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

$439,900 :: 2751 W SHANNON Court, Chandler AZ, 85224

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,090 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181785
Community: RAINTREE RANCH EAST LOTS 87-169 & TR A-D
Tract: RAINTREE RANCH EAST LOTS 87-169 & TR A-D
Status: Active


Come see this fantastic 4 Bed + office, 3 bath home in Raintree Ranch situated on a corner lot! The home features a downstairs bedroom with a full bath, brand new carpet, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a kitchen island, a brand new soft water system, vaulted ceilings, an oversized master suite w/ double sinks & a separate tub+shower, tile in the high traffic areas, a low maintenance yard, epoxy garage floor, an RV gate, and more! With all this home has to offer in the heart of Chandler, this will go fast!

Listed with On Q Property Management


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


$365,000 :: 4445 E WOODSIDE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,578 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181766
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 9 PCL 2 LOTS 499 THRU 614
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 9 PCL 2 LOTS 499 THRU 614
Status: Active


Welcome Home!!! This Gorgeous 2 Bedroom 2.5 Bath home at the Desirable Power Ranch Community is in a Fantastic location. Close to Restaurants, Shopping, Schools, Gateway Airport, and the Trilogy Golf Club. As soon as you step into this home, you can see the Pride of Ownership with all that has been done. This Elegant Kitchen has Stainless Steel Appliances, Beautiful Crown Molding Cabinets, Granite Counter Tops, and a Large Island for extra prep & storage. This Stunning home also offers 2 Master Suites, Upgraded Ceiling Fans, a Wine Rack with Staging area, a 3 Panel Sliding Glass Door that opens up your home to a Gorgeous backyard that includes, Artificial Grass, a Tiled Patio covered by an Awesome Pergola.

Listed with Canam Realty 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/!


$459,000 :: 3662 S MOCCASIN Trail, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,036 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181564
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 11
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 11
Status: Active


Don't miss this model quality, darling home located in highly desirable San Tan Ranch. Fully remodeled Master Bath and Kitchen. Close to schools, shopping and freeway access.

Listed with Capital West Homes Realty 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/!


$615,000 :: 3661 E NARROWLEAF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,941 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181720
Community: BRIDGES EAST PARCEL 3-4
Tract: BRIDGES EAST PARCEL 3-4
Status: Active


A must see 3 bed + den, 2.5 bath home in the desirable Bridges Community! Beautiful interior offers many custom upgrades. Open floor plan featuring a sliding wall of glass out to patio, real brick accent walls, formal dining room, plantation shutters, crown molding, custom trim work, an abundance of natural light, and much more. The den could easily be converted into the 4th bedroom! Open concept kitchen includes SS appliances, walk-in pantry, coffee bar, large island with breakfast bar & pendant lighting, plethora of cabinets, and granite counters. You'll love the master bedroom featuring a lavish bath with soaking tub, his & her sinks, glass enclosure shower, and a custom walk-in closet. The guest bedrooms

Listed with RE/MAX Solutions


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


$390,000 :: 847 S Annie Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,323 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181672
Community: Cooling Station North
Tract: Cooling Station North
Status: Active


Exceptional 1 owner home in Cooley Station North. Lovely low maintenance pavered outdoor covered patio area. Open concept floorplan with bedrooms upstairs. The stapious kitchen boasts ample staggered maple cabinetry with crown molding, granite countertops, stainless appliances, large walk-in pantry & and an island with breakfast bar. Recessed lighting throughout. Downtstairs den. Full 3 baths. Upstairs along with the bedrooms and bath is a large loft for additional living space. Spacious primary bedroom with en-suite bath and dual sinks, nice sized master closet and a balcony. Must see.

