Are you on the brink of deciding to remove your swimming pool?
Here are some facts that may help you dive into the decision process.
With the close of the summer season here in Northern California, pool owners are once again assessing just how much they used their pool this year. And they are posing the big question again: Is it time to pull the pool out and transform the backyard?
Pool Ownership Costs Add Up
Homes with swimming pools consume as much as 30 percent to 50 percent more energy per year than homes without pools. There is no dispute about the fact that pools consume lots of energy!
Beyond the cost of heating your pool, swimming pool pumps—especially older ones—are the main culprits. PG&E estimates that for older single speed pumps, the cost of operation is about five dollars a day if it runs for six hours. That’s $150 per month or an average of $1,800 per year, just for the electricity.
Here’s an average monthly cost for a swimming pool in the Bay Area:
- Electricity $150
- Maintenance $ 70
- Repairs/equipment $50
This is $3,240 per year. This number excludes refurbishment, which typically happens every twelve to fifteen years at an average cost of $10,000. If you amortized this over fifteen years, it’s another $50 per month. Now, you’re spending $3,840 per year to own that pool.
The average cost of pool demolition is about $10,000, depending on the type of pool and its location. If we take the lower annual cost of $3,240, it only takes three years of saving annual pool ownership costs to pay yourself back. How long has it been since you’ve used your pool?
So many of our customers tell us they waited way too long to remove their pool. But, pool removal can be a very emotional decision, coming from memories of raising children and entertaining around the pool. As a result, pool owners will put it off for years. From our experience, when they finally make the decision to demolish the pool, they realize their decision had been made years before; they just couldn’t act on it!