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

$795,000 :: 5051 S Girard Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,869 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 08/26/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6283918
Community: Bridges
Tract: Bridges
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/1/2021 by 4%
Status: Active


Stunning 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home in the sought after Bridges community. This 3869 square foot home has tons of space. Enter into the formal dining room & living space, with staircase, and a half bath. Open great room kitchen with massive island, breakfast seating, white linen cabinets Silestone quartz countertops. Upgraded Stainless appliances and eat in kitchen area. Large family room with lovely wood look tile flooring. Large master with 5 piece master bath, walk in closet connected to laundry. and views of the beautiful mountain vista. Huge open loft with unique space. 3 car tandem garage with opener and paver driveway. Large grass backyard backs to greenbelt. This Premium lot is close to Gilbert regional,

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$550,900 :: 2241 S AGNES Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,129 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 09/17/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6294851
Community: BUNGALOWS AT COOLEY STATION PHASE 1
Tract: BUNGALOWS AT COOLEY STATION PHASE 1
The price of this listing was last increased on 9/20/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Photos coming soon. This cozy 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home in the prestigious Cooley Station Community welcomes you! The meticulously designed kitchen area features an open floorplan with essential amenities such as sleek granite countertops, appliances, alluring cabinetry with plenty of counter space, and a kitchen island with a built-in breakfast bar perfect for sharing a home-cooked meal. Relax in the primary bedroom complete with an ensuite bathroom, private toilet room, double vanity sink, and a walk-in closet. The rear exterior area features a covered patio ready for the next family cookout with plenty of space for outdoor activities. Fantastic home a short drive from the Greenfield Lake Golf Course, Toka Sticks Golf Club, and many more outdoor recreational activities!

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$589,900 :: 682 W MYRTLE Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,674 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270606
Community: FOX CROSSING
Tract: FOX CROSSING
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2021 by 2%
Status: Active


VACANT! Single level 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a great lot! Engineered hardwood flooring through home/tile in bathrooms/laundry room. Quartz c-tops in kitchen with island and stainless appliances. Plantation shutters through home. Backs to park area and is adjacent to walking trail. Sparkling pool in the backyard with Covered patio w/sun shade!

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$1,200,000 :: 2570 E CALLE DE FLORES --, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,755 sq ft
Lot Size: 48,352 sq ft
Added: 09/10/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6292053
Community: Metes and Bounds
Tract: Metes and Bounds
Status: Active


THIS IS THE LIFE! Prepare to be impressed when you enter this superbly maintained & presented home set on a sprawling 1-acre lot occupying a peaceful street position. This home enjoys abundant natural light and a layout designed for easy living and entertaining incorporating a generously proportioned kitchen with quartz countertops, welcoming living and dining room, guest powder room and laundry. The living room provides comfort and warmth while the backyard brings year-round delight. Take a dip in the pool or share your stories around the fire pit with family, gazing at the bright flames under the starry night sky. Recent upgrades include new exterior paints in 2020. 1 AC unit in 2020, 2 AC units in 2017. New roof and front windows in 2019.

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$795,920 :: 2353 E Athena Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,597 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296085
Community: STRATFORD
Tract: STRATFORD
Status: Active


Under Construction ETA April or May4 Bedrooms plus den with double doorss and closet, Single Level, Kitchenaide Gourmet Cooktop Package, Freestanding Tub in Owners Suite, Upgraded Regal White Cabinets thruout the house. 8' Interior Doors, 10' Ceilings, Lots of Recessed Lighting thruout entire house, Walk in Shower at one secondary bath ilo standard tub/shower. 20' Wall of Glass at great room. Buyer can still choose Flooring, Countertops, Bath/Shower Surrounds, Interior Paint, Lighting, Finishing Touches. Photors are of a completed home in another community. Taxes are Approximate...Write on builders Contract

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$1,349,000 :: 2650 E CAPRICORN Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,890 sq ft
Lot Size: 34,848 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6283535
Community: CIRCLE G AT RIGGS HOMESTEAD RANCH UNIT 1
Tract: CIRCLE G AT RIGGS HOMESTEAD RANCH UNIT 1
Status: Active


Beautiful custom home situated on almost an acre premium lot in the highly sought-after Circle G community delivers everything you have been searching for! Meticulously maintained 4 bedrooms plus den, 3.5 baths, open kitchen & family room plus a 2300 SF RV GARAGE with a bonus office & bath. Elegant chef's kitchen complete with gorgeous custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances w/granite countertops & large island. Huge great room with vaulted ceilings. Enormous master suite with views to the backyard. Backyard oasis with huge covered patio, stunning private pool, outdoor kitchen BBQ, & immaculate landscaping. So many extras in this amazing home! This is a MUST SEE!

