Most homeowners like to save money, get a good deal, or find a bargain where you can. In this day and age DIY projects are ever growing, and you most likely can find a how-to video on almost anything. Since your swimming pool was a sizable investment in itself, you may think to yourself “How hard can it be? I can just DIY and YouTube my way through pool maintenance.
While some tasks certainly can be done yourself, others may require the expertise of a service professional. Another point to weigh in on is the labor involved. In some instances you may believe you are saving money, but it’ll cost you in time and energy. So let’s go over what you can maintain on your own , and compare it to the things you may wish to have a professional take care of.
What Can you Take Care of on your Own?
Everyone’s level of comfort is different. What one pool owner feels confident doing will vary from another. So take this with a grain of salt. However most pool owners feel like they are capable preforming tasks such as replacing the pump and motor, changing pool light bulbs, painting, replacing parts on your filtration system, replacing the liner, and balancing pool water. Some things that pool owners must avoid taking on are residential and commercial heating and similar projects. This is because they usually require commercial equipment, as well as a license to install. Otherwise, you run the risk of voiding the warranty on certain systems and products.
The cost of maintaining a pool is charged one of two ways. You will be charged either per job or per hour. Most large service companies will charge you per hour due to the ease and safety of charging this way. Some companies choose to charge per weekly service. So what is the difference in cost ? It really depends on your swimming pools specific needs. However as a general rule of thumb pool service companies charge about 100.00 per hour. Most simple jobs only take about one to two hours. Larger jobs such as replacing a pool liner range from about 8-10 hours.
What about weekly/monthly pool service? Most pool owners who take advantage of a weekly service are essentially just paying for a weekly pool cleaning. This can range between 80.00-125.00 a month. This service usually includes skimming, vacuuming, brushing, cleaning and changing filter cartridges or media, balancing the PH/Alkalinity, and shocking the pool. At the end of the day most people will spend between 200.00-500.00 dollars annually on basic swimming pool maintenance.
What it comes down to
At the end of the day the cost of maintaining a pool really depends on you. Do you want to spend the money and have a professional take care of your weekly pool cleanings for you? Do you want to commit to maintaining your pool by yourself and just pay for the cost of chemicals? Premier Pool Service offers multiple different packages to choose from, and at the end of the day you should be relaxing next to your swimming pool instead of worrying about the cost of maintaining a pool.