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Last updated on May 10th, 2023

Pool maintenance cost guide

A swimming pool can be the perfect addition to your garden in the summer, or even in the winter too if you have a heated or indoor pool. However, a crucial element in keeping your pool healthy is regular maintenance. But what does the average pool maintenance cost?

A swimming pool can be the perfect addition to your garden in the summer, or even in the winter if you have a heated or indoor pool. They can add a touch of the Costa Del Sol to your life with the chance to improve your fitness and host pool parties. Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor heated pool, there’s a design to suit every budget and taste. However, a crucial element in keeping your pool healthy is regular maintenance. But how much does pool maintenance cost?

Swimming pool maintenance cost

Pool maintenance typeUnitCost - lowCost - highAverage cost
ElectricianLabour per hour£35£45£40
Basic pool serviceLabour per visit£45£85£65
Water costPer m3£2£2.50£2.25 (£65-£100 for an average size pool)
Jet washing patioPer project£150£400£275

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You’ll need to factor in the cost of filling your swimming pool and paying for the energy it takes to heat and filter the water. You can use a pool maintenance cost calculator to find out how much the products to keep your pool healthy will cost.

  • Cleaning: Swimming pool maintenance includes removing debris such as leaves, ensuring filters are working correctly and checking the water regularly to determine its chemical composition.
  • Chemicals: You’ll need to purchase chemicals such as chlorine and a chemical testing kit to evaluate the quantities of cyanuric acid, pH levels and water hardness. The average pool maintenance cost for chemicals during one season might cost £300.
  • Opening and closing: Home swimming pool maintenance cost considerations include shutting down the pool for the winter by disconnecting chemical feeders, pumps and heaters. The following spring, you’ll have to pay for reconnection before the pool is cleaned and refilled. Added chemicals will then need to stabilise and be checked before using the pool.
  • Electrical: You’ll need to pay a qualified electrician to install and routinely check the sub fuse box in the pool’s circuit. The cost could be approximately £35 to £45 per hour.
  • Water: It usually costs between £2 to £2.50 per m3 to fill a swimming pool. For a pool that’s of average size, this could cost in the range of £65 to £100.

How much does pool maintenance cost per month?

To keep your pool healthy, you can expect to pay around £45 to £85 in labour per month. This generally includes cleaning the filters and ensuring the pool is safe.

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Salt water pool maintenance costswimming pool maintenance cost

A salt water pool may require different chemicals. However, the maintenance cost should be a similar amount of £45 to £85.

Above ground pool maintenance cost

Maintaining your pool will include keeping the area around your pool in a safe condition. This will usually include jetwashing, sweeping up debris and removing weeds. Depending on the size of the area, you can pay an above ground pool maintenance cost similar to patio cleaning, which will be in the region of £150 to £400.


What happens when a pool is closed for the winter?

The filters and chemical feeders have to be disconnected. It’s best to get a professional pool maintenance expert to do the job for you.

How much does it cost to maintain a pool at the right temperature?

It can cost anywhere from £5 per day to £9,000 per year to heat your pool. Keeping your pool covered when it’s not in use can help to prevent heat loss.

How much does a digital chemical testing kit cost?

A digital chemical testing kit can cost between £50 and £200.

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