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

$349,000 :: 3295 E TULSA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,781 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101270
Community: LYONS GATE PHASE 8 REPLAT
Tract: LYONS GATE PHASE 8 REPLAT
Status: Active


Come see this gorgeous Lyons Gate Home with 3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms. The entire downstairs has been completely remodeled from the wood plank flooring with fresh paint, new baseboards, shiplap, to the quartz countertops in the kitchen. You will love the open kitchen with white cabinets and a huge island. This home has a low maintenance backyard with beautiful artificial turf, a large covered patio and extended patio pavers as well as an under ground trampoline. You will love all that Lyons Gate has to offer with 3 community pools, green belts, parks, including one right outside your front door, and lush landscaping. This home is located in a prime Gilbert location close to Loop 202, San Tan Village, and close to the very popular Heritage District. Come see today before it's too late

Listed with Balboa 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/!


$575,000 :: 947 E LIBERTY Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

6 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,613 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101275
Community: LINDSAY RANCH
Tract: LINDSAY RANCH
Status: Active


Gorgeous single level 5 bed/ 3 bath home with 600 sf 1 bed/ bath separate casita in the heart of Gilbert! Over $130k in upgrades completed in the last year. Newly designed front yard featuring synthetic grass, pavered front patio and extended 3 car driveway. Enter the main home through the custom wrought iron gates and private patio . As you step inside you'll love the vaulted ceilings, expansive front room and views to your private pool. 36'' wood look tile and 7'' baseboards throughout all main living areas. Large open kitchen with updated white cabinets, new hardware, walk in pantry, oversized island with enough room for seating 5, quartz counters and tiled back splash. French doors in the kitchen lead to a side patio and additional pavered area and walkway to backyard.

Listed with Bold 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/!


$358,900 :: 3872 S SETON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,573 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101153
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 7
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 7
Status: Active


Remarkable, Fully Upgraded Home in the Heart of Gilbert! This is a must see and definitely won't last long, you don't want to miss it! Step into your own private, gorgeous retreat when you walk into your new Master Suite where no expense was spared. Upgrades in every room complete with customized bathrooms and kitchen. The large eat in kitchen comes fully equipped with new, never used Stove/Oven, Microwave & Dishwasher and features a separate island, pantry and plenty of cupboard and counter space. The quiet, beautiful large backyard is perfect for entertaining or just enjoying the AZ weather. Fresh paint inside and out gives a new beautiful glow! Epoxy Flooring in the garage, new light fixtures and ceiling fans throughout, plus much much more!

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/!


$469,000 :: 4122 E PALM BEACH Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,803 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101176
Community: SUN GROVES PARCEL 13 THRU 16
Tract: SUN GROVES PARCEL 13 THRU 16
Status: Active


Beautifully updated home located in sought after community of Sun Groves! Lush desert landscaping, 3 car garage & RV gate- plenty of storage space. Inviting front porch has enough room for a bistro table or small conversation set. So much space offered in the home w/formal dining & living areas, den & huge loft. Amazing kitchen boasts ample cabinets, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, high-end SS appliances, including a double wall oven & a large kitchen island. The master suite offers 2 walk-in closets & a full bath w/double sinks & separate tub & walk-in shower. The backyard has a covered patio & grassy area surrounded by low maintenance desert landscaping. Convenient location close to parks, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, golf resorts & more! Great home, great location, great buy!

Listed with Housso 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/!


$345,000 :: 1679 E TREMAINE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,386 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101159
Community: SONOMA RANCH
Tract: SONOMA RANCH
Status: Active


Gorgeous home located in the highly desirable Sonoma Ranch neighborhood in Gilbert! This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has recently been updated! New granite, new wood planks tile flooring and carpet in bedrooms, new fixtures, freshly painted exterior and interior, complete air condition system only 3 years old, 8 security cameras, new variable speed pool pump, garage is insulated with separate air conditioning unit. N/S lot with private backyard, sparkling pool and a nice grassy area. This home is a must see!!

Listed with American Allstar 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/!


$375,000 :: 1027 E EUCLID Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,774 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101188
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 8
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 8
Status: Active


Welcome Home To Layton Lakes! This property offers one of the best floor plans within the community and is perfectly located on a beautiful corner lot with a front patio that makes you feel like you're in a small town! Upon entering the home, you'll enjoy tall ceilings with gorgeous natural light, high-end finishes and designer details throughout. The kitchen features granite countertops, premium two-tone cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The master suite offers a huge bathroom and closet that makes it the perfect retreat. This Gilbert Community offers a fantastic location close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

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/!


$339,000 :: 226 N NIELSON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,693 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101172
Community: COLONIAL SHORES AT WIND DRIFT
Tract: COLONIAL SHORES AT WIND DRIFT
Status: Active


Amazing Gilbert home in Colonial Shores at Wind Drift! Must see single level with beautiful wood laminate floors, great room with fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and skylights. The spacious kitchen is at the heart of the home and features granite counter-tops, mosaic back-splash, breakfast bar, eat in kitchen area and stainless steel appliances. The master suite has a full bath with double sink vanity, granite counter-top, separate tub/shower, and walk-in closet. The two large additional bedrooms are split on the other side of the home and separated by a hall bath. The serene backyard is perfect for gatherings with it's refreshing, sparkling pool, synthetic grass area & large covered patio. The subdivision includes biking/walking paths, playgrounds, & lake privileges for fishing & boating

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/!


$500,000 :: 5713 S RINCON Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,492 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101209
Community: Mesquite Grove Estates
Tract: Mesquite Grove Estates
Status: Active


Come and check out this wonderful William Lyon home and very popular floorplan, in the gated community of Mesquite Grove Estates!! The massive kitchen with island, was partially upgraded in 2014 with granite and tile backsplash! Gas stove with Viking Range in 2019. There are tons of Cherry Staggered cabinetry with a work station, and stainless steel appliances!! Kitchen opens up to the huge family room with built in cabinetry and mini bar area with mini frig to stay! You will love to entertain in the back yard with a heated pool/spa, rock waterfall, built in BBQ, 6ft tall walls, and putting green turf for easy maintenance!! Variable speed pump for this pool too!! The master bedroom is separate from the other two bedrooms but on the same side of the home! It has the bay window &

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/!


$374,000 :: 2324 S MINNEOLA Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101203
Community: HIGLEY POINTE
Tract: HIGLEY POINTE
Status: Active


Don't miss this beautiful home in a terrific, conveniently-located Gilbert neighborhood, with only 44 homes in the standalone subdivision! Why wait to build new and spend way more, when you can move into an immaculate ''like NEW'' home like this? This popular 4 bedroom single-story plan is generously upgraded and features great curb appeal with a partial stone elevation & side vehicle entry. Enter to NEW wood-like tile floors throughout the main areas & NEW interior paint. The kitchen overlooks a vast family room creating a wonderful living & entertaining space. Large eat-in Kitchen has an abundance of rich wood cabinets w/ stylish hardware, granite counters, SS appliances. Master has a large walk-in closet and a full bath that includes a double vanity, soaking tub & separate shower. The

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/!


$349,000 :: 6853 S PINEHURST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,764 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/09/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101236
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 14
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 14
Status: Active


Sitting on a golf course lot in the gated community of Seville Golf and Country Club is this move-in ready, 2 bedroom plus a den home with 2.5 baths. The eat-in kitchen with island and breakfast bar opens to the living area. A large owner's suite with a custom closet, dual bathroom vanities and separate tub and show has a private exit to the backyard. The secondary bedroom also features an en suite bathroom. Outdoors you'll find private, low maintenance yard with a built-in fireplace and fountain.

Listed with Libertas 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/!


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