Swimming Pool Demolition and Removal
If you're considering demolition and removal of a swimming pool, Hometown Demolition Contractors makes it simple to find the most reliable and affordable pool removal contractor in your city. Hometown screens local demolition companies across America, many of which offer pool demolition and removal services. We've also provided a short but helpful tips in our "Pool Removal Questions and Answers" below.
Benefits of Pool Removal
- Reduced time and money on swimming pool maintenance
- May expand number of potential buyers and make your home easier to sell
- Demolishing and removing your pool reduces the hazards and liabilities of pool ownership
- Removing your pool gives you more yard for other activities
- Pool demolition removes a significant danger to families with young children
What factors affect the cost to remove a swimming pool?
The cost of pool removal depends mostly on the type of pool (above ground pool vs. inground pool), the size of the pool, ease of access to the pool area, method of pool removal (ie. partial pool removal by filling in the pool or complete demolition and removal) and the pool removal contractor you select.
How much does it cost for inground pool removal?
Partial demolition and removal - With this method, the top few feet of the swimming pool are demolished and placed into the bottom of the pool. So the old concrete stays on site and is covered up with fill dirt. Average costs are in the range of $3500 to $7000 for this type of demolition on a medium size pool with relatively easy access. Be aware that costs can rise to well over $10,000 for a large pool with a large deck and difficult access to the pool.
Complete demolition and removal - If all of the concrete and other materials from the swimming pool are completely removed from your yard, expect to pay a significantly higher price than the "pool fill in" method. The removal and hauling of those materials plus the increased amount of fill dirt needed increases the costs up to an average of $7000 - $15000.
How much does it cost for above ground pool removal?
Above ground pools are much easier to demolish and remove than inground pools. Costs for above ground pool removal vary considerably, but it's generally significantly less than removing an inground pool.
How does the pool "fill in" method of pool removal work?
Holes are punched into the bottom of the pool to allow drainage. Then, about 2 feet of the top of the sides of the pool are demolished and the concrete used as fill in the bottom of the pool. Dirt and gravel are also used as fill and the fill needs to be compacted multiple times to reduce settling. Then a layer of topsoil is added and the area is ready to be converted back into a lawn or landscaping.
Is a permit required for pool demolition?
That depends on your local government. In many cases, a permit is required. The cost of a permit may be anywhere from free to several hundred dollars, depending on your local municipality.
It's also important to note, that many local governments have rules about the way that a pool must be removed. For instance, some local governments may have zoning ordinances or codes specifying that a pool must be completely removed (no pool fill in). Or, if local rules allow a partial pool demolition and removal, they may have specific rules on how the pool should be filled in.
Can the heavy equipment used for pool removal damage my landscaping or underground services like a septic tank?
Yes, depending on the heavy equipment used to demolish your pool, damage can be done to landscaping, driveways, septic tanks, sewer connections, etc... It's important to work with an experienced pool removal contractor who will carefully consider how access to the pool will be gained and what size and type of equipment is best for your particular swimming pool and yard.
If I sell my home, do I need to disclose the former pool site?
If you use a partial pool demolition, then the existence and location of the former pool need to be disclosed to any potential buyers.
How many estimates should I get for my swimming pool removal project?
Inground pool removals are costly and it's best to get more than one estimate and more than one opinion on the best way to go about the pool demolition project. The estimate should be in writing and include details like a payment schedule, dates for the start and completion of the project, and who is responsible for obtaining and paying for any necessary pool removal permits.