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

$370,000 :: 2533 E TULSA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,914 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6062667
Community: GATEWAY RANCH
Tract: GATEWAY RANCH
Status: Active


Beautiful home located in highly sought after Gateway Ranch. Pride of ownership is evident in this 3 bedroom home. You'll enjoy the large great room with gas fireplace, dining area and tons of natural light from all the windows. The eat in kitchen features an island with a custom butcher block top. The master bathroom features dual sinks along with separate tub and shower and large walk in closet. The backyard has a watering system, tons of trees for extra shade, large gardeners storage shed and extended length patio with ceiling fans. The garage is extended in length giving you an extra 4 feet of depth.

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/!


$544,950 :: 3679 E KIMBALL Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,800 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6063278
Community: CORONADO RANCH PARCEL 6
Tract: CORONADO RANCH PARCEL 6
Status: Active


Beautiful 5 bed/3 bath/loft home W/Pool in sought after Coronado Ranch in Gilbert. Absolutely GREAT community & schools! Many NICE UPGRAEDS in this home. Separate Living, Family, & Dining rooms. Recently FULLY remodeled Kitchen features staggered Premium cabinets, BIG island, quartz counters, SS appliances, tile backsplash, & soft close hardware. Master bath FULLY remodeled with HUGE walk-in tiled shower w/dual sprayers. ALL new ''wood plank'' tile & carpet. NEW paint. ALL baths & laundry have been remodeled too! Inviting private backyard has a Large cvrd patio, pebble finished pool w/water feature, & plenty of space for entertaining & relaxing. Only minutes away from lots of shops, restaurants, & the NEW Gilbert Regional Park. Move-in ready--COME SEE THIS HOME NOW!

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$489,000 :: 735 N YUCCA Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,730 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6063270
Community: ANDERSEN SPRINGS
Tract: ANDERSEN SPRINGS
Status: Active


Andersen Springs, 4bdrm, 3bath,3 car garage and pool. Beautiful community greenbelt and park behind home. New carpet throughout. Formal living & dining with soaring ceilings, neutral color palette and plantation shutters. Open concept family room with wet bar, built-in cabinetry and cozy fireplace. Eat-in kitchen has an abundance of walnut cabinets, granite counters, SS appliances.Downstairs master , sitting area with full en-suite including a large double vanity, soaking tub, glass door step-in shower, private toilet room and large closet. Powder room and laundry downstairs. Generous sized secondary bedrooms and loft upstairs.The resort style backyard has a covered patio, beautiful pool & spa w/water feature, outdoor fireplace/conversation area. Close to schools, shopping and the loop 101

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/!


$359,900 :: 1220 W SEASHORE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,638 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6063261
Community: ISLANDS PATIO HOMES B AMD LOT 95-192 TR C-E
Tract: ISLANDS PATIO HOMES B AMD LOT 95-192 TR C-E
Status: Active


You and many other will like this property has new upgraded low E windows and Patio door, freshly painted, new fan all on remotes - new lighting all LED except Garage*All new flooring Tile and carpet-except stairs/landing and 3rd bedroom, Baths look at the changes* kitchen upgraded appliances (Knock on the refrigerator door glass door twice - push button on handle,,look at the convection oven and the rest of the upgrade s) now open the cabinet under the sink - the disposal has has a motion light that goes on when door is open. Many other upgrades for you to explore and waiting for you to move in don't forget the Family and furniture. The whole valley is relatively close to you. Check the Islands out and find out what is offer for might really like the Islands

Listed with R & C Real Estate 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/!


$347,500 :: 941 S Utilis Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,584 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
Added: 03/09/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6048089
Community: Cooley Station North
Tract: Cooley Station North
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/7/2020 by 0%
Status: Active


Hurry! Come check out this awesome 4 bed 2.5 bath, 3 CAR GARAGE home situated on a PREMIUM LOT! This home has many builder upgrades including granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. It also features a closed in private patio that overlooks a spacious greenbelt. Convenient upstairs laundry room with washer & dryer included! HUGE open loft area as well for plenty of space for entertaining. Very large and spacious master bedroom and bathroom. Other bedrooms are also generously sized and all feature walk-in closets. The neighborhood offers many walking trails that lead to the three community pools & play areas in popular Cooley Station. Highly sought after location next to plenty of shopping and dining and also freeway access. Come see for yourself today!

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/!


