Additionally, we hold HAZ (Hazardous Materials) and ASB (Asbestos) license certifications. Finally, we hold a $12,500 contractor bond with the CSLB. See below for insurance information.

Can you please show us a copy of your insurance certificates?

Our evidence of insurance can be found here. We carry $2.0MM of general liability insurance, $1.0MM of workers compensation, and $1.0MM of commercial auto liability insurance. We can obtain umbrella excess liability insurance policies with no upper dollar limit.

Can you please show us a copy of your contractors license?

Our contractors license information can be found on the Contractors State License Board’s website. S.K. Choppin Demolition, Inc. Contractors State License Board Information.

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