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

$359,900 :: 683 W GAIL Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,676 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 02/09/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6191936
Community: COLLEGE PARK 6
Tract: COLLEGE PARK 6
Status: Active


This is a beautiful four bedroom MOVE-IN ready home. The home features a brand new kitchen with open shelving, new refrigerator and stove. Seller is offering $1,000 allowance for countertops. Fabulous tile with custom tile mosaics in entry & both bathrooms along with ceiling fans and upgraded lighting throughout the home. There is also a great room as well as a living room with a cozy fireplace. In addition, you will also find a 2 car garage with extra space, an RV gate with parking & a huge oversize lot with a wonderful sparkling diving pool. And you will love the large covered patio for experiencing our wonderful Arizona weather. NO HOA - COME SEE IT TODAY!!!

Listed with Valle Del Sol 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/!


$350,000 :: 1020 S CHESHIRE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,817 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,485 sq ft
Added: 02/26/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199748
Community: COPPER RANCH AMD
Tract: COPPER RANCH AMD
Status: Active


***MOVE-IN READY, MINT CONDITION IN GILBERT!!***Don't miss this GORGEOUS 3bed/1.75bath home located in the HEART OF GILBERT, in the RED HOT GILBERT SCHOOL DISTRICT!! Beautifully maintained and loaded with extras including GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, TILE FLOORING....and an UPSTAIRS LOFT ideal for a second family room, OFFICE, DEN or kids play area. Located in the highly sought-after COPPER RANCH area, this home is situated across from the COMMUNITY POOL and Park Area...on a CORNER LOT!! Lots of shopping, restaurants, schools and easy freeway access nearby. Finishing touches include private COVERED PATIO area finished with landscape pavers, a cozy front porch overlooking the park and pool...and a spacious 2-car garage. HURRY, THIS ONE WON'T LAST LONG!!

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/!


$1,250,000 :: 3483 E VALLEJO Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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7 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 5,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 35,284 sq ft
Added: 01/30/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6183626
Community: Portofino
Tract: Portofino
Status: Active


Rare Gem ready for Multi-Gen Living or Separate Work from Home set up! Luxury Living in the Highly Coveted and Gated Portofino neighborhood tucked into the exclusive Seville Golf and Country Club community. This cul-de-sac home offers space for all to enjoy. Upon entry you will find the guest suite area with full bath near the four car garage. A gated courtyard with gas fireplace offers natural light inside and an extra outdoor space to work, study, play, entertain or eat. Formal Living Room and Dining Room lead to the spacious Gourmet Kitchen (w/Wet Bar at Butler's Pantry) with Double Wall Ovens, 6 burner Gas cooktop, huge Stainless Steel Built in Fridge, massive Walk-In Pantry and lots of space to create delicious meals.Three Bedrooms are near the Family Room sharing a large bathroom

Listed with Arizona Best 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/!


$400,000 :: 1373 W CINDY Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,018 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,375 sq ft
Added: 02/26/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199760
Community: RIALTO HILLS TWO LOT 95-193 TR A-D
Tract: RIALTO HILLS TWO LOT 95-193 TR A-D
Status: Active


Don't miss this 4bed/2.5bath located in a great Chandler location. Easy access to dining, shopping, schools, medical, golf, parks, the 101 and the 202. This gem features great curb appeal leading into the light and bright interior with soaring vaulted ceilings, charming fireplace in living and a spacious flowing floorplan for entertaining. You will love the open kitchen with handsome cabinetry and a center island with breakfast bar seating. Lovely master retreat includes en suite and walk in closet. Enjoy relaxing on the balcony overlooking the stunning backyard. Complete with screened in patio, beautiful desert landscaping, sprawling grassy area and a sparkling pool. NEW ROOF 2018,NEW AC 2019,NEW WATER HEATER 2020!

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/!


$615,000 :: 4335 E PALO VERDE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,072 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6195812
Community: ELLIOT GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH PHASE 2
Tract: ELLIOT GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH PHASE 2
Status: Active


This exquisite Morrison Ranch home will complete your new home wish list! Walk into your large open atrium with soaring ceilings & be swept out through the over-sized sliding glass doors...feel the cool spring air & let the outdoors in. Your toes in the water of your full-length heated pool hearing the sound of falling water, overlooking your backyard oasis. The extended travertine patio leads you to the built in BBQ island, perfect for entertaining. Inside your gourmet kitchen awaits with upgraded white cabinetry, appliances, & large center island. Working from home? The unique layout is perfect with 2 home office spaces & a quant upstairs loft. At the end of the day escape to your spacious owner's suite. The tree lined streets of Morrison Ranch beckon and your dream home awaits!

