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Swimming Pool Removal NJ

Removing an in-ground swimming pool can be a real challenge. Our team possesses the expertise and equipment to handle the job quickly and in the most cost-effective way possible. We’ve been providing New Jersey residents pool removal services for over 20 years. Our pool removal and cleanup teams are specially trained to safely remove your pool regardless of its location. Once removed we’ll fill the hole with certified fill dirt, compact and grade the property. We’ll even seed or lay sod if needed. Swimming pool removal NJ.

Because we’re a Custom New Home Builder & General Construction Company we can handle finishing the property after the pools been removed. If your planning on building a new outdoor living space, deck, patio, outdoor kitchen, addition or some other structure. We can help where other demolition companies can’t. And since we’re a much bigger business than an average pool removal business we’re better insured and offer discounted rates to all our local NJ customers.

The Pool Removal Process

There are two basic approaches to the pool removal process:

  • In some cases, partial removal of your pool may be a more cost-effective solution. This involves smashing the walls and floor into small concrete pieces which remain at the bottom of the pit. The pool is back filled with certified clean fill and compacted. All plumbing and electrical lines are removed.
  • Full pool removal services require the demolition of all concrete and other materials and hauling everything away to a recycling center. Once a full removal is complete you’ll never know the pool was even there. All concrete, electrical and plumbing will be removed, the hole is back filled and compacted. Seed, sod or some other finish is often done to completion.

We’re one of the few construction companies able to provide concrete removal services at the end of the project to ensure that your site is left clean and ready for the next phase of work. Once complete you won’t know the pool was even there.

Certified Clean Fill

We only use certified clean fill to back fill all of our pools. You’ll receive a certificate stating the dirt has been inspected for any contamination and is 100% clean. We also offer top soil if you plan on planting a garden in the future or just want really high quality dirt.

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First, we’ll come out to your property for a free consultation to check out the situation, conduct an inspection, and let you in on the details of the process. We will then schedule a time for the demolition. Usually, projects take about five business days to complete.

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Second comes the actual demolition work. In addition to removal of the actual pool, we take great care to protect your surrounding landscape so no damage occurs to other structures or vegetation. We have a variety of equipment that can navigate even the smallest of yards. No yard is too tight or inaccessible for us!

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Finally we’ll cleanup all debris and rake out the surrounding yard after back fill and compaction.

Pool Removal Options

Complete Pool Demo and Removal (concrete)

Concrete pools are broken down and hauled away to be recycled. Once the pool is completely removed, certified clean dirt is back filled and compacted for less settlement and the best final grade. A complete pool removal is always your best option. This process gives you the best final result with the least amount of yard settlement. Your pool is broken into manageable pieces and completely removed from the property. Once landscaping is completed you’ll never know the pool was even there.

Pool Demolition and Filling

We can break your pool down into small pieces, compact certified clean dirt over the concrete and grade out your yard. This is a more cost effective option as much of the concrete remains underground rather than needing to be hauled away.


Because we handle coordination with your local municipality your life is made easy. We also handle scheduling inspections, as well as coordination of other aspects that might pertain to the project. Homeowners simply need to tell us which trees they want removed and we handle the rest. From safely disconnecting and draining the pool to demolition and final cleanup. We handle everything from start to finish.

Our goal is to complete the project in as smooth and timely a manner as possible. Our schedule depends greatly on the project scope and the amount of work currently scheduled as we work on a first-come, first-serve basis. We’re very flexible to work with and our customers are always very pleased with the communication and solutions we provide.

Because most projects are completed in less than a week the pool removal process will be as stress free as possible. Again, this varies with the type of project and overall scope of work, but we’ll be able to discuss this with you in advance. Great communication is always a must.

A Local Pool Removal Company in NJ

Because we’ve spent decades perfecting a comprehensive swimming pool removal process that’s safe and effective. Instead of scattering responsibility among day laborers who don’t know what their doing, we use one experienced team from start to finish on every pool removal job we do. This tactic helps bridge any communication gaps that can cause potential problems or delays. Each and every worker on the job from laborer to foreman is an experienced and knowledgeable full time employee. And each worker is insured.


