The pleasures of owning a pool come with associated maintenance costs that vary from one city to another and one state to another. It depends on size of the pool and weather. Typically, maintenance can cost about $100 to $150 per month, you could find pool services on Talk To Bruno and get an annual maintenance contract which can save you money. Suppose your pool has not been used for a long time, then you would need a thorough clean, including removal of debris, sanitization, water filtration and more at least twice a year. Pool owners should budget for $3000 per each year to keep their pool in top condition.
There is plenty to do to keep your pool looking sparkling and clear. If it is concrete pool then you will be advised to get the sides and bottom thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned, cleaning fiberglass pools is relatively easy and cost less. Technicians will check water quality; even send it to a lab for analysis to find out water hardness and presence of pathogens, if the pH is too high or too low, then appropriate chemicals will be added to bring the pH to neutral level. If there are debris floating around and water appears a bit cloudy then you will have to get the water filtered through a filter pump. Technicians will also use chemicals to kill bacteria, will regularly check the drains to ensure water drains out when needed. Your pool may have a pump and filter that will need cleaning or replacement. There are more serious issues such as water draining away due to a leak as well, all these services fall under pool maintenance and cleaning.
If you notice leaves and twigs falling into the water, do not ignore it, remove all such debris. It is a good idea to have a motor pump and filter, check the backwash filter, the skimmer and pump basket and the cleaner bag. Brush the pool walls and skim the surface to remove floating debris. Your pool technician will be happy to do all these for you. Stagnant water can lead to growth of mold for example, is a good idea to install floating fountains that will keep water circulating through a filter and aerate the water. Use recommended chemicals to keep water free of pathogen and to discourage growth of algae. When you do not plan to use the pool then drain it and cover it with a tarp. Before you start using it in summer, get a technician to give the pool a thorough clean.
It is recommended to get your pool closed by professionals before the onset of winter, professionals will remove the water and will close all openings so that no vermin can get in or debris can choke the pipes, they will cover the pool and secure it for winter. If you live in an area where water freezes a professional service will remove water and plug pipes or fill pipes with antifreeze to prevent pipes from bursting. Before you fill the pool with water in summer you should get it opened professionally. This involves a thorough cleaning, use chlorine shock treatment and rust removal before filling the pool with water for regular use.
Chlorine is typically used for treatment prior to opening a pool and thereafter in water to kill germs, costs about $150. Algae will grow on water exposed to sunlight so algaecides are used to prevent it and will cost you $400. Water needs to be kept sparkling clean for which chemical clarifiers are used, costing about $30 per year. If there are stains or rust, cleaners use chemicals to remove rust and stains that cost about $300. A dirty pool will need thorough cleaning and acid wash for which you pay about $500. Before the technician uses chemicals like chlorine or algaecides, ask them which chemicals they use and if you are sensitive to chlorine, then insist on any other chemical such as hydrogen peroxide. If chlorine must be used then let the technician clean using chlorine and let it stand for 24 hours before you enter the pool.