How Long Does Pool Removal Take?

How Long Does Pool Removal Take? Answered

Removing a pool is sometimes the best choice for your property. Especially in cases where your pool is dilapidated to the extent where it requires expensive repairs and renovations, it can often make more sense to have your pool removed than investing more money into a failing structure.

Whether you are getting your pool removed to sell your home or simply because you don’t use it anymore, you may be wondering: how long does the pool removal process take?

In this article, we will tell you how long pool removal takes, whether you are just having your pool filled in or are having it removed entirely.

How Long Does Pool Removal Take?

Filling In A Pool

Filling in a pool involves breaking down the top layers of the pool’s structure with heavy machinery. Afterwards, the rubble from your demolished pool is buried in the ground and covered with a layer of topsoil.

Filling in a pool can typically be done in 1-2 days, provided that your pool is not unusually large. Weather or soil conditions can sometimes extend the process outside of this window.

Full Pool Removal

Full pool demolition and removal begins by destroying the entire structure of your pool using heavy machinery. Afterwards, all of the rubble from your pool is transported off of your property and is disposed of in accordance with your local construction waste guidelines.

Detailed care is taken into filling the hole left by your pool. This area is filled with layers of compacted gravel and then topped with layers of dirt to give your yard maximum stability for future use.

Full pool removal tends to take 3-5 days, assuming there are no adverse working conditions.

After Pool Removal

The pool removal process can typically be completed quite quickly. If you have plans for your yard post-pool, you may also want to take into consideration the remediation process.

The spot in your yard left by the pool removal process will remain as bare dirt until grass has had time to grow back. You may be able to speed up this process by planting grass seeds or turf and keeping the area watered regularly if you intend to use this space as lawn.


Pool removal itself is a fairly quick process. The longest part of having your pool removed is waiting for the area that held your pool to grow new grass. This is important to consider, especially if you are having a pool removed to speed up the sale of your home.

Do you have any questions about how long pool removal takes? Get in touch with us in the comments, we’d love to help!

Louis from Pool Advisor


A chemical engineer by trade, Louis is committed to debunking myths in the pool industry by explaining the underlying chemistry and making it accessible to all.