The Expense of Owning a Swimming Pool

Once your swimming pool is installed you may think that the expensive part is over, right? Well, now you have the maintenance and upkeep so the costs are not over. Also, if you want pool accessories such as a diving board, lighting for the pool or maybe an added pool slide later; it all adds up. So what is the average pool maintenance cost? It will depend on the quality of your pool, how large it is and what type it is.

What is the maintenance cost of a standard pool?

swimmingYou will need to keep the pH balance of the water by using chemicals. By using sodium hypochlorite is will raise the pH; and granular acid will lower it. The pH needs to be tested at least once a week to keep it at 7 which is what the pH of water is. You may also have to add additional chemicals if you see algae growing; if it has been extremely hot or there has been a storm.

You will also need to add additional chemical to keep the water clean. Chlorine is often used, and it comes in a powder, liquid and tablet form. So an average cost for chemicals for a standard pool will cost around $180 a year depending on how large your pool is and how long it is open.

If your liner becomes ripped from kids, pets or rough housing; sometimes it can’t be repaired. A new liner will cost about $700 with the labor costing the most. The liner itself is only about $200, but most people can’t replace it themselves so the labor is needed.

Pool covers are another item that really should be in your budget to help prevent evaporation. A low-end pool cover will cost about $140, but if you want to have a higher-end one installed professionally, it may cost around $1300.

What extra costs are there with an in ground pool?

Besides the cost of chemicals to keep your pool clear, pH level correct and algae free, you may need to resurface a fiberglass pool. If your pool is gouged, chipped of cracked, not only does it look terrible but children won’t be safe using it. The cost for resurfacing can average between $650 and $750.

To close, in order to keep your maintenance costs down, monitoring the day to day behavior of family and guests in your pool can affect the costs positively. Everything does experience wear and tear, but keeping your pool maintained and also not damaged by carelessness is one of the best ways to keep ahead of them.

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