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Are you thinking about removing your backyard swimming pool? At Atlantic Pool Experts, we love swimming pools, but we also understand that sometimes it’s time for them to go. Our team of experts in swimming pool removal services in NJ shares the pros and cons of pool demolition and the basics of the different removal options. If you’re tired of your pool, you’ve come to the right place.

Pros and Cons of Pool Removal

Pool demolition has many pros and cons, including the following:


  • You save time and money on maintenance
  • It is potentially easier to sell your home
  • You avoid the additional risks and liability that accompany pool ownership
  • You gain more yard space for other activities


  • You don’t have a swimming pool anymore
  • Depending on the removal option you choose, your yard may be subject to use restrictions
  • You need to disclose the facts of the removal to future buyers
  • Pool demolition costs money

Ultimately the decision comes down to this: if you use your pool frequently and love it, the ownership costs are worth it. If you use your pool infrequently, the truth is that the benefits of pool removal far outweigh the costs in the long run.

Removal Options

If pool removal is the right choice for you, you have two options for demolishing an inground pool.

Option 1: Partial Removal

Partial pool removal is often referred to as filling in a pool because that’s essentially what happens. The pool is drained, holes are drilled in the bottom to allow groundwater to drain, and the top 18” or so of the shell is broken up. The debris is placed in the bottom of the empty shell, and the hole is backfilled and compacted. This removal method is by far the most common, fastest, and least expensive way, but it also comes with a few drawbacks, including the following:

  • Disclosure of the presence of a filled-in pool on the property is required.
  • Valuation of the home may be affected.
  • Risks of sinkage, swelling, or other problems are present if the removal isn’t performed correctly. Having the process overseen by an engineer can mitigate these risks.
  • Most municipalities prohibit building on the land in the future.

Option 2: Full Pool Removal

Complete pool removal is just what it sounds like; the entire pool is demolished, and every single piece of the pool is removed from the site. The remaining hole is backfilled and compacted. This removal method takes more time to complete and is more expensive than partial removal, but provides the following advantages over the partial removal method:

  • Although disclosure is often required, the complete removal of a pool rarely affects property value.
  • The risk of sinkage or other problems is significantly reduced.
  • The area is free from restrictions, though you should check your municipality’s laws to be specific.

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For more information about swimming pool demolition, call Atlantic Pool Experts. We’re a leader among pool removal companies in Monmouth County, and our team is here to answer all your questions. We’re licensed and insured to do the work. Call Today for a free estimate.

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