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

$742,000 :: 2150 E GERONIMO Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,410 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 05/13/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6399597
Community: LA VALENCIANA
Tract: LA VALENCIANA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 1%
Status: Active


3-bedroom w/ a Den, 3-bathroom house in gated La Valenciana. It has a great room, with split floor plan. 3 car tandem garage! The front 2 bedrooms share a ''jack and Jill'' bathroom. KITCHEN has an oversized granite Island; Timberlake Fairfield Cabinets with 30'' Uppers Clear Grain Wood. GE Appliance Package, Energy Star Dishwasher, Smooth Top Self-Cleaning Range/Oven. Spacesaver Microwave Stainless Steel Undermount sink, Moen Chateau Faucet, Water Line & Reverse Osmosis Line to Refrigerator, Recessed Can Lighting, pantry. BATHROOM: Timberlake Fairfield Cabinets Drawers, Cultured Marble Countertops, Dual Sinks in Master Bath, 34'' Tall Vanities in Master Bath. INTERIOR is tile and wood,, Raised Panel Doors, 3 l/4'' Baseboard Trim & 2 7/8'' Door Trim. Dual pane windows. Close to great scho

Listed with Gold Trust 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/!


$699,000 :: 2060 E INDIGO Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,758 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 06/23/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6413524
Community: MARKWOOD SOUTH PARCEL 6
Tract: MARKWOOD SOUTH PARCEL 6
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 5%
Status: Active


This is it! Fresh interior paint and new carpet adorn this beautiful home. The floorplan features 5 bedrooms plus a loft, including a bedroom and full bathroom downstairs. Meals and entertaining are made perfect in the grand kitchen, with its granite counters, stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. Adjoining the kitchen is a large bayed daily eating area. And when special occasions and holidays occur, there is a lovely formal dining room. Walk up the newly carpeted stairs and you'll find a large master suite with a double vanity, separate shower & tub, and a walk-in closet. The three secondary upstairs bedroom are wonderfully spacious. And there is an additional loft upstairs awaiting use as an office or play area. The backyard opens to a community common area.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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


$785,000 :: 6580 S AGATE Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,376 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 06/23/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6420676
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 6/29/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


Check out this MAGNIFICENT home in the ever popular Sun Groves neighborhood! This 5BR/4BA nearly 3400sf home will take your breath away! As you enter your new home you will notice the soaring ceilings right away! Downstairs you will find a perfect guest/in-law suite with it's own bathroom and walk-in closet. The massive family room and great room are perfect for entertaining. Step out to enjoy your beautiful pool, covered patio, and gazebo. Upstairs you will find a HUGE master suite & CHECK OUT THE ULTRA BOUGIE MASTER BATHROOM, and enjoy the sunrise over the San Tan Mountains from your bed! Also upstairs are a massive loft and huge bedrooms! This home also has BRAND NEW AC units! This Morrison model is the best of Sun Groves and just waiting for you!! Make an offer STAT! Don't miss out

Listed with eXp 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/!


$597,000 :: 718 W CURRY Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,253 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 06/08/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6411556
Community: MISSION VALLEY
Tract: MISSION VALLEY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/15/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


Spacious and Upgraded, Single Level, 4 Bedroom Chandler Home with a pool on a large 9400sf lot!Great room and family room are split and provide ample space to spread out. Large kitchen with LG Hi-Macs solid surface countertops, upgraded appliances and lots of cabinets including a large pantry and a RO system. Fridge, dishwasher and microwave are 2 years old. Master bath has been remodeled and has a walk-in closet. Both AC's were replaced in 2016.Water softener is 1 year old. Dual pane windows through out. Electric panel was replaced in the last 4 years. Backyard is complete with a covered patio, fenced in pebble tec pool and large grass area. The pool deck was all refinished in the last 2.5 years. 3rd car driveway allows room to park additional cars or a boat.No HOA.

Listed with CPMS, Inc.


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


$559,000 :: 2138 E NEW BEDFORD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,836 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 04/21/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6386773
Community: SPINNAKER BAY
Tract: SPINNAKER BAY
Status: Active


Single story 4 bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Val Vista Lakes. The vaulted ceilings provide a very open feel. Improved front and backyard covered patios and gazebo for outdoor enjoyment. Low maintenance backyard with custom storage shed. Built in storage cabinets in garage Updated bathrooms. Val Vista Lakes community boasts an amazing clubhouse with workout facility, tennis courts, Olympic-size pool, banquet halls, sandy beach lagoon and more! Beautifully kept neighborhood and an A+ rated elementary school.