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/!


$375,000 :: 341 E STONEBRIDGE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,707 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 02/26/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199712
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES
Status: Active


Beautiful 3 bedroom home minutes from shopping, dining, and nightlight at Downtown Gilbert. Open concept living room and dining area with a fireplace, floor to ceiling mantle, natural lighting and vaulted ceilings. French doors lead to your spacious master suite, also with vaulted ceilings, bathroom with separate tub and upgraded, tile shower and double sinks. Private, gated entry to your courtyard and front door area. Other feature include ceiling fans throughout, stainless steel kitchen appliances, North/South facing lot across from the community pool, backyard covered patio, fruit trees, and mature landscaping.

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/!


$630,000 :: 5038 S GOLD LEAF Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,580 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 02/26/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6197830
Community: WHISPERING HEIGHTS
Tract: WHISPERING HEIGHTS
Status: Active


Beautiful single level culdesac home w/3 car garage w/epoxied floors, paver side driveway, & RV gate, bordering common area. Beautiful tile floors, custom palette, plantation shutters, ceiling fans, & formal dining room, 10' ceilings. This great room floor plan features a center kitchen island, granite counters, breakfast bar, pantry, tile backsplash, breakfast area w/patio access, & elegant wood cabinets w/crown moulding. Owner's suite is oversized with access to the patio and includes a walk-in snail shower. Hall bath is handicap accessible with roll in shower and raised height toilet. Powder room also has raised height toilet and both baths have pocket doors. Private den w/double door entry. Hot water heater replaced Jan 2020 and exterior painted 2017. Enjoy the sparkling fenced pool,

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/!


$850,000 :: 921 E CANYON Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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6 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,608 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 02/19/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6196533
Community: MCQUEEN LAKES
Tract: MCQUEEN LAKES
The price of this listing was last increased on 2/26/2021 by 6%
Status: Active


This 6 bedroom 4 bathroom home is located on the Lake in the McQueen Lake community. Upon entering the home you see the pride of ownership and luxurious upgrades throughout. Starting with the magnificent chandelier adorning the entrance, and below that a beautiful medallion. The new travertine tile leads you past the formal dining area to the massive kitchen with a large island, Granite counter tops, luxurious cabinets, and SS appliances. The back yard is an entertainers dream with a pool, fire place and since the home is right on the lake the view can't be beat. With the Master Bedroom having a balcony on the LAKE. The Master Retreat has its own fireplace, bathroom with dual sinks, large garden tub, 2 walk in closets, and a balcony to enjoy the lake view as we

Listed with West USA 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/!


$349,900 :: 2185 N Mosley Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,661 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199363
Community: San Vincente
Tract: San Vincente
The price of this listing was last increased on 2/26/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


A beautiful home is the heart of chandler. Close to downtown, close to freeways and shopping. Home is upgraded with New Paint, New Carpet, New Luxury Vinyl Plank Tile, No homes behind you, backs to greenbelt, Awesome back/side yard w/covered patio, 3 br + den w/double doors downstairs easily converted to a 4th bedroom, 3 full baths. Additional bedrooms are all upstairs. Cozy gas fireplace in living room. 2 car garage, low maintenance, HOA takes care of your front yard. Great location! 3D Virtual Tour available !

Listed with Hub 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/!


$475,000 :: 2225 E CATCLAW Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,877 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 02/26/21, Last Updated: 02/26/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6197740
Community: FINLEY FARMS SOUTH PARCEL 13
Tract: FINLEY FARMS SOUTH PARCEL 13
Status: Conditional


WELCOME TO THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME IN FINLEY FARMS. THIS AWARD WINNER IS LOCATED IN A CUL DE SAC, WITH THE PARK BEHIND THE HOME. THE HOME HAS BEEN LOVINGLY UPDATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE PRESENT OWNERS. THE KITCHEN WAS RECENTLY UPDATED WITH GRANITE AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. THE AC UNIT AND HOT WATER HEATER ARE NEW WITHIN THE LAST YEAR. THE INTERIOR PAINT IS NEW. THIS IS AN OVERSIZED LOT IN THE INTERIOR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT INCLUDES YOUR OWN PRIVATE POOL. THE LANDSCAPING COMPLIMENTS THE HOME. THE INTERIOR LAY OUT IS FUNCTIONAL AND MADE FOR FAMILY LIVING.

Listed with Call 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/!


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