Originally Posted by Ryanh1801
I am about to start the paper work on renting a house with a pool. Just wondering what im getting my self into as far as bills go, and maintenance. The only thing that comes with the pool, is a self cleaner.
A lot of it depends upon your weather and surroundings...warm weather, lots of trees and high winds all increase maintenance requirements. I've got all three.
I probably spend about 4-8 hours a week on cleaning and other pool chores, and around $600 annually on chemicals and miscellaneous parts & equipment. The automatic cleaner does help, but it needs to be maintained and adjusted too. Actually, a few weeks back I had to drop over a grand on a new pump and new filter grid elements, but they should now last many years.
If you stay on top of things it's not so bad, but if you get busy and let the pool go awhile, you're looking at hours and hours of work and lots of money to get it cleaned up again. Either way, it's definitely a lot of work. It's comparable to keeping and maintaining a second car...an old, worn out car! I'm fed up with it, and am on the verge of hiring a pool man. All the work is cutting into my brewing time!