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 involves 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
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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.
Weigh your options.
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:
- 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.
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.
Price of Partial Pool Removal
Average Cost: $4,025
|Alabama||Center Point, AL||$4,000|
|Florida||Dade City, FL||$4,100|
|Florida||Winter Haven, FL||$4,400|
|Georgia||Peachtree City, GA||$4,500|
|Louisiana||New Orleans, LA||$4,200|
|Maryland||Ellicott City, MD||$4,200|
|Michigan||Grand Rapids, MI||$4,000|
|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|
Price of Full Pool Removal
Average Cost: $9,720
|California||Orange County, CA||$9,500|
|Illinois||Oak Park, IL||$8,000|
|Michigan||Sterling Heights, MI||$8,800|
|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|
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