How to Remove an In-Ground Pool

How to Remove an In-Ground Pool

Want a larger yard? Never go swimming? Don’t have time for the maintenance? Would you rather have a patio or fire pit in place of a pool? There are a few things to think about when you make the decision to remove an in-ground pool, and cost is only one of them. Read on for an overview of the process, what it can cost, and how it can affect the value of your home.

The Process to Remove an In-ground Pool

Much like when digging for a pool, there’s quite a bit of work you need to do before  you remove an in-ground pool, beginning with the pool’s excavation. You’ll need to get a permit for digging, you’ll need to drain the pool, and you’ll need to have heavy machinery on hand. Usually pools are removed by a jackhammer, either man or machine-operated, such as on the end of a backhoe. You’ll also need to truck in stabilizers and dirt to fill the hole, regardless of whether you go with a full or partial removal of an in-ground pool.

Partial or Full Removal of an In-ground Pool

One of the major decisions you have to make when you think about removing your pool is if you want to do a full or partial removal. Each type of removal of an in-ground pool has advantages and drawbacks.

  • Partial Removal: The top few feet of the pool is demolished with the debris thrown into the deep end. Holes are punched into the pool’s bottom to allow drainage from rainwater. Then the entire site is buried with back-fill. While this is less intensive (and less expensive), since the entire pool doesn’t need to be demolished and carted off, there are several drawbacks. You must make sure that none of the material from the removal of an in-ground pool is hazardous. Also, having a partial removal in your back yard could lower your home’s property value.
  • Full Removal: While more expensive and resource-intensive, full removals remove the issues of hazardous materials and lowered property value from having a buried pool. Heavy machinery will be required to lift out the broken-up material and placed into a truck or dumpster, and to bring in additional back-fill. Without a layer of pool debris under your lawn, however, you will eliminate drainage problems that could occur otherwise.

The Cost to Remove an In-ground Pool

The cost of having professionals remove your pool varies widely, depending on location, access, and construction of the pool. The best way to determine the cost is to have a contractor provide an estimate for you. Have an experienced excavation company provide a consultation on the scope and cost of the project. This is a useful time to pick the professional’s brain on the type of removal that would work best for your yard and your budget.

How Pool Removal Affects Resale Value

If you have an old, non-functioning pool that has become an eyesore, removing an in-ground pool will help increase your property value. When you remove a fully-functioning in-ground pool, your home might decline slightly in property value. How much its value will decline depends on many different factors, including where you live and who the potential buyers are in your area. For example, Millennials prefer low-maintenance yards and features, which means that a pool would be a deterrent rather than a incentive for a millennial buyer. To offset any potential loss of value, consider adding a yard feature that will make your home more attractive for a future sale. Consulting a real estate agent can give you a better idea of the impact that removal of an in-ground pool will have on your property value.

At New England Enterprises in Marlborough, MA, we’re experts in demolitions and excavations, including full or partial removal of in-ground pools or semi in-ground pools. We’ve got the tools and experience to remove your pool quickly, safely and on-budget. Contact us to learn more and get an expert consultation for your pool removal project.