Maybe your pool is old and is disrepair. Or maybe you bought a home with a pool but don’t want to deal with the cost and hassle of maintenance or the safety risks. Whatever the reason, you can hire a demolition company to remove and fill it.
There are two ways of going about this:
- Partial removal involves breaking down the sides, drilling holes in the bottom and filling the pool. With this method, the area will not be considerable buildable.
- Full removal, as the name suggests, involves removing all materials and filling the site. In some cases the area is buildable; other times not.
With both methods, there’s also the choice of engineered (having an engineer monitor and approve the process or not) or non-engineered. There are two reasons to use an engineer: because your city or town requires it or because you’re doing a complete removal with plans to build over the area. Having the area deemed buildable can also boost resale value.
Keep in mind that while most cities and towns do allow partial removals, there are some don’t. Check with local building officials to be sure.
A complete removal can be done in just 2-3 days in some cases, but you’ll have to secure a permit before work begins, and that can take weeks or months.
How Much Does it Cost to Remove My Pool?
The cost varies dramatically based on the type of pool, its size, your location, whether you opt for full or partial removal and whether you hire an engineer.
For an above ground pool, budget just $200-$500 in most cases. For in-ground pools, the cost usually ranges from $4,000-$15,000. Partial removal of a small pool without an engineer will fall on the low end of that range, while full removal of a larger pool with an engineer will fall on the high end. Removing decking usually adds significantly to the price, too.
Logistics play a roll in price too: the cost goes up if your pool is difficult to access with heavy equipment like dump trucks and backhoes. Always get multiple quotes before hiring any company to do the demolition to make sure you’re getting the best price.
Permits also come at a cost, but the price varies from one city or town to another. You could pay just $100 or you might have to cough up north of $1,500.