Starting pool service and number 1 question is "Do you service above ground pools?" Why?


In The Industry
Jul 3, 2013
So, yeah. Just starting a pool service business and that's 90% of the questions I get. This leads me to believe nobody services above ground pools. Is that true? If so, why? What is the difference and why do cleaners shy away from them?


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LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2009
Houston, Texas
I think they believe they are not worth their time or effort. Honestly I think someone could do really well offering a weekly cleaning service for Intex style pools. All you need is a portable pump, cartridge filter and hoses. A typical above ground pool doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles to service and if someone is relying on those extras to stay in business then an AGP is not palatable for them. Sounds like you could get a lot of AGP business in your area.

My neighbor uses a service for her AGP and their techs have tried to sell me on their services when they would catch me working on my own pool, so there are some pool services that do service AGPs.


Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
On average, less size means less of a charge to vaccuum and less chemicals to upsell. The travel time and fuel to get there end up making it a loss for the service company more times than not.


Bronze Supporter
Jun 26, 2019
NE Texas
I'm going to say that ime abg are easier to clean than ig. So, idk why they aren't being serviced. All my previous pools were abg and I never once fell into the skimmer and whacked my head on concrete hooking up the manual vac. ?‍♀???

I have been cleaning abg since I was 10 so its probably because I was comfortable with them. Someone going from ig to abg might think reaching over the side is a pain, but there's a lot more bending over with ig.

I can see where a discount might be expected as they are generally smaller, but not always.
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