***Don’t be fooled by some online “DIY schemes” or lazy “quick buck” contractors that suggest drilling holes or knocking a small portion out of the bottom and sides of the pool are acceptable. This is a huge mistake. The entire bottom and sides must be broken into small pieces like rocks, then mixed into the fill dirt. This is crucial for proper drainage and compaction with the least amount of settlement.***

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Swimming pool removal can be a daunting task for many NJ homeowners. Pool removal is not a DIY weekend project, you need your in ground pool removed by a professional. This is done not only for convenience but also for safety.

Abandoned pools can pose a safety risk to children and animals if not addressed properly. As such, we offer full-service excavating and demolition, specializing in removing in-ground swimming pools so you can gain much-needed space in your backyard, lower yearly expenses and reduce taxes. If you’re in need of a backyard transformation, call the experts at Gambrick. We do a lot more than just demolish swimming pools.

How it Works

Here’s a look at a typical swimming pool removal timeline after your free consultation. We will:

  • Apply for all excavation permits with your town
  • Come up with a start date that is mutually convenient
  • Ensure all utilities are disconnected (gas, electric, water)
  • Pump out existing water
  • Remove fences
  • Place protective mats along the access path
  • Remove all patio and pool structures
  • Haul all materials to the dump
  • Facilitate city inspections
  • Fill in the hole with clean back fill material
  • Top it all off with soil, grass seed, or any desired landscaping features
  • Re-install fences
  • Clean up the entire space
  • Oversee final inspection by city

Weather does impact our ability to perform swimming pool removal, so call us today to find out about scheduling and other details. Contact Gambrick to learn more about our swimming pool removal services.

Should I Remove My In Ground Pool?

If you’re reading this it’s because you find yourself at a crossroads as to what to do with your existing in ground pool. We encounter folks all the time who purchased a pool decades earlier or bought a home with an existing pool but are considering replacing or removing it for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The pool is a maintenance burden
  • You don’t use the pool much
  • Want the additional yard space
  • Pools are very expensive
  • The additional Liability
  • Increased taxes

Our aim today is to help you sort out what to do with your pool. Let’s start by looking at the pros and cons of removing an existing pool vs opting for a complete replacement.

Removing An Existing Pool: Pros and Cons


You can say goodbye to:

  • Pool maintenance
  • Expense of buying chemicals and energy usage
  • Expense or burden of repairs
  • Decreased Liability
  • Lower taxes
  • More yard space


  • The expense to remove the pool
  • You won’t have a pool any more

Pool Replacement: Pros and Cons


Here are some of the reasons why our customers chose to do so:

  • New pools are much easier to maintain 
  • Use less chemicals
  • Have lower lifetime cost of ownership
  • Fiberglass pools have built in features.
  • Newer pools are extremely attractive 
  • Increased durability


  • A typical pool replacement costs between $45,000 and $75,000

Reasons To Remove A Pool

Pool Removal Saves Money

Pools are expensive. Seasonal maintenance, security requirements, liability concerns and increased taxes are all issues homeowners with a pool have to live with. Removing your pool will save you the ongoing maintenance fees as well as occasional repair and equipment costs. Property taxes and insurance premiums will go down. Liability due to possible injury or accidents on your property is reduced and you pick up additional impervious coverage for other things you may want to do on your property.

Impervious Lot Coverage

Many homeowners don’t realize pools count against your impervious coverage calculation. In NJ, you can only use so much of your land for structures or other permanent additions like pools. Once you go over the coverage limit you can’t build anymore without a variance. This is a huge headache and expense. By removing the pool you pick up square footage to use on other things. For large lots this isn’t generally an issue but homeowners with a small lot will appreciate the added space to build on.

Increased Home Value

If your thinking of selling your house, statistically homes without a pool sell faster and for more money than homes with one. Many potential homeowners just don’t want the headache and constant maintenance expenses that comes with owning a pool. And homes with pools generally have higher property taxes which is never a good thing.

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Pool Removal FAQ

Want to save money on property taxes?

Who doesn’t? If that pool that your family begged you to put in has sat unused it is hurting your wallet. There are not many home improvement projects that can reduce your taxes, but removing your pool can save you serious cash.

The costs of owning a pool has skyrocketed in recent years. It is estimated that a pool costs and additional $3,500 every year in taxes, chemicals and winterizing costs. In just two years, you can recover the cost of removing your in-ground pool and you will never have to spend money on pool chemicals again!

Demolition or removing your pool reduces the overall taxable property value on your home, saving you serious cash come tax season. That’s not even taking in to account the expensive chemicals, fencing and winterizing materials that you no longer have to buy.

How Does the Typical Process Work?

