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tigers9898
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tha ridge
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Restoring an abandoned pool
The house we are looking at has an abandoned pool that resembles a swamp. Has anyone ever restored a pool? If so, what was the process you took?


BlackenedOut
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
Tricky question

Bought a house with a pool that had never been updated (installed roughly 1970 or so). Was leaking, had no Polaris hook up, and all tile around it was cracking.

Used it for a few years, eventually drained it, relined it, replumbed it, and added new tile. Cost was around $20K.

Your pool might just have old water and need a deep cleaning and a few hundred dollars of work. Also very likely people drained it to stop having to deal with it.

Any more details?


CAD703X
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Liberty Island
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
with enough time and sanitizer you can turn the ugliest swamp back into a sparkly clean pool but it will take plenty of elbow grease keeping the filters cleaned as all that algae starts to die & get flushed through the strainers & filters.


CarRamrod
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
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Cost was around $20K.
you could have built a new pool.


BlackenedOut
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
There was a lot more to the project. Lots of demo, fencing, landscaping, hardscape, etc...


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LSUEnvy
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
Rent a trash pump and put it to the ditch. Assess the damage then.


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LSUEnvy
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
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Cost was around $20K.
you could have built a new pool.


Really??


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NOFOX
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New Orleans
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
quote:

th enough time and sanitizer you can turn the ugliest swamp back into a sparkly clean pool but it will take plenty of elbow grease keeping the filters cleaned as all that algae starts to die & get flushed through the strainers & filters.


Easiest thing is to rent a little submersible sump pump to circulate the water until the algae is under control. Cleanup with skimmer and robot before circulating through your filters/pumps.


LSUvegasbombed
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Red Stick
Member since Sep 2013
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
i am currently in the process of meeting with many different pool companies in BR for a reno. My max is 20K. I have only gotten two quotes so far. One was around 20K and the other by Lucas Firmin pools.

Lucas Firmin quoted me 60K to redo my pool I asked him how much does a new pool costs and says 70K.

Brent Dozier is still putting a proposal together.

THis pool is not in terrible shape... its 20-30 years old.

I have pinnacle coming next, and waiting to setup appts with 3 others pool companies next week.



eng08
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Try calling scapes? I heard they are most companies major sub.


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Havoc
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
Yeah really need more details here. Does it hold water fully? What shape is equipment in, pump, filter, etc.? Ballpark of how old it is?


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Geaux Frogs
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North Richland Hills, TX
Member since May 2011
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
I did this to a house we moved into. House sat empty for 18 months and the pool was untouched.

Got quotes from a 2 companies, and they were around $1500 to replace all the filters and get the pool from swamp to swimmable over a weekend.

I saved the money, and did it myself:
- I pumped all of the green, gross water out with my father in laws pump he uses to clear his septic tank. It took most of the day to clear out 30000 gallons.
- While it was pumping, I cleaned the filter grids.
- Once the pool was empty, I pressure washed all of the surfaces. Careful not to damage the pool surface.
- I scrubbed all of the surfaces with a large scrub broom and bleach/dish soap blend. The dish soap helps it "stick" to the walls (thanks Youtube). Rinsed.
- I then had to pump all of the pressure washer dirty water out of the deep end to finish the pool.
- Filled it back up with the water hose and took a sample to the pool store. Took about 2 days to refill. Told them it was water fresh from the hose, and needed to know what to put in it.
- Followed their instructions.
- I cleaned the filter grids again the following weekend to clear out anything that may have been in the plumbing when I pumped it out. I am not sure this was necessary, but it didn't hurt anything.

It was a lot of work, but we had just moved into the house and that $1500 was better spent somewhere else. I spaced all of that out over a week. This was about 3 years ago, and it definitely made me appreciate staying on top of the pool cleaning and chemicals. I don't want to ever do it again.


Havoc
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
That’s a man right there baw.


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mdomingue
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
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quote:

Cost was around $20K.

you could have built a new pool.



Basically what he did.
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drained it, relined it, replumbed it, and added new tile


If he wanted a new Gunite pool, not sure he gets that for 20K and particularly with demo cost thrown in.


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REB BEER
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
When I was freshman in HS and my little brother was in 6th grade my mom bought a house with a pool that sat vacant for a couple years. There were also several trees around the pool, so it was full of rotten leaves.

We didn't know squat about pools and this was in the mid 1980's so there was no youtube or troblefreepool.com to turn to. We would vacuum for 10 seconds or so until skimmer basket was full, then repeat until we got all the debris out of the bottom. We finally got it to turn from green to blue. And eventually got it clear.

I can't remember exactly, but it took us most of the summer to get it in good shape. If I knew what I know now and had the resources I have now, it wouldn't take long at all.

I agree with the others on here recommending getting a trash pump to get the old water out. Our pool had a liner and not gunite, so we didn't need to pressure wash, we just brushed everything.
This post was edited on 8/14 at 10:55 am


tide06
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Raleigh, NC
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
If the pool has a liner and you drain it completely (even past halfway) you will likely need someone to reattach the liner because they often sag at the corners.

Other types of pools are usually fine to drain completely.

The questions are:
-does the pump work?
-does the pool hold water and look acceptable?
-does the filter work?

A pool service would be able to come out and give you a full rundown and tell you where things stand. You may not need to do a rebuild at all.
This post was edited on 8/14 at 1:11 pm


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VABuckeye
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Oak Hill, VA
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
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i am currently in the process of meeting with many different pool companies in BR for a reno.


What needs done? We had a pool at our last house that was built in 1975. We had new coping and tile installed, had the pool sandblasted (it was concrete which was rough on feet) and had the pool plastered. It's a 46000 gallon pool with a 12 ft deep end. All of that work cost us about $17000.


BlackenedOut
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
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All of that work cost us about $17000


You were 17/20ths of the way to a new, brand new pool. Should have just spent the extra 3/20ths.
-tongue planted firmly in cheek.


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FlyinTiger93
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re: Restoring an abandoned pool
Drain it and turn it into a skate park.


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