hydraulic breaker on excavator hammering gunite pool wall

How much does it cost to fill in a swimming pool?

Inground Pool Removal cost and explaination of cost factors

Filling in a swimming pool can seem totally overwhelming for even the most handy homeowner. For that reason it is recommended that a professional be hired for such a project. So then comes the question, what will it cost to fill in/remove the swimming pool? Pool fill in cost depends on a few factors:

  • Pool Composition: Gunite or liner wall?
  • Footprint and depth of the pool. This will determine how much material is needed to fill it.
  • Access to the pool. Trucking the material up to the pool saves time and money. If access is difficult then it needs to be moved via machine which will increase the cost.
  • Can the concrete be buried? Most municpalities allow this but not all. If the concrete needs to be hauled away it can add thousands to the cost. This is a question to ask the town building department.
  • Is the area going to become lawn once the pool is filled in? If so topsoil needs to be spread over the area. If no topsoil is needed it will save some money as it is usually double or triple the cost of common fill dirt.
  • What is the grade like? If the grade was brought up for your pool (not common) there may not be a need for much fill, that will also lower the cost.
  • How much debris is there? Pool fencing, mechanicals (filter, heater), pool walls, liner, steps, etc can often fill up a dumpster. So that is also something that needs to be taken into account.

Once these factors are taken into account by a pool removal professional they can give you a price. At this point we have removed hundreds of pools in Connecticut (a few in other states). With that in mind I can safely advise on the average costs for pool removal/fill ins. Most liner pools cost between $5,000.00 and $7,500.00 to remove and fill in. This includes everything. Now gunite pools can be much more. A gunite pool differs from a liner pool since gunite pools are cement everywhere, liner pools have walls made of metal. Where liner pools can be torn out the thick cement of a gunite pool needs to be broken up with specialized demolition equipment. This is a time consuming and expensive process. Gunite pool removal cost is typically anywhere from $7,000.00 to $12,000.00. Higher costs aren’t uncommon with these pools when they are very large or access is difficult. One thing to remember is we do work mainly in CT, a state where real estate is expensive and cheap dirt is not very common. I’m sure costs may be lower in a state like North Carolina due to material cost, but machinery and labor cost will be comparable.

Why choose Grillo?


Now that you have seen what Grillo Pool Removal is capable of we would be happy to help in any way we can. Whether it is a quote you need for a pool removal in CT, or just some friendly advice. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We know a pool removal can be an expensive and intimidating project and do our best to help people through it.