$925,000 :: 1465 W ISLAND Circle, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,208 sq ft
Lot Size: 23,959 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6063218
Community: ISLAND AT OCOTILLO LOT 1-23 TR A
Tract: ISLAND AT OCOTILLO LOT 1-23 TR A
Status: Active


Premium Corner Waterfront Lot with No Neigbhors! Located in the Desirable Community of ''The Island at Ocotillo!'' Original Owner. 3 Car Garage! Beautiful Lush & Mature Landscaping! Huge Covered Patio! Phenomenal Curb Appeal! Excellent Floorplan & Good Bones! Quality Built Home! Master Bedroom two way fireplace & Family Room Fireplace! Formal Living & Dining Room! Offie w/ Book shelves! Wet Bar! Large Laundry Room with Built-In Ironing Board!

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/!


$499,000 :: 925 W LAREDO Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,755 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6063240
Community: MADERA PARC ESTATES
Tract: MADERA PARC ESTATES
Status: Active


Conveniently located in Gilbert with quick access to freeways, parks and shopping. This well-appointed home has formal living, dining and great room. 9-foot ceilings, 9-inch baseboards, custom shutters and blinds throughout. A highly upgraded kitchen with island, stainless steel appliances, pantry, granite countertops and custom cabinets. Your huge master bedroom has a bay window and walk-in closet. The master bath has separate tub and shower and upgraded tile flooring. There's so much space to spread out, you even have an additional bonus/theater room! Don't forget about your backyard oasis with north/south exposure, extended back patio, pebble tech pool, waterfall and custom travertine decking. There's so much more, you must see to believe!

Listed with Superlative 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/!


$619,000 :: 3690 S VISTA Place, Chandler AZ, 85248

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6 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,227 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 10/25/19, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5997016
Community: SPYGLASS BAY
Tract: SPYGLASS BAY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/7/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


STUNNING & SPACIOUS BASEMENT HOME LOCATED IN HIGHLY DESIRED SPYGLASS BAY IN OCOTILLO*PERFECT FLOORPLAN*6 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS*VAULTED CEILINGS*FORMAL LIVING & DINING*FAMILY ROOM W/FIREPLACE & SURROUND SOUND*KITCHEN INCLUDES:SLAB GRANITE,ISLAND,S/S APPLIANCES,GAS COOKTOP, & BREAKFAST NOOK*LARGE MASTER SUITE*MASTER BATH W/DUAL VANITIES,SOAKING TUB, SEPARATE SHOWER, & WALK-IN CLOSET*PLANTATION SHUTTERS THROUGHOUT*UPGRADED FIXTURES*MAIN LEVEL HAS MASTER BEDROOM & 3 BEDROOMS*FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT WITH MEDIA/GAMEROOM & 2 BEDROOMS WITH FULL BATH*LARGE SECONDARY BEDROOMS*PARADISE BACKYARD W/SPARKLING PEBBLE SHEEN DIVE POOL,BAJA STEP,JACUZZI,COVERED PATIO,GRASSY PLAY AREA,PAVERS, & RV GATE*3-CAR GARAGE W/BUILT-INS & EPOXY*CLOSE TO FREEWAYS,ENTERTAINMENT,SHOPPING,GOLFING, & EXCELLENT SCHOOLS!!!!

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/!


$335,000 :: 2586 S SETON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,623 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 03/26/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6056843
Community: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Status: Active


Great home that is ready to be yours! Steps from top a rated elementary school, The San Tan Mall, Loop 202, the Amazing Gilbert Regional Park, and much more! Situated on a large corner lot that borders the greenbelt, you will find low maintenance landscaping, a private backyard with artificial turf, fire pit, and a dog run. Inside the home is an open split floor plan that features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 9+ flat ceilings with ceiling fans throughout. Fresh paint, new carpet, and tile in all the right places. The kitchen opens up to the family room which is great for entertaining. Master Suite is spacious and the Master Bathroom features dual sinks, jetted tub, shower, private toilet room, and a Walk In Closet. The home is VACANT and has HAND SANITIZER and CLOROX WIPES, Schedule a tour today!

Listed with Ashby Realty Group, 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/!


$302,000 :: 3311 E CHICKADEE Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,529 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 04/07/20, Last Updated: 04/07/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6063152
Community: WINDMILL RANCH
Tract: WINDMILL RANCH
Status: Active


This home in Gilbert offers an island kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, a den, plantation shutters, a master suite with patio access, a bay window, and a walk-in closet with built-ins, a master bath with dual sinks, granite countertop vanity, and a private toilet room, a covered patio, built-in backyard BBQ, and an attached 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/!


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