When your swimming pool is no longer providing your family with enjoyment or you feel the risks and expenses are no longer worth it, you might be considering having the pool removed.
This can free up space in your yard for other purposes and even improve your home’s sale prospects in some circumstances.
Outlined below is information about how much you can expect to pay for a pool removal in 2021.
Types Of Pool Removal
There are several factors that can influence how much your pool removal will cost, but the type of pool you are having removed is one of the biggest considerations. Below is a look at the two main types of pool removals.
Above-Ground Pool Removal
The process for removing an above-ground pool is relatively straightforward in many cases, averaging around $2,700. If the pool is attached to a deck or is surrounded by intricate landscaping, it could make the project more involved.
Removing an above-ground pool generally entails draining the pool with a sewer pump and then unscrewing and unbolting the walls.
Then, a hand tool is used to tear the walls apart. A pool removal crew will haul the debris away, and the space that remains can then be landscaped.
Inground Pool Removal
Removing an inground pool tends to be a more complicated process. There are two main options when it comes to removing this type of pool: filling it in, or demolishing it wall by wall.
A pool fill-in is a more cost-effective approach than a full demolition, although it does limit how the area can be used in the future as the ground may be prone to sinkage.
With a partial removal, holes are punched in the bottom of the pool and the upper portion of its sides are broken down.
Some of the pool’s material is buried in the ground and the area is backfilled. This type of removal may cost around $5,000, according to Home Advisor.
Although most cities consider the area where the pool stood to be non-buildable when it comes to additions or dwellings, it is suitable for landscaping features, small sheds, trees and plants.
In addition, homeowners are required to disclose the partial pool removal to future buyers, which may impact the home’s ability to sell.
The most common method for removing an inground pool is a full demolition, which can cost anywhere from $9,000 to $19,000 on average.
This entails breaking down all of the materials used to construct the pool and hauling them away before backfilling and compacting the area.
If the process uses engineered backfill, the area can be declared buildable, and it will be as though the pool never existed. This is the most expensive option, but it is also the most thorough approach.
Other Factors That Influence The Cost Of Pool Removal
Below are some of the other factors that can affect the price of your pool removal.
The Material Of The Pool
The type of material your pool is made from will impact the cost of labor.
Concrete and gunite are the most expensive materials to remove because of their weight and the need to break them down before removing them from the ground and hauling them away.
Although fiberglass and vinyl need to be cut before they are dismantled and taken away, they are lighter and tend to be less expensive to work with.
The Size Of The Pool
As you might expect, a larger pool costs more money to remove than a smaller one. If any stairs, decking, fencing or landscaping will be removed along with the pool, that can also add on to the total cost of the project. The more material that must be hauled away, the higher the cost will be.
The location of the pool within your yard and its surroundings are also factors to consider. If it is difficult for contractors to get the necessary equipment into your yard, it could cause the price to rise.
If, on the other hand, your pool is situated in such a way that a large dump truck can be directly backed up to it so the fill material can be dumped in, it will cost significantly less money.
Different cities will have different fees for pool removal permits. There may also be inspections required before and/or after the removal process.
This can cost anywhere from $50 to $250, according to Home Advisor, depending on the ordinances in your area. If you choose to hire a pool removal contractor, they will likely pull the needed permits on your behalf.
Removing a swimming pool involves many different tools and heavy machinery. A truck is needed to pour in fill, and a dumpster must be placed to store debris and haul it away.
In addition, an excavator with rubber tracks, sledgehammer and jackhammer are needed. Contractors tend to include these charges in their estimate, but those who are carrying out a DIY pool removal could spend as much as $2,000 on equipment rental.
DIY vs. Using A Contractor
Although some people choose to carry out their pool removal as a DIY job, hiring professional pool contractors is a more sensible approach for most homeowners.
Professionals can demolish the pool safely and properly and carry out tasks such as purchasing the required permits.
They can also protect the structural integrity of your home to ensure it is not compromised by the heavy machinery used for the pool demolition.
Reach Out To The Pool Removal Contractors
If you have decided to eliminate the expense and worry of having a pool and reclaim your yard for another purpose, get in touch with the pool removal contractors at Dirt Connections.
With more than three decades of experience, we can carry out your pool removal to the highest standard and ensure you are left with a space that you can safely use for your next home project.
Dirt Connections was started with one goal in mind: providing quality residential and commercial construction services to clients on time and on budget. Reach out for more information on how we can support your next project.
For your convenience our estimates are free and by appointment. Call 703-940-9949 for a free estimate today!