How Much To Maintain My Own Pool

by Tracy
(Palmerston, NT)

A saltwater pool with chlorinater, gets fornight service at the moment, want to save $.

How much will it cost? Is it worth it/easy and what equipment do I need. We have a vacuum and fuctional pump and filter.

The wet season is about to start, therefore more maintenance required.

Thanks for the question Tracy

First. I'm not sure what it meant by "gets fornight service at the moment" so I'll skip that.

For a salt pool, you'll want to check the salinity level about twice per week. Here are a couple of links about salt pool maintenance and salt water cells:

Salt Water Swimming Pools

Chlorine Generator

Pretty much everything you need to know about salt pools can be found on those pages. I'd encourage you to look over the Q&A page found here:

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

There's much more information over there and many answered questions about salt pools and salt cells.

I'm sot sure of the money exchange from U.S. to Australian currency, but for chemicals, you can expect to spend about $15 - $25 per month on chemicals.

Time cleaning the pool is dependent on the weather, but normally anywhere from 20 - 30 minutes per week. This includes sweeping, netting out any debris, taking and adding any needed chemicals. Obviously if you have a bad wind storm you're going to need to vacuum.

The chemical testing kit you'll want to get is the Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 kit.

Pool Water Testing

Water Testing Kit

You have a good filtration system and vacuum. Get the test kit and understand how to balance the chemicals.

Everything you need to know about pools can be found on this site.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Chemical Questions" category.

Swimming Pool Questions & Answers

Check back to this post for updates or answers.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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How Much Liquid Chlorine Do I Use Just To Maintain My Pool

by Sarah

I have a 16,000 gallon in ground pool in CA. Recently, I have become one of your biggest fans. I was struggling to keep my pool from turning green all spring until we left on vacations do we came home to a swamp. We had the water tested and cya was off the charts. We drained the pool, refilled it, and I followed all your instructions on how to get all the chemicals back in order. Cya is now 30 ppm and my pool looks great, however I am scared to death of having the cya go back up again. I currently have tabs in the pool, but am wondering if I need to take them out and only use liquid chlorine to not affect the cya level. What is your opinion? And how much liquid chlorine do you use ona 16,000 gallon pool just for maintenance?

Thanks for the question Sarah and for the vote of confidence. Tabs contain trichlor and that is chlorine and CYA. For every 10ppm of FC added with tabs you increase the CYA 6ppm. It's a slow process of increasing the CYA but it depends on the amount of tabs you use. There are a couple of ways you can go. First is to not use any more tabs and maintain a CYA of 30 - 40ppm BUT you must be very diligent in taking your FC reading 2Xs per week and dosing your pool with liquid chlorine when it needs it. Your CYA will come down due to rain, splash out and topping off of the pool. Easy way to add some CYA is granular CYA from your pool store. Maybe 1 lb. or so will increase it back up to 30 - 40ppm. 2nd is to use tabs and test the CYA once per month. If it starts to climb up to 60 - 70ppm it'll be time for a partial drain and refill. CYA is one of those necessary evils.

Next is to remember that only under certain situations should you use any kind of granular chlorine. Liquid chlorine will do fine for weekly maintenance and super chlorinating of your pool. Now, for how much chlorine will you go through. That depends on some factors such as sun, heat, usage, splash out, large amounts of organic matter in the pool, etc... All of these will quickly eat up FC. Remember that your pool and your situation is not your neighbor's issues and situation. Yours is unique. But, everything being equal, I'd say you would use 1.5 - 2 gallons a week on average to maintain a FC level of 3 - 4ppm. Two gallons will superchlorinate your pool when you put it in all at once.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone and/or SKYPE consultations. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias. If you purchase a personal phone consult you'll get all 3 eBooks for free.

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Monthly Cost Of An In ground Indoor Swimming Pool

by Ricky

My girlfriend and I are looking at buying a house with an indoor pool. We are curious to about how much the monthly costs would be for winter months versus summer months.

We are allotting about $300 month for the electric for the whole house and about $100 a month for the gas heater during the winter months and about $250 a month for the summer months.

Would this be enough to run and maintain the pool do you think?

To be be able to know what to expect once we purchase this house. Indoor pools scare me sometimes and I want to be prepared before we take this plunge.

Thanks for your help!


Thanks for your question Ricky If you haven't read this page, I would encourage you to do so.

Indoor Swimming Pools..Residential..Inground Cost..Prices

Without knowing the size of the pool it would be difficult to give an estimate, but I will assume that the pool will be heated and used year round.

If the pool has a conventional pool heating system, shop around for a high efficiency pool heater. You can find high efficiency gas heating systems with steady state efficiencies as high as 97%. Electric heat pump pool heaters are also available with coefficients of performance (COPs) in the 6.0-8.0 range when your operate them in warm weather.

A COP of 6.0 is 600% more efficient than an electric resistance heater. If you give the salesman the pool size and the killowat per hour in VA. he could help out.

Also consider a solar swimming pool cover when you're not using the pool. This will decrease evaporation and chemical use.

Get a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 pool water test kit.

Pool Water Testing Kit..Balance..Chemistry

It's the best on the market and can be purchased here:

Swimming Pool Supplies

A few things about indoor pools that you need to know. Check for fresh air returns, exhaust, and dehumidification. Look for condensation everywhere in, on, and around the pool area.

Look for mold in every crack, crevice, and corner. Feel the walls. Do they feel dry or soft and mushy. A soft wall might have mold behind it.

Literally get down on the floor and sniff around for Clorox or other cleaners. This might be a cover-up for mold. Check up in the attic or area above the pool and the rooms adjacent to the pool. Look for condensation everywhere; under the insulation, on the wood or boards.

Do they feel dry or mushy? Is the ceiling or underneath the insulation wet? If they are wet you'll have a big problem with mold later on. If there's any metal in the pool area or attic, is it rusted?

All this could mean the air returns, exhaust, and/or dehumidification is not working. Find out why and what they're going to do to fix it.

Listen for any abnormal humming, grinding, etc... from the dehumidifier or exhaust system. Have them turn on the system and watch it work.

This is 3 years experience of being the pool operator (80,000 gallon indoor pool) at the YMCA and years of having a route of 50 residential and commercial pools in Arizona.

Hope this helps and good luck with your house and indoor swimming pool.


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