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

$535,000 :: 1551 W CORONA Drive, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,186 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 07/19/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6266524
Community: LAKEPOINT AT ANDERSEN SPRINGS LT 1-157 A B D-F I
Tract: LAKEPOINT AT ANDERSEN SPRINGS LT 1-157 A B D-F I
Status: Active


Fall in love with Lakepoint @ Andersen Springs newest listing. This single level remodeled home features a gourmet kitchen w/ contemporary cabinetry, quartz countertops, Samsung appliances & Bosch silent dishwasher. The vaulted ceilings w/ designer paint & wood tile plank flooring creates an open & bright space that's both modern & chic. The split master bedroom has private exit to the backyard and the spa like bathroom has double vanity, walk-in shower with bench seat & custom organized closet. Enjoy the sparkling diving pool and built-in BBQ grill. BONUS: The roof was replaced 2018, AC 2017, water heater 2018, water softener 2018, Pentair multi speed pool pump & DE filter 2018, 2 sliding doors; family room & master bedroom 2017, and windows replaced in bedrooms, kitchen, MB bath 2020.

Listed with The Property Boutique


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 :: 3538 S MOCCASIN Trail, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,204 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270219
Community: San Tan Ranch
Tract: San Tan Ranch
Status: Active


WELCOME HOME! This gorgeous single level bungalow features three spacious bedrooms, two full bathrooms and open concept floor plan! Beautifully landscaped BACKYARD with extended paver patio, grass, view fencing and NO NEIGHBORS BEHIND! This home displays true pride of ownership and features sprawling master bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom! Upgrades include neutral paint throughout, staggered 20 inch tile in all the right places, wood flooring, upgraded fixtures, vaulted ceilings and much more! Entertainer's kitchen with modern cabinetry, tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and dining nook! Conveniently located in one of Gilbert's premier subdivisions, San Tan Ranch, featuring tot lots, walking and biking paths and close to schools and shopping! TRULY A MUST SEE!

Listed with The Maricopa Real Estate Co


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


$450,000 :: 1310 N SALIDA DEL SOL Drive, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,624 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6269456
Community: SANDSTONE PLACE
Tract: SANDSTONE PLACE
Status: Active


Beautiful, well maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with recently installed vinyl plank style flooring throughout living area; Tile flooring in all the wet areas, and nice carpet in all bedrooms. Interior features include Stainless Steel Appliances; Well maintained laminate counter tops; large pantry w/bifold doors; 6 panel interior doors, and ceiling fans throughout; Separate shower & tub in Master Bath; Open Great Room, with split floor plan. Easy access to covered patio and large back yard. You will love this small gated community. Come and see for yourself. You will be glad that you did.

Listed with West USA 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 :: 3633 E WASHINGTON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,500 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270968
Community: HIGLEY GROVES
Tract: HIGLEY GROVES
Status: Active


Fabulous and well cared two story home for sale! Enter home to see a formal living room with beamed ceiling. Continue into the kitchen boasting a center island w/breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, pantry, and beautiful cabinets. You will love the large family room comprised of fireplace and built-in media niche. Upstairs, you'll discover a cozy loft and the laundry room! Charming primary bedroom is roomy enough for all your furniture and has its own bath for extra privacy. Grassy backyard with covered patio is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day. Come see this special home in a fantastic neighborhood today!

Listed with Realty Executives


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


$375,000 :: 2273 E ARABIAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,610 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270962
Community: FINLEY FARMS SOUTH PARCEL 18
Tract: FINLEY FARMS SOUTH PARCEL 18
Status: Active


Amazing home in the heart of Gilbert with easy access to the202! Priced WAY below market value to give you room to make this home into everything you could dream of! This beautiful home is 3 beds and 2.5 baths and has amazing bones. You walk into a wow factor of the 2 story entrance. Large Living room area with a lot of windows and next to that is a large kitchen with new and upgraded cabinets. Upstairs you will find the 3 beds and an oversized loft that could easily be turned into a 4th bedroom. The bathrooms have all been upgraded and are stunning. The backyard is a huge yard that could easily fit a pool. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to create your perfect home!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$525,000 :: 4237 S BOULDER Street, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,295 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270955
Community: VILLAGES AT VAL VISTA PHASE 2
Tract: VILLAGES AT VAL VISTA PHASE 2
Status: Active


