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How to Save Money on Pool Maintenance

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Pool Maintenance

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to lower your costs while still getting the most out of your pool. Here are some tips for keeping your water clean and clear without breaking the bank:

Keep the pH levels in balance.

The pH level of your pool should be between 7.2 and 7.8. If it’s too high or low, it can damage your pool equipment and make cleaning the pool more difficult.

You have two options for keeping this range in check:

  • Add muriatic acid or sodium carbonate to raise the pH if it’s too low; add soda ash or sodium bicarbonate for lowering it if it’s too high. A test kit will tell you whether you need to adjust the pH levels at all, but if the water looks cloudy or has a foul smell, there’s a good chance that the pH needs some adjusting!
  • If you prefer not to mix chemicals on your own, consider using a test kit instead of testing with litmus paper (which has limited accuracy). There are several different types available—you just need one that measures both alkalinity and pH levels simultaneously! If you already own an algae control system such as chlorine dioxide tablets then look into buying an inexpensive digital tester instead of buying individual test strips separately (even though those work fine). This way all three chemicals are being measured together so there won't be any surprises when determining whether something needs adjusted further down the road."

Know when to replace the filter.

You need to know when it's time to replace your pool filter. If your filter is more than 3 years old, then you might want to consider replacing it.

The reason for this is because older filters have a higher likelihood of clogging and other malfunctions. While they may still work, having an older filter could mean that you're not getting the best performance out of your system, which in turn can lead to spending more money on maintenance than necessary.

Other times when you should consider changing out your filter include:

  • When it is clogged with debris or other contaminants that are preventing water from flowing freely through the system (like leaves)
  • When it appears damaged (like if there are holes or tears)
  • If it isn't working properly--for example, if there are leaks coming from somewhere

Regularly clean the pool deck.

Make sure you clean the pool deck regularly. Cleaning your pool deck every week will help keep it looking and feeling brand new. You can use a pool brush to scrub off debris and algae, which will help prevent any buildup from forming on your tiles or wood. You can also use a pool vacuum on the deck for deeper cleaning, especially if you have a lot of algae that has grown over time.

If you don't want to do all of this work yourself (we get it—it's hard work!), there are some great products out there that make cleaning your pool deck easy as pie. These products include:

  • Pool Deck Cleaner
  • Pool Tile & Vinyl Cleaner

Clean out the skimmer baskets regularly.

Skimmer baskets are an important part of pool maintenance, as they collect leaves and other debris that can clog your filter. They should be cleaned out at least once a week. If you have a lot of leaves in your area, or if it has recently rained, then you may want to clean the skimmer baskets more often.

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Avoid algaecides and chemicals whenever possible.

  • Use a pool cover. A pool cover helps keep the water clean and reduce evaporation. It also prevents algae from forming on your surfaces, which can save you time and money in the long run.
  • Use a pool pump with a timer. Pumps are necessary for circulating water through the equipment, but they also use energy if left running constantly throughout the day and night—and that costs money! If you have an automatic timer on your pump, set it to turn off when you're not using it so that your bill isn't unnecessarily high at the end of each month.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner instead of chemicals to clean up algae buildup in your filter basket or skimmer basket by sucking it out instead of spraying it away with chlorine bleach (which will stain everything around). This may not work well if there's too much debris in those areas already though—and having too much debris could mean there's something wrong with how often/deeply you're cleaning those parts out manually before using them again (i..e., every time after emptying them into another bucket)

Clean your tile with baking soda or a vinegar solution.

Clean your tile with baking soda or a vinegar solution. Baking soda is great for removing hard water stains from your pool tiles, and it's also good at preventing them in the first place. You can sprinkle some baking soda on your hand and then rub it onto the tile to get rid of any stains that may be present; this method is best used when you're just starting out with cleaning up the build-up on your tiles. Vinegar works well if you have a more extensive buildup of calcium and other minerals on your tiles—just combine half an ounce each of white vinegar, salt and warm water in a spray bottle and shake well before using it!

After cleaning, rinse away all residue using clean water so that everything looks as fresh as possible when you're done! Make sure that every last bit gets washed away; otherwise there will be spots left over which could end up causing damage over time (ie: pitting). Afterward just dry off everything thoroughly before putting back into service again."

Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when you're not using the pool.

If you're not going to be using your pool, use a pool cover. This will help keep out pests and debris, which can reduce the need for more frequent cleaning. A pool cover also helps keep your water clean and warm—if it's in the sun all day, algae will grow faster on top of the water. If algae builds up on your sides or bottom of the pool, it can cause an unsightly green scum line that is hard to remove from either side of the surface. You'll have to scrub it off every time you use your pool if you don't want to see this ugly line when swimming!

A good cover will also protect against kids jumping on top of them (and possibly breaking them), animals falling into them accidentally (or intentionally), sunlight damaging any exposed surfaces like paint jobs or plaster work around decks/patios where they might sit down too close by chance when visiting friends nearby neighborhoods with similar-sized properties like theirs...etcetera...plenty reasons why having a good quality cover makes sense both financially as well as environmentally friendly way too!

Use a solar heater instead of a gas heater for your pool.

Instead of using a gas heater to heat your pool, try a solar heater instead. Solar heaters are much cheaper to run and more energy efficient than conventional gas or propane heaters. Plus, they can help reduce the amount of chemicals you need in order to keep your water from getting too cold or dirty!

It's not just about saving money either; it's also better for the environment because it doesn't release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere like conventional heating systems do (and if you're looking at ways that you can be more sustainable as part of a New Year's resolution, this is one easy way!)

Use rainwater to fill your swimming pool instead of relying on municipal water.

The more you can use rainwater, the less money you'll spend on your pool. Rainwater is softer and gentler on your pool's equipment, so it won't break down as quickly. It's also free! So if you have a rain barrel, make sure to use it in place of municipal water when filling up your swimming pool.

You can also install a rain garden in order to catch as much rainfall as possible that would otherwise run off into storm drains and eventually into nearby rivers or lakes. A rain garden will filter out pollutants before they get carried away by runoff water, making it safer for fish and other wildlife in nearby bodies of water (and safer for them too).

These tips will help keep you from spending too much on pool maintenance

  • A pool cover can help save you money on heating costs
  • A solar heater is a great way to keep your pool warm without spending any extra money
  • A solar heater can also help reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to the water, which will save you money on those as well


We hope that you’ve found these tips helpful, and that they will help you save money on pool maintenance. If you have any other suggestions for saving money on pool maintenance or if there are any questions that we didn’t answer here, please leave us a comment below!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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