How to Take Down an Above Ground PoolAn above ground swimming pool is an affordable way to cool off during the summer and because it's not a permanent structure, most can be dismantled and stowed away for the fall and winter months. However, because these water oasis creature comforts are not as sturdy as their in ground cousins, the weather elements take a serious toll.

Over the years, an above ground pool will show signs of stress and age, complete with corrosion and possibly, rust. That not only makes it unsightly, it makes it a safety hazard and that's when it's time to collapse it, take it apart, and dispose of it.

Hauling and Disposing of an Above Ground Swimming Pool

Before you begin draining the pool, know where you're able to haul it away. Since most above ground swimming pools are a combination of composite materials, plastics, and metals, said materials will be disposed in three. The plastics will likely be recycled materials, while the composites will be a combination of recycled and junk garbage, leaving the metal, which can be sold as scrap.

During the hotter parts of summer, homes with a pool are often the envy of the neighborhood. Round above ground swimming pools are versatile because they can be taken down and moved or stored when not in use, but knowing where to start disassembling the pool and in which order the pieces should come off can be a challenge. -- San Francisco Chronicle

There a typically two or more types of metal in an above ground pool, and that means you can strip those of anything else and sell the metal for some extra cash. If you're unsure about what to take where, hire a professional junk removal and hauling service to dismantle it and dispose of it.

The Best Way to Take Down an Above Ground Pool

The easiest way to tear down an above ground swimming pool is to go in reverse order of its assembly. Since the last thing that's on the assembly manual is to fill it with water, that's where you'll have to start, but only after unplugging and disconnecting the skimmer, filter, heater, and then unfasten the ladder. Once those items are removed, do the following:

  1. Drain the pool of water as much as possible. This might take an entire day, depending on the size and the drain rate, but try not to leave any or very little water inside.
  2. Remove the top fastening caps from the walls, one by one. Do this from outside the pool itself to avoid injury.
  3. Unfasten the pool liner, working in a circular manner. If you plan on saving it, put it to the side for cleaning latter on, then allow it to dry completely before folding it up and storing it.
  4. Unbolt the walls from the frame and separate the metals in two piles, one steel and one aluminum. You can tell the metals apart by using a magnet, as it will stick to steel but not to aluminum.
  5. Place all the parts in a trailer or truck and haul the dismantled pool away.
  6. Treat the area where the pool stood with grass seed and fertilizer to regrow the grass.
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