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

$1,125,000 :: 1681 W LYNX Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,578 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6220984
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL I
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL I
Status: Active


CALL IF YOU WANT TO SHOW BEFORE SATURDAY. Wow! Don't miss this stunning property boarding on 110 feet of waterfront & waterways siding greenbelt in the gated community Retreat at Ocotillo Lakes! Almost 3600 square foot single level home with a split floor plan loaded with upgrades! Large & open living/ family room with soaring ceilings, upgraded tile & wood flooring, crown molding, all over looking the beautiful lake! Large eat-in kitchen island, granite counters, walk-in pantry & custom stone backsplash. Oversized master bedroom with exit to the backyard paradise & large bath which includes separate snail shower/tub with jets, double sinks, granite counters, 2 walk-in closets with classy closet organizers & custom cut glass accent windows. Oversized secondary bedrooms & 2 remodeled

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/!


$455,000 :: 1012 E BUTLER Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,049 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6223255
Community: SPRINGS UNIT 5
Tract: SPRINGS UNIT 5
Status: Active


This Chandler two-story cul-de-sac home offers quartz 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/!


$395,000 :: 254 N STANLEY Place, Chandler AZ, 85226

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,725 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6223210
Community: WILD TREE
Tract: WILD TREE
Status: Active


Great 3 Bed, 2 Bath Chandler Home Waiting for it's New Family! Many upgrades and beautiful finishes throughout. No carpet anywhere, lovely wide wood grain porcelain tile through out. Gas range. New Samsung washer and dryer. New paint inside and outGranite counter tops. New Kitchen Aide Stainless Steel Appliances. New doors. New Garage door. New bathrooms. Custom built-ins. All new light fixtures and ceiling fans. Close to Chandler Fashion Mall, Desert Breeze Park, Lots of Dining, Convenient access to the 202, 101 and I-10 Freeways.

Listed with Conway 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/!


$449,900 :: 1672 E SARATOGA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,161 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 04/09/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6206927
Community: RANCHO CIMARRON
Tract: RANCHO CIMARRON
Status: Active


Don't miss this beautiful 2,161 sq.ft. home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a loft! Updated kitchen with granite counters, glass tile backsplash, stainless appliances and island. The kitchen opens to a spacious family room that overlooks the backyard with sparkling play pool, grassy play area, and citrus trees. The spacious master suite has a separate tub and shower, dual sinks, large walk-in closet and a fabulous balcony to catch the Arizona sunsets. Both AC units have been recently replaced with energy efficient R410 units. North / South exposure. Great location near all the amenities that Gilbert has to offer. Excellent schools!

Listed with Coldwell Banker 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/!


$349,900 :: 311 W PALOMINO Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 1.5 baths
Home size: 1,008 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 04/15/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6222439
Community: DAVE BROWN UNIT 2
Tract: DAVE BROWN UNIT 2
Status: Active


This beautiful home is clean, turnkey, and fully renovated. Seller purchased to live in and is having to relocate. Seller's loss means theres a great home on the market waiting for you. Complete with new carpeting, new interior paint, neutral tones, covered patio, pool, firepit and storage shed in rear yard. Granite tops in kitchen and bathrooms, 5 inch baseboards, upgraded window and door casing, newer doors, ceiling fans in all the bedrooms, garage door opener, and the smaller third room has its own isolated AC. Check out the refreshing pool with easy to install removable fencing. Home is located on a big spectacular, high demand East Valley location!

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/!


$420,000 :: 1451 W Folley Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,883 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 03/13/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6207112
Community: CRESCENT VILLAGE MCR 314-
Tract: CRESCENT VILLAGE MCR 314-
Status: Active


3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath with pool home located in the heart of Chandler. This home features a kitchen that opens up to living room. Other features include, formal dining room. family room with fireplace, ceiling fans, full size master bathroom with garden tub, double vanity and large walk-in shower. Close to Chandler Fashion Square Mall, Old Town Chandler and great freeway access.

Listed with I Home 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/!


