What are the on-going costs of a pool in Phoenix?

The on-going monthly cost of an Arizona private poolbackyard-pool-and-lake-in-pinelakes

When a client asks what is the on-going operating cost of a private pool, I struggle to offer a precise answer.  The upfront cost to install a private pool can be determined after a 30 minute consultation with one of the many pool builders in the Phoenix area. But what are the daily operating costs that  a homeowner can expect?   For luxury homes, a well appointed private pool can be a standard expectation.  A family with children may look to a private backyard pool as a essential activity for the children during the 100+ degree summer days common to Phoenix.  So what is the day to day cost of this hydrated desert amenity?

Breaking down the daily operating costs of a private pool in Arizona

 

I have always been curious about what portion of my monthly SRP electricity bill is due to the pool pump that recirculates and filters the swimming pool water and runs the water feature.  I’ve read that a pool pump can be the 2nd highest usage of electricity for a typical home with a pool next to the air conditioner.  Instead of asking somebody at the pool store and getting an anecdotal response, I looked for a more analytical answer.

The first step is to calculate the Watts used consumed.  This is done by multiplying the volts x amps. To the left is the label from my pool pump.  For a 230 volt motor, multiply this by 7.8 amps.  The result is 1,794 Watts, or 1.8 KWh.  The next step is to calculate the KWh/day by multiplying this by the hours per day the pump runs.  During the summer, it is recommended the pump run 6  – 8 hours/day, and less during the winter.  For my calculations, I’ll use 8 hours.   1.8 Kwh x 8 hours = 14.4 KWh/day or 432 KWh/month.  The SRP standard summer rate is $0.0806/KWh, so the cost/month is 432 KWh  x $0.0806/KWh = $35/month, or a little more than $1/day. The winter rate is lower  so this calculation is on the high side.Santan house with pool

Pool chemical cost can vary depending on the system used to keep the chemicals in balance.  Newer technology uses salt water systems to assist in chlorinating the pool.   A rough estimate for chlorine, acid and misc. chemicals such as diatomacheous earth for the filter  would be approximately $300/year or $25/month.

Evaporation of pool water

The Phoenix area has over 350,000 private pools. According to the Water Resources Deparment, an uncovered pool loses 4 – 6 feet of water per year.  This coincides with other estimates that a pool loses its entire volume once a year due to evaporation.  If a pool holds 12,000 gallons and the residential water rate is $1.15/1,000 gallons, the yearly cost for water due to evaporation is barely $14 /year.  This much lower than I would have expected and unfortunately such a low cost does not encourage water conservation which could be achieved through the use of a pool cover.

Major pool expenses

An important consideration is the type of lining, the cost and how often it will need to be replaced.  When we installed our pool, we went with a basic plaster pool. After 9 – 10 years it had to be replaced.  The replacement cost to have the pool relined varies depending on the lining; plaster with quartz, or pebble tec.   Pebble tec pool liners are more robust and can out last less expensive linings. A basic lining would be around $5,000 – $6,000 which would equate to $600/year or $50/month over a 10 year functional life expectancy.   And as with any replacement parts, watch out when your pool vacuum needs bearing or other replacement parts, you’re looking at a miniumum of $150.

My estimate of the on-going cost of a Phoenix area pool would be $35 for the pool pump, $25/month for chemicals and $60/month for major expenses, so plan to budget roughly $120/month for the maintenance of your swimming pool.  This estimate is based largely on my own pool which is from the mid 1990’s era and probably on the high side, so please do your own analysis based on the expense types I’ve outlined above.  Your comments are welcome based on your experience!

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 Gilbert and Chandler Waterfront Homes with a private pool

$1,975,000 :: 11019 E CLOUD Road, Chandler AZ, 85248

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6 beds, 6.5 baths
Home size: 5,517 sq ft
Lot Size: 33,542 sq ft
Added: 06/13/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6090600
Community: GILA BUTTE ESTATES
Tract: GILA BUTTE ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/1/2020 by 5%
Status: Active


Welcome to your immaculate, Custom Estate!!! Over 5,500sq ft, 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, single level, custom new build with separate Guest House. Beautiful grand entry complimented by a modern steel gate. Upon entry you will find exposed beams and towering vaulted ceilings. Gourmet kitchen delivers Butler's Pantry, Brand New Wolf & Sub-Zero Appliances, 2 dishwashers, Custom Cabinetry and Hardware, Icemaker, Steam Oven, RO, gorgeous Leathered Granite, Limestone, and Quartz. Master Suite features glass fireplace, safe room, spa-like bathroom with a standalone tub, flawless tiled shower with top of the line Brizo fixtures, and oversized master closet. Each bedroom has its own full bath and walk-in closet. 5-car garage in addition to oversized RV garage. Built in garage cabinets. Enough garage

Listed with HomeSmart


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$359,999 :: 1594 E MEGAN Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,441 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6140020
Community: SUPERSTITION RANCH-PARCEL 2
Tract: SUPERSTITION RANCH-PARCEL 2
Status: Active


Fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in desirable Chandler neighborhood with a sparkling pool & spa. Great open concept kitchen with island, stainless steel appliances and breakfast nook.Split floor plan. Interior laundry. 2 car garage. Master bath has dual sinks & separate tub & shower. Perfect backyard for entertaining with covered patio and spill over spa water feature. Close to shopping & restaurants. Schedule your showing today!