Before you start, your licensed contractor will need to obtain all the needed licenses and permits, locate all buried utility cabling and plumbing and ascertain property lines and the easiest method for cumbersome equipment to gain access to to the pool area.

Next, the electric and any plumbing connected to the pool will be disconnected.

Following the disconnect, your pool will be completely drained of all water.

Once drained, demolition will begin. Heavy machinery is brought in to demolish and remove the floor and walls.

The cement, metal and remaining items are trucked away to the local recycling or collection facility.

During the last step, the correct source of back-fill products (frequently dirt or perhaps a combination of rocks and dirt) are brought in to fill the old pool cavity. The material is placed, the soil is graded and systematically compacted. This compacting needs to be done properly in order to avoid as much ground settling as possible. At Gambrick, we only use certified clean fill to backfill all of our pool removal projects.

Can I Just Do the Job Myself?

No, most people shouldn’t do it.

Because just about every town has a stringent policy regarding pool removal. And they normally require permits and perhaps even inspections. Heavy equipment and operators will be required. Electrical and plumbing may need disconnecting. You don’t want to cut corners, opening yourself up to possible problems down the road.

How long does the process take?

Pool removal usually takes between 3 to 5 days depending on how the pool is constructed ie. concrete or steel and access to it on your property.

Do you file permits?

Yes, we’ll take care of all the permits.

Can you install seed or sod?

Yes, we can spread seed once back fill and clean up is complete.

Do you use clean fill?

Yes, we only use certified clean fill.

I have no access or limited access, can you still remove my pool?

We can complete a pool removal job with limited access, or no access, it just takes longer.

How long have you been doing this?

We’ve been removing pools for over 20 years.

Are estimates FREE?

Yes estimates are FREE.

Do you do other types of demolition work?

Yes we do any type of demolition work ie. houses, garages, sheds, patios etc.

How much can I expect to save on my taxes?

On average you can expect to save $700.00 to $1,500.00 off your taxes a year, depending upon where you live and the size and construction of your pool.

What will this do for my home value?

Home value actually tends to go up when a pool is removed and homes without pools sell faster on average. Consult a realtor for exact numbers and statistics.

How much does pool removal cost?

Pool removal usually cost $5,000 to $20,000 which pays for itself over time in yearly maintenance and tax savings as well as possible home value increases.

What safety precautions do you take during the pool removal process?

We make your yard safe by completely fencing off the area.

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Why Choose Gambrick – Swimming Pool Removal NJ

  • Registered and insured
  • Master of demolition services
  • Over 40 years of experience
  • Only the highest quality materials
  • We take time to understand your needs
  • Ask questions, offer ideas, we’re happy to discuss everything in detail
  • FREE in-home estimates
  • We stick to budget and time estimates
  • Great communication throughout the entire process
  • Daily clean-up, no mess left behind
  • Detailed inspection at the conclusion of work
  • We work with you every step of the way
  • Custom designs
  • Top Rated Swimming Pool Removal NJ

Raising Expectations

Gambrick, top NJ custom home builder, is raising local expectations of what New Jersey homes can and should be.  Specializing in custom home building, contemporary homes, energy efficient buildings like Passive House and custom outdoor living spaces. With the imperatives of carbon reduction in the fight to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, our desire for energy independence, and our need to have greater building resilience, the meaning and logic of Passive House is clear.

I want to remove a swimming pool – what’s first?

Because removing a swimming pool can be an overwhelming process. At Gambrick, one of our fundamental objectives is achieving the highest possible standards while making the entire process as easy as possible for our clients. Give us a call or e-mail and we’ll guide you through the journey of removing your unwanted swimming pool.

Let’s get started. Call 732.892.1386 or e-mail today.

New Jersey Service Area

Located at the Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Gambrick’s service area extends throughout the entire State of New Jersey. In the past few decades our company grew from a local family business into state-wide Luxury Custom Home Builder capable of simultaneously running multiple commercial and residential projects.

Removing Swimming Pools In Every City & Town In These New Jersey Counties:

Atlantic County |  Bergen County |  Burlington County |  Camden County |  Cape May County |  Cumberland County |  Essex County |  Gloucester County |  Hudson County |  Hunterdon County |  Mercer County |  Middlesex County |  Monmouth County |  Morris County |  Ocean County |  Passaic County |  Salem County |  Somerset County |  Sussex County |  Union County |  Warren County