How much does pool maintenance cost?
Typical Monthly Costs for Maintaining a Pool (Professional Services)
- Low-End Estimate: $100/month
- High-End Estimate: $150/month
Additional Costs for Maintaining a Pool (Professional Services)
- Opening/Closing a Pool
Low-End Estimate: $75 per season
High-End Estimate: $200 per season
Opening the pool prepares it for summer use.
Closing the pool before the winter months involves removing the diving board and slide; attaching the pool cover; and removing water in the pool and plumbing.
- Resurfacing a Pool
Low-End Estimate: $5,000
High-End Estimate: $10,000
Too much chlorine or acid can break down pool walls and tile grout, meaning you will need to replaster the pool.
Consider replastering your pool once every 7 years to keep the pool walls in good shape.
- Draining a Pool
Low-End Estimate: $70
High-End Estimate: $800
Experts recommend that you do not attempt to drain the pool yourself due to the potential of breaking local environmental laws.
Draining your pool potentially exposes it to the harsh sunlight, possibly causing cracks in your pool surface or wrinkles in your pool liner that aren?t easily fixed.
Proceed with caution if you have to drain your pool. Most dark, murky water issues can be cleared up with chemicals without having to drain your pool.
Other Pool Maintenance Costs
- Running the Pool Pump
Low-End Estimate: $20/month
High-End Estimate: $30/month
You will need to run the pump daily for 4-6 hours to filter the water properly.
- Using an Automatic Pool Cleaner
Low-End Estimate: $700
High-End Estimate: $2,000
Robotic pool cleaners are one of the best when it comes to small debris and sand or silt situations.
It is one of the only pool cleaners that scrubs the walls and the tile line. Automatic pool cleaners serve as a great supplemental way to circulate the water in your pool because of the powerful pump inside that vacuums the debris.
While they are among the most expensive types of pool cleaners on the market, they can be a great investment in the right situation.
- Using a Vacuum
Low-End Estimate: $50 (one-time purchase)
High-End Estimate: $75 (one-time purchase)
- Using Chlorine Tabs and Other Chemicals
Low-End Estimate: $20/month
High-End Estimate: $50/month
- Installing a Pool Cover
Low-End Estimate: $15
High-End Estimate: $4,000
Examples include: standard winter pool covers, solar covers, and safety covers.
- Increasing Your Homeowner?s Insurance
Low-End Estimate: Varies
High-End Estimate: Varies
The insurance rates depend on how much coverage you have and will vary by company. Call around for multiple quotes to get the best rate.
Insurance companies always quote the minimum coverage to get customers. However, with a pool, you should consider increasing your coverage and pay the additional money.
Other factors may increase your homeowner?s insurance, including the situation of the house; how common pools are in the area; above-ground vs. in-ground; if there is a fence; if there is a diving board or slide; and other similar questions.
Rates are generally higher in Northern climates where pools are not very common, while rates are generally lower in Southern climates where pools are more common.
What to Expect from Pool Maintenance Companies
A regular weekly pool service package generally includes:
- Brushing walls and steps
- Skimming debris off the water surface
- Checking and adjusting chemicals
- Backwashing the filter as needed
- Emptying the skimmer and pump baskets
- Vacuuming the bottom
- Brushing the tiles (if applicable)