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Pools are lovely, but sometimes they need to go. Maybe the pool is in bad shape, perhaps the home is new to you, and you don’t want to maintain the pool, or perhaps the kids are all gone, and you don’t use it like you used to. Whatever your reasons, professional pool demolition in New Jersey will get that pool off your hands and help you create an entirely different kind of backyard oasis.

Two Choices: Full or Partial Removal

When removing your inground pool, owners have two choices: partial or full removal. Partial removal is less expensive and takes less time than complete removal, but your city or township may have guidelines that require full removal. Cost, time, local regulations, and future land use need to be considered when deciding which removal method is best for your home. The following is a brief overview of each technique to give you an idea of what’s involved and the advantages and disadvantages. Still, it would be best if you discussed your specific circumstances with your pool removal contractor before making a decision.

Partial Removal

Partial pool removal is the most common method only because it costs significantly less than full removal.

The Process

Pools that are partially removed are just filled in. After draining all the water from the pool, holes are drilled in the concrete bottom to ensure that groundwater can drain adequately. All extraneous components are removed, including ladders, lights, filters, etc. Then the top 18″ of the sides of the pool are broken up, and the pieces are spread across the pool’s bottom. The pool is then backfilled and compacted to create a smooth, flat surface.


  • Partial fill-ins are the lowest cost option.
  • The project can generally be completed in less than one week.


  • Many municipalities do not allow partial pool removal.
  • The layer of buried concrete creates a risk of sinkholes, ground swelling, and another potential shifting. Hiring a site engineer to oversee the backfill and the compacting process can prevent these types of problems from occurring.
  • The land will be considered non-buildable. This information must be disclosed to future buyers of the property.

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Full Removal

Full pool removal is the costlier option but leaves you with the land that is free and clear of any restrictions.

The Process

Full pool removal is just that: every bit of swimming pool material is completely removed from the site. After draining all the water from the pool and disposing of removable features and equipment, the pool is broken up and demolished. All the waste is carried off-site for disposal. The pool is then entirely backfilled and carefully compacted to create a smooth, flat surface.


  • Full pool removal leaves you with the land that is free from any use restrictions. You will still need to disclose the pool removal to future buyers, but it likely will have little impact on the buyer’s decision.
  • The absence of underground layers of debris dramatically reduces the risk of ground shifting. The backfilled, compacted soil is stable and unlikely to sink or swell in the future.


  • The only disadvantage of full pool removal is that it’s costly and takes time.

Call the Experts

Professional inground pool removal in New Jersey is just a phone call away. Atlantic Pool Experts will review your site, provide a precise estimate, and get the work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. We offer convenient financing options and courteous customer services. Call to get started today!

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