Pool Removal Cost Comparison: Partial vs. Complete

Cost of complete pool demo vs partial removal

There are a million reasons to demolish a pool, but only a couple ways to do it right.

If you’re considering removing your inground pool, there’s more than one way to go about it.

Before taking the plunge, check out our cost comparison guide to decide which route you should take for your particular pool.


Know the basics.

The two main ways to get rid of your inground pool are:

1. Partial Demolition

This method involves removing only the top portion of the pool by breaking it off, throwing it in the bottom of the pool, and backfilling.

PROS: fast and inexpensive

CONS: more complications are possible compared to complete removal

2. Complete Demolition

This method involes demolishing the pool, hauling away all the debris, and then filling and compacting the area with dirt, gravel, etc.

PROS: best option for maintaining or increasing property value

CONS more expensive and takes longer

LEARN MORE: Swimming Pool Removal 101


Consider the costs.

Now that you know the two types of pool demolition, let's get down to brass tacks.

Partial removal can be significantly cheaper than complete demolition, but it's not always a viable option.

Complete pool removal typically costs between $6,000 - $15,000 for an average size pool, but these costs can reach upwards of $30,000 for complex projects.

Partial pool removal is roughly 30% less than complete pool removal, costing around $3,000 - $8,000 for an average size pool, but can reach $12,000 or more.

Don't forget: There are a number of things that affect the cost of pool demolition, like size, accessibility, and the scope of the work.
 

Weigh your options.

value vs price

Partial demolition is not legal in many places, so don't be so sure that it is an option for you.

Even if a partial removal is legally allowed in your area, there are still some things to consider:

Pinching pennies in the short term might cost you more in the long term.

Keep all this in mind when weighing your options between a partial and complete pool removal.


See what others have paid.

We surveyed 52 markets to see what customers like you have paid to have their pools removed. 

Take a look, and compare to make sure you get a good deal.

REMEMBER: These prices do not specifically reflect a number of factors that affect the cost of demolition. The price of your pool's demolition will depend on its size, how easy it is to access, and the contractor you choose.
 

Price of Partial Pool Removal

Average Cost: $4,025

State Metro Area Cost
Alabama Center Point, AL $4,000
Arizona Scottsdale, AZ $3,000
Connecticut Marlborough, CT $5,000
Connecticut Middletown, CT $5,000
Florida Tampa, FL $4,000
Florida Dade City, FL $4,100
Florida Seminole, FL $4,300
Florida Winter Haven, FL $4,400
Georgia Decatur, GA $1,800
Georgia Hapeville, GA $3,000
Georgia Tucker, GA $3,000
Georgia Duluth, GA $3,200
Georgia Lilburn, GA $3,500
Georgia Peachtree City, GA $4,500
Georgia Marietta, GA $4,800
Illinois Kildeer, IL $3,400
Indiana Greenwood, IN $4,800
Kansas Olathe, KS $5,000
Louisiana New Orleans, LA $4,200
Maryland Ellicott City, MD $4,200
Massachusetts Charlton, MA $4,500
Massachusetts Newton, MA $4,500
Michigan Grand Rapids, MI $4,000
Minnesota Hopkins, MN $3,500
New Jersey North Arlington, NJ $3,500
New Jersey Hackensack, NJ $4,900
New Jersey Morganville, NJ $7,500
New York West Babylon, NY $1,800
New York Islip Terrace, NY $4,200
New York Selden, NY $4,200
Ohio Brunswick, OH $3,500
Texas Dallas, TX $3,500

 

Price of Full Pool Removal

Average Cost: $9,720

State Metro Area Cost
California Orange County, CA $9,500
California Burbank, CA $10,000
Illinois Oak Park, IL $8,000
Michigan Farmington, MI $8,000
Michigan Livonia, MI $8,500
Michigan Sterling Heights, MI $8,800
Michigan Novi, MI $9,250
Michigan Warren, MI $10,000
Michigan Belleville, MI $10,250
Michigan Northville, MI $10,500
Michigan Bloomfield Hills, MI $11,000
New Jersey Colonia, NJ $10,000
New Jersey Hazlet, NJ $13,000
New Mexico Albuquerque, NM $10,000
New York Orchard Park, NY $9,000
Texas Corinth, TX $9,000
Virginia Chesapeake, VA $6,100
Virginia Springfield, VA $8,500
Washington Seattle, WA $11,500
Washington Bellevue, WA $13,500

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