Annual Pool Maintenance Costs (and How To Save Some Money On It)

Kenneth Wilson

A pool is something great to have for any family home or for anyone who plans to retire in style - as long as they have the means to maintain it. Your family and guests will enjoy the pool as it’s great for get-togethers and leisurely afternoons, but the annual costs of maintaining it is definitely something to consider.

As someone who’s lived in Vermont all their life and just retired to Florida, you can imagine just how uninformed I was about the costs for the upkeep of a pool.

I have learned that throughout the time of having a pool that the costs are more or less dependent on how much time you’re willing to spend on upkeep, if you’re willing to pay someone to do it for you, and whether or not you’d want to have it screened. These are the key factors in determining how much money you’ll be spending annually.

Maintaining your own Pool

If you plan on maintaining your own pool, you can save up for almost a thousand dollars a year.




Pool Chemicals

$600 to $1,300

$850 to $1,750


$250 to $450

And this is just the cost for your first year. Your equipment can last for years if taken care of properly. For pool chemicals, you might need to restock after every four months or more.

Most importantly, your cost will depend on what your pool needs. You might not need a certain pool chemical or tool, so your expenses will decrease. Similar to hiring a service, you also need to add around $100 to $500 for repairs.

Here is the cost of different pool chemicals, equipment, or parts that you may need to maintain your pool:

Pool Chemicals




Balancing Chemicals

For balancing the pH level and treating calcium and magnesium hardness

$8 to $30

Test Strips (50 to 100 count)

A tool used to determine if the pool water chemistry is balanced

$7 to $20


A sanitizer used to kill bacteria and other contaminants

$15 to $65

Pool Shock (Oxidizers)

A chemical used to increase the chlorine levels

$20 to $80

Phosphate Removers

Prevents algae by eliminating phosphates

$15 to $33​​​​

Pool Clarifier

A chemical used to clear cloudy water

$12 to $30

Stain Remover

To eliminate stains and fix water discoloration

$15 to $30


A chemical used to kill and prevent algae

$15 to $25

Surface Cleaner

To clean the pool surface, finish, and accessories

$10 to $39

Filter Cleaner

Used to clean a pool’s filter

$10 ​​​​​​​to $17​

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If you want to learn more about these chemicals, check out our guide on how to keep your pool clean and safe with these pool chemicals.

Pool Equipment




Algae Brush

Used to loosen dirt and debris and to avoid algae buildup

$15 to $20

Telescopic Pole

An attachment tool to help reach deeper parts of the pool

$10 to $21

Manual Vacuum

Used to clean the walls and floors of the pool

$15 to $32

Pool Skimmer

To remove debris on the surface of the pool before it falls to the bottom or clogs the pump

$8 to $20

Leaf Canister

Used to prevent leaves and other debris from clogging the skimmer basket

$30 to $37

Leaf Bagger

To clean a pool floor filled with leaves

$21 to $63

Pool Cover

To protect the pool when it is not being used

$50 to $180

Teflon lube

Used to lubricate valves, fittings, and plugs

$10 to $20

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You can check out these pool equipment in our post on the 11 pool tools you will need to clean and maintain your pool.

Hardware Replacement




Water Pump

$200 to $350

Before buying, check if the pump matches your voltage supply and your wiring is up to code.

Cartridge Filter

$15 to $40

Replace your filter if it has cracks in the end caps, ripped fabric, collapsed inner core, and high PSI reading.

Water Heater

$80 to $160

Replace your water heater when there is mineral buildup or there are insects blocking the tubes.

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Tips when going for this option:

  • You can get an automatic pool cleaner for $580 to $1,000 so you don’t have to often manually clean your pool.
  • I would suggest buying chlorine and filter equipment that isn’t too cheap because again, it will ruin your pool. Cheap chlorine and chemicals can also potentially be unsafe for those swimming in it due to microorganisms not killed off by the chlorine as well as its ingredients. You want to make sure your pool is safe for all those who swim in it.
  • Your self-maintaining might cost less than hiring a professional but if you don’t have it screened then you’re in for a real burden with all the debris and toads you’ll find in your pool and filter.