Listed with Networth Realty of Phoenix


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$420,000 :: 3367 E MORELOS Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,345 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 09/23/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6136428
Community: PECOS PARK
Tract: PECOS PARK
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/1/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


Single level home in Pecos Ranch. Popular split floorplan design with a formal living and dining room. Kitchen has lots of cabinets for storage and includes a breakfast bar and room for a table. There's a huge walk in closet in the master and a separate tub and shower. Wood blinds and warm, neutral colors throughout, carpeting is brand new. The home is positioned on a corner lot at the end of a cul-de-sac and backs to the green belt.

Listed with Erickson Realty Group L.L.C.


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$689,000 :: 3310 E CherryWood Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,164 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 08/20/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6120101
Community: FINESTERRA AT VALENCIA 2
Tract: FINESTERRA AT VALENCIA 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/1/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


$10,000 Price Reduction! WOW! This beautiful TW LEWIS Home in LUXURIOUS GATED LAKE community. Large split floor plan, travertine, tile wood, and a fireplace. HUGE premium lot with inviting grass front yard, and Resort Style pool and pergolas ready to entertain in the backyard! Homes are selling quickly, don't miss this one!

Listed with ProSmart Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$599,900 :: 4660 S DANYELL Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,514 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6139040
Community: CALABRIA
Tract: CALABRIA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/1/2020 by 0%
Status: Active


4660 S Danyell Dr. is an exquisite single level, almost new home with a great room floorplan on a private corner lot without neighbors directly behind! The chef's kitchen flaunts a walk-in pantry, KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, upgraded range hood, staggered cabinets with soft close drawers with pullouts; a subway back-splash, granite sink, and the oversized center island with quartz counters will definitely catch your eye. The dining room with a Tray ceiling, accent wall and an additional sliding door to patio is sure to make you feel right at home. The luminous great room with custom drapes and 16' sliding doors open to the private backyard with an in ground pool with spa (Pentair equipment with automatic pool cleaning popups), pergola with bar seating and a built in barbec

Listed with HomeSmart


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$342,500 :: 1139 S NANCY Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,802 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6140008
Community: COOLEY STATION NORTH PARCEL 3
Tract: COOLEY STATION NORTH PARCEL 3
Status: Active


Beautiful Single Story 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms with designer touches. Fabulous Kitchen with Upgraded Cabinets, Stainless Steel Appliances and Granite Counters. Split Bedroom Floorplan. Master Bathroom with dual sinks and separate tub and shower. Large Master Closet. Close to Shopping and Freeways. Community Parks, Pools and Walkways.

Listed with Strategic Points Realty & Investments, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$1,025,000 :: 1192 W ISLAND Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,513 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,246 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6139218
Community: VISTAS at OCOTILLO
Tract: VISTAS at OCOTILLO
Status: Active


CUSTOM Southwest Contemporary design in the GATED premier Ocotillo community of the Vistas. Your arrival is welcomed by a courtyard with a sitting area & water fountain. VIEWS from the moment you enter the bright & beautiful interior! DOUBLE FAIRWAY & LAKE, North/South SETTING. Expansive Great Room design. Accent lighted, glass display 300+ bottle WINE CELLAR. Chef's Kitchen featuring abundant 42'' cabinets, GRANITE counters w/4-seat breakfast bar, built-in refrigerator, farm sink, large pantry. Moving WALL OF GLASS opens from the Kitchen to extended Patio. Travertine stone floors throughout interior & exterior living spaces. Spacious owner's suite with patio door. Soaking jetted tub & walk-in tiled shower, split vanities, large closet with CUSTOM ORGANIZERS. Secondary bedrooms are split

Listed with Keller Williams Legacy One


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$339,900 :: 1913 E CORTEZ Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,627 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6140024
Community: ANCHOR POINT AT VAL VISTA LAKES LOT 1-106 TR A-F
Tract: ANCHOR POINT AT VAL VISTA LAKES LOT 1-106 TR A-F
Status: Active


Location, location, location!! Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home in the amazing Val Vista Lakes community. Home has been incredibly maintained and includes a new AC unit. Open concept floorplan and vaulted ceilings. Low maintenance back yard and luscious front yard with natural grass. The home is located in a very desirable cul-de-sac next to a secluded park. Full access to Val Vista Lakes facilities and recreational areas.

Listed with HomeSmart


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$335,000 :: 2535 S Martingale Road, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,623 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6134659
Community: Chaparral Estates
Tract: Chaparral Estates
Status: Active


Just what you've been looking for! Energy efficient, Split floor plan, 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a pool and R/V gate in Gilbert! The backyard boasts a grassy area, storage shed and pool with a built in ice chest. This home has been well maintained and has one year old A/C, brand new double oven and convection microwave. Six month old R/O drinking water and dishwasher. The exterior of the home was painted in 2017. Just a mile from San Tan Village and 3 miles from Gilbert Regional Park. Don't let this one slip away. Agent related to Seller.

Listed with Conway Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$399,900 :: 3637 E RED OAK Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,036 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 10/01/20, Last Updated: 10/01/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6139956
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 11
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 11
Status: Active


Amazing single level home on a premium corner lot. Home has 3 bedrooms + den, 2 baths, and a 3 car garage. Inviting curb appeal with highly desired N/S exposure includes a beautiful shade tree, front patio, and green belt along the east side of home. Vaulted ceilings and soft color palette. Home office has double french door entry and beautiful wood tile floors. Spacious open floor plan for the kitchen, dining and family room is the perfect entertaining space! The large eat-in kitchen has white cabinets, breakfast bar seating, and SS appliances. Master has a full bath and walk-in closet. The serene backyard has a brick paver covered patio, built-in BBQ, bar top with seating, lush lawn area and a RV gate. Across the street from park w/ playground. Close to freeway, shopping and schools!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


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