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

$499,000 :: 1760 E AMBER Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,354 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,504 sq ft
Added: 10/17/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5992281
Community: SONORAN VISTA
Tract: SONORAN VISTA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/21/2019 by 0%
Status: Active


5 bed, 3 bath, 3-car garage home on a very large lot in a cul-de-sac. Super light and bright home with majestic vaulted ceilings. Updated kitchen, newer tile, all immaculately maintained and cared for. The backyard is super spacious with lots of grass for play and a sizable pool. ,RV gate with plenty of room behind the gate. Home is located within 10 minutes of 202/60 freeways, San Tan Mall, Top Golf, Main Event, and Historic Downtown Gilbert.

Listed with Liz Harris 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/!


$375,000 :: 1052 E WINGED FOOT Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,147 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 11/06/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6001543
Community: SPRINGFIELD BLOCK 1
Tract: SPRINGFIELD BLOCK 1
Status: Active


Pride of ownership shows throughout this wonderful Springfield split bedroom home. A large foyer welcomes you to formal living & dining rooms with large windows to the beautifully landscaped backyard. An open kitchen layout connects to the breakfast & family rooms. Large bay windows opens the master suite to the backyard & has a door to the patio. The den is perfectly tucked away & could easily be converted to a 3rd bedroom. The expanded garage allows for golf cart parking and comes complete with built in cabinets. Why wait to enjoy the resort lifestyle of Springfield? This guard gated community boasts 2 pools, spa, golf course, tennis, pickle ball, gym, bar/grill, horseshoes, basketball court, library, billiards room, movie theater & tons of activities. Ask to see this home today!

Listed with Desert Reflections 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/!


$395,000 :: 1592 E HARRISON Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,118 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 11/21/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6007394
Community: SUPERSTITION RANCH PARCEL 5A
Tract: SUPERSTITION RANCH PARCEL 5A
Status: Active


Beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bath home in Superstition Ranch. This single story home has new two tone paint inside and new carpet. Granite in the kitchen and bathrooms, stainless appliances and newer faucets and handles. Features a pebble tec pool and 3 car garage.

Listed with Faith Real Estate and 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/!


$475,000 :: 1941 W GRAND CANYON Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,363 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 10/04/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5987514
Community: VILLA DEL LAGO
Tract: VILLA DEL LAGO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/21/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


You'll love this highly-upgraded home in gated Villa Del Lago that offers 3 bedrooms & 3 baths in 2363 Sq Ft. Open great room floor plan with wood-look tile floors throughout main level. The gourmet kitchen features staggered white maple cabinetry with crown molding, granite countertops, tile backsplash, gas cooktop, stainless appliances, dual wall ovens, walk-in pantry & island with breakfast bar & pendant lighting. Sliding doors lead out to the extended covered paver patio and low-maintenance backyard with artificial turf. One bedroom & bath are on the main level, perfect for guests! The spacious master retreat is upstairs & offers a spa-like bath with dual sink vanity, separate tub & shower & walk-in closet. Bedroom 2 upstairs also has a private bath & walk-in closet. Other features

Listed with Keller Williams Arizona 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/!


$420,000 :: 724 E CULLUMBER Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,220 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 10/24/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5995955
Community: PARK GROVE ESTATES UNIT 2 LOT 1-10 TR A
Tract: PARK GROVE ESTATES UNIT 2 LOT 1-10 TR A
Status: Active


Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located in the heart of Gilbert with SOLAR and POOL!!! Large outdoor covered patio, 3 car Garage, 4 yr old AC Unit, RV GATE and PARKING!!!!! Indoors, find granite kitchen counter tops, fresh interior paint, vaulted ceilings, a 2 way wood burning fireplace, eat-in and formal dining space. Amazing Location- just a short distance to Gilbert High School, near Freestone Park which offers plenty of recreation/actives for the entire family or walk/run/bike along the Heritage Trail. 1 mile from exciting Downtown Gilbert, 4 miles to the San Tan Village Mall... all with plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment. Schedule your appointment today!

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/!


