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How Much Does Pool Cleaning Cost?

low costDo-It-Yourself: $20-$100 per monthaverage costMedium: $75-$165 per month
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In-ground backyard pools require regular service including skimming the pool's surface, vacuuming the pool floor, brushing the walls, emptying baskets and the filter trap, and backwashing the circulation system, according to Better Homes and Gardens. The water must also be tested for sanitization and to maintain a balanced pH level.

Typical costs:

  • Once a week pool cleaners cost $75-$165 per month, based on four visits.
  • Do-it-yourself pool cleaning runs $20-$100 per month for chemicals during the summer after initial purchase of pool tools including a vacuum head and hose from $50, and a maintenance kit with a wall brush, leaf skimmer, test kits and telescopic pole for around $60.
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What should be included:
  • 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 and emptying the skimmer and pump baskets. Some companies include vacuuming the bottom and brushing the tiles.
  • Each pool runs on a filter system--cartridge, diatomaceous earth or sand. As the filter becomes clogged with debris, the back pressure on the filter system rises and the overall flow rate of the swimming pool circulation system drops. Cartridge filters are removed from the unit, then cleaned with a running house, according to About Swimming.
Additional costs:
  • Regular filter cleaning costs around $60-$65. Power vacuuming is intense cleaning for a neglected pool and runs $55-$124 per hour.
  • Pools that are properly covered during the winter will require an opening service that prepares the pool for summer use. Opening costs are around $100-149 which includes an initial chlorine shock, removing cover, re-installing pump, filter, chlorinator, re-installing ladders and diving board.
  • Closing a well-maintained pool runs about $100-$159 and requires draining the water level below the freezing level, clearing water out of the plumbing lines, removing the ladders and diving board and attaching a pool cover.
  • Senior discounts are available at a variety of pool services.
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I clean pools (including my own)
Amount: $60.00 per month
Posted by: Steve The Taskman in Buena Park, CA.Posted: May 4th, 2015 11:05AM
$60 - $100 is the cost of materials (depending on the season and frequency of use) to keep my fairly large pool and pump (which are both over 30 yrs old) sanitized and in working, usable condition. This cost should generally be a bit lower with modern pools and equipment. Two important things: 1) Every pool is unique, and the factors that are involved when pricing a pool's maintenance are numerous, still, they are very straight-forward and pretty simple (are there nearby bushes and/or trees that are constantly "raining" debris into the pool?). These factors combine to form the labor costs and should be clearly stated by anyone bidding for your pool's care. 2) Pool cleaning services are not particularly "regulated" so any pool guy could charge any amount for maintaining a pool. This is actually favorable for competition, but all pool owners should realize this fact and then carefully scrutinize their pool service. Anyone maintaining a pool should communicate additional costs first.
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Pool service
Amount: $249.99 per month
Posted by: celeste contreras in Corpus Christi, TX.Posted: April 12th, 2015 09:04AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 800Firm:
Once a week pool service with chemicals
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Pool Service
Amount: $70.00 per month
Posted by: Century Pools, LLC in Bonita Springs, FL.Posted: October 17th, 2014 05:10PM
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: Century Pools
I own a pool service business and my services begin at $70.00/month. Includes weekly visits:
Chemicals checked and balanced
Pool vacuumed
Walls and steps brushed
Tiles scrubbed
Skimmer and pump baskets
Skimming pool
Coping sprayed with chlorine once a month
Filter cleaned once a month
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What are most you talking about? (Florida Company
Amount: $45.00 per month
Posted by: poolguy in Rockledge, FL.Posted: September 29th, 2014 08:09PM
Sq Ft of Pool: variesFirm: All About Pool Service
First of all the time a pool pump is supposed to run varies with the size of the pool. The price goes down if the pool is screened in, has a cleaner, or leaf catcher. There are lots of variables that change prices of pool care. And most of the time, depending on the type of filter, most are cleaned once a month. Along with ph and cl2 you will need to check stabilizer and alkalinity. And there is still more to it.
No one should allow any pool company to do work without first discussing the reason for the repair with the home owner.
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Reasonable Service
Amount: $140.00 per month
Posted by: alexxelx in Clermont, FL.Posted: July 23rd, 2014 01:07PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 1000Firm: Aqua Wizards Pool Cleaners
Love our service, they come out the same time every week and have never had an issue with out pool!
