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Considering getting rid of your backyard swimming pool? Here’s a brief guide to help you decide if it’s time to hire a pool removal service in New Jersey:

Pros and Cons

Before you get too far in the decision process, it’s worth weighing the pros and cons of pool removal.

Pros:
  • No more money or time spent on pool maintenance
  • More potential buyers for your home
  • Fewer hazards and liabilities
  • More space for other activities or landscaping projects in your yard
Cons:
  • You won’t have a pool anymore. If you love your pool, this is a big con. If you’re not using it, this isn’t a factor, and the pros of removal will far outweigh the cons.
  • Cost. Pool removal isn’t free, but it’s cheaper in the long run than maintaining a pool you don’t love.

Pool Removal: How it’s Done

The removal process works differently for in-ground versus above ground pools. For inground pools, you have two choices: partial or full removal.

Partial Removal

Partial pool removal is just filling in the pool. This is the most common way to remove an inground pool and is the least expensive of the two methods. The process looks like this:

  • The pool is drained.
  • The top 18 to 36 inches of the pool walls are demolished.
  • The rubble is carefully placed in the bottom of the pool.
  • The empty pool is backfilled and compacted.

This method is quick and inexpensive and leaves behind a space that’s useful for almost anything you’d like to do in your backyard. One major limitation is that the filled pool site is not buildable, and the presence of the filled pool must be disclosed to future buyers. Even if the backfilling and compacting are done under an engineer’s supervision, nothing can ever be built on that land.

Full Removal

During full pool removal, every single piece of the pool is removed from the site. During complete removal, the following process takes place:

  • The pool is drained.
  • The pool is demolished.
  • The rubble is hauled away for disposal.
  • The site is backfilled and compacted.

This method takes more time than partial removal and is more expensive, but the end result is a piece of land free and clear of any restrictions.

Above Ground Pool Removal

While there are many different types of above ground pools, the removal process is similar. The water is drained, the pool is taken apart, the debris is hauled away, and the site is repaired and made ready for whatever comes next.

Backfilling the Pool Hole With Dirt

How Much Does Pool Removal Cost?

The answer depends on several factors, including the following:

  • Type of pool
  • Size of the pool
  • Ease of access to the site
  • Pool removal method

Pool removal can be expensive. Different contractors will have different opinions about the best way to approach the job, so it’s a good idea to get several estimates before making a decision.

The Right Team for the Job

Atlantic Pool Experts is your local pool removal contractor in New Jersey. We provide experienced pool removal services for inground and above ground pools. If you’re ready to get rid of your swimming pool, call us for a free, no-obligation estimate.