What Is the Cost of Removing a Swimming Pool?

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Eventually, in the life of every swimming pool there'll come a time when major renovation or upkeep will be needed. If you've been confronted with ever-increasing maintenance and upkeep costs for your swimming pool, you'll need to decide whether or not to keep it.

If you've made the decision to have your swimming pool removed, you'll need to have an idea of removal costs, which vary. For example, an inground pool will be more expensive to remove than an aboveground swimming pool.

Inground Pools

The cost to remove an inground swimming pool will vary depending on the method employed to remove it. As of June 2011, a complete teardown, demolition and removal of an inground pool could be as much as £9,750. Partial demolition of an inground swimming pool, with much of the old pool remaining in the leftover hole, starts at around £3,900. Inground pool removal costs also depend on whether the local municipality requires special removal surveys and processes, which add to removal costs.

Aboveground Pools

Aboveground swimming pools can be removed for less than the cost of removing a similar-sized inground pool. The cost to remove an aboveground swimming pool as of June 2011 runs from £2,275 to £4,550 for large and complex swimming pools. Backyard aboveground swimming pools of standard sizes and depths, though, can be cheaper to remove as part of a do-it-yourself project. The advantage to having a company remove your swimming pool is that the company does all the work.

Special Costs

In many cases of swimming pool removal, special costs such as those related to soils engineering and use of heavy equipment will crop up. Also, if it's difficult to get equipment to a swimming pool site, the cost to remove the swimming pool will increase. Other items that may increase the cost of a swimming pool removal include the need for specific fill soils and any municipal rules on hauling away debris. Lastly, municipal swimming pool removal rules and regulations can increase removal costs.

Reducing Costs

You can lower the cost of your swimming pool removal by performing as much of it as you can on your own. Start lowering the cost of removing your pool by draining it yourself. After draining your pool prior to its removal, strip it of as many components, such as filter units, lights and decking, as you can. You can also lower your swimming pool removal costs by aggressively shopping for separate demolition, debris hauling and soil backfilling services.