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King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 6,541 Admiral

 Moved into a new house back in September, it came with a pool.  We just resumed with the service provider that the previous owner had.

Not ever having a pool before I have no idea what is involved.  All I know is a kid comes out once a week with some sort of cart, does his thing and leaves in about 15 minutes.

What is a reasonable price for this service?  I'm paying $85 a month.  Last month they dinged us for an additional $40 for some conditioner it needed?????

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  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 32,592 AG
    edited March 2019 #2
    I don't know current prices, but I think I remember paying $60 a month for weekly service back in the 90s. But I might be wrong. I know I bought a automatic cleaner and did the chemicals myself to eliminate the service. Wasn't that hard since it was a screened pool. I just used a kit I bought at Lowes and checked it weekly. Every once an a while when i knew we weren't swimming for a week I would shock it with a large dose of chlorine. The only other thing was keeping the filter clean and changing it occasionally. 

    I actually liked doing it back then, but at my age now I would pay some one to do it. 

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  • 2amigo2amigo Posts: 5,858 Admiral
    edited March 2019 #3
    That’s about normal. My brother in law owns a pool business down here.  You can do it yourself but it gets to be a pain. Think about it, you will spend how much on a Saturday night for dinner or at a bar. It comes down to about 20 and change for a week with the occasional extra. They should monitor all equipment (pumps etc..) that goes with it. A pool is a very expensive item but maintenance isn’t that expensive. A hell of a lot cheaper than owning a boat or fishing, golf......
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,554 AG
    We pay $96 a month, no extra charges for chemicals or treatments.  We had issues maintaining proper levels so we paid him to install a chlorine dispenser.

    Yeah I'd love to not pay, however it is worth it.  I don't have the time and he's the chemistry expert.  He's maintaining all 7 or so things you have to keep at the proper values.  He knows how the level of a effects the level of b.

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  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 11,612 AG
    Invest in a saltwater chlorine generator.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 8,002 Admiral
    Invest in a Pond...
    I had a Pool back in the day. The Pond requires No Maintence except keeping the Bluegill population low so they don't get Stunted.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,808 Admiral
    Invest in a Pond...
    I had a Pool back in the day. The Pond requires No Maintence except keeping the Bluegill population low so they don't get Stunted.
    I have a pool and a pond.... the pond would be better for you 
    You should have been here yesterday
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 8,002 Admiral
    edited March 2019 #8
    That Chlorine dry's your skin out and makes your eyes red.
    Of course throwing your pool furniture in all the Chemicals will clean them right up. If I throw a chair in my Pond the Bass start using it as Structure.
    Much rather have Bluegills pecking on my back , For Free...winning..
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • AC ManAC Man Posts: 6,351 Admiral
    F the salt water chlorinates. I have had three of them. on two pools. all have failed and cost me a fortune in repairs. I pay $100 per month. No extra charges.
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 7,541 Admiral
    My stepson has a salt water treated pool for between 12-15 yrs never had a problem with it.
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 11,612 AG
    AC Man said:
    F the salt water chlorinates. I have had three of them. on two pools. all have failed and cost me a fortune in repairs. I pay $100 per month. No extra charges.

    That's the opposite of what my hayward's's have done.
    The most I've had to do is clean the cell every 6 months or so and ad a bit of salt now and then.
    Think I've replaced two cells over 10 years or so.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,554 AG
    Saltwater chlorinator for a freshwater pool or is that how you make it a saltwater pool?

    I ask because I don't know why anyone would have a saltwater pool.  

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  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 11,612 AG
    No, it uses salt you put in the pool to convert it to chlorine.
    Very easy to maintain once you get the hang of it.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 13,243 AG
    stc1993 said:
    My stepson has a salt water treated pool for between 12-15 yrs never had a problem with it.
    Saltwater pools are great they just require routine maintenance.   PH is crucial.   
    Like is like a Helicopter.  I do not know how to operate a Helicopter  
  • King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 6,541 Admiral

    Sounds like the rate that were paying is average, just was making sure it was inline with the going rate.

    We never have used the pool our selves, the labs live in it practically all day.... Glad we got them a pool.....lol


  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,554 AG
    stc1993 said:
    My stepson has a salt water treated pool for between 12-15 yrs never had a problem with it.
    Saltwater pools are great they just require routine maintenance.   PH is crucial.   
    Technically I have never swam in one, but I hate the film you get from swimming in the ocean or wading.  

