A 2017 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that adults who swam regularly had a 28% lower risk of death all around, and a 41% lower risk of death from cardiovascular problems.
So if you can afford a pool, using it regularly comes with real benefits. But with a pool comes a lot of maintenance: cleaning, keeping the water level topped off, and keeping the chemicals balanced. It’s a lot of work for a homeowner to keep up with. This is why so many people seek out a pool cleaning service.
But is it cheaper to hire someone, and what should you expect to pay? What services should you expect from a swimming pool cleaning company? Read on to find out.
The Costs of DIY Swimming Pool Maintenance
It’s possible to maintain your home swimming pool without hiring anyone, but it’s a good idea to consider the costs that come with it. Buying all of the chemicals and tools you’ll need to clean your swimming pool adds up. Not every pool uses the same chemicals, but common pool supplies include things like chlorine, pool shock treatments, and sometimes sanitizers, along with a testing kit to measure the pH and chemical levels in your pool.
- Testing kit: approximately $15
- Chlorine: $30/month on average
- Pool Shock: $10-$40
- Pool sanitizer: $25-$50
Another cost is for cleaning equipment, like pool skimmers, pool vacuums, and different components to keep your pool filter running. A quality pool vacuum can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000. While these costs don’t come up as often, they’re still added costs to maintain your pool, and ones you avoid if you hire a pool cleaning service.
Average Cost of a Pool Cleaning Service
How much you pay for monthly pool cleaning services depends on a few factors.
- How often you want your pool cleaned
- How many services you want to include in your pool cleaning package
- Swimming pool size and type
The average cost in the U.S. is around $229 per month for complete cleaning services. That includes costs for labor and chemicals and includes a full menu of chores involved in cleaning a swimming pool. This can seem like a steep price, but keep in mind how much the individual cost would be for you to buy all of the chemicals, as well as the time you’ll have to spend on doing the work.
Since that number is an average, the cost to service your pool may be higher or lower. Check with a local pool cleaning company for more information and more precise cost estimates.
Hiring a Pool Cleaning Company Can Save You Time and Money
Residential pool maintenance can be costly to do on your own, due to the fact that you have to buy all of the chemicals, tools, and materials yourself. Cleaning a swimming pool is also very time-consuming, between vacuuming, checking chemicals, and maintaining the filter system.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a home improvement expert to keep your pool looking clean and beautiful. A good pool cleaning service can handle every aspect of swimming pool maintenance at a lower price than doing it yourself, and you’ll never have to get your hands dirty in the process.
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