If you’re considering having a swimming pool installed, know up front the average cost is around $50,000 for a concrete pool. But the initial construction is just the beginning. Pool maintenance and pool repair can be expensive, too. So, if you’re looking forward to having a swimming pool, make sure you allow room in the budget for these things:

Pool Motor Repair

Every swimming pool will have the expense of chemical treatment and filtration. It is the filtration technology that typically is what needs repair. That equipment is expensive to start with and the repairs by a professional can start at $65 per hour and goes up from there. Realize that doesn’t include the parts. From the filter to the heater, the motor, and the pump, the cost of pool repair can add up fast.

Refurbish Pool Plaster / Replace Pool Liner

Most in-ground pools are concrete or gunite and a coat of plaster finishes then out. If maintained properly, that plaster coating can last up to 20 years. Part of the maintenance is pressure washing the surface. If it becomes necessary to repair leaks, that calls for applying a new coat of plaster, and that cost begins around $6,000 and can be as high as $15,000, depending on the size of the pool and the type of finish. Custom pools are the most expensive.

Pool Filter Replacement

The key thing you need to know about keeping swimming pools clean is to keep the gunk and trash out. You’ll do part of this by hand with a net and skim the top of the pool. But for constant cleaning, that is the job of the filter. Just like your air conditioning filter, if it isn’t clean itself, it can’t do its job. So, on a regular basis, monthly most of the year and daily during high use of the pool, clean it out with your hand and annually, replace it, which can run around $500.00.

Crucial Regular Pool Maintenance

Regular maintenance to swimming pools is crucial, and you can do this yourself or hire a pool company to do it. Regular maintenance consists of vacuuming, empty the pump basket and skimmer baskets, clean the filter, test the water and adjust the chlorine and other chemicals as needed. By doing this maintenance regularly, replacing the filter as needed, you’ll find that you won’t have those nightmare pool repairs you’ve heard so much about.