Hiring a Professional Pool Maintenance Service Crew

If you don't have the time to take maintain your pool, you can hire a professional to do it for you. Getting a pool service company to do the job for you will cost you around $100 to $200 a month. There’s also a separate cost for opening and closing your pool.




Monthly Service

$1,200 to $2,400

$1,800 to $3,550

Pool Opening

$300 to $500

Pool Closing

$300 to $650

If you get your pool service, your annual cost can add up to $1,800 a year - and that’s the lower range with just the basic upkeep. You have to add around $150 to $700 if you need any repairs.

Advantages of Hiring a Pro

They know what they're doing

You're not just paying them for their service but their experience as well. These experts are trained to take care of pools. Aside from cleaning and maintenance, they can also resolve any pool issue you may encounter.

Saves you time and effort

I know you can take care of your own pool, but why spend time and make an effort doing it when you have the budget to hire someone to do it for you. Get them to clean so you can swim.

They are faster and more efficient

Since they are used to cleaning and repairing pools, it will only take them a couple of hours to do it. You don't have to research what pool products to use, how to balance the pool water chemistry, what chemicals you will need to achieve the ideal levels, and more.

Your pool will surely be safe

If you have ever tried balancing your pool water, then you know how difficult it is. A person can easily make a mistake. But with professionals, they can handle this easily and do it properly.

Tips when going for this option:

  • If you’re planning on hiring someone to take care of your pool for you, then hire a licensed and professional bonded pool company.
  • Hiring a company that uses cheap chemicals will eventually ruin your pool and can cause issues to the plaster. This will end up costing you more than what you could have paid for a professional to take care of your pool.

Getting a Pool Screen Enclosure

If you do have your pool screened and would like to save some money from hiring a professional, then I personally don’t think that self-maintenance would be too much of a burden on your time or wallet. The screen enclosure will do a lot of the work for you as you won’t need to worry about critters contaminating or causing problems with your pool’s overall function.

Investing in a screen enclosure for your pool is also a great idea, not only because of the abundant wildlife in Florida but also because there are plenty of thunderstorms and hurricanes that come and go. These are going to dirty and contaminate your pool, making self-maintenance harder on yourself without the screen. Similar to the hiring and self-maintenance, there are also future problems that can arise due to filter problems that will cost you more money in repairs.

I’ve had my pool for a few years now and fluctuated between hiring a professional and self-maintaining but opted for the latter and got a screen enclosure. If this sounds like something you’d also want to opt for, then I strongly advise you to go for this option.

Tips when going for this option:

  • Always check the screens! You don’t want to spend more money on manually cleaning the pool because there were holes around your pool cage.
  • The screen stays around your pool year-round and if you pay generously then you won’t have to worry about replacing it every three years. It’s the same story with the screen enclosures I mentioned in my last post. Having a screen enclosure maximizes the safety of your pool, even if you plan on hiring a professional to maintain it.

After trial and error, our pool has become an extremely nice asset to our home. I’d suggest going for self-maintenance along with getting a screen enclosure. The benefits outweigh the cons and we ended up saving the money we would spend on services that we can easily do ourselves.

With all these things considered, there’s one more thing I’d like to point out which could save you money.

If you live or plan on living in Florida, then be mindful that there’s plenty of beaches in this state. If you don’t want to invest time and money into a pool, you can go to the beach. Heck, there’s the beautiful sand, sounds of the ocean, and the overall relaxation you can expect upon retiring here as I have.

The sunshine state is a popular domain for people who love their water. Consider packing yourself up and bringing a book by the waves each day instead of dumping chlorine in your pool and making the necessary investments for it. The beach is a much less expensive way to enjoy your retirement. The only con there is the obvious factor of not having privacy but if that isn’t a problem for you, then by all means!

Whether you plan on buying a home with a pool, having one installed, going to the beach, or do both here in Florida, the water and sunshine is a greatly desired trait within retirement. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else after retiring. I love having my nieces and nephews over for the summer and they love swimming in our pool, as well as the beach.

Also, the investment we put into the pool pays off since we can just walk straight out of our door and into the water, but going to the beach is also a convenient route since they are located everywhere around this state.

Think about all your options before deciding to live with a pool in your backyard, else you might find yourself in a rut of needlessly spending money and wasting time.

Kenneth Wilson
August 24, 2017
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Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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