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How Much Does Pool Maintenance Cost?

Dive right in! Learn about the costs of maintaining your pool using our helpful pricing guide.

Typical Monthly Costs for Professional Pool Maintenance

  • Low-End Estimate: $100/month
  • High-End Estimate: $150/month

Additional Costs for Professional Pool Maintenance

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.

  • Low-End Estimate: $75 per season
  • High-End Estimate: $200 per season

Resurfacing a Pool

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.

  • Low-End Estimate: $5,000
  • High-End Estimate: $10,000

Draining a Pool

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.

  • Low-End Estimate: $70
  • High-End Estimate: $800

Other Pool Maintenance Costs

Running the Pump

You will need to run the pump daily for 4-6 hours to filter the water properly.

  • Low-End Estimate: $20/month
  • High-End Estimate: $30/month

Using an Automatic Pool Cleaner

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.

  • Low-End Estimate: $700
  • High-End Estimate: $2,000

Pool Vacuum

  • Low-End Estimate: $50 (one-time purchase)
  • High-End Estimate: $75 (one-time purchase)

Chlorine Tabs and Other Chemicals

  • Low-End Estimate: $20/month
  • High-End Estimate: $50/month

Pool Cover

Examples include: standard winter pool covers, solar covers, and safety covers.

  • Low-End Estimate: $15
  • High-End Estimate: $4,000

Increasing Your Homeowner’s Insurance

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.

  • Low-End Estimate: Varies
  • High-End Estimate: Varies

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)

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