$399,900 :: 3614 E COUNTY DOWN Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,680 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6223175
Community: SPRINGFIELD LAKES BLOCK 4
Tract: SPRINGFIELD LAKES BLOCK 4
Status: Active


Beautiful Daybreak split floorplan featuring 2 bedrooms plus a Den. Spacious kitchen with kitchen island, granite counter tops, gas range and pull-out shelves. Large master bedroom with walk in closet. Nice sized laundry room includes washer/dryer and freezer that conveys with the sale. Entertain in this relaxing backyard featuring a gas fire pit, gorgeous rock water fall and extended North facing covered patio. Extended garage with built in shelves, epoxy flooring and a built-in work bench. ALL FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES ARE AVAILABLE *See list of upgrades & Improvements in the documents tab* Perfectly situated in the subdivision being super close to the community amenities. Enjoy this active adult lifestyle at Solera including 2 heated pools/spas, tennis, workout facility, pickleball,

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/!


$439,900 :: 215 E ROADRUNNER Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,945 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,614 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6223174
Community: ARIZONA AVENUE AND QUEEN CREEK ROAD
Tract: ARIZONA AVENUE AND QUEEN CREEK ROAD
Status: Active


You're not going to want to miss out on this fantastic home located in the heart of Chandler. Just minutes from 202, I-10, shopping, great schools & parks, & so much more. This home is move in ready and has been very well maintained. You will love your new kitchen which offers gas stove top, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wall ovens, upgraded cabinetry with lots of storage space, contemporary lighting, and island with breakfast bar. Cozy back yard with no maintenance landscaping and covered patio. Master suite has large bedding area and the bath has garden tub, separate shower, walk in closet, & vanity with double sinks. Ideal starter home and the perfect rental also. Hurry and come take a look before it's gone. You'll be glad you did.

Listed with Visionary Properties


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


$699,000 :: 4077 E CULLUMBER Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,098 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6221741
Community: HIGHLAND GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH
Tract: HIGHLAND GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH
Status: Active


72 Hour Home Sale! STOP LOOKING!!! THIS IS IT!! This amazing corner-lot MORRISON RANCH home boasts 5 beds, 3 baths and a HUGE LOFT! Coveted SPLT FLOOR PLAN with 5th bedroom/office down and FULL GUEST BATH. Highly upgraded w' custom finishes throughout, DESIGNER gray and white paint exterior and interior, beautiful WOOD-LOOK floors and so much more! Upgrades include: light fixtures, DECORATIVE WOOD MOLDING, baseboards, recessed lighting and tons of BUILT-INS! Kitchen boasts GRANITE counters, brushed Stainless Steel Appliances, WHITE cabinets and GIANT CUSTOM PANTRY. HUGE 3.5 CAR EPOXIED GARAGE of your DREAMS with cabinets, built-ins and solid overhead storage system. Kids' room with BUILT IN BUNKS and DESK SPACE! MUST SEE!!

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/!


$489,800 :: 5638 W BUTLER Drive, Chandler AZ, 85226

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,299 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 04/17/21, Last Updated: 04/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6222485
Community: CRESTVIEW COURT LOT 1-176 TR A-C
Tract: CRESTVIEW COURT LOT 1-176 TR A-C
Status: Active


Gorgeous remodeled home in Chandler is now on the market. This amazing 4 bed/2.5 bath home features paid off solar panels, newer AC, wood burning fireplace, central vacuum system, corner lot with RV gate, and an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Inside you'll find many upgrades including wood tile flooring, plush carpet, fresh neutral paint, granite countertops with breakfast bar, tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Master bedroom is downstairs with a walk-in shower, marble quartz countertops with his and her sinks, and a large walk-in closet as an addition. Backyard is low maintenance with covered patio and large enough space for a pool. Homes this nice will not last. Schedule your showing today!

Listed with Infinity Wealth 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/!


For additional real estate information, go to Gilbert and Chandler Real Estate, or Phoenix Short Sale info.

 

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