Welcome to this amazing opportunity in The Villages at Val Vista. This beautiful 5 bedroom, three-bath home will surely tick off all of your boxes with spray foam insulation that will keep your home cool even in the hottest summers. This home has a full bed and full bath downstairs perfect for an office or guests. You enter into the home to the beautiful foyer with an open concept living room dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and beautiful Cabinetry. The upstairs has a large Loft and four additional bedrooms. The primary bedroom is oversized large and bright. It also has a warm and inviting large primary bathroom that connects to an oversized primary closet.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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


$520,000 :: 3242 W THUDE Drive, Chandler AZ, 85226

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,183 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 06/10/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6247939
Community: MOUNTAINSIDE RANCH
Tract: MOUNTAINSIDE RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/28/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Location!Location!Beautiful Chandler home in Kyrene Schoold district. Get ready to fall in love with this 3 beds, 2 baths and an option to use the sunroom as an office. Beaming vaulted ceilings, skylights, a very bright interior, and so much natural light. A fireplace living room will greet you upon entry. It flows into the family room, dining, & sliding doors to the backyard connecting outdoor & indoor living. Enjoy cooking in this eat-in kitchen that comes complete w/ample cabinets and matching appliances. The master bedroom ensuite will give you ease with its own bath w/dual sinks, sep shower/tub, walk-in closet, and private patio. Nicely landscaped backyard has a storage shed, 2 covered patio where you can relax, and a soothing waterfall feature. Don't wait! Pack your bags and move in

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


$950,000 :: 4576 S HUDSON Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,238 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270945
Community: SYMPHONY 2
Tract: SYMPHONY 2
Status: Active


Beautiful home in gated community! 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms including ''next-gen'' suite downstairs with it's own 1 car garage! Home has been fully updated in the last two years with wood-look plank flooring, new carpet, paint, countertops, appliances, the works!! $10K in fresh exterior paint and epoxy on 4 car garage in last 3 months. The huge master has an attached sitting area and access to the balcony overlooking the glorious backyard! with a gorgeous waterfall pool, gazebo, built-in BBQ and putting green! Attention to detail was first priority on this property and every bit of it inside and out is beautiful and has been immaculately maintained. This house is move-in-ready!! Just move in and start enjoying your own private oasis! This house really is a dream! Welcome Home!!

Listed with United Brokers Group


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


$1,890,000 :: 2534 W BARROW Drive, Chandler AZ, 85224

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6 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 5,448 sq ft
Lot Size: 43,996 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6263935
Community: CABALLOS RANCHITOS UNIT 2
Tract: CABALLOS RANCHITOS UNIT 2
Status: Active


Charming Custom Horse Property in the HIGHLY sought after community of Caballos Ranchitos, known for its TREES, GRASS and country CHARM, 1+ Acre IRRIGATED Lots, horse privileges and convenient location in the heart of CHANDLER. This 5+ bedroom home was torn down to the foundation and tastefully rebuilt for entertaining in 2003. Chefs kitchen with Reclaimed wood floors, rec room, Gym off huge master suite, 4 other bedrooms with en-suite baths, a dramatic office and a INSULATED, AC Controled 4 car hobby garage with guest CASITA providing a 6th bed and 5th bath. Horse facilities w ARENA, Culdesac location, Large yard, POOL, patio wBBQ, fireplace and covered areas for entertaining. Just a few from Scottsdale, Chandler Fashion Mall, and valley expressways you can truly live life to the fullest

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


$569,000 :: 33 E PALO VERDE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,892 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 07/28/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270901
Community: COLONIA GRANDE
Tract: COLONIA GRANDE
Status: Active


BEAUTIFUL and Charming 4 bedroom 3 bathroom Ranch in the heart of GILBERTS Green Belt. A 5 minute walk to Gilberts award winning downtown, this NO HOA BASEMENT home boasts an open floor plan with 4 LARGE Bedrooms and 3 FULL Baths. An Oversized quarter ACRE lot includes a large POOL and shaded areas provided by mature citrus and pergolas. Large RV Gate so you can park your TOYS. New HVAC system (2020) is just the beginning of this amazingly clean home. This home is located in the heart of Gilbert minutes from valley expressways, great schools, and Downtown entertainment IE shops and restaurants.

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/!


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