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

$639,990 :: 4875 S QUIET Way, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,797 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 11/02/21, Last Updated: 01/17/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6315421
Community: LAYTON LAKES PHASE 2 GILBERT PARCEL 15
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PHASE 2 GILBERT PARCEL 15
Status: Active


Come See this Beautiful 4 Bdr 3 Bth Home in the Wonderful Layton Lakes Community. This home has Wood Like Tile in all the Walkways, Kitchen, and Dining Rooms. The Nicely Updated Kitchen has a Large Island, Granite Counter Tops, Gas Stove, Upgraded Cabinets, and Plenty of Counterspace. The Kitchen has Direct Access to the Raised Dining Areas with a Picture Windows of the Backyard. The Kitchen also looks over into the Great Room so that you can be part of the Entertainment. The Large Great Room is perfect for entertaining Guests and Family. There is a Bedroom and Bathroom Downstairs with a Tile Shower. Upstairs you will find 2 Additional Guest Bedrooms that share a Hall Bathroom with Dual Sinks and a Tile Shower. The Oversized Master Bedroom has a nice On-Suite Complete with Raised Cabinets,

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/!


$634,999 :: 1421 W SARAGOSA Place, Chandler AZ, 85224

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,629 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 01/07/22, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6338998
Community: BLAKEMAN RANCH UNIT 1
Tract: BLAKEMAN RANCH UNIT 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/16/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


Location !!! Location !! Check out this STUNNING 5 Bed 3 Bath home located in the popular Blakeman Ranch community in Central Chandler just north of the 202 Freeway! This 2-story home features laminated wood/tile floor upgraded in 2012 making it MOVE-IN Ready! With soaring vaulted ceilings and 2,600+ sq feet, there is plenty of room for a growing family! Amenities include separate living room, family room, den/office, Master bedroom, and a Guest room with 2nd bathroom on first floor. Upstairs includes a loft, 3 bed + 1bath. Finally, 3 car garage with epoxy flooring, and much more! Out back you will find a full length covered patio perfect for entertaining and a SPARKLING PRIVATE POOL to relax in on hot summer days! Hurry and SEE IT TODAY because this GREAT Opportunity will not last long!

Listed with DPR 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/!


$650,000 :: 270 E APPALOOSA Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,735 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 10/29/21, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6314413
Community: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL C LOT 1-203 TR A-D
Tract: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL C LOT 1-203 TR A-D
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/16/2022 by 0%
Status: Active


Prepare to be amazed! Come and see this wonderful 5 bed, 3 bath residence now on the market! Great curb appeal, low maintenance landscape, 3 car garage, and RV gate! Inside you will find a spacious dining & living area w/high ceilings, luxurious light fixtures, carpet in all the right places, and warm palette throughout. Cozy family room off the fabulous kitchen, which includes ample wood cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, granite counters, pendant lighting, an island w/built-in dining table, & breakfast nook w/a lovely bay window. The primary bedroom features a walk-in closet, private balcony access, walk-in closet, and upscale ensuite w/dual sinks. The expansive backyard, with its covered patio and view fence, is the perfect place to spend quality time with friends and loved ones! Call NOW!

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/!


$396,000 :: 715 W STRAFORD Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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2 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 1,036 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 11/02/21, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6315559
Community: SUNRIDGE UNIT 4
Tract: SUNRIDGE UNIT 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/12/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


Take a look at this perfectly located nostalgic beauty! Renewed interior boasts fresh palette, a spacious living room w/clean carpet, wood floor in high traffic areas, & a bright dining w/doors to the backyard. Well maintained kitchen offers ample white cabinets, built-in appliances, track lighting, & a garden window overlooking the backyard. Sizable bedrooms with ceiling fans, closets & soft carpet. Full bathroom comes w/neutral tile flooring. Large backyard features a covered patio and great potential to transfer into a Desert Oasis. Close to many restaurants, shopping centers, & easy access to AZ-87. Don't miss it!

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/!


