How Much Does Acid Wash Pool Cost?

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How much does Acid Wash Pool Cost?

Are you worried that your pool is no more pleasing the swimmers? If your pool is not maintained to be hygienic, it will not attract anyone anymore. If you are thinking about acid wash pool cost, then it means that your pool is the highlight point at your outdoor space, being the centre of attraction for every social gathering.

A pool looks unpleasant due to many reasons. One of the reasons is because of the build-up of chemical deposits, algae, metals in water and the rust. All these stain the water, make them cloudy or muddy, seeming very unpleasant to the swimmers. Also, these unwanted build-ups will stain the surface and walls of the pool. An acid wash helps you to quickly remove those ugly stains and build-ups, giving you a shiny bright pool.

What factors define the cost?

The cost of acid wash for a pool depends on factors like:

  1. Geographical location of your pool.
  2. Accessibility of your pool.
  3. Size of your pool.
  4. Time of the year.

If your pool measures about 500 square feet then, an acid wash might cost you about $175 to $250. The price includes the labour cost and necessary chemicals as well.

If you want to perform the wash on your own, then you will save labour charges and will need to spend only on chemicals that might cost you around $30. If you are performing the acid wash at home, then you will need a sump pump, and buy protective clothing.

When can you acid wash a pool?

Pool maintenance needs to be performed on a regular basis. When you plan to build a pool, all that reminds in your mind is the enjoyment you get by swimming.

On the other hand, you also need to think about regular maintenance. You need to continuously maintain chemical balance, pH level balance, clean the debris, filter water, prevent the build-up of algae, chemical deposits and stains.

You will often need to check the quality of your pool and do the needful whenever it is necessary. Most of the times, when the build-up of dirt is too deep, an acid wash can cleanse your pool. This requires you to drain the pool while performing acid wash.

Difference between Acid Washing and Pool Cleaning

Pool cleaning is a normal cleaning procedure that does not require you to drain the pool water.

Usually, cleaning procedures include:

  1. Scrubbing off the sides and bottom of the pool with an iron or steel bristle brush.
  2. Cleaning the pool filter cartridges or replacing them if required.
  3. Removing the floating leaves and debris with a thin net.
  4. Checking the chemical levels and pH balance in the water and adjusting them whenever necessary.

Acid wash is different from normal pool cleaning in the way that it is required when the dirt is accumulated in layers on the pool bottom surface and side walls. It is the method to clean dirt that is deep and needs a powerful chemical dose.

Acid wash requires you to drain the pool until it is empty and then apply a thin layer of acid solution on the side walls and bottom surface of the pool. Acid wash helps you to remove chemical and metal stains, calcium deposits and algae, which is not possible with normal pool cleaning.

Acid wash suits which type of pools?

Do you know that you cannot perform acid wash in all the pools. It can be performed only on pools that have plaster or Pebble Tec surfaces. If your pool is old with a very thin plaster, you cannot perform acid wash.

For such pools, you will be left with only one option, and that is to resurface the complete pool. You can consult a pool professional to guide you how often you can perform acid wash to your pool.

An acid wash can be harmful to the pool in the way that it removes a thin layer of the pool’s surface. Hence, you should not perform it too often. You can plan it once a year to reduce the chances of getting the pool into repairs like resurfacing.

It is better to avoid acid wash as much as you can, and that is possible only when you maintain normal cleaning regularly. As a part of normal cleaning, you will need to scrub the walls and surface to avoid the building up of calcium deposits and algae layers on the pool bottom and wall’s surface.

When should you hire a professional?

Many pool owners think to save pool maintenance cost by performing acid wash themselves at home. You should remember that chlorine and acid are hazardous chemicals and you may not be aware of risks and injury caused by them if you are not cautious. Moreover, if you do not perform acid wash in a proper way, you may be damaging your pool.

If you are aware of the risks involved in performing an acid wash to a pool, you can take some precautionary steps like wearing goggles, gloves, protective clothing and foot wear while washing the pool with acid.

If you are not serious about following safety guidelines, you may not be saving maintenance costs, but will risk your life. If you do not want to take a chance, then hiring a professional pool cleaner is the best option that you can make. It is quicker, effective, safer and will help you restore the look and feel of the pool.

How to perform acid wash?

If you are confident that you have the ability and skills to perform acid wash while taking all the precautionary steps, here is the procedure for you:

Precautionary steps before performing acid wash:

Safety is very important while working with acid. Not only you, your pool also needs safety. So, you want to wash the acid from the pool surface as soon as possible and a helping assistant might come handy for you.

Hence, you will need the following:

  • Goggles
  • Rubber Boots
  • Protective Clothing
  • Face Mask
  • Helping assistant, who may also need precautionary accessories

Instructions to perform acid wash (10 Steps):

  • Step 1
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  • Step 3
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  • Step 5
  • Step 6
  • Step 7
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  • step 9
  • step 10

Refill the pool again and add required chemicals and adjust the pH balance.

Cost estimation if done by a professional

If you want acid pool cleaning to be performed by a professional, then you will need to bear the labour charges, but you will avoid all the risky injuries that you may not be aware of. You can contact your local pool store to help you with a trained professional who has good success record from his past client cases.


Acid wash pool cost depends on how you want to perform it. If you want to get it done by a professional, you need not worry about any hassle and should just bear the service expenses.

The labour charges will cost you around $175 to $250 depending on the size of your pool and the professional from a specific service brand.

If you are aware of performing acid wash and have the capability to perform it, you will save the labour cost in your maintenance budget, and will only need to bear the cost of safety accessories and acid. This may cost you around $ to $100 and the safety accessories can last for multiple washes in the future.

Bryan Mallory

My name is Bryan Mallory and I have over 25 years of experience in swimming pool, spa maintenance and repairs. With my experience and knowledge I can return your pool back to its best and keep it in peak condition.