What Is a Partial Swimming Pool Demolition?


When a swimming pool owner decides to have her pool demolished and removed, she also needs to decide on the method of demolition. One way to demolish a swimming pool is, of course, by full demolition and then removal. However, a full demolition is the most costly method of swimming pool removal. Fortunately, two different partial methods of swimming pool demolition exist for removing a swimming pool. Both partial swimming pool demolition methods are also less expensive than full pool demolition.

Top Layer

  • Top layer swimming pool demolition involves the removal of the top tiled layer of a pool's walls. Holes are then punched into the pool's floor to ensure adequate drainage in the filled-in pool. All holes punched in a pool's floor are also filled with gravel, and the entire swimming pool filled in with dirt and compacted. This method leaves little room for landscaping as there is only enough depth in the ground for a layer of topsoil.

Two-Foot Demolition

  • The most popular partial demolition method when it comes to swimming pool removal involves demolishing and removing the top two feet of the gunite wall of a pool. Like top layer partial swimming pool demolition, two-foot demolition also calls for holes punched in the pool floor. All holes punched into the swimming pool's floor, just like in top layer partial pool demolition, are filled with gravel to aid in drainage. Two-foot demolition is also known as "two feet from the top" partial pool demolition.


  • All methods of swimming pool demolition cost several thousand dollars when you hire pool removal professionals. You can cut down on the cost of partial swimming pool demolition by draining your pool yourself. Once you've drained your swimming pool prior to its partial demolition, you can also punch your own holes in its floor to help reduce costs. Also, keep in mind that many municipalities have strict codes governing how swimming pools are demolished, removed and backfilled.

Pool Types

  • Any method of swimming pool demolition has to take into account the specific type of pool. For example, steel-walled, vinyl liner swimming pools are partially demolished slightly differently than concrete pools. If you're partially demolishing a vinyl liner swimming pool, you may have to completely remove the liner. If you're having a fiberglass pool partially demolished, you might have to have the entire fiberglass liner removed and trucked away.

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