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

$319,900 :: 4510 E HAZELTINE Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,718 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/10/18, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5845510
Community: SUN GROVES PARCEL 19 20 AND 22
Tract: SUN GROVES PARCEL 19 20 AND 22
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/18/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


BEAUTIFUL HOME IN A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION - TON OF PRIVACY! BACKS TO GREENBELT - OPEN KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, STAGGERED CHERRY CABINETS AND UPGRADED APPLIANCES. SPACIOUS GREAT ROOM FLOORPLAN, LARGE MASTER SUITE WITH WALK-IN CLOSET, NEUTRAL PAINT AND TILE WORK IN THE MASTER BATH. ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS ARE NICELY SIZED. PRE-WIRED FOR SURROUND SOUND, SOFT WATER SYSTEM,CABINETS IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM,BACKYARD OASIS - PEBBLE-TEC POOL WITH WATERFALL AND SALT SYSTEM! RV GATE WITH A LARGE SIDE YARD - PERFECT FOR STORAGE OR A DOG RUN. EXCELLENT CONDITION - UPGRADED TILE AND CARPET THRU-OUT, CLOSE TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARK! CLOSE TO SCHOOLS, SHOPS, PARKS, RESTURANTS, ETC.THIS HOME HAS BEEN WELL CARED FOR AND IS MOVE-IN READY!

Listed with RE/MAX Foothills


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


$619,900 :: 55 W BLUE RIDGE Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,862 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897933
Community: FULTON RANCH PARCEL 5
Tract: FULTON RANCH PARCEL 5
Status: Active


This 4 bed/2.5 bath plus den/office home is close to Intel and Price Rd Corridor. With beautiful courtyard entry. Enter home to see formal living & dining room, plantation shutters, neutral paint, bright family room w/built-in media niche, and crown molding. The chef's kitchen delight is outfitted with granite countertops, center island for prep & breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, tile back-splash, and plenty of cabinets. Continue into the cozy master suite with private exit to patio and full bath w/his & her sinks, makeup vanity, step-in shower, separate tub, and spacious walk-in closet. Be impressed with the serene backyard that offers grassy area, covered patio, and sparkling blue pool. Don't forget about the 3 car garage w/built-in cabinets and RV gate/parking

Listed with Phoenix View 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/!


$385,000 :: 444 W LIBERTY Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,374 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 02/21/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5886054
Community: DAVE BROWN LAMOREAUX FARMS
Tract: DAVE BROWN LAMOREAUX FARMS
Status: Active


Back On The Market!!! Here is a well maintained 4bed/2 bath home in a very desirable community in the Gilbert area. This spacious home has a gorgeous pool to enhance the outdoor activities in the backyard which includes a large covered patio. All of the appliances stay including the extra Refrigerator in the garage, Soft Water System, Washer and Dryer. This home has a very low electric bill due to the solar system that is OWNED which also includes a Solar Hot Water Heater. The seller is the original owner and it shows. This home is priced to sell, so it won't last long.

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/!


$339,900 :: 4218 S SOBOBA Street S, Gilbert AZ, 85297

4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,162 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897943
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 3A
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 3A
Status: Active


YOUR NEW HOME AWAITS YOU. YOU'LL FIND PLUSH CARPET AND TILE FLOORING THROUGHOUT AND CUSTOM INTERIOR NEUTRAL PAINT THAT EASILY GOES WITH ANY DECOR. KITCHEN WITH CENTER ISLAND AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ARE ACCENTUATED WITH GRANITE COUNTER TOPS. MASTER SUITE AND HALF BATH COMPLETE YOUR FIRST LEVEL LIVING AREA. UPSTAIRS YOU WILL FIND SPACIOUS LOFT AND 3 GENEROUS SIZE BEDROOMS, FULL BATH. AND CONVENIENTLY LOCATED LAUNDRY ROOM. ENTERTAINERS DELIGHT BACKYARD WITH DIVING POOL AND COVERED PATIO MAKE THIS HOME A MUST VISIT!

