Hi everyone! Last May I bought my first home. As you may suspect, this home came with a pool! Well, sort of...
The pool was built in 2006. The people I bought the house from provided me with the paperwork concerning the construction, several months after I had moved in. Well this pool is a bit of a doozy.
The pool only has concrete on 3 sides. The remaining side is a retaining wall, right smack up against the side of the pool. Behind this wall is all the dirt that was removed from the ground during its construction. This wall consists of three sections. Under one of these sections is a sinkhole. This has caused the wall to crack between the first and third section. The wall continues to fall into this sinkhole.
The pool itself was a nightmare last summer. I used this forum and every other resource I could find. It has a chronic metal staining problem that appears to be insolvable. Large amounts of ascorbic acid will clear it temporarily, but then it comes back. Ascorbic acid also of course interferes with the chlorine level, so in addition to the stain it eventually acquired one **** of a bloom that eventually defeated me. It was closed for the winter at great expense.
So, I review the paperwork on this engineering disaster. It looks as if the twenty thousand dollar fee for installation was split into five payments. There is a record for the first three. The last two payments are for the deck (oh which btw is also cracked by the sinkhole) and the final remaining payment. I have a feeling they never finished paying the company, possibly because they were displeased with the results. The warranty for the pool specifically states that the warranty applies only to the original owner, and only after the contract has been paid in full.
I have had a quote from an irrigation and landscaping company about removing the pool completely. The cost to remove it is about 1/4 the price of the original installation. I would love it if I could convince the original company to honor the contract and return the pool to a yard at only incidental expense to me. I doubt this is possible.
Here is a link to an imgur album so that you can see the extent of this monstrosity: http://imgur.com/a/wgzXF
Any advice would be appreciated, both legal and landscaping.