Pool Maintenance Cost

Pool maintenance cost and pool maintenance tips. The ultimate swimming pool care manual and guide for weekly pool maintenance and mistakes to avoid.

Above ground swimming pool maintenance, as well as in ground pools, is and will always be a part of owning a residential pool.

In hotter areas of the country you will see an increase in chemical use no matter how well you take care of the pool. 

You could hire a professional pool service but with the right information you'll probably do it yourself.

As with anything else in life some who knows swimming pool water maintenance can come in handy and is very nice to have if you're busy and need to simplify your life.

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Swimming Pool Care & Maintenance

Giving you an exact number or dollar amount is like asking how many rocks there are in the world. It depends on many factors:

  • Kind of water testing kit
  • Chemical use
  • Length of time you run the pump motor 
  • Evaporation
  • Foreign matter in the pool
  • Hot weather
  • Filtering system and pool filter cleaning
  • Broken/lost parts and equipment, pool equipment repairs, and swimming pool sand filter maintenance
  • Additives
  • Swimming pool winterization
  • Pool maintenance supplies
  • Type of pool (concrete or fiberglass)
  • Type of heating and pool heater repair
  • Length of pool season
  • Closing the pool
  • Your utility provider's rates

Obviously this will be different in each part of the country.

Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance & Cost

Your normal weekly swimming pool care and maintenance would include:

  • Checking and/or removing debris from the pump filter basket
  • Checking and/or removing debris from the skimmer(s)
  • Chemical readings
  • Add water if needed
  • Backwash if needed
  • Check and remove debris from pool cleaner
  • Brush the steps, sides, and bottom of the pool
  • Check the chlorine tablets
  • Listen for any strange noises from the plumbing, pump motor and filter (straining, whining, grinding, gurgurling, etc...)
  • Add any needed chemicals

This is the same for salt water pool maintenance. Doing the above steps twice per week should take around 30 minutes. Again, this is for an average pool maintenance cost.

Average Inground Swimming Pool Maintenance Cost

On average a residential pool owner spends between $50 - $150 monthly on pool maintenance cost . The good news is if you do it yourself you can save a little bit here and there.

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A good water testing kit will ensure your chemicals are balanced correctly. Chemicals for an average 20,000 - 25,000 gallon pool should be no more than around $20 per month.

According to the National Association of Realtors inground swimming pools can add an average of 7.7% to the value of a home. In the southwest part of the U.S. a pool can add 11% but in places like the midwest only 6%.

To break this down even further lets take the worst case scenario. In Arizona where temperatures can reach 115 degrees you'll probably spend about $1.25 per day on chlorine tabs for a total of $37.50.

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About $15 - $25 per month on pool chlorine and muriatic acid. You're now up to $62.50. Then add any algaecides, Sodium Bicarbonate (for alkalinity) and water use (evaporation and drag off) and you could be near $80 per month.

We haven't even touched on broken parts, DE filters, and electricity use.

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Or for about $100 - $120 per month for your pool maintenance cost you could have someone come in and clean your pool for you. It's completely up to you. 

Chart - Super-Chlorinate Your Pool

(Amount Needed to Reach 10 ppm)

Type Of Swimming Pool Chlorine POOL GALLONS
1,000 5,000 10,000 12,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 50,000
Sodium Hypo 10 oz. 1 3/4 qts. 3 1/4 qts. 1 1/4 gal. 1 2/3 gal. 2 gal. 4 gal. 6 gal.
Lithium Hypo 4 oz. 1 1/4 lbs. 2 1/3 lbs. 3 1/2 lbs. 4 3/4 lbs. 6 lbs. 12 lbs 18 lbs.
Dichlor 2 1/4 oz. 11 oz. 1 1/3 lbs. 2 lbs. 2 2/3 lbs. 3 1/3 lbs. 6 3/4 lbs. 14 lbs.
Calcium Hypo 2 oz. 10 oz. 1 1/4 lbs. 2 lbs. 2 1/2 lbs. 3 1/4 lbs. 6 1/2 lbs. 13 lbs.

Cyanuric Acid (stabilizer/conditioner) Levels

Cyanuric Acid Minimum Chlorine ppm Goal Chlorine ppm
20 1.5 2.5-3.0
30 1.5 3.5-4.0
40 2.5-3.0 4.5-5.0
50 3.5-4.0 5.5-6.0
60 4.5-5.0 6.5-7.0
70 4.5-5.0 7.5-8.0
80 5.5-6.0 8.5-9.0
90 6.5-7.0 9.5-10

By keeping an eye on your cyanuric acid level, your sanitizer will do it's job properly and you may not need any extra swimming pool chemicals. 

Things To Consider

Think about pool maintenance costs when buying a house and:

  • The age of the pool
  • If it's 10 - 12 years old you might be headed for some repairs. Better get the pool inspected first. Many pool owners spend a couple hours a week skimming, scooping, taking chemicals readings, backwashing, brushing etc... Ask yourself if you're prepared for this responsibility.
  • Will you use it? And how often? If only once or twice per month maybe it would be better to check out your public swimming pools. If once or twice per week or more than look into owning a pool.
  • Can you afford the pool maintenance cost?
  • If you're in a hot area then your chemical use will go up. If a cooler climate your heating might go up.
  • Unless you're in the business of buying and selling homes with swimming pools a pool in the most strictest of senses is not an asset.
  • But if you plan on staying in your house for a long time and plan on using your pool then your swimming pool chemical maintenance cost will not matter as much. It's probably money well spent.  

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