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Pool Maintenance costs
Amount: $0.00 per month
Posted by: danny2 in palm springs, CA.Posted: June 15th, 2014 10:06PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 20K GalsFirm: Self
First off, every pool is obviously different. Regarding, wind,Location of plants,leaves,debris. Use a floater with a quality summer I add a gal.of chlorine a week. Approx. 1 pint acid. This keeps the PH @ approx.7.5 which is where you want it. This mimics our pH and keeps your skin from itching etc. After firing lazy...that set the pump @ 12 hours a day... I experimented with pump times,in the summer. First 6 hours. Pool stayed clean. Then 4 hours, still clean. After setting the pump between 2-3 hours, the pool stays clean. I could hear the neighbors pump go from sunrise to sunset, and reminded myself, to Never hire them.Pool co. Typically set the pump for extraordinary lengths of time. Experiment with your own pool, and you may be Very surprised to find your pump has been running 300% more than necessary
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Pool service
Amount: $85.00 per month
Posted by: Mariano in Woodland hills, CA.Posted: October 12th, 2013 03:10PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 20000Firm: Sabbatella pool and spa
Best pool service i ever had. They come once a week on same day around the same time. My pool is crystal clear year round.
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Weekly Pool Maintenance
Amount: $85.00 per month
Posted by: 20432Phil in Santa Clarita, CA.Posted: November 3rd, 2012 03:11PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 25000 galFirm:
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Pool Maintenance
Amount: $50.00 per month
Posted by: LMT in Venice, FL.Posted: June 7th, 2012 05:06AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 10000/galFirm: Private Residence
We do all pool maintenance ourselves. We've had a green pool that we had to clean back to clear and blue a few times because of storms and power outtages. To include all chlorine, equipment repair and replacement, algaecide, and clarifier $50-$60 a month is what it costs. If you have someone do it for you they do deserve labor costs above and beyond that.
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Pool Maintenance
Amount: $20.00 per month
Posted by: KMH in Escondido CA in Escondido, CA.Posted: April 28th, 2012 11:04AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 17,000/GalFirm: Private Residence
I'm a 60 year old female and I clean our pool. Pump runs about 4-6 hours a day when it's cold & about 10-12 hours a day when the weather begins to heat up. Kreepy Krauly runs around the pool when the pump is on & I love it. I check the water composition weekly in cold months & about every 3-4 days when the pool water begins to warm up (solar panels); usually more often in the summer when we've temps that exceed 100. I brush down the quartz and tile weekly & clean out the basket and filter trap when necessary. I monitor equipment for problems (Kreepy Krauly too) and keep a watch on filter pressure, but average has been to pull apart and backwash once a year (cartridges). The $20/a month is based on an annual average for chlorine and acid. This is no big deal to me. If I have any mechanical problems I have a guy who will visit at a very, very reasonable price to check things out and fix them for me, but it's rare. It's nice to know I'm saving some bucks.
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Pool Cleaning in Ottawa Ontario
Amount: $320.00 per month
Posted by: B-Con in Ottawa, NY.Posted: January 31st, 2012 12:01PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 400Firm:
I clean pools and I'm good at what I do (very meticulous). If I hire somebody at $15.00/h + gas + insurance + travel time + chemicals then I'm probably making $50 per visit. I could probably charge a little less but my customers are happy to pay it and nobody has every complained. There are some companies around here that charge the same and the guys have no clue what they're doing.
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Pool Maintenance
Amount: $165.00 per month
Posted by: Sherman in Tallahassee, FL.Posted: November 27th, 2011 11:11AM
Does the pool need maintenance every week during the winter? The pool in in Tallahassee,FL and not in use during the winter (4-5 mths). There is no cover on it. The $165 isn't a bad price, but it's a rental house and I'd really like to cut expenses if I can. Maybe every other week?
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Are we paying too much?
Amount: $2,300.00 per month
Posted by: raymond69 in Alhambra, CA.Posted: May 13th, 2011 05:05PM
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: Raymond
I'm a new manager for a private health club We have 3 pools 1st70,000 gal.2nd 20,000gal and 3rd 16,000. also we have 3 spas 1800 gal. each, they service 3 times a week including chlorine and acid. is this a fair price???