Listed with ProAgent 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/!


$249,900 :: 119 N ITHICA Place, Chandler AZ, 85225

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5 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,503 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897856
Community: PAMELA PARK
Tract: PAMELA PARK
Status: Active


CHANDLER HOME recently updated with 5 bedrooms, 2 UPDATED bathrooms w/ custom tile showers, new vanities with quartz counters, new sinks and faucets, ALL NEW kitchen cabinets with new quartz counters, NEW gas stainless steel range, new dishwasher and microwave! New window coverings, storage shed, and many awesome color finishes! Great floorplan with split bedroom layout from the others. Great parking in the front, covered patio and RV Gates!

Listed with KJ Elite 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/!


$415,900 :: 5821 S PARKCREST Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,249 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897862
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 4
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 4
Status: Active


This home is gorgeous! This 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bath home is situated on a private lot with no rear neighbors. Inside you will find a gourmet kitchen with upgraded cabinetry, stainless appliances, granite countertops, formal living and dining room and upgraded bathrooms. The backyard is very quiet with no rear neighbors, a pool, built in bbq and lush landscaping. Home was well designed by the owners and it shows in every detail.

Listed with Mosaic 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/!


$810,000 :: 11246 E Flintlock Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,918 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 01/16/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5869037
Community: SANTAN VISTA UNIT 2A
Tract: SANTAN VISTA UNIT 2A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/18/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


THIS IS YOUR FOREVER HOME. Elegant and inviting, this beautiful custom home is nothing short of amazing. From the custom stone facades and beautiful courtyard entry to the functional and expansive interior living spaces, you realize this is the epitome of 'home'. Gourmet kitchen features built-in oven, huge island with seating area, large informal dining area adjacent to the inviting family room with fireplace and boundless cabinet storage. Enjoy the formal dining room with French doors to the courtyard entry and living room with views to the multiple terrazzo patios and gorgeous heated pool. Huge master bedroom opens onto to the backyard entertainment area. The stunning master bath includes his/hers vanities, an irresistable garden tub, large shower room and ample walk-in closet storage

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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


$479,979 :: 2480 E PENEDES Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,743 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897893
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 3
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 3
Status: Active


Come See This Stunning ''4'' Bedroom ''4'' BATH Great Room Home In Beautiful Freeman Frams. Includes Additional Study, Split Plan, 3 Car Garage, Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite, Upgraded Cabinets and Appliances. Large Master Suite with Separate Tub shower. So Many Custom Touches throughout this Home. Did I mention ''4'' BATH ! Only 5 Years Old !! There are 10 Parks Throughout this Community With Walking and Biking Trails. Water Features at Entrance and Lake.More Photo's in a couple days 🙂

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/!


$315,000 :: 1822 E BARBARITA Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,820 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897909
Community: SONOMA RANCH
Tract: SONOMA RANCH
Status: Active


What a great opportunity in the heart of Gilbert, this newly remodeled, move-in ready home features 3 bedrooms + den, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage, separate living and family rooms, vaulted ceilings, new tile, new carpet, fresh exterior and interior paint, ceiling fans, newly remodeled kitchen with new granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances and ample counter space, the master suite bathroom has a dual vanity sinks, separate bathtub and shower and large walk-in closet. Covered patio, desert landscaping in the front and backyard for easy maintenance, north/south exposure, close to shopping, restaurants, amenities and elementary school is right around the corner. Don't miss this one.

Listed with Long Realty The FOX 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/!


$279,500 :: 1847 E ERIE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,401 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 03/18/19, Last Updated: 03/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5897900
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Status: Active


Fabulous Gilbert Ranch home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and refreshing pebble tech pool. Kitchen boasts granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Split bedroom floor plan with gorgeous barn door leading to two second two bedrooms. Two car garage. Neutral paint throughout. Artificial grass area in backyard perfect for kids to play or pets. Childrens playground & green belt located very close to home. Very close to Santan Mall and entertainment. You will fall in love with the home's charm.

Listed with Networth Realty of 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/!


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