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

$620,000 :: 6986 S Kimberlee Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,872 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235861
Community: SUN RIVER
Tract: SUN RIVER
Status: Active


Look no further, this four bedroom, two and a half bath with office and pool wont last long. This home also has newer HVAC units, owned solar and a beautifully remodeled master bath.

Listed with ProSmart 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/!


$559,900 :: 94 W ORIOLE Way, Chandler AZ, 85286

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,750 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 04/27/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6224401
Community: CARINO ESTATES PARCEL 3
Tract: CARINO ESTATES PARCEL 3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/14/2021 by 2%
Status: Active


Large 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 3 car garage(s), home in the Township of Ocotillo Chandler. The home is located on a large corner lot near a lush greenbelt, with no 2 story homes overlooking the private backyard. In addition to the 4 bedrooms, there is a large loft, and bonus/turret room that can be used as an extra bedroom(s), crafts rooms, game rooms, or office. The large kitchen boasts solid midnight star granite countertops, bar style seating, and a $2,000+ Induction Stove. Keep Cool, as there is a fan in almost every room. There is a 1st floor bedroom that has seperate garage access, that would be perfect for a home office, or mother-in-law-suite.

Listed with AZ-REP


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


$707,000 :: 169 E DESERT BROOM Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,252 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236074
Community: ENCLAVE AT HAMILTON RANCH
Tract: ENCLAVE AT HAMILTON RANCH
Status: Active


Built in 2018, this Chandler two-story home offers a patio, granite countertops, and a two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, 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/!


$825,000 :: 3533 E PENEDES Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,095 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 05/07/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6231777
Community: MARBELLA VINEYARDS PHASE 2B
Tract: MARBELLA VINEYARDS PHASE 2B
Status: Active


Welcome to the highly sought after community of Marbella Vineyards in Gilbert. This single level, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Shea Renew model sits on a premium North facing lot with beautiful pavered drive, 3 car garage, modern interior & a professionally landscaped backyard with pool, water feature, built-in BBQ, and artificial turf for endless weekend fun. Inside you'll find no detail spared in the building of this nearly new home with a large greatroom floorplan, feature kitchen with white cabinetry, oversized wrap around island, and formal eating area. The wood look tile, neutral color palette, and stunning tile choices in the master ensuite bath with soaking tub, glass shower, and vanity with extended closet upgrade make this executive home feel extra special. The secondary bedrooms...

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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


$350,000 :: 4362 E CARLA VISTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,347 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236056
Community: WILLOWS
Tract: WILLOWS
Status: Active


Move in ready 2 Bedroom, 2.5 bath home in The Willows. Updated carpet and paint done in the last week along with a new garbage disposal. Carrier air conditioner installed in 2017. Community pool just down the street with playgrounds close by. Won't last long. All offers will be reviewed on Monday morning and a buyer chosen then.

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/!


$495,000 :: 6279 S SUNNYVALE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,783 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236037
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 1
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Come see this cozy 3 bedroom 2 bath with an office/den in the beautiful Seville Community of Gilbert AZ. Gas fireplace in family room and eyebrow arches adds charm to the home scene all year round. Enjoy breakfast in natural light offered in the kitchen nook. Master bedroom comeswith walk-in closet. Master bathroom has double sinks, separate tub and shower. Backyard by design with covered patio and ready for your own touch to beenjoyed. Shopping nearby and close to the San Tan foothills.

Listed with Farnsworth-Ricks Management & Realty, 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/!


$399,000 :: 1230 W Geronimo Place, Chandler AZ, 85224

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,542 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236015
Community: Blakeman Ranch
Tract: Blakeman Ranch
Status: Active


Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home with vaulted ceilings. Very light and bright from the minute you step through the front door. A center wall was removed making one continuous living space and incorporating the living, dining and kitchen all into one big Great room. All new stainless appliance in the kitchen. The AC unit was replaced just last year. Great outdoor space with nice covered patio and pool along with nice floral landscaping. The kitchen has a brand new slider to the outdoors. Home is close to Parks the 202 and Intel. Your clients will love it! Come show it Now.

Listed with North & Co


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


$639,000 :: 1022 W SPUR Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,080 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235979
Community: ARTEMINA 2
Tract: ARTEMINA 2
Status: Active


Incredible find needs some love in desirable Artemina 2 neighborhood. This corner lot home has everything you could want in a fabulous neighborhood: meticulously cared for and beautiful lawn with landscape lighting and artificial turf, freshly-painted exterior, RV gate, 12-foot ceilings, 2 new Trane AC units, tile roof, plantation shutters, great room, lots of built-ins, split floor plan, Bose surround sound in great room, gas fireplace, outdoor speakers on patio, pebbletec pool with fountains, surrounded by freshly-refinished cool deck, built-in barbecue, natural stone-tiled covered patio - and a price that allows you the budget to update it with your own interior paint, flooring and appliances. Make this one truly your own!

Listed with ProAmerica 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/!


$639,900 :: 927 E Buckingham Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,650 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235974
Community: LAYTON LAKES
Tract: LAYTON LAKES
Status: Active


Just when you thought the perfect home didn't exist..you realize...THIS IS IT!!!!!This 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath with an office down stairs offers a great floor plan with a spacious lay out and an entertaining back yard which was recently remodeled.

Listed with ProSmart 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/!


$635,000 :: 3938 E DUBOIS Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,540 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235935
Community: Seville Golf & Country
Tract: Seville Golf & Country
Status: Active


Your search ends here! This is golf course living at its best. The popular four-bedroom, three full bath plan, beautiful Shea home is located in Seville Golf & Country Club within walking distance to the 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, restaurant facilities, sport club and pools. Riggs Elementary is in walking distance too. The kitchen has been refurbished with granite countertops and island seating plus other kitchen seating. Two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom. There is a living room, dining area and separate family room with professionally built bookcases and two desks! The backyard has patio, refinished Pebble-Tec pool and spa with a low-maintenance yard. There is a new tankless Water Heater, Water conditioner with RO system. Enjoy the three-car garage with cabinets! ...And the

Listed with Coldwell Banker 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/!


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