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Pool Management/Maintenance
Amount: $380.00 per month
Posted by: Krista in Jackson, NJ.Posted: January 30th, 2011 04:01PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 1296Firm: Premier Pool Management
I used Premier Pool Management and they were not only reasonable but were also very professional and provided excellent pool services. For a medium size pool of 1296 square feet the charge was $380.00 for the Premier Package which included:
- Pool vacumming
- Pool surface skimming
- Filter backwashing
- Skimmer basket cleaning
- Tile cleaning
- Chemical testing
- Pump basket cleaning
- Pool equiptment inspection
- Chemicalization (chlorine & pH management)
- Pool walls & floor brushing
- Detailed inspection/report
They also provided great deals on pool maintenance service! Well worth it! Best pool management company I've used so far and will definitely use them again.
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Amount: $350.00 per month
Posted by: joe schmo in Frankling Lakes, NJ.Posted: December 4th, 2010 01:12AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 35000Firm: NEpools
pool closing start at $350 in the NEast however Pricing varies by area and region in the south (FL,GA,SC, ect) weekly visits are cheeper at like $40-$60 a visit because their season is longer or all year round .In the NE weekly visits run from $75-$95 weekly. I tell my customers a pool is like an expensive vintage car (Corvette,Porsche,Ferarri) its a luxury and very expensive to maintain. you dont see pools in the Ghetto do you? No its a luxury. And yes to repair as they see during a weekly visit is normal if it wasnt repaired chances are you would call in a few days and say my pool is green and its the pool companys fault. Also most company include Chemicals with their weekly service rate except for chlorine or shock, witch youd spend well over $250 on pool chems if you went to a store so your better off letting the pros do it for a weekly rate.
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maintenance price
Amount: $350.00 per month
Posted by: Heartland Pool & Spa in Hartland, WI.Posted: August 23rd, 2010 04:08PM
We do pool maintenance and $400 a month is NOT
out of line. We charge $95 for a trip charge
and the 1st 1/2 hour for a normal service charge.
Paying a worker to add chemicals and to clean once a week is expensive. We don't make very
much money after all expenses are paid.
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pool cleaning
Amount: $0.00 per month
Posted by: a user in houston, TX.Posted: July 3rd, 2010 12:07PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 36000 galsFirm: myself
I clean my own pool its a lot cheaper
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Amount: $268.00 per month
Posted by: bjtaylor in Birmingham, AL.Posted: May 6th, 2010 05:05PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 42 x 18Firm: Shoemaker
They will use a blower and blow the deck, each visit as adding chemicals. I feel it is over priced also.
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price gouging?
Amount: $300.00 per month
Posted by: rho in TALLAHASSEE, FL.Posted: April 5th, 2010 11:04AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 36' by 18' 8 ft deep at deepest pointFirm: SWAIN POOLS
I just get the feeling that I'm being overcharged for the service done to my pool. I just cant seem to get this guy to come down on the price. Very close to changing pool service providers.
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daily pool maintance
Amount: $400.00 per month
Posted by: Jimmy G in san Jacinto, CA.Posted: November 16th, 2009 10:11AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 2 poolsFirm: independent
I have one lap pool 3 lanes (2700gals and 1300gal spa they are used a lot semi private pools need to be maintained daily. Is this a fair price for two pools
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previous post
Amount: $125.00 per month
Posted by: wassermann pool & spa in Anaheim, CA.Posted: August 31st, 2009 07:08PM
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: Wassermann pool & spa
In regards to the previous post: You absolutely are paying way too much! You need a new pool service. I am a professional pool service owner, CPO and CPI certified and my average monthly rate is $125 a month for a pool your size more like $105.
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Our Service is WAY TOO expensive compare to the quote here
Amount: $400.00 per month
Posted by: Unhappy Customer in Vienna, VA.Posted: June 12th, 2009 02:06PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 18000 galFirm: F&K Pool Servie in Vienna, VA
Their opening service is $225, vacumm, 1/2 hour, $90, weekly maintenance, basically throw some chemicals, $85, AND, they do the repair work without informing us the problem, just leave us a bill and charge whatever they think they should. Is this the common practice of the industry?
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