If owning a pool has always seemed like fun, you should know that maintaining a pool can be less rewarding and prestigious, and it does come down to a bit of work.
Most of the time the “services” that need to be done for a pool can be done by the homeowner, but in other cases, you will have to hire a professional for the job at hand.
Maintaining a pool is not optional. This is something you will have to do, otherwise, your pool will become stagnant and it will attract algae, mosquitos, and other health issues.
Plus, a scummy-looking mosquito-filled pool is not attractive! It’s important to keep a schedule for things like:
- Skimming – This needs to be done weekly and costs anywhere between $100 to $200 a month.
- Vacuuming – This needs to be done on opening and closing the pool and will cost around $600 a month.
- Brushing – Brushing will need to also be done 1x a week and costs $100 to $200, but usually, it’s combined with skimming
- Cleaning and changing of filters – This will need to be done monthly and costs around $100 to $200 a month.
- Pool heater maintenance – Checking on the pool heater and adjusting the temperature will also need to be done daily and will cost between $75 a $250 a month for an electric heat pump.
- This price includes both the service of checking and adjusting, as well as how much the electricity bill will be.
- Water level – This will require $30 to $60 a year in water costs.
- Maintaining the PH of the water – This is something you can do on your own or hire someone, it doesn’t take a lot of ingenuity to check and maintain the PH, but it does cost about $80 a month in test kits and chemicals.
- Winterizing – Winterizing involves draining the pipes and getting them ready for colder weather – this will cost $150.
- Reopening – This involves making sure it’s ready for the new season and costs around $150.
Keep Working On It!
If this seems like a lot of work, it is! This is why a lot of people tend to do the easy things on their own and then hire someone to do all of the hard work for them.
Not only the hard work but a pool service company will set a schedule and stick with it; it’s their job to keep your pool maintained.
Most of the time when you hire a pool maintenance company it will cost anywhere between $75 to $100 an hour – but of course, this also depends on how big your pool is and your location.
You can also maintain it yourself, in which case you will need a skimmer for $10, a vacuum for $600, a brush for $30 plus you will need to buy all the chemicals and products yourself and take a crash course on owning and maintaining a pool.
It comes down to money, to be honest. If you want a pool and don’t mind the hard work, then a hefty investment isn’t needed. If you don’t want to do the work and want to reap the benefits; hire a company to do it for you.
Beyond all the work you have to do for the pool, there are also some chemicals you will have to handle. For some people, it’s not the work of a pool that scares them into hiring a company, it’s having to deal with chemicals and the preparation of the pool for the year.
If you’ve never done this before this can seem like a nerve-wracking situation having to deal with Algaecide, Chlorine, Bromine, etc.