Pool Removal Cost Comparison: Partial vs. Complete

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Updated September 1, 2022

There are a million reasons to demolish a pool, but only a couple of 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.

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Inground Pool Removal Methods

There are two main ways that an inground pool can be removed:

1. Partial Pool Demolition

This method is commonly called a 'pool fill-in' and involves removing only the top portion of the pool by breaking it off, throwing it in the bottom of the pool, and backfilling it.

PROS: This method is the fastest and least expensive pool removal option.

CONS: There is some risk that improper drainage complications, like sinkage and swelling, can arise. You also will not be able to build a structure on top of the area.

2. Complete Pool Demolition

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

PROS: This is the best option for maintaining or increasing your home's property value.

CONS: This option is more expensive and takes longer than partial pool demolition.

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Cost of Inground Pool Removal

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

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

Pinching pennies in the short term might cost you more in the long term, so carefully weigh your options between a partial and complete pool removal.


Partial demolition is not legal in many places, so don't count on it being an option for you.

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

  • The location of the former pool is no longer considered buildable.
  • There is an increased risk of sinkage, swelling, and other drainage issues.
  • The value of your property is likely to decrease.
Don't forget: There are a number of things that will affect the cost of your pool removal, like pool size, how accessible it is, pool material, and where you live.

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.

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

Note: These prices do not 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.

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