Most pool owners have a desire to keep their pools clean and well maintained so they’re ready to use and enjoy. However, actually achieving this goal is going to take some effort on your part, or you could hire someone to maintain your pool for you. Whether you need to do this will depend on some important factors, which are discussed below.
One way to tell if pool maintenance is something you should hire out or do yourself is to compare costs. When you hire a professional to do the work, he or she will bring all the chemicals and equipment required to maintain your pool, whether it’s a conventional pool or a salt water pool. If you do it yourself, you’ll need to invest in the things needed to take care of cleaning, water balancing, and other pool maintenance tasks. Typically, this list includes:
• Pool chemicals
• A pool vacuum, skimmer, and other similar equipment
• Pool water test kits
• Filter replacement cartridges
You may also need replacement parts and a few other things now and then. On average, it costs anywhere from $80 to $150 per month to maintain a pool.
Naturally, a larger pool is going to take longer to properly maintain than one that’s smaller. This brings us to the related time factor. You’ll likely spend about 45 minutes to an hour each week to maintain your pool. However, you’ll get more efficient once you get used to the process. Still, you’ll have to determine if you really have the time to do this yourself, especially if you already have a fairly busy schedule.
As mentioned above, a pool expert or pool care service will bring all the necessary tools and materials and take them away once the work is done. But if you’re doing pool maintenance yourself, you’ll need to store your pool vac, water chemicals, and other stuff you’ll be using on a regular basis. For instance, if you prefer to free up your storage space for other purposes or you’d rather not have to worry about restocking supplies, you’ll likely appreciate hiring someone.
A professionally maintained pool is usually going to look better than a DIY-maintained one. This is simply because experienced pool cleaners typically have a lot of experience with using equipment and taking care of other maintenance steps. They also often use professional-grade equipment. On the other hand, if you’re diligent about how you clean and maintain your pool, you may be able to get similar results yourself.
Lastly, a pool maintenance professional knows how to spot potential issues early while cleaning and maintaining a pool. Getting an indication of possible pool problems sooner rather than later can save you time and money by allowing you to act early by replacing worn filtering system parts and taking other preventative steps.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, maintaining your pool on a routine basis can prevent damage to its mechanical systems, keep it clean, and ensure your family will be able to enjoy it for many years to come. If you haven’t yet built your pool, reach out to San Diego Pools, the pros with decades of experience. We are one of the premier pool companies in San Diego, and our team of pool design and construction experts is dedicated to building exactly the pool you want and providing you with the highest-quality service in the industry. To get started on building the pool of your dreams, call us today at 888-707-7786.