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What Is The Cost Of Pool Removal In Sydney?

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In-ground pool removal cost will be much more expensive than above ground pool removal/fibreglass pool removal cost. The costs of in-ground pool removal will depend on a number of factors including the size of the pool, the ease of access (or otherwise) to the pool area, the method of pool removal – partial demolition or complete removal – and the contractor that you select to carry out the work.

In-ground pool removal cost for an average sized pool with easy access would be between $5,000 and $8,000. However, if it is a large pool with a big deck and difficult access, these costs could rise to between $9,000 and $20,000 if you are opting for total demolition.

The costs of removing an above ground fibreglass pool can also vary widely, but will be considerably less than in-ground pool removal costs – perhaps between $3,000 and $4,000.

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If you have a swimming pool in your garden it may be that you are considering removing it and landscaping over the area or putting it down to grass.

There are several benefits of removing a swimming pool – especially if you have no desire to swim.

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Not the least of these is the amount of time and money spent on pool maintenance. Owning a swimming pool involves ongoing expense and for many this can be a real pain if they are not actually using the pool. Simply draining it and leaving it is not really an option because someone might fall into it in the dark, doing themselves serious injury.

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Of course, another very good reason for removing a pool is if you have young children in the home, or perhaps your children have grown up and moved away but bring your grandchildren to visit.

Another benefit of filling in a pool is that it will give you more space in your garden. It may also make your home easier to sell if you wish to move.

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Another answer to what to do with an old in-ground swimming pool is to consider full removal. Once again this involves breaking up the surrounding concrete walkway. Then the whole of the pool is broken up and everything is removed in a skip – or probably several skips. If the pool is fibreglass or vinyl lined, the wood and aluminium framing around the perimeter of the pool will also have to be removed. Then the pool space will be backfilled with dirt and gravel and finished with a layer of topsoil ready for grassing down.

This method has advantages over partial removal because – although you still have to declare the removal to a future buyer – it should have little impact on the value of your home. Furthermore, because there is no concrete or rubble buried in the old pool the risk of sinking and seepage is considerably reduced. However, the area will still be regarded as unsuitable for building upon. This method, for obvious reasons, will be more expensive than partial removal of an old swimming pool.

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The ultimate method of swimming pool removal is total removal as outlined above, but with the backfilling and compacting done under the supervision of a qualified engineer. The engineer will carry out density testing and then submit an engineer’s review which declares the site as suitable for building upon.

Obviously, this method is the way to go if you want to build upon the old swimming pool area, and it will have no impact on the value of your home because as far as the views of builders and real estate agents go it will be as though there was never a swimming pool there in the first place. However, it is, of course, the most expensive option which is why many people who want to remove an old pool will opt for partial demolition.

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Next is the question of how to remove a pool. The most common way to remove a swimming pool is by partial demolition and filling it in. This involves draining the pool, which can be done with a submersible pump and connecting it to a sewer point which will typically be within 100 feet or so of the pool.

Then holes are punched into the bottom of the pool and the top 2’ – 3’ of the pool, together with the surrounding deck, are broken up and laid in the bottom of the pool. The pool is then backfilled with soil and topsoil, and compacted and levelled ready for grassing down or building a shed or walkway, or perhaps building a rockery.

Partial demolition of the pool like this can often be done without an engineer overseeing the work, unless this is required by your city. It is usually the quickest method, taking between two and five days, and is likely to be the cheapest option.

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However, there may be one or two disadvantages. If the work is not carried out correctly there is a risk of swelling or sinking, and there could be lack of proper seepage. You will also have to disclose to any potential buyer that this work has been carried out, and it could affect the value of your home. Furthermore, most cities consider that the area is not suitable for building, although you could put a shed on it and plant trees and shrubs.

Another method of pool demolition is the same as above, but with the backfilling carried out under the supervision of a qualified engineer. This is usually only done if required by your city.

It will still be regarded as not suitable for building on, and the same thing applies about disclosure to a future buyer, and shrinking and swelling, but the latter is less likely if the work has been supervised.

In many instances a permit to demolish an old swimming pool IS required. You will need to check with your council authority. In some cases a permit may be free, but in other councils there may be a fee which could run into several hundred dollars. Your suburb may also have rules on the way a pool removal is carried out. Some may not allow partial demolition, and in other cases if partial demolition is permitted they may have rules on how the pool must be filled in.


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“I would like to thank you for doing a great job in filling in our old pool. The removal of the old pool has opened up the backyard and we are going to have new paving, artificial turf and a pergola installed. This will make a great spot for entertaining and playing with the new grandson. I would be happy to recommend you to anyone wanting to have their pool filled in!”
– Greg Miles: Sydney

“Sydney Pool Removal were very professional at all times right through the process of removing the old pool through to creating a beautiful new landscaped garden. I have recommended them to all our family and friends.”
– Terry Powell: Sydney

“What a difference it has made to our family life now we reclaimed the back yard. Thanks Sydney Pool Removal for a job well done.”
– Vic Longley: Sydney

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