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How much to operate your pool?

We're moving into a new house with a pool and I'm wondering. What is the monthly cost on upkeep for your pool? How much do you spend on supplies? Do you have a service or do you do it yourself?


Asked by JawgaMom1 at 9:51 AM on Sep. 3, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • we have a 24 ft round 5 ft deep above ground pool. IT has a 200 lb sand filter on it. It's costs about $20 a month to keep it going. We buy our chemicals from a local pool supplier. 2.5 gallon of straight chlorine costs us $6, we go through 2 a month (sometimes more/less depending on how much rain we get). A gallon of algeacide is $5, that last us pretty much the entire season. We vaccum it ourselves about once a week. We also clean the filter ourselves ,you just back wash the sand filters. It costs us about $20 to close it for the season and another $30 to open it and have it swim ready in two days.

    Answer by LorisChar at 10:24 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Is it in ground or above?

    Answer by salexander at 9:52 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • inflatable kiddie pool?.....or full size?

    Answer by Supe68 at 9:53 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • We don't have one anymore but when we did-in ground- including everything and we did daily service ourselves its about 10K/year- but we had to have it winterized and then opened back up in the summer-maybe yours is open all year long and so you don't have to deal with that!

    Answer by soyousay at 9:55 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • We live in Tucson and have a medium sized in ground pool. We pay a service to do our chemicals because my grandson has eczema and we want them to be as good as possible (I don't want to be responsible if they aren't). The cost for the service is $35 a month and they provide all chemicals. That's it for basic costs. The pump/filter system is made so you can take it apart yourself and take it to a pool store to be diagnosed and you can replace just part of the system. We vacuum the pool ourselves about once a week. You can buy auto vacuums or hire someone to come and vacuum. You have to clean the filter about once a week and it's heavy. I can't pick it up. You just hose it off and put it back in. If you have a service that vacuumes they do this too. It's not hard, it's kind of fun.


    Answer by Gailll at 10:02 AM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Thanks so much, ladies! I didn't think about details such as it's an inground pool and yes, we will close it down in the winter, although probably much later than some areas. It's still hot enough in Oct some years! Thanks again!

    Comment by JawgaMom1 (original poster) at 2:02 PM on Sep. 3, 2010