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Complete Pool Removal - Costs & Methods

There are two primary methods for removing or demolishing your swimming pool: complete pool removal and partial pool removal . Both methods typically require a permit.

Complete Pool Removal Cost

Complete pool demolition is significantly more expensive than partial pool demolition. Our research tells us that complete pool demolition will cost in the range of $5,000-$15,000. However, costs can reach $20,000-$30,000 for large complex projects. Our ProMatcher Cost Reports may help give you an idea of how much complete pool removal costs in your area.

Complete Pool Demolition - How It's Done

Complete demolition is when the entire pool is removed (pool, piping, decking, electrical, etc.). Here are the typical steps required:

- Obtain permits (building and utility shut off permits).

- Remove all water from pool.

- Disconnect all utilities (water, gas, electric) from the pool.

- Using heavy equipment, the pool is broken, demolished, and cut into pieces small enough to haul into a dumpster or dump truck. Many contractors have machines that are small enough to fit through fence gates and narrow spaces.

- All of the waste material is removed from the site (none remains or is buried).

- Photographs are taken of the empty hole (to serve as evidence that the pool was completely removed). This is good for when you sell the property or try to pull a permit to build an addition or structure over the pool site.

- The hole is filled with gravel and soil, compacted to prevent future settlement.

- Topsoil is graded and tamped.

- Install sod or landscaping.

Most professional contractors believe that this is the best way to remove a pool because it is less likely to settle and is the only way you can use the area for a future structure.

In fact, many contractors will not do a partial demolition.

Here's an example of a complete pool demolition from Atlas Pools

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