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$1,255,995 :: 3705 E BOOT TRACK Trail, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,955 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296063
Community: LAKEVIEW TRAILS SOUTHEAST AT MORRISON RANCH
Tract: LAKEVIEW TRAILS SOUTHEAST AT MORRISON RANCH
Status: Active


Located in the highly desirable Morrison Ranch master plan community in Gilbert, this beautiful new Toll Brothers Quick Move-in Home will be completed October/November 2021. Sophisticated finishes throughout! Gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliances, upgraded cabinets and countertops. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with a 16' multi-panel sliding glass door that opens to linear fireplace on the covered patio. Lavish primary bathroom with large walk-in shower, free standing tub, quartz countertops, and oversized walk-in closet. Versatile study to suit your needs with endless possibilities. Split 3 car garage. And plenty more! Convenient to the San Tan Mall and Downtown Gilbert for endless shopping and dining opportunities.

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$1,195,000 :: 11627 E FLINTLOCK Court, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 5,463 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,474 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296048
Community: SANTAN VISTA UNIT 3 PHASE 4 AND 5
Tract: SANTAN VISTA UNIT 3 PHASE 4 AND 5
Status: Active


BEAUTIFUL 5463 sq ft MOVE-IN READY 5 bedroom 3.5 bath, 4 car-garage two-story with a BASEMENT and INCREDIBLE resort-style backyard!! Loaded with tons of custom features on almost 1/2 acre lot with HEATED 7 ft pool/spa, oversized covered RAMADA with fireplace, misting system, built in BBQ & park like landscaping backing up to community greenbelt. Located in a cul-de-sac with north/south exposure & top-rated Chandler schools. Custom features: MOVIE ROOM with entire projection/sound system/seating included, enlarged bedrooms with NEW carpeting, seamless-glass master shower doors, granite counters in kitchen, stainless steel appliances including double oven & on-trend cabinetry, custom lighting throughout, security system, water softener, built-in garage cabinets & epoxy floors,

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$669,000 :: 2737 E LODGEPOLE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 08/16/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6266228
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 2
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/16/2021 by 2%
Status: Conditional


''The TriFecta'' - Newly Updated, Great Location, Incredible Value. This one really has it all. Beautifully landscaped, low maintenance, front & back yard. New upgraded carpet and pad throughout, fresh paint, new marble kitchen backsplash, plus complete cabinetry throughout is newly refinished. New dishwasher and lots of new ceiling fans, this 4 bed, 3 bath has it all. Fully enclosed den easily converts to 5th bedroom or great office space. Well-appointed kitchen includes granite countertops and huge pantry. Strategic garage location off kitchen adds to the great layout of this home, including the 3rd car garage with additional private entrance into home. Upstairs boasts a massive loft and 3 additional bedrooms. The upgraded upstairs laundry is beyond comfortable, including . . .

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$450,000 :: 1909 E OAKLAND Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,551 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 09/17/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6294382
Community: TRADITION EAST
Tract: TRADITION EAST
Status: Active


Looking for a move in ready home, close to schools, freeways, restaurants, entertainment AND A POOL AND A SPA AND NO HOA? Then look no further! This remodeled home is beautiful with bamboo wood flooring throughout the living areas & tile in the bathrooms & laundry room. No Carpet! Split floorplan, Fresh interior paint & Vaulted ceilings. Kitchen with new granite countertops farmhouse sink. New stainless steel appliances, New window coverings, New granite countertops in both bathrooms. Decorative security screen door at front entry & security system. South facing backyard with sparkling pool with newer pool filter & motor. Above ground spa, jujst refreshed.Covered patio & artificial turf, 2 car garage with new epoxy flooring & lots of built-in cabinets & newer garage door. Owner/Agen

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