Cost To Remove Swimming Pool

Cost To Remove Swimming Pool

How much does it cost to demolish an inground swimming pool?

From Hometown Demolition Services

A swimming pool simply isnt for everyone.  Many people don’t want the maintenance, the ongoing cost, or the risk of injury or drowning.  Some people simply want to reclaim their green space for other activities other than swimming.  For those people that are faced with the reality of owning a house with a swimming pool, the question arises: “How do I get rid of this thing?”  This post from Hometown Demolition Services addresses this complicated issue head on, and provides some rudimentary cost guidelines for swimming pool demolition and removal.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The cost of demolishing an inground pool can vary significantly based upon various factors. Some of these factors include size, type of material, and accessibility to the site.

The national average cost to remove an inground swimming pool is $6,000.

There are many contributing factors that play a role in determining the cost of your swimming pool removal. This includes location, ease of access to the worksite, type of pool, size of the pool, and more.

Whether your project costs $2,000 or $20,000 depends upon several key factors, so let’s take a quick look at a few of these and discuss how to maximize your savings.

Inground pool demolition cost breakdown

Let’s take a closer look at the costs typically associated with an inground swimming pool removal project. Costs vary by location and by demolition contractor, so some of these costs won’t apply in every case.

Quote/Assessment: Free
Demolition permit: Free – $300+
Complete pool demolition: $7,000 – $15,000
Partial pool demolition: $3,500 – $7,000
Debris removal / Site grading: $1,000
Factors influencing the cost of demolishing an inground pool


As with any home service, cost varies significantly based on your location. If you live in a city with a relatively high cost of living, expect to pay more than the national average to demolish the pool. The opposite also tends to be true if you live in a relatively low cost-of-living area.

Here are some examples of how the cost to remove a 20 ft. x 40 ft. inground pool can vary from place-to-place:

$12,000 in Davis, CA
$5,500 in Anaheim, CA
$5,000 in Fort Worth, TX
$10,000 in Dallas, TX
$8,500 in Livonia, MI
$4,000 in Tampa, FL
$6,500 in Westfield, NJ
$5,000 in Reading, PA
$6,900 in Hillside, IL
As you can see, the price to demolish the same size pool can vary by thousands of dollars based on location; but there are several other factors that can affect the price of your pool removal or pool fill-in as well, such as the type of demolition (complete remove or partial pool fill-in), the type of material used to build the pool, how easy it is to access the pool site, and the pool’s size.

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