    Captain Todd Approves

  • AC ManAC Man Posts: 6,351 Admiral
    mplspug said:
    stc1993 said:
    My stepson has a salt water treated pool for between 12-15 yrs never had a problem with it.
    Saltwater pools are great they just require routine maintenance.   PH is crucial.   
    Technically I have never swam in one, but I hate the film you get from swimming in the ocean or wading.  
    You may have and didn't realise it. The term is confusing. Feels much better and there is no salt or chlorine feel/taste/smell. 
  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,919 Admiral
    I paid $75-80/mo the last 20 years
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  • Billy No MatesBilly No Mates Posts: 3,187 Captain
    When I had my pool I added tablets and shocked once a month or so. Cost about $10 a month.
  • johnpowersjohnpowers BayPosts: 2,898 Captain
    A couple loads of fill dirt is cheaper. 
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 13,243 AG
    the salt water pools don't feel like the ocean, it's much less of a salt concentration and that stinging you get from chlorine in your eyes you don't get either, it feels great to swim in.   problem is the kids and the rain splashes and dilutes the salt and you have to add more and if you forget to check the ph it can ruin the salt chlorinator and those things are 3-600 bucks depending.   
    Like is like a Helicopter.  I do not know how to operate a Helicopter  
  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 32,592 AG
    King_Me said:

    Sounds like the rate that were paying is average, just was making sure it was inline with the going rate.

    We never have used the pool our selves, the labs live in it practically all day.... Glad we got them a pool.....lol


    Those two will clog the filter. 

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    I am just here for my amusement. 

  • King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 6,541 Admiral
    cadman said:
    King_Me said:

    Sounds like the rate that were paying is average, just was making sure it was inline with the going rate.

    We never have used the pool our selves, the labs live in it practically all day.... Glad we got them a pool.....lol


    Those two will clog the filter. 

    There's actually four dogs.  Yes, pool guy always says a lot of hair in filter.
  • AC ManAC Man Posts: 6,351 Admiral
    edited March 2019 #24
    King_Me said:
    cadman said:
    King_Me said:

    Sounds like the rate that were paying is average, just was making sure it was inline with the going rate.

    We never have used the pool our selves, the labs live in it practically all day.... Glad we got them a pool.....lol


    Those two will clog the filter. 

    There's actually four dogs.  Yes, pool guy always says a lot of hair in filter.
    Ha! We build pool chillers for thoroughbred horses at 55 degrees. The first thing they do entering a pool after a work out is take a dump and a whizz. Then there is the hair. Lol!.

    When I was a kid in the 70's my best friend would bring his pit bull over to our house to swim in the pool. 

    My dad would get pizzd off and tell my buddy to get his mange dog out our pool and go give a bath some where else. Dog hair everywhere.
     LOL.was kinda gross. Our Lab and Golden would not get near our pool till the day they died a few years ago. Hated water, never understood why. We did not discourage them.


  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 2,442 Captain
    I check the chemical balance in my pool weekly, clean the strainers in the skimmer and the pump and clean the filter (Hayward).  Takes about 20 minutes.
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 8,002 Admiral
    I throw fish food into mine and get the Floating Chain that's always on the other side back in the Cattails..
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 6,541 Admiral
    Now the pool filter cartridge housing developed a crack on the lid.  Just ordered a new one from Amazon - $460!
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 11,612 AG
    Welcome to the wonderful world of pool ownership :p
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • ResinheadResinhead Posts: 10,974 AG
    30 min a week is what it takes me.

    Never thought about costs as it's not really relevant. Maybe $50 to 60 a month for me. I enjoy cleaning and maintaining it. Put some tunes on, make a drink, clean the pool.
  • PROFINITYPROFINITY Posts: 294 Deckhand
    Doing your own pool maintenance is easy. Probably costs you about $400-$500/year.


  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 2,442 Captain
    King_Me said:
    Now the pool filter cartridge housing developed a crack on the lid.  Just ordered a new one from Amazon - $460!
    How did it crack?  I've maintained my Hayward for 15 years.  No problem.
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