Cost of Owning a Pool in Michigan

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As summer draws to a near (I know we are just as sad as you are) it might be time to consider some local service providers to help close your pool. 

We have found 5 local pool services to help eliminate some of the headache of searching for the best LOCAL option for you! (And if you’re here because you are considering buying a home with a pool, we have broken down the total cost of maintaining a pool throughout the year.)

Top 4 Pool Services in West Michigan

Poolcat

5312 Eastern Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

$425 +$25 for chemicals = $450

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Zagers Pool & Spa

2952 Shaffer Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

  • Full Closing $455
  • Partial Closing $275 (the only difference is not putting the cover on)

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Hotwater DRX

4581 Sarafield St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

$335 closing + $48 chemicals = $383

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Jake the Pool Man

(269) 808-5275

Pool Closing Starting at $300

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Breakdown of Annual Costs

The cost of MAINTENANCE

The average yearly cost of pool maintenance is $960 to $1,800 per year.

Clean water and balanced water chemistry are the keys to pool maintenance. Establishing a weekly or bi-weekly routine to clean your pool is a necessity for keeping  it at it’s best all season long.

Maintenance includes:

  • Using a leaf skimmer to remove leaves and other debris in the water
  • Brushing the pool walls, steps and ladders to loosen any hardened debris
  • Vacuuming the pool to remove debris that sits on the pool floor, as well as the walls and steps
  • Checking and cleaning the filter
  • Keeping the water circulating to help filter and prevent bacteria and algae growth
  • Checking the pool’s chemical balance and pH levels
  • Shocking the pool to raise the free chlorine level and destroy bacteria and algae
  • Adding algaecide to slow down algae growth

Breaking down the cost of chemicals

Repairs

In addition to regular maintenance costs, you may need to repair common pool parts every so often, no matter how well you maintain your pool. Some common pool repair costs include:

  • Pump motor: $185 to $350

  • Cartridge filter: $13 to $75

  • Replacement sand: $12 per bag

  • Sand filter: $150 to $500

  • Diatomaceous earth (DE): $20 per 25-lb. bag

  • DE filter: $600 to $700

  • Vinyl liner patches: $20 to $200

  • Fiberglass liner repair: $300

  • Sand concrete or gunite liner repair: $800 to $1,550

  • Heater repair: $395 to $1,200

The cost of OPENING / CLOSING

Opening and closing your pool properly is highly important to prevent and keep up on any damages that may arise. It is highly recommended to hire a service professional to assist you because there is more work involved than the typical weekly maintenance. 

Opening:

  • Clean pool area and check for wear and tear of pool equipment 
  • Take inventory of chemicals
  • Remove cover
  •  Inspect inside of pool
  • Fill pool and clean out any debris left
  • Turn on the filter and test the water

Opening costs range from $325-600

Closing:

  • Change the pH to 7.2–7.5
  • Lower water level
  • Clean out all dirt and debris
  •  Brush or vacuum out algae
  • Cover the pool properly
  • Winterize your pool equipment

Closing costs range from $275-600

Since temperatures typically drop below freezing in Michigan, pool companies combat the frigid weather conditions by blowing and vacuuming nontoxic antifreeze through the pool equipment.

The cost of INSURANCE

According to the owner of Insurit Insurance Agency, Osama Al Haymi, “When it comes to buying a home with a pool, understand that there’s going to be some additional risks that you inherit, and this is usually reflected in your insurance policy when you look for quotes. Pools are usually covered under a section of your homeowners’ policy labeled as “other Structures”.

Every insurance carrier is different in that they have different underwriting guidelines and different ways they rate the policies but having a pool usually means an increase in rates usually anywhere between $50-$300

The reason being is that all insurance companies view swimming pools as an attractive nuisance. ‘Attractive nuisance is a dangerous condition on a landowner’s property that may particularly attract children onto the land and pose a risk to their safety.’   Insurance carriers take on this additional risk when it comes to pools and so they make sure that the premium reflects it. 

Additional risk and liabilities that come with a pool include the risk of injuries from diving boards, slip and falls on slippery decks, and Injuries associated with ladders and stairs (http://poolwatermedic.com/swimming-pool-safet/) 

It’s strongly recommended that if you’re looking at purchasing a home with a pool you make sure that the pool meets existing state, and local regulations for safety requirements for pools in your area. Example (Fence around the pool area), It’s also strongly recommended to make sure you increase your liability limits because of additional risks you take on.”

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The cost of WATER & ELECTRIC

  1. A 2-speed or variable-speed pump/filter system: $30–$50 per month
  2. A 1-speed pump: $75–$150 per month
  3. Heat pumps: $50–$250 per month

Filling your pool for the first time after the winter costs pool owners the most money, running anywhere between $60-$120 for a standard 15,000-30,000-gallon pool.

After the first fill, homeowners typically spend an average rate of $0.004 per gallon when adding water to the inground pool.

The TOTAL cost of owning a pool

Owning a pool comes with many benefits, but if you are thinking about buying a home with a pool there are some costs to consider. Owning a pool involves weekly maintenance, proper opening, and closing, extra utility expenses, increased insurance liability, and inevitable repairs. While there are many factors to consider (size, material, etc.) The total cost of owning a pool can cost homeowners between $3,000 and $10,000 every year.

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