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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.
Discounts:
  • Senior discounts are available at a variety of pool services.
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Jackson Pool Service
Amount: $125.00 per month
Posted by: Rich Jackson in Naples, FL.Posted: November 28th, 2016 11:11AM
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: Jackson Pool Service
Everything in one package. Cleaning, scrubbing, chemicals, etc. Hands down the BEST service in Naples.
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Weekly pool cleaning
Amount: $90.00 per month
Posted by: Alive M. in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: September 10th, 2016 11:09AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 33,000Firm: Protege Pool Services
They include everything for $85-$90 and you don't pay if you're not happy. Hugo is greatest pool guy working for Protege Pool Services
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Average monthly price in Houston
Amount: $150.00 per month
Posted by: Jesus Perez in HOUSTON, TX.Posted: July 24th, 2016 08:07PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 100Firm:
This includes a full weekly service
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Weekly Pool Maintenance Done Right
Amount: $120.00 per month
Posted by: Jen K in Oak View, CA.Posted: August 17th, 2015 09:08PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 20,000 galFirm: ProClean Pool Care
I have been using a local company called ProClean Pool Care for awhile now. They charge me $120.00 a month for weekly service. Great deal since I was being charged $160.00 a month from my previous pool company and they didn't do half the job ProClean does. They are reasonably priced on filter cleans and don't over charge on repairs. The owners Chuck Sr. and Chuck Jr. are always easy to reach and willing to answer all of my questions. I have recommended them on many occasions and everyone seems very satisfied.
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are you people crazy
Amount: $180.00 per month
Posted by: jim Stack in Birmingham, AL.Posted: August 13th, 2015 01:08PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 800Firm: greengoaquatics
I own a service company. I work 70 plus hours a week and have 46 pools I make about $32000 a year charging this rate.
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Monthly pool service
Amount: $95.00 per month
Posted by: Joann M. Kujawa in Glendale, AZ.Posted: July 7th, 2015 07:07PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 270Firm: Cool pools
Cool Pools does everything and I do nothing. They brush, skim, empty baskets, adjust chemicals with the chemicals included, backwash, and vacuum when necessary though I have a pop-up cleaning system. They also inspect my pool equipment on every visit and let me know when something may need to be repaired.
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Weekly Service
Amount: $145.00 per month
Posted by: LAS in Dallas, TX.Posted: June 28th, 2015 11:06AM
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: Blue Lagoons
We pay $145 a week for weekly service including cleaning and chemicals. A filter cleaning is $99 and is done twice a year.
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POOL CLEANING
Amount: $85.00 per month
Posted by: SANDY JAMES in PHOENIX, AZ.Posted: June 11th, 2015 05:06PM
Sq Ft of Pool: 25Firm: PROTEGE POOL SERVICES
THEY DO IT ALL! I DO NOTHING! FOR $85 A MONTH FOR WEEKLY CLEANING AND THAT IS HALF OF MOST COMPANIES CHARGE!
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Weekly pool cleaning in Phoenix, Az
Amount: $125.00 per month
Posted by: Sandie Micheal in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: June 6th, 2015 09:06AM
Sq Ft of Pool: 20000Firm:
Let's get real. You can't find a company in AZ under $100 a month that will do it all so you don't have to d I anything at all. I finally found Protege Pool Services in Peoria, AZ that only charges $85 flat rate a month and they do it all. And they don't lock you in a contract and never have hidden or additional fees. I have had a pool for 20+ years and this is the only company that has done an amazing job. My old company said $90 a month but added extra for vacuumvacuuming, backwashing, and more. Not Protege , they have been great.
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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 tablet.in 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 peterborough ontario
Amount: $300.00 per month
Posted by: johnny5 in Peterborough, Other.Posted: February 26th, 2012 08:02AM
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: poolboys
the price that are mentioned in this post are absolutely way to low. maybe in 1980 the only way a business could even come close to these prices is if everything was under the table and he lived next door. completely unreasonable
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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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