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

$680,000 :: 1526 E LONGHORN Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,095 sq ft
Lot Size: 33,106 sq ft
Added: 05/19/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928219
Community: RANCHOS-DE-CHANDLER UNIT 3
Tract: RANCHOS-DE-CHANDLER UNIT 3
Status: Active


Looking for a large lot, detached RV garage, irrigated horse property, and no HOA? THIS IS IT! Classic ranch style home nestled in an excellent Chandler location. This home boasts a split floor plan and great bonus game room with included pool table, bar, poker table, and fire place - great for entertaining. Sparkling diving pool with new pebble-tec, pump and cool deck. New 14 seer TRANE AC's keep this house efficiently cooled. Roofs are in great shape.- new underlayment and foam in recent years. Bring your toys - large 24 x 32 detached workshop with 10' garage door. Master bedroom has new French doors leading to a private patio - and a private sitting area/office. Sub-Zero refrigerator and walk in pantry in country style kitchen. Attic fan & garage vent for those hot days. Must See!!

Listed with MCG 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/!


$449,900 :: 734 S ROANOKE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,776 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 05/19/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928191
Community: GREENFIELD LAKES PARCEL 1
Tract: GREENFIELD LAKES PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Beautiful home situated in the beautiful golf community of Greenfield Lakes. This home has many extras & shows pride of ownership. Open floor plan, large living room & family room. Beautiful tile throughout the kitchen, gorgeous and completely move in ready. Extended covered patio, beautiful backyard. This is a MUST SEE...

Listed with Housso 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/!


$349,999 :: 6288 S PINALENO Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 01/31/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5876146
Community: SPRINGFIELD LAKES BLOCK 3
Tract: SPRINGFIELD LAKES BLOCK 3
Status: Active


NEW Interior Paint!! Golf Course Lot Popular Daybreak Model! Features of this home include: Plantation Shutters, High-quality Hunter Douglas blinds, Security System, New Microwave, Ro System, & Garbage Disposal. All Appliances Included, Wash Sink in Laundry, Easy Maintenance Flooring, Wood and Carpet. Kitchen Corian Counters, Pull Out Shelves. Garage Extended Length, Storage Cabinets, Service Door, Soft Water System. Fully Enclosed Private Backyard, Sun Shades on Full Covered Extended Patio, Sidewalk Front to Back. 1700 Sq. Ft. Home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths a Private Den! Open Great Room Floor plan w/Split Bedrooms. Kitchen Dining Flows Nicely to your Large Great Room making this an Entertainers Delight! You and your Guests will enjoy the Open View of this lovely Golf Lot & Beautiful Sunsets!

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/!


$428,000 :: 405 W BENTRUP Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,800 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,553 sq ft
Added: 05/19/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928173
Community: NEW HORIZONS LOT 1-212 TR A
Tract: NEW HORIZONS LOT 1-212 TR A
Status: Active


Built in 1983, this Chandler one-story home offers an in-ground pool, two fireplaces, and a two-car garage. Upgraded features include fresh interior paint and new carpet in select rooms.Home comes with a 30-day buyback guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, 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/!


$539,999 :: 4466 E JUDE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 02/27/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5888846
Community: TRILOGY UNIT 8 PHASE A
Tract: TRILOGY UNIT 8 PHASE A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/19/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


This gorgeous home available in the prestigious gated +55 community in Trilogy Power Ranch with golf course views of the 2, 3rd & 1st fairways all the way up to the club house. This is one of the most sought after floor plans that offers a spacious and open layout for relaxing and entertaining. A very clean turn key unit that feels brand new. Tons of options includes plantation shutters, 20'' tile flooring, elegant widow coverings with neutral paint. Beautiful kitchen features upgraded cabinetry, granite counters, a large breakfast island with a gas stove top. Relax in the great room or the back yard with expansive views of the golf course. The two car garage has Epoxy flooring, custom cabinets, work counter, sink and soft water system. This is a must see home in a community

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/!


$615,900 :: 3075 E WARBLER Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,762 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,504 sq ft
Added: 05/19/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928160
Community: STRATLAND SHADOWS
Tract: STRATLAND SHADOWS
Status: Active


This 4 bed, 3.5 bath home is a must see! The grand courtyard is perfect for entertaining your guests. The kitchen features beautiful wood cabinets, a generous island with a breakfast bar, durable granite countertops, and an open floorplan to converse while you cook. The spacious master suite includes a double vanity, tub or shower take your pick, and your walk-in closet offers room for everything. Step out back into your outdoor oasis and relax on your shaded patio. Schedule your showing today!

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/!


$370,000 :: 1329 N PALMSPRINGS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,204 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 05/19/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928158
Community: LANDING 2 AT VAL VISTA LAKES LOT 1-66 TR A-C
Tract: LANDING 2 AT VAL VISTA LAKES LOT 1-66 TR A-C
Status: Active


Open-concept home in beautiful neighborhood. 5 bedrooms (one could be used as a den/office)and 3 full bathrooms. You will enjoy resort living then this home in Val Vista Lakes

Listed with Mountain Lake 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/!


$585,000 :: 3593 E Grand Canyon Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,014 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 05/18/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928123
Community: Old Stone Ranch
Tract: Old Stone Ranch
Status: Active


Exquisite 4 bedroom plus den single level home in desirable Old Stone Ranch! Huge kitchen with large center island, granite countertops and beautiful merlot maple cabinets with crown molding. Gas fireplace and built in cabinets in great room. Beautiful wood flooring and travertine tile. Home is located on a huge cul-de-sac lot. Amazing backyard paradise with oversized pool with water slide, two water features, built in bbq, lots of pavers and lush landscaping. TOO MANY UPGRADES TO LIST. Must see to appreciate this beautiful home in an awesome neighborhood. Owner/Agent

Listed with Canyon Ridge Realty, 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/!


$348,000 :: 3935 E SUNDANCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,442 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 05/18/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928129
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 2A
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 2A
Status: Active


Gorgeous home in the highly sought after, multi-award-winning Power Ranch Community. Impeccable interior offers 4 bed, 2.5 bath, beautiful new laminate, breakfast room with bay windows, vaulted ceilings that give a huge, open feel, and neutral color palette throughout the entire house. In the spacious master suite you will find a private exit to balcony, lavish full bath with dual sinks, garden tub, shower, and huge walk-in closet. Low maintenance desert front landscaping. Well-kempt backyard has a covered patio, grassy area ideal for relaxing afternoons and citrus trees. Enjoy all Power Ranch has to offer: 25-meter swimming pool, and a resort-style pool with water features, shallow play areas and a water volleyball area, shallow play pool, splash fountain, 7.5 acre Community Park,

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/!


$262,500 :: 2011 W SILVERGATE Drive, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,470 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 05/18/19, Last Updated: 05/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5928128
Community: SILVERGATE LOT 1-181 & TR A&B
Tract: SILVERGATE LOT 1-181 & TR A&B
Status: Active


Beautifully crafted 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Chandler! This charming residence features gravel landscaping with mature trees, and 2 car garage. Fabulous interior boasts vaulted ceilings, neutral paint, carpet in all the right places, Great room, plenty of natural light, and formal dining room. Lovely kitchen is equipped with natural oak cabinets, matching appliances, breakfast bar, and tile back-splash. Master bedroom has his & hers closets and private bath with large vanity. Lush backyard offers mature landscaping and a covered patio perfect for relaxing while enjoying a glass of wine. Don't wait another minute! Book a showing today!

Listed with NextHome Valleywide


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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