5 Pool Maintenance Mistakes That Cost you Money

Having a pool is a wonderful thing but like most wonderful things, it comes with a number of responsibilities. Whether you’ve outsourced pool maintenance to your favorite pool cleaners or have chosen to do it yourself, you need to take a look at these five common maintenance mistakes because they can cost you money in the long run.

  1. Forgetting to scrub and brush your pool can lead to bacteria build up

Scrubbing and brushing your pool thoroughly will help you avoid algae and bacteria build up. While this task can take a lot of time, you’d be saving on costs for disinfecting your pool.

Apart from the costs, you will also be saving your family from possible health risks brought about by bacteria.


  1. Failing to remove metal objects from your pool will result in higher cleaning costs

Rust stains can develop if you leave metal objects in your pool. While removing these stains is easy, you’d need to spend a bit of money to get the job done. If the problem is persistent, you may need to do plaster repair.

Plaster repair can cost a lot of money but you can avoid this by ensuring that you get rid of all metal objects in your pool and keeping an eye out for such objects on a daily basis.

  1. Unbalanced pool water will make you buy more chemicals

You should give your pool the proper chemicals it needs because if you don’t, you’d have to deal with algae and other problems.  If you let it remain unbalanced for long periods, you’d have to treat water with more chemicals to remove algae and may even need to replace your filter cartridge.

It is recommended that you change your filter paper annually. This comes at an average cost of $85. Filters, in general, can last up to 20 years but if you abuse it, its lifespan will be shorter. Replacing the filter itself can cost you around $600.

  1. Not cleaning your skimmer box can result to pump damage

You need to take good care of your pump by cleaning the skimmer box. Do not let too much dirt build up inside because it will cause the motor to pull in more water than it should. If your pump is overworked because of dirty skimmers, your pump will burn out and you would need to replace it and may even require professional pool service to get this done.

One (1) pool pump can cost between $393.34 and $483.49 in Plano while basic labor in the area can cost $50.14 – $60.78. You also have to keep in mind that you will need pool pump job supplies as well. This includes minor components, connection fittings, and the like. This can cost $23.19 – $26.38 for one pump. The total cost would amount to $533.76 – $651.97.  Imagine if you have to replace all pumps!

  1. Failing to run the pumps long enough will cost you money on chemicals

Warning: Running it too long will cause problems too.

Ensure that you run your pumps every day and to keep them running long enough for them to do their job. The question is, how long should you run them?

Our experts say that running them for an hour for every 10 degrees of temperature is a good rule of thumb. If it’s 90⁰ F outside, for example, you’d have to run it for 9 hours. While that sounds rather simple, you should also factor in how many gallons of water your pump can move per minute and how long it can let all the water pass through the filter.

If some of the water do not pass through the filter, your pool can end up dirty and may even look cloudy and suffer from algae infestation. This then results to you purchasing more chemicals to clean it up.

This doesn’t mean that you should run your pump too long though. Some pool owners tend to believe that keeping the pump going 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a good idea. This is unnecessary in most conditions and it can take its toll on your pump. It will also cost you a lot on your utility bill.

Most pool owners have oversized pumps for their pools. A large pump can lead to poor filter performance if the filter is not big enough. You would also have to deal with pump cavitation wherein bubbles are formed in the water contained in the pump. The force needed to let all that water and air out can destroy your pump’s internal parts.

Other pool owners get pumps with lower horsepower to save on their electric bill. While this is a good thing, it is not advisable if your pool is huge. In this case, you’d need a bigger pump and a bigger filter too.

It is a good idea to consult the pump manufacturer about your pump’s performance and whether it can meet your pool’s needs.