$239,900 :: 1771 E WESTCHESTER Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

2 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,017 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 11/21/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6007364
Community: SUNBIRD UNIT TEN
Tract: SUNBIRD UNIT TEN
Status: Active


I have a confession to make. I was originally built in 1996 but let me tell ya, I've had some work done. You could say that I'm a perfect size, having two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a great room. I'd say there's plenty of room for everyone! I'm nestled inside the beautiful, gated 55+ community of Sunbird Golf Resort in Chandler. Right away, you'll feel at home thanks to my welcoming curb appeal. Inside, my floor plan shows off my best features, from my fully remodeled and expanded gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and gorgeous granite counters to my cool new low E dual pane windows. I'm told they're really energy efficient and they look great! My owner really hates to leave but her Minnesota roots are calling her home so we're looking for someone, maybe you, to come and

Listed with Hague Partners


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


$410,000 :: 685 N SYCAMORE Court, Chandler AZ, 85224

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,397 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 11/21/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6007382
Community: Andersen Springs
Tract: Andersen Springs
Status: Active


Come check out this beautiful four bedroom, three bathroom home in Andersen Springs! This home features a spacious living and dining room. Tall vaulted ceilings, an updated kitchen with granite countertops and a great room. Downstairs you will find a full bathroom with a bedroom on the mainlevel. Upstairs has three oversized bedrooms with a full bathroom. The master bedroom, is your retreat from your long days this features tall ceilings with a vault, a separate tub and shower for you to unwind and a spacious closet. The backyard is your oasis with apool and large outdoor area for all your gatherings for your home to be THE home.

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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


$245,000 :: 201 S 132ND Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,008 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 11/21/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6007321
Community: COLONIA CORONITA UNIT 2 LOT 151-329 TR A-B
Tract: COLONIA CORONITA UNIT 2 LOT 151-329 TR A-B
Status: Active


Corner Lot! Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath, single-story home in Colonia Coronita. Fresh interior paint. Open-style kitchen with new granite counters and freshly painted cabinets. Spacious living room. Master boasts an attached ensuite and ample closet space. Two secondary bedrooms. Large backyard with a covered patio is great for outdoor entertaining. Close to shopping, dining, and the highway. Come view this home today!

Listed with Offerpad


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


$350,000 :: 4135 E STRAWBERRY Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,630 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 11/21/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6007275
Community: MEADOWBROOK VILLAGE AT POWER RANCH 2
Tract: MEADOWBROOK VILLAGE AT POWER RANCH 2
Status: Active


This dazzling updated Aspen is waiting just for you! 2 bed/2 bath+ den(with Murphy bed) features an open floor plan with many updates and ALL the appliances are included! New flooring, custom paint, wood accent wall to name a few...Indoor/outdoor living w/covered patio on an over sized lot, quiet street and walking distance to the clubhouse, pools, tennis, pickleball, restaurants and so much more. Trilogy at Power Ranch is an Active Adult 55+ community with some of the LOWEST dues and multiple amenities in all of Phoenix! Gated entry into the community with championship golf, top shelf restaurant & cafe', walking paths throughout, multiple clubs and groups to join. You need to be here to truly appreciate the beauty of this home and the available amenities to enjoy. Come join us!

Listed with Realty ONE 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/!


$335,000 :: 4458 E LOS ALTOS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,625 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 11/21/19, Last Updated: 11/21/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6007277
Community: POWER RANCH - The Grange
Tract: POWER RANCH - The Grange
Status: Active


This immaculately cared for and highly upgraded home is located in the nationally award-winning master planned community of Power Ranch. This home has it all! Some Features Include: A N/S facing home on a large oversized lot, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Great Room/Split floor plan, Granite counter tops and maple cabinets in the kitchen, New stainless steel appliances, New interior accent paint, Ceiling fans throughout, Pre-Wired for alarm, Pre-Plumbed for soft water ,Huge master bedroom with private exit to patio, Oversized lot that is an entertainers dream and so much more! Power Ranch features tree lined streets, Lush landscaping, Parks in each neighborhood and 26 miles of trails tying the neighborhood parks to the community parks, Clubhouses, 2 catch & release fishing lakes, Heated community poo

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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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