If you have decided that you no longer wish to have a swimming pool on your property, you may be exploring your options for professional pool removal. One of the first decisions you will be faced with is whether you would like to get a partial or a full pool removal.
There are many considerations to weigh when making this choice, but one of the biggest concerns for many homeowners is price. Here is a look at the differences in costs between the two approaches and other factors you may want to keep in mind when choosing the best approach for your home.
Breaking Down the Pool Removal Methods
First, it is important to have a good idea of what is involved in a partial and full pool removal.
Partial Pool Removal
A partial pool removal gets its name because it involves removing just the top portion of the pool. In this type of pool removal, holes will be drilled into the bottom of the pool to allow for drainage, and the top third of the pool will be broken off. This debris will be placed in the bottom shell of the pool, which will then be backfilled. This makes it a quicker and less expensive option than a full pool removal, although there are some risks involved.
Full Pool Removal
In a full pool removal, the entire pool structure is completely demolished. All of the debris is hauled away, and the hole that remains in the yard is filled with dirt or gravel and fully compacted. This is a more expensive option, but it is also more complete and allows homeowners to do more with the area where the pool once stood.
How Much Does Each Method Cost?
As you can see, there is significantly more work involved in a pool full pool removal. A complete pool removal generally costs between $6,000 and $15,000 for an average-sized pool. However, for more complex projects, you can expect to pay $20,000 to $30,000.
A partial pool removal typically costs 30% less than a full pool removal. An average-sized pool typically costs around $3,000 to $8,000 to fill in, but this may exceed $12,000 depending on the pool in question.
When Is a Full Pool Removal Worth the Price?
A partial removal is a clear winner in the price category, but there are a couple of reasons that it may be worth spending extra money on a full pool removal.
Drawbacks of a Partial Pool Removal
Here is a look at the disadvantages of a partial removal.
It May Not Be Allowed
First, it is important to keep in mind that this may not be an option depending on where you live as a partial demolition is not legal everywhere.
The Location of the Former Pool Will Not Be Buildable
When you opt for a fill-in instead of a full removal, you need to be aware that the site of the former pool will not be considered buildable. You will be unable to use that land for extensions to your home and building other types of structures, although you may be allowed to place a small shed there.
It Can Reduce the Value of Your Property
Although you may save some money by choosing a partial pool removal over a full one, you could end up losing money as it can negatively affect the value of your property. When you get a partial pool removal, you are legally required to disclose this to anyone who buys your home.
This may make it less attractive to potential buyers because there will be restrictions on how they can use the yard, and they could also have concerns about some of the common problems that may occur after a pool fill-in, such as drainage issues.
There Is a Risk of Swelling and Sinkage
Because a large part of the pool will remain in the ground, there is the possibility that sinkholes could develop or water from rain could pool underground. This damage can be expensive to repair, particularly if it impacts any landscaping in your yard. This is not a concern with a full removal.
What Factors Influence the Cost of a Pool Removal?
Keep in mind that the prices discussed here are averages. There are many factors that could make your pool cheaper or more expensive to remove. Here is a look at what will influence your removal cost.
The Size of the Pool
A larger swimming pool will cost more to remove than a smaller one because it involves more materials. Moreover, more fill will be needed, whether you are opting for a full removal or a partial one.
How Easy It Is to Access
The accessibility of the pool is another factor to keep in mind. Pools that are easy for contractors to access with their vehicles require less labor to remove. In contrast, it may be necessary to move soil with additional machinery to access pools that are situated in a tight area behind a home, which can drive up the cost.
The Pool’s Material
Another factor that may influence the cost of your pool removal is the material from which the pool was made. Fiberglass and vinyl tend to be less expensive because they can be cut before being dismantled and brought away from the site more easily. Concrete and gunite, on the other hand, are very heavy and must be broken down before they can be hauled away.
Prices also vary by contractor, with more professional experienced contractors often commanding higher prices for their work than those with less experience. However, many homeowners find that the peace of mind that comes from hiring insured, licensed, experienced pool removal professionals is well worth the slightly higher cost.
In some areas, a permit or inspection may be required prior to pool removal. On average, these can cost between $50 and $250. Although your contractor may be able to obtain the necessary permits on your behalf, this is an expense that needs to be factored into the overall cost.
Get in Touch With the Pool Removal Professionals
If you would like to remove your swimming pool, reach out to the experienced pool removal team at Dirt Connections. Our contractors will discuss the options with you and help you find a solution that suits your future plans and your budget.
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