Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Driveways, Pools & Outdoor Living > Pool Cleaning

Pool Cleaning Cost


How Much Does Pool Cleaning Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $20-$100 per monthaverage costMedium: $75-$165 per month
post E-mail post Post   Comments (18)

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.
Related articles: Swimming Pool, House Cleaning

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.
Shopping for pool cleaning:
post E-mail post Post   Comments (18)
CostHelper News


3 Ways to Have the Government Pay You Back for Your Energy Efficient Upgrades
Any renovations or upgrades made to your home this year that included energy-efficient appliances could be eligible for some federal energy tax credits. But it's not just appliances. || Posted December 9 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
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!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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:
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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???
Thanks
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Pricing
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
ouch
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Pool Cleaning
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * per month
Sq Ft of Pool: Firm: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Garden Service Cost? How Much Does a Kitchen Remodeling Cost? How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
A 9-miles ride in ambulance with no medical attention cost 1200 in WA
Paid: 1200.00
This is legal rip-off. In my case, just a 9 miles ride from 1 hospital to the other without any medical attention cost me 1200 out of pocket. How can states attorneys and legislators let this happen everywhere... [more]
-TomN
Ambulance Cost
First tat
Paid: 0.00
I am 17 now and I am looking to get a pair of tribal wings on my upper back. This will be my first tattoo and would really like to have some advice about them... [more]
-Dannyboy
Tattoo Cost
All Propane Dealers are NOT crooks!
Paid: 1.89
In January of 2004, I bought my new 1000 gallon propane tank from Anderson's Propane of Bergman, Arkansas. Delivered about 100 miles from Bergman, installed, with a regulator, for a total of $1,519.66... [more]
-Eric Williams
Propane Tank Cost
ripoff
Paid: 15000.00
Family member charged with 7 felony accounts for a single act decided by the officer who took the report. The police report went to the AP and articles in tons of papers. Blown way out of proportion and one - sided... [more]
-America Lost
Felony Defense Attorney Cost
Stress Test
Paid: 1400.00
Agreed to test only as precautionary and peace of mind. Dr. office called ahead to be sure insurance would cover, in-network, etc.... Bill for procedure: 1600.00 (I owed 500... [more]
-DBR
Stress Test Cost
mold
Paid: 5500.00
Shortly after moving into my "new 2006" mobile home, I became aware of a cracked waterline under the house. I had a plumber repair it. This was 2011. In 2014 January I became very sick..found it was black mold under thd house... [more]
-Mary Solberg
Mobile Home Insurance Cost