$479,400 :: 1200 W KINGBIRD Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,525 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 01/14/22, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6341244
Community: CLEMENTE RANCH PARCEL 18A
Tract: CLEMENTE RANCH PARCEL 18A
Status: Active


Beautiful single level home in Clemente Ranch neighborhood. The property is super clean and provides an open concept kitchen and family room. Extra living area is perfect for a formal living room or office area. Large master bedroom has en suite bathroom with separate soaking tub and shower and a large walk-in closet. Completely remodeled home has beautiful granite counters in the kitchen and both bathrooms, new appliances, vaulted ceilings, tile flooring, and ceiling fans in all rooms. Interior and Exterior as been freshly painted. This home is on a oversized lot with a grass backyard and a covered patio provides shade perfect for your BBQ. Property is ready to move in!!!!

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/!


$598,000 :: 1692 S ROCKWELL Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 01/07/22, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6338917
Community: LYONS GATE PHASE 1 AND 2
Tract: LYONS GATE PHASE 1 AND 2
Status: Conditional


This stunning corner lot home could be yours today. Step inside to an absolutely beautiful interior and accents. A open floor plan with cheif kitchen that features stainless steel appliances, double ovens, granite counter tops & walk-in pantry. Newer upgraded gorgeous flooring & 61/2'' baseboards t/out- no carpet, a family room w/stone wall & an electric fireplace. 5 bedrooms w/ 2 of them master bedrooms, 1 bedroom down stairs & 4 bathrooms. This home shows pride of ownership w/newer interior & exterior paint, flooring, baseboards, lighting & kitchen appliances. Enjoy relaxing in the resort like backyard. The house has a fabulous 4 car tandem garage w/ plenty of custom cabinets & 220amp. You truly need to see this home to appreciate it's beauty!! This one will go quick, MUST SEE TODAY!!

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/!


$665,990 :: 3884 E DOGWOOD Place, Chandler AZ, 85286

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,323 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 01/14/22, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6342450
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCELS 16 AND 18
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCELS 16 AND 18
The price of this listing was last increased on 1/16/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful single level home located in the very popular Layton Lakes Community. This home has a split floor plan with 4 bed/2.5 bath plus a den/office. Master bedroom includes two walk-in closets. Three car tandem garage with epoxy coated floor. Water softener and reverse osmosis are included. Wood-like tiles throughout house except for bedrooms and den. Beautiful kitchen with quartz counters, pantry, large island with breakfast bar. Excellent School District. It's a must see. Do not miss out on this opportunity.

Listed with Prestige 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/!


$601,000 :: 907 E ENCINAS Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,699 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 01/04/22, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6337422
Community: CIRCLE G MEADOWS 3
Tract: CIRCLE G MEADOWS 3
Status: Active


This Gilbert two-story home offers an in-ground pool, 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/!


$1,825,000 :: 4327 E Capricorn Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 5,638 sq ft
Lot Size: 18,731 sq ft
Added: 01/16/22, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6340419
Community: CITRUS PRESERVE/ VASARO
Tract: CITRUS PRESERVE/ VASARO
Status: Active


Welcome to this one-of-a-kind Tuscan beauty! Notice the distinctive architecture at every turn - from unique ceiling features in every room, to art niches and a 400+ bottle, temperature controlled wine cellar. The main living area features gourmet kitchen w/double islands; great rm w/FP; formal dining; & game rm w/full bar & pool table. The owner's suite has a gas FP; 2 walk-ins, snail shower & sitting rm. The guest wing offers an office/library & half bath; 3 bedrooms, w/walk-in closets. One has it's own bath w/steam shower; the other 2 share a full bath; plus a den/media room. The backyard is an entertainer's dream: solar heated pool & spa, ramada w/BBQ island, fire ring & expansive covered patio. The 4 car garage is deep with epoxied floor & lots of attached cabinets. MORE pics to come!

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/!


$655,000 :: 4139 E Vaughn Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,829 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 12/03/21, Last Updated: 01/16/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6326341
Community: Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch
Tract: Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/16/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


With treelined streets, sidewalks, lakes with fountains, sports courts, children's playgrounds and front patios, Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch has a timeless charm reminiscent to the time when you were growing up, which you and your family can experience today. This nicely appointed and freshly painted family home has cherry cabinets, granite counters, central vac, jetted master bathtub and upgraded wiring/sound system. There is plenty of flexibility with both family and formal space for your lifestyle. Working from home or need a playroom? The upstairs loft will be perfect for you. Have a 3rd car, extensive tool collection or a hobby? The 3rd garage space provides the flex space you need. Gift yourselves this holiday season with a home to create your own special family memories.

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/!


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