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

$285,000 :: 3930 E TREMAINE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,685 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870752
Community: EL DORADO AT THE HIGHLANDS
Tract: EL DORADO AT THE HIGHLANDS
Status: Active


Exceptional home with north-south exposure. Living room, family room, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, pantry, refrigerator, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, upgraded cabinets with decorative pulls, warm interior colors, lots of tile, ceiling fans, desert & grass landscaping and 2 car garage. Great location just minutes from shopping, restaurants & more!

Listed with Marsh Management & 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/!


$375,000 :: 4008 E BLUE SAGE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,327 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870739
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 10 PARCEL B
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 10 PARCEL B
Status: Active


You don't see homes this beautiful too often. True pride of ownership sets this home apart from all others as the kitchen upgrades, flooring selections, fresh paint and well designed back yard give this home a feel only matched by much more expensive properties. With over 2300 sq ft, 4 bedrooms plus loft this is a great home for a growing family or someone really looking for a place to entertain. Raised deck, fire pit, built in BBQ and even artificial turf. Great community with pool, clubhouse, fishing lakes, walking trails and much more. I could go on for days describing this home, but take a look for yourself through pictures as well as an in-person visit.

Listed with Sell 4 Less 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/!


$339,999 :: 1478 E Aspen Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,175 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870733
Community: Vista Estancia
Tract: Vista Estancia
Status: Active


LOCATION LOCATION Beautiful Gilbert MOVE-IN, ready home located in the highly sought after community in Gilbert very close to downtown Gilbert! Lovely court yard Freshly painted inside and out! Vaulted ceilings throughout, 4 bedroom 2 full bath, Large master and bath, dual sinks separate shower,privacy door, large walk in closet open floor plan spacious great room, granite counters in kitchen, pull out drawers, large open bar, Large walk in pantry, wood flooring and carpet in all the right places , custom white shutters. BBQ outback, relax take a dip in this beautiful pool, with large covered patio. Perfect for entreating friends and family. Also a good size dog run artificial turf also can be an amazing play area! Close to shopping, restaurants, freeway and much, more! A must see

Listed with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Move Time 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/!


$529,999 :: 2611 E PARKVIEW Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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6 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,426 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 11/10/18, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5845604
Community: VINCENZ
Tract: VINCENZ
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/28/2018 by 2%
Status: Conditional


Location Location! Not only are you close to shopping, restaurants, awesome schools and churches, this beautiful 6 bed, 4.5 bath pool home has one of the best lot locations in Vincenz facing the park. Down stairs you find a formal living area, formal dining, gorgeous kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters and island with breakfast bar, family room, guest bedroom with full bath and laundry room. It just gets better upstairs with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths plus a huge master bedroom, and master bath and two big lofts. Out back, you find gorgeous pavers and a well landscaped yard with a sparkling pool and gazebo..... Plenty of storage in the 3 car tandem garage for all your toys and an RV gate, Come see this gorgeous home today!

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/!


$485,000 :: 2228 S CALIFORNIA Place, Chandler AZ, 85286

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,607 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870722
Community: ARDEN PARK
Tract: ARDEN PARK
Status: Active


Executive home in ARDEN PARK in the heart of Chandler!Double front door open to entry. True 4 bedroom with bedroom 4 as private ensuite w/ walk in closet/bath and private patio. Newer wood floors with tile. No carpet! Chef's delight in this Upgraded Kitchen: Cabinets with pull outs, pendant lights,corian counters, Stainless steel appliances , dual ovens, water filter, gas cooktop,microwave, Dwasher and Pantry. Open floor plan with high ceiling. Gas fireplace in Great room. Spacious Master Suite with custom Shower and soaker tub. Stunning Granite w/ dual sinks. Large walk in closet. Two patios. Covered patio over looks private pool, grass area. Only 3 homes on this exclusive private cul-de-sac. Large laundry room. 3 car front load garage. Shopping/freeway access and top HAMILTON HIGH SCHOO

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/!


