No doubt you had visions of these memories when you made the decision to install a swimming pool in your landscape — but you also know there’s a lot more to having a backyard swimming pool than simply enjoying a dip on a warm, sunny day.
There’s a lot of responsibility that goes with swimming pool maintenance!
Swimming pool maintenance costs will vary depending on the size, material, and style of your pool, as well as how regularly you use it. And, as you’ll see, pool maintenance costs involve more than just money. We’re talking about your valuable TIME!
How much time, effort and cost is involved all depend on being equipped with the right tools for the job — and being willing to take the necessary preventive steps.
We’ve got some general guidelines for the time commitment that swimming pool maintenance will require, regularly, seasonally and annually.
Regular Swimming Pool Maintenance
Every week throughout swimming season, you’ll need to be outside regularly checking your pool’s chemical balance. Depending on your pool’s chemical levels, you’ll need to purchase and balance the chemicals. (Proper chemical balance in your swimming pool is paramount — improper balances can ruin a liner or plaster finish in as little as one to two years!)
You’ll also want to monitor your pool’s equipment, as well as all the cleaning duties of skimming, vacuuming, brushing and more.
You can expect to spend anywhere from four to six hours every week on your swimming pool maintenance, which adds up to 16 to 24 hours every month.
Seasonal Swimming Pool Maintenance
Opening your pool for the season can take up to eight hours in itself, from removing the cover, cleaning and storing it, to filling the pool, cleaning the filter, starting up the pump and doing the initial chemical checks.
In reversing the process at the end of the warm season, closing your swimming pool can also take up to eight hours.
Annual Swimming Pool Maintenance
During the winter, you should be outside regularly monitoring your swimming pool cover for rips and tears, continually brushing debris off the cover and watching the water level. Truly comprehensive off-season swimming pool maintenance will take anywhere from four to six hours a month.
You’ll also want to reassess your pool’s surroundings periodically, from the plants and hardscaping to your pool accessories, and make repairs as necessary.
Total swimming pool maintenance efforts for a year of ownership can be anywhere from approximately 128 hours to 208 hours per year.
And that’s just for regular swimming pool maintenance. If you run into any kind of issues or problems with your pool, you can count on quite a few more hours added on to that number.
When you add the swimming pool maintenance costs of chemicals, repairs and occasional renovations to the mix, maybe it makes more sense to bring in the professionals. They have the right tools for the job, know the preventive steps to take and will let you enjoy your fun in the sun!
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.