Listed with HUNT Real Estate ERA


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


$849,900 :: 614 E MORGAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,553 sq ft
Lot Size: 96,268 sq ft
Added: 12/23/20, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6168962
Community: PALOMINO ACRES LOT 12 95-38
Tract: PALOMINO ACRES LOT 12 95-38
Status: Active


Custom designed by renowned architect Martin Ray Young - Unique 1970's Ranch Home and horse property on over 2-acres! This 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath home features Frank Lloyd Wright-designed windows in living room and kitchen, two natural stone fireplaces, exposed beams leading into a den/office flanked by a wooden atrium, and bonus room near back of the home. A 4 stall mare motel with turnouts sits behind the property, perfect to house your pets or horses. On the west side of the property, you'll find a 1-acre stud arena. The master bathroom has been remodeled in 2013 along with numerous other updates throughout the home. Combining both new and classic styles, this property is truly one of a kind!

Listed with Venture REI, 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/!


$350,000 :: 308 W ROSAL Place, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,288 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181651
Community: DAVE BROWN UNIT 2
Tract: DAVE BROWN UNIT 2
Status: Active


What an amazing place to call home! This delightful property in Chandler with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a pool is what you've been looking for! Lovely fenced front yard, 2 car garage, and double iron security doors in the entry are a plus. Interior boasts a formal living room with sliding doors to the back patio, wood plank tile t/o the house, and a functional eat-in kitchen. The kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances, shaker cabinets, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar. The master bedroom has a closet and a private bath with linen storage. The nice sized laundry room is ideal for adding a desk or some storage cabinets. Large backyard is a fantastic paradise with a covered patio, a sparkling pool, and a lawn area. Stop looking, and start calling before it's gone!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty 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/!


$629,000 :: 4215 E CYNTHIA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 3,816 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181647
Community: COOLEY STATION PARCELS 10 AND 17 PHASE 2
Tract: COOLEY STATION PARCELS 10 AND 17 PHASE 2
Status: Active


Outstanding two-story property nestled in desirable Gilbert is a dream come true. Great curb appeal w/stone accents on the facade, along with the easy care gravel landscaping, and RV gate. Step inside this highly remodeled interior to find gorgeous wood look tile, spacious loft, and a lovely den. The gourmet eat-in kitchen would make any home chef jealous, with it's high-end appliances, granite counter-tops, huge island with breakfast bar, and so much more. Upstairs, you have a charming master suite providing a lavish bathroom w/glass step-in shower, dual sinks, tub ideal for relaxing, and walk-in closet. All rooms hardwired for network access. BONUS! Casita 1 bed/1 bath attached with separate garage entrance. Enjoy this incredible backyard saltwater pool, spa and covered patio.

Listed with AZ Flat Fee


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


$359,000 :: 6072 S BEDFORD Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,082 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 11/03/20, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6155694
Community: SPRINGFIELD BLOCK THREE
Tract: SPRINGFIELD BLOCK THREE
Status: Active


Stunning home in the guard gated Springfield adult community. Enter the home trough a custom cast-iron door. This home is perfect for entertaining friends & family. Kitchen is open to the huge great room & has granite counters, tile backsplash, stainless appliances, breakfast bar, pantry & lots of counter space. Master bedroom suite is split from the other bedroom & den and features his & hers closets & double sinks.. Corner lot location with a huge yard, screened in patio & extra patio areas. Oversized laundry with built in desk & storage. Also inside you'll find wood shutters & crown molding throughout. Meet the neighbors while you sit & relax on your front patio. Springfield is a gated community with 2 pools, spa, golf course, tennis, pickle ball, gym, bar/grill & tons of activities.

Listed with eXp 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/!


$365,000 :: 4403 S Maverick Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,724 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 01/15/21, Last Updated: 01/15/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6181648
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 2
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 2
Status: Active


Colorful and airy home in highly popular Power Ranch community! This property has an amazing naturist backyard, loaded with beautiful trees and flowering plants all nestled around a calming pool & water feature! This lovely home boasts an upgraded floor plan with a full laundry room upstairs! The spacious main level has tile floors throughout, a cozy double-sided fireplace, as well as awesome built-in cabinets in garage! In 2017, the HVAC was replaced, the home's exterior fully painted and new bathroom faucets and toilets were installed. And as a bonus, this home is wonderfully located on a cul-de-sac with a great park nearby!

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/!


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