$260,000 :: 2404 W IRONWOOD Drive, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,266 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 01/15/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5868164
Community: SILVERGATE 3 UNIT 1 LOT 1-222 TR A-L
Tract: SILVERGATE 3 UNIT 1 LOT 1-222 TR A-L
Status: Active


Welcome home! This charming house screams pride of ownership!! As you pull up, you will notice the beautiful curb appeal this corner lot has to offer. Not only is it stunning inside and out, it is just a short walk to Amberwood park, boasting a wonderful playground and plenty of space. This home is located around the corner from Chandler Traditional Academy, with other great schooling options in the district. When the summer temperatures start to hit, you can cool down at the community pool and spa within walking distance. Tucked into the middle of the neighborhood this home not only offers privacy but a short commute to the 101 only minutes away. Inside you will find beautiful laminate cherry wood floors, plantation shutters, corian counter tops and much more. Come see it today!

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/!


$284,900 :: 4936 E THUNDERBIRD Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,678 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870738
Community: SUN GROVES PARCEL 11
Tract: SUN GROVES PARCEL 11
Status: Active


Don't wait!! This beautiful 4 bed, 2 bath home is one you must see! There is stunning upgraded flooring that carries throughout the floor plan. The kitchen has a breakfast bar that makes it easy to converse with your guests while you cook. Bask in all the natural lighting your master bedroom provides. You won't have to worry about storage space as your walk-in closet give your room for everything. Your backyard is a blank canvas for you to design and create an oasis of your liking. Schedule your showing today!

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/!


$589,900 :: 2836 E SAGEBRUSH Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,021 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 12/16/18, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858125
Community: WARNER GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH
Tract: WARNER GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/19/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Welcome home! Highly upgraded, gorgeous designer home by Maracay Homes built in 2016. Your opportunity to own one of the larger home sites in Morrison Ranch (9,100 sf) and have a move in ready home offering 5 bedrooms (5th bedroom is converted teen room, no closet, can be easily converted back if desired!), 3.5 baths, den and 3 car tandem garage. This home offers a super gourmet kitchen (one of the largest kitchen spaces I have ever seen!) with tons of counter top and cabinet space, double ovens, stainless steel appliances, huge island, custom tile back splash and range hood. 12x24'' tile throughout main living areas and plush carpet in the bedrooms. One guest room features an en-suite bath! Landscaped backyard with covered patio.

Listed with RE/MAX Solutions


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


$247,000 :: 1282 E THOMPSON Way, Chandler AZ, 85286

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 985 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870658
Community: LA PALOMA
Tract: LA PALOMA
Status: Active


Amazing property in the desirable gated La Paloma community. Beautiful two bed/two bath home. Fresh new paint, new carpet. 16 inch tile floors in the kitchen, dining, and bathrooms. Beautiful wood shutters throughout the home. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, recessed can lighting, Ceiling fans, duel pane windows, Wired for surround sound through the house. motorized patio sunshades. The private back yard is made to entertain. Pavers throughout and features a large three stone water feature surrounded by rocks. Community pool and heated spa, plenty of green grass and children's playgrounds. HOA maintains front yard landscaping and common areas Close to shopping, entertainment, and Tumbleweed Park. Easy access to freeways. Buyer to verify

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/!


$325,000 :: 2708 E BELLERIVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,759 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 01/19/19, Last Updated: 01/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5870650
Community: ADORA TRAILS PARCEL 11B
Tract: ADORA TRAILS PARCEL 11B
Status: Active


Beautiful bright and open floorplan! Vaulted ceilings, wood flooring, rich dark wood cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances are a few features this home offers. Spacious bedrooms with ceiling fans an generously sized walk in closets. Enjoy the beauty of mother nature in your primed and ready yard just waiting for your special touch. Schedule your showing today!

Listed with Sonoran Premier 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/!


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