Listed with Snow Realty & 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/!


$744,000 :: 741 W LOCUST Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,932 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 05/27/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6407640
Community: FOX CROSSING UNIT 3
Tract: FOX CROSSING UNIT 3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful home in highly-desirable Fox Crossing sub-division. 4 bedrooms with a 5th may serve as a home office. Across the street is a large park and no neighbor on the side by the walking path. Eat-in kitchen overlooks a huge family room. All bathrooms have been renovated; the spacious master bath offers a walk-in shower. Kitchen appliances are stainless steel, double oven and cooktop stove are both new. New one-vessel sink, faucet and a renovated RO system. Pull-out drawers have been added to the kitchen and most of the house. Master bedroom bath has a large walk-in closet. Pool has a spa, heater was new as of 2018. Mesh fence can quickly be put up as a barrier for small children or removed for entertaining. Three-car garage and RV gate provide plenty of room for access and storage.

Listed with AZ Marketplace 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/!


$739,000 :: 3273 E PAGE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,735 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 05/31/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6409057
Community: HIGLEY GROVES
Tract: HIGLEY GROVES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 5%
Status: Active


Meticulous 4 bdrm 2 bath home with a split floorplan, master retreat, 4 ft garage extension, and storage galore. The open concept & abundance of natural light are sure to please. Spacious greatroom & huge kitchen flow seamlessly together while adjacent room offers space for separate sitting area or formal dining. Stellar features include sizable bedrooms w/ enviable walk-in closets, recently updated master bath, 10 ft ceilings, elegant color palette, double french doors, 300sf covered patio, and mature landscaping. Highly coveted Higley Groves at Morrison Ranch offers a hard-to-find hometown feel with its white picket fences, treelined streets, parks, and walking paths. This home & neighborhood are an absolute dream for any owner!

Listed with Realty Executives


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


$645,000 :: 2045 S MARBLE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,136 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 06/29/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6426147
Community: ASHLAND RANCH
Tract: ASHLAND RANCH
Status: Active


This Fulton home is in Ashland Ranch and has a split floor plan that features a 3 bedroom plus DEN, 3 car garage and a spacious back yard. This home is light and bright featuring a spacious kitchen with an island.The home features 2 spacius bedrooms with a large open den/office, and an oversized master bedroom and master bath.. This lovely community boasts multiple playgrounds, basketball courts, green belts and an elementary school, and is minutes away to great restaurants, San Tan Village, Top Golf, Main Event, and the 202 for easy freeway access!

Listed with Venture REI, 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/!


$581,000 :: 2925 E ANDRE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,171 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 06/13/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6416040
Community: COUNTRY SHADOWS
Tract: COUNTRY SHADOWS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 0%
Status: Active


Very motivated seller!! Classic Ranch-style home w/ Solar-Panels in the Country Shadows community, , Open-floorplan & Details throughout with a secondary master bedroom. Eat-in-Kitchen features Stainless Steel Appliances, Gas Stove, Cinnamon Cabinets, & Pantry, into the Dining area & Living room w/ Built-in-Entertainment space. Through the double doors you will find the Office, Workout space or Guest Bed. Spacious Master w/ Full Bath. Inside laundry, into the 2-car Garage w/ Shelving. Relax or Entertain in the backyard w/ Covered Patio, Doggy Gate & endless Potential! Corner lot with home facing North to park.

Listed with Hague Partners


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


$794,000 :: 4101 S KERBY Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,986 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 06/21/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6420639
Community: KERBY ESTATES
Tract: KERBY ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 6%
Status: Active


Beautiful home with lots of space and storage. Well designed resort style and well lit entertaining back yard, beautiful swimming pool with water features and built in BBQ grill.Stainless steel appliances, upgraded cabinets, spacious Master bedroom with walk-in closet, step-in shower, dual sinks, separate toilet area, tub with jets, upgraded flooring with wood plank tiles and carpet in the right places. Located close to freeway access and much more. Electronic A/C thermostat, Rachio smart watering system, Haiku BAF fans, Nearby Intel and AZ College Prep school.Stop by to appreciate this beauty in person!

Listed with Aurora 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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