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We have moved into a house with a pool which needs a
considerable amount of repair work done. Since it takes up
most of the (small) backyard, we'd like to fill it in. So
far we've received several quotes from companies that
specialize in pool removal, but all of the quotes have been
for more money than we have right now. Putting off the work
isn't an option since we have a very active toddler who
loves the water. We'd like to explore other options--
possibly renting the equipment and doing it ourselves,
recommendations for independent contractors who can work
with our budget or ??? BPNers always have creative
solutions so thank you in advance!
Our rental house had a pool that the landlord filled in
using a hired work crew of three men who worked about three
days on it. An interesting process! The water was slowly
drained. Once the cement bowl was empty, they punched lots
and lots of big holes in it with jackhammers. When they
were done, it looked almost like peanut brittle at the
bottom of the former pool. Next, they brought in big chucks
of waste rocks and cement. It reminded me of how you put
pebbles in before the soil when you pot a plant to be sure
there will be good drainage. They used a bobcat
mini-tractor to haul the rubble in from a dump truck. (To
get the dozer in, they had to disconnect our air
conditioning unit and lift it out of the way.) Fill dirt
and smaller rocks went in next. As they filled, they used
smaller and smaller pieces until finally they were just
using dirt. They used gas-powered heavy-duty handheld
tampers for the final smoothing. My two cents is that if
you are going to do it yourself, get a lot of information
and rent some heavy duty equipment. I think if you do it
wrong you can create poor drainage in your yard that could
lead to serious erosion problems that might not be evident
until part of the yard collapses. And it is surprisingly
labor intensive. Best of luck! Maybe a good fence would be
cheaper? --Pool No More
We are buying a house in El Cerrito that has an old inground
swimming pool. After getting a few heart stopping quotes
at the cost of fixing the pool to where we could actually
swim in it and keep it safe for our 2.5 year old son, we've
decided we are just going to fill it in. Has anyone done
this? I would love a recommendation for a contractor but
I'd also like to hear of other's experiences with this and
any pitfalls to avoid. Thanks so much! Lara
We had an old pool with problems and also opted for a
removal last fall. We used Dig and Demo of Walnut Creek.
Ryan Crownholm, one of the owners, came out to do the work.
Professional, competent, great with our family, respectful
of our property, on-budget, and on-time. They will give you
a long list of references. After calling about 6 people and
hearing rave reviews, we went for it and are so pleased with
their work. www.diganddemo.com Lisa
I am seeking someone for regular pool maintenance and having
difficulty finding a good recommendation; does anyone out
there have a pool service they like that's reliable (and
hopefully affordable) ? We're in the hills on the
Berkeley/Oakland dividing line. Thanks! In need of pool
John Gilardi of Nor-Cal Pools is an excellent pool servicer.
He has been taking care of our pool in Orinda for over a
year. John is reliable, honest, and skilled at pool
maintenance and repair, keeping the pool in top condition.
John spends the time to do a good job, not the quick
in-and-out of the previous pool guys we've tried over the
years. Nor-Cal Pools is a small, local business. Contact
info: (925) 956-8170; nor- email@example.com;
www.nor-calpoolservice.com. Happy Swimmer
We recently moved into a house with a swimming pool, but it keeps losing water.
I suspect that there is a leak somewhere in between the spa and the pool. We
would like to have a professional come over to take a look at it and make a
proper repair. Do you know any good professional, who can detect the leak?
We found several names from internet, but I do not know their reputations. Here
are the companies I found.
InDepth Pool & Spa Leak Detection, serving all the bay area Precision Leak
Detection in Antioc
If you know any other companies which does both leak detection and repair
excellently, please let me know.
We have used In Depth twice for pool problems and would highly
recommend them. They are very competent, professional and
personable. We haven't used the Antioch company you mentioned, so
I can't comment about them.
Pleased Pool Owners
We are looking for a reliable, good pool service company with
experience with a salt water chlorine generator system. Our
current pool service company has delivered somewhat spotty
service for the past year, and I'm hoping we can find a better
one. We live in Oakland. Any recommendations would be most
I would love to know who you were using. We have been looking for a pool
as well. I have recently attempted to set up a service visit with J&G
services. I put in
at least 6 calls to them, asking for an appointment and leaving my name and
was told each time that the local rep has my info and would contact me
has been a month since the first try! I am glad that they never returned my
would imagine that their services would continue to stink! On a further note,
husband asked the owner of our pool supply store for a recommendation of a
service. He frowned and said that the majority are not to be trusted. They
sometimes go as far as breaking some things and then charging for
So I'm not sure where to go from here?! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
pool owner in Berkeley
I need to renovate my pool, located in Orinda. We plan to
resurface, re-tile, add a bench - and possibly shallow out the
deep end. If you have worked with an excellent pool
contractor, I'd so appreciate the recommendation.
We completely refurbished our pool in Moraga last year. We used Superior Pool and
Service. They were great. We had the pool drained, replastered, retiled, added a
mosaic, and had new coping put in around the edge. Their number: 925-706-9220
I have had the worst luck with finding a reliable swimming
pool service. I have a swimming pool at my house and
desperately need a recommendation for weekly service.
Someone to check the chemical levels, sweep and clean the
pool, check the equipment and provide general
maintenance. The pool service I have had rarely shows up,
never returns calls and is extremely difficult to reach.
I'm desperate. With so many homes in the Bay Area with
pools and apartments and condos with pools does anyone
know of a reliable service?
I greatly appreciate a recommendation.
We have used Hercules Pool Care for the last 10 years, and
have been very pleased with the work. Tracy is honest,
punctual, reasonable, and does a great job maintaining both
pool and spa. He has done a better job than any of the
previous companies we used. He can be reached at 510-410-
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