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

$380,000 :: 4322 E CHESTNUT Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,573 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 04/18/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5913155
Community: Trilogy at Power Ranch
Tract: Trilogy at Power Ranch
Status: Active


Location! Location! This Great Home is within walking distance to the ClubHouse, Tennis Courts, Bocce Ball Courts, Swimming Pools, and more. 4322 E. Chestnut Lane has 1575 square feet, Huge 3 Car Garage with Built-in-Cabinets w/Sink,Granite Counter Top, Extended Length, Epoxy Floors, and room for Toys. Home has 2 Bedrooms, split floor plan, Den/Office w/ built-in-Cabinets. Kitchen Features are Double Wall Ovens, Engineered Quartz Stone Counters,Gas Cook Top, and open to the Family Room. Master Bedroom Suite has a Bay Window, which over looks the Extended Covered Patio, Master Bath w/Dual Sinks, Walk-in-Closet,and Shower. Washer and Dryer Convey as a Gift from the Sellers. Paver Stone Drive Way. Don't Miss seeing this Home located in Trilogy @Power Ranch, Active Adult Community!

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance 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/!


$299,900 :: 2530 E CAMELLIA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,433 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969848
Community: GREENFIELD LAKES PARCEL 5 UNIT 2
Tract: GREENFIELD LAKES PARCEL 5 UNIT 2
Status: Active


Beautiful remodel and great location. Move in ready. New interior and exterior paint. New carpet. Lots of nice tile in living room and kitchen. New cabinets and counter tops. New ceiling fans. New stainless steel appliances. Nice open eat in kitchen with dining area and breakfast bar. Vaulted ceiling in living room. Good size master bedroom and bath with large walk in closet. Two car garage and covered patio. Great location near San tan Mall and easy access to 202 freeway. All figures and measurements are approximate, buyer to verify prior to COE.

Listed with Realty West, 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/!


$280,000 :: 1446 E LAUREL Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,375 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969823
Community: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Tract: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Status: Active


Beautifully updated home and shows like a model. Updates include: new porcelain plank, wood look tile flooring throughout, new interior paint throughout, new quartz counter tops, cabinets updated (painted), new baseboards (all in 2018). You will not be disappointed, so come and see this fabulous, move-in ready home. Conveniently located near US 60, Dana Ranch, and Fry's grocery store. Walking distance to the recreation center and Freestone Park. Community pool, children's playground, basketball and tennis courts. Walking path behind community .... ride your bike along the path to downtown Gilbert. Welcome home.... Buyers to verify schools

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/!


$341,000 :: 399 W AMOROSO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,251 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969790
Community: WHISPER GROVE LOT 1-60 TR A-D
Tract: WHISPER GROVE LOT 1-60 TR A-D
Status: Active


This Gilbert one-story home offers tile flooring, stainless steel appliances, a covered back patio, and a two-car garage.

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/!


$312,000 :: 929 W SUN COAST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,667 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969794
Community: CHARTER POINT AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-54 TR A
Tract: CHARTER POINT AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-54 TR A
Status: Active


This Gilbert two-story corner lot home offers an in-ground pool, vaulted ceilings, granite kitchen countertops, and a two-car garage.

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/!


$320,000 :: 6218 W DEL RIO Street, Chandler AZ, 85226

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,513 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 08/16/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5966318
Community: SUN MEADOWS 2 LOT 55-110
Tract: SUN MEADOWS 2 LOT 55-110
Status: Active


This Chandler one story split floor plan offers * *Vaulted ceilings * * Newly remodeled inside and out * * New flooring throughout the home * * New stucco, insulation, and Low E windows * * Kitchen Opens into Family Room * * Open floor plan * * North/South Exposure * * Upgraded paint interior and exterior * * Xeriscape Front and Back Yard * * Huge Covered Patio * * RV Gate and Parking Slab * * No HOA * * Close to everything * * Kyrene School District * *

Listed with Homie


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


$584,999 :: 4898 S FRESNO Street, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,149 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,811 sq ft
Added: 08/09/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5962190
Community: PINELAKE ESTATES
Tract: PINELAKE ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/25/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful Lakeview home in Pinelake Estates! Light and bright 4 bedroom plus den with split floor plan and soaring ceilings. Enjoy the sunsets from the resort style backyard with Pebbletec pool complete with water feature and built in BBQ. This home was built for all your entertaining needs with eat in kitchen that opens to great room. Close to dining, shopping, award winning schools (Hamilton HS),Basis Charter School, golf (Ocotillo Troon Golf Course) and everything that makes this area special.

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/!


$450,000 :: 2745 E MICHELLE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,318 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969773
Community: BASELINE AND HIGLEY
Tract: BASELINE AND HIGLEY
Status: Active


ABSOLUTELY STUNNING HIGH-END HOME WITH A GOURMET CHEF'S KITCHEN! MASSIVE ISLAND WITH A 6 BURNER GAS RANGE IN THE CENTER, A BEAUTIFUL LARGE 48'' BUILT IN CHEF'S HOOD, DUAL TONE 42'' CUSTOM CABINETRY WITH A IMPRESSIVE BUILT IN REFRIGERATOR, SILESTONE K-TOPS, THIS HOME FEELS LUXURIOUS AND EXPENSIVE. IT MAKES. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN A MILLION DOLLAR HOME! YOU WONT FIND THIS CALIBER OF A HOME IN THIS PRICE RANGE! I GUARANTEE YOU! NO EXPENSE WAS SPARED IN THIS SPECTACULAR PROPERTY...FULLY UPGRADED AND READY TO ENJOY! THIS PROPERTY WAS BUILT TO ENTERTAIN AND IMPRESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. 4 BDS, 2BTHS, SLPIT FLOORPLAN, POOL, FIRE PLACE, WATER FALL, 2 SLIDINGDOORS, 3 CAR GRGE, CORER LOT, & CLOSE TO THE FREEWAY. IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU CAN POSSIBLY WANT AND DESIRE!!!

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International 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/!


$280,000 :: 1575 E STANFORD Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,600 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969778
Community: PARK VILLAGE UNIT 6 LOT 1-109 TR A-F
Tract: PARK VILLAGE UNIT 6 LOT 1-109 TR A-F
Status: Active


This Gilbert one-story corner lot home offers laminate flooring, a covered back patio, and a two-car garage.

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/!


$355,000 :: 2543 S PONDEROSA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,387 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 08/22/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5968190
Community: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/25/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Incredible 2387 Sq.Ft. gem is located in the desirable Chaparral Estates of Gilbert! You'll be impressed with the open concept floor plan, soaring vaulted ceilings, large downstairs master bedroom, separate soaking tub w/ large walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. Spacious secondary bedrooms and a loft/desk area upstairs. ALL new premium wood laminate and carpet throughout, brand new stainless steel appliances, extended maple cabinetry, walkin kitchen pantry, newer A/C & Water Heater, and low maintenance landscaping. Entertain friends & family with the refreshing pool in the back yard or take them to any of the many parks in the area. Easy access to the 202 San Tan freeway, top rated schools, shopping and dining. The right home in the right place for the right price is waiting for you.

Listed with Elite One 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/!


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