Cost To Maintain Your Swimming Pool
One of the biggest benefits of any do-it-yourself (diy) project is the amount of money you end up saving. Saving money is crucial around this time of year. But, how much money are you actually saving within your diy pool projects?
Is it really worth the time and effort to do it by yourself? Or, is hiring a pool technician money worth spent? In short, what does it cost to maintain your swimming pool?
It would be remiss of me not to mention that every pool is different, which makes every pool owner unique, as well. What you may deem as an easy task may not be for the next pool owner. It is our job not only to inform pool owners that, yes, this is something they can do, but also to provide the necessary content that shows you how.
The purpose of this blog post is to compare the cost-effectiveness of doing projects around your pool on your own versus hiring a pool technician to do it for you. Keep in mind, though, this is not a catch-all solution. Some chores are easy enough to do yourself while other jobs require a licensed professional. Let’s explore a little more.
What can I maintain around the pool?
Although we recommend doing most projects around the pool by yourself, there are areas and equipment that still require certified technicians. Large equipment like residential and commercial heaters, requires a licensed pool technician to handle the installation. You run the risk of losing your manufacturer’s warranty on certain products if you decide to install the unit by yourself. Everything else not mandated is free game.
Still, you may want to check the product’s literature prior to install. They include warning labels like the one pictured to the right. The label indicates that only a qualified installer or service agency should perform the install.
In the manufacturer’s eyes, maintaining equipment is different from installing a piece of equipment. Here is a list of areas many pool owners feel comfortable maintaining themselves.
- Replacing pump and motor
- Replacing pump parts
- Water chemistry/ balancing pool water
- Changing pool light parts (bulbs, gaskets, rings, etc.)
- Pool cleaning
- Opening/closing your pool
- Troubleshooting equipment (pump, filter, cleaner, heater, salt chlorine generator, automation)
- Replacing parts on your filter (sand, cartridges, D.E. grids, O-rings, valves, etc.)
- Replacing liner
When it comes to diy projects, pool owners compare the time and energy spent on doing a project by yourself versus the amount of money a pool serviceman would charge. I enlisted help from a few of our customer service reps who have experience working on pools around the central florida area. Of course, pool maintenance fees vary per city and market, but you should be able to get a ballpark figure on costs.
There are usually two different ways pool companies can charge homeowners for pool maintenance, a flat hourly rate or per job. Our customer service team has experience using both.