Having a pool is a great way to cool off in the warm summer months and brings the whole family together. But for many pool owners, keeping up with regular maintenance can be a challenge – especially when it comes to keeping the pool clean and functioning. Professional pool cleaning services are a great way to free up time and keep your pool looking great all year long.
Here’s what you need to know about professional pool cleaning services to help you decide if outsourcing your pool cleaning is a good move for you.
What are pool cleaning services?
Pool cleaning companies keep your pool looking pristine and operating well. Many companies offer weekly and monthly service packages for pools of all shapes and sizes. Using a service for regular upkeep can help prevent costly repairs down the line.
What does a pool cleaning service do?
Pool cleaning services cover a range of different maintenance and cleaning jobs. A few responsibilities include:
- Check and maintain pH levels and pool chemicals
- Skim debris from the water surface
- Vacuum the pool floor
- Check and maintain the proper water level
- Clean pool filters and automatic cleaning systems
- Winterization — closing the pool to prepare for winter
- Opening — get the pool up and running after winter
How do I hire a pool cleaning service?
You can easily find pool cleaning services online by doing a quick Google search. You can also browse an online platform like HomeAdvisor or TaskRabbit find a local business that fits your needs and budget.
Be sure to read customer reviews and get a few quotes from several pool cleaners. The pool cleaning service will likely send someone to assess your pool, including its current condition, size and how easy it is to access.
How much does a pool cleaning service cost?
Many pool cleaning professionals charge $75 to $100 per hour, on average. They may also charge a flat fee for a specific service, such as opening or closing a pool for the season.
Many pool cleaning companies offer regular cleaning and maintenance packages. Here’s what you might pay for a few different pool projects:
|One-time cleaning only||$230|
|Opening or closing only||$450|
Pros and cons
Here are a few benefits and limitations of hiring a pool cleaning service.
- More convenient and saves time
- Uses higher-end equipment for a more thorough cleaning
- Ensures your pool is clean to professional standards
- Proper maintenance can help prevent costly repairs in the future
- Pricier than doing it yourself
- Not all pool cleaners offer the same services – so you’ll need to do your research
What to consider when hiring a pool cleaning services
Pool cleaning services do more than skim the floating leaves from the surface of a pool. Here are a few things to consider before you commit to a cleaning service:
- Expertise. Hire a pool technician familiar with engineering, chemistry, plumbing and your pool’s electrical system.
- Pricing. If you’re signing up for a contract, ask about how many visits you’ll get. Find out if the quote includes the maintenance products, including pool chemicals and replacement filters.
- Reviews. Make sure their customers are raving about their service.
- Insurance. The business should have liability insurance in case of accidental damage.
How should I prepare for a pool cleaning service?
All you need to do is grant the pool cleaners access to your property. Many companies bring their own equipment and chemicals.
If your pool chemicals and materials aren’t included in the quote, be sure to show the technician where you store your pool’s equipment.
Do I need to be at home for a pool cleaning service?
It depends. If a pool cleaner can gain access to your pool while you’re not home, you won’t need to be there. However, if they also need access to your property or outbuildings, you’ll need to be home or have an arrangement with the service.
A pool cleaning service helps look after your pool so that it’s ready for use at all times. On top of basic cleaning, many services also help maintain your swimming pool’s water chemistry and make sure its filters, equipment and settings are running properly.
Since pool companies offer several packages, be sure to compare a few quotes to find one that meets your needs and budget. If you’re in need of other cleaning services, check out our guide to see where else you can get help around the house.
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