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Question DetailsAsked on 6/27/2013

How much does it cost to fill in an inground pool?

Pool is unused and covered. It is vinyl lined and approx 30'L x 15'W. Would rather have more of a functional backyard than a fenced in pool area that has not been used in 2 years.

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You would want to remove the liner, and well perforate the shotcrete or gunite if it has that under the liner, so the pool does not become a stinky swamp by filling up with rainwater. The backfill (road subgrade material or 3/4" minus crushed rock - do not allow junk fill to be used) would have to be compacted with a roller or plate compactor as placed (in about 8-12 inch lifts, respectively), otherwise it will sink dramatically (maybe 1-2 feet) as it consolidates over time. I would overfill (mound it) by 3 inches or so and hold off on topsoiling or seeding/sodding for a year to let most of the settlement occur, then regrade and recompact before topsoiling. Or, if you want a play or barbecue area, do not overfill, and place 6 inches of crushed rock or gravel on the top, above surrounding grade - with or without a timber or paver border.

Depending on your local prices, probably about $30-40/cubic yard of filled pool volume - I figure roughly 80CY if average 5 feet deep and rectangular (needs actual measurement), so about $2400-3200, not including final levelling fill, topsoil, seeding down the road, which would be probably another $300-400.

This assumes a truck can dump right at the pool - if not, add about $5/cy additional if a bobcat will have to be used to haul it around the house.

This does not include repair to lawn from driving on it, or removing and replacing any fencing needed to get access, or removing the existing fence around the pool.

Make the bid lump sum for the job, not per CY - then there will be no argument if it is per delivered yard or compacted yard (20-40% difference between loose and compacted density), or over how many yards it took to do the job - the bid should be for whatever it takes to do the job, then make sure it is well compacted to avoid settlement, as there will be an incentive to not compact, and thereby use less truckloads of fill.

If you need help with bid specifications, a civil engineer should be able to whip up a short spec for about $250-300, or you can write your own referring to your state DOT standards specifications, which you can probably see online.

If the gunite and liner are not totally removed, be prepared to disclose this on any subsequent sale documents, preferably with a few photos taken just before filling starts.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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