Pool Repair

Average Costs

Average Costs $50 - $700

Swimming pools can develop a variety of issues that will require you to seek a pool repair company repair. The average pool repair costs vary by region. Most pool repairs tend to be lower or higher than the average. Common repair costs for swimming pools usually run in the $100 to $200 or $600 to $700 range, depending on the region and repair complexity.

The average cost to hire a local professional can vary widely depending on the work that needs to be performed, they region in which you are located and how fast you need the project completed. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.


Hourly Rate - Some companies charge by the hour.

Flat Rate Per Job -  Some companies charge a flat rate for the work they do.

Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include: 

  • Time that it takes to complete the project.
  • How many technicians are working on your project.
  • Was it an after hours emergency
  • With many more aspects that may add to the cost

Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right  company for you. Some  companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional "fees" to complete the job. 

You may also need to consider that most  companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.

The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.

Basic Information

Questions To Ask A Pool Repair Company

License to do business? 
Ask to see all business licenses as required by state and local law?
Who will be performing the pool repair?

This is the single biggest make-or-break factor to hiring the company presenting their service to you. Some pool repair companies sub-contract their work.  Regardless of who you decide to hire make sure you know which is coming out to perform the repair. 
Proper Insurance?
If the pool repair company cannot show general liability Insurance…KEEP LOOKING!!! Pool repair service may not seem risky, but it can be! Accidents do happen every day. Do you honestly believe that a company who doesn’t have or cannot show proper insurance will come back to pay for any damage?

Customer Service?
Did the pool repair company answer the phone by a courteous, knowledgeable person? If you had to leave a message, was your call returned in a timely manner? Did the technician show up as scheduled? 
Do they look professional?
First impressions speak for themselves. Do their business forms have the company name, contact information? Is the technician looking and acting like a professional? If any of these things are in question… DO NOT LET THEM ON YOUR PROPERTY, and call someone else!
Beware of the “cheap” pool repair!
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  Most professional pool repair companies now the market value for pool repairs. Pool repair companies that are a lot cheaper are probably cutting corners.

Common Pool Repairs

Clogged Pump Impeller:
Need to have the pump opened at the seal plate and expose the impeller. A piece of curved wire can be used to ream out the vanes.

Filter Replacement: 
It may become evident that you need a new cartridge or new filter sand when you are backwashing twice as often as before. DE grids last about 10 years, And lasts about 7 years, and a Cartridge lasts about 5 years - on a well sized pool filter. 

Leaking Skimmer: 
When there's a leak in the pool, the first thing to check is the skimmer. On concrete pools, it is a common area of separation, and on vinyl pools, the skimmer faceplate can leak if the gaskets are failing. Skimmers can leak through cracks in the sidewall also, if freeze damage has occurred.

Clogged Pool Cleaner:
 It happens - something gets stuck inside of the pool cleaner and gets dragged around the pool, or keeps the pool cleaner from moving at all. 

Leaking Filter: 
A pool filter is on the 'pressure side', and a leak can be dangerous. Filter tanks that are leaking through pin holes in the stainless steel body should be replaced. A tank that is leaking out of the belly band should be shut off, and another attempt made at cleaning and sealing the belly band o-ring. 

Lining Problems:
One of the most common structural repairs facing pool owners is tears and rips in the lining. This can occur as the lining ages and becomes less resistant to impact, but it can also occur because of sharp objects in the pool.

When you have children, tears in the lining of pools are more common as kids are more likely to take objects into the pool that may cause damage. Small tears are easiest to fix so early repair is a good way to save on the overall cost.

Not Heating: 
This can be nearly anything, but the most common cause is a dirty filter, or clogged impeller. Both conditions can reduce flow enough to cause the pressure switch to keep the heater from turning on. 

Leaking Pump: 
Pumps usually do not leak water around the pump lid, or the drain plug, because these are under a vacuum, on the suction side. For this reason, it also won't leak water from the pipe coming into the pump, but it can leak from the pipe coming out of the pump. Pumps that leak down the back bottom of the seal plate have usually blown a shaft seal. 

Melted Pump Fitting: 
If the threads on this PVC fitting have heated up and shrunken, no amount of Teflon tape will seal it up, it will need to be cut out and replaced. This usually happens if the pump has run without water for a few hours

Air In Pump Basket: 
On the suction side of the pump that is, before the impeller, a void will leak air, or draw air into the pump. Air can be pulled in around the pump lid, if not seated correctly, or from a loose or dirty o-ring, or from a band that is not tight enough. 

Services Offered By Pool Repair Companies

  • Pump repair and replacement
  • Motor repair and replacements
  • Plumbing and valve repair and replacement
  • Leak detection
  • Clogged line repair
  • Filter repair and replacements
  • Feeder repair
  • Automation repair
  • Heater repair and replacement
  • Chlorinator repair and replacement
  • Salt chlorine generator repairs
  • Light repairs 
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Collector tanks and refills

Different Types Of Pools

Above Ground Pools
These are the most inexpensive construction option, as well as the easiest to build. Most above-ground pools are made from prefabricated kits, which even an amateur can put together although most go with professional pool installers.

Fiberglass Pools 
These are made from fiberglass reinforced plastic, which has been molded into shape. To install the pool, a construction crew digs an appropriately sized hole, lays the necessary plumbing, adds some sand filler and lowers the preformed pool structure into the hole. 

Vinyl Lined Inground Pools 
These are a lot like above ground pools, structurally, but they look more like conventional in-ground designs. 

Gunite Pools
Gunite pools are the most popular type of in ground. These pools can be customized, they come in all shapes and sizes. Gunite is a mixture of cement and sand. When most people talk about concrete or cement pools, they’re talking about gunite.

Concrete Pools 
These are similar to gunite pools, but they're a lot harder to build. Instead of spraying concrete material around a rebar formwork, concrete is actually poured into conventional wooden forms. 

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