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Tips to maintain an above-ground pool

Although above-ground pools look beautiful, it is not always practical to install them in the backyard. It could be the cost or the soil type in the back. For those warmer months, you might consider an above-ground swimming pool.

Aboveground swimming pool can be found in many styles and price points. You can enjoy them all year. Some use saltwater systems that are also popular in-ground models. Above-ground pools can also be equipped with solar heating systems or energy-efficient covers.

Some modern models have features not found in traditional in-ground models. This includes advanced filtration systems and pumps that help keep them clean. Above-ground pools can still be maintained in good condition with a little care.

The quality above ground pools can be great for many reasons. They are cost-effective and easy to set up. A benefit of an above ground pool is its ease of maintenance, if done correctly.

Cleaning your pool weekly is essential, even if you don’t use it every week. A skimmer or an above ground pool vacuum is both good options. It is important to clean your pool at least once a week. This will prevent the buildup of bacteria and algae which can lead to a slow, tedious cleanup.

Test your pool’s chemical balance with a strip. You can add chemicals to your pool or give shock treatment based on what the test strip indicates. This should also happen weekly.

Empty out baskets before the skimmer/pump. The pump and skimmer will not work as well if the baskets are clogged with dirt or leaves. It will keep your pool clean, and should be done every week.

Inspect all equipment that maintains your pool’s health. It is a good idea to check your pool once a week, and again once a month. It is vital that everything runs smoothly. Finding a problem early in the life cycle of a pool will help reduce its severity.

Clean the pool filter. This will depend on the type filter you have. This task should be completed on a monthly schedule.

Keep a maintenance checklist in mind

While it is tempting to neglect above-ground pool maintenance you will eventually pay for it through costly repairs and water damage. You can ensure your pool is properly maintained by following a daily and weekly maintenance checklist.

Make sure water circulation is maintained

Algae can quickly grow in above-ground swimming pools due to problems with water circulation. This is most evident in the areas where there is poor circulation.

The pool pump circulates the water but it sometimes doesn’t do enough in certain areas. Multi-directional return jets are a good option. You should also have a pool brush to manually circulate water.

Protect the Pool Wall

The pool’s walls require as much care as the water within it. Avoid allowing guests to stand or sit (even partially) on either the edge or top rail of your pool. This could cause cracking, creasing, or collapsing the sides. Rusting underneath the top rail could lead to rust getting into the pool. So make sure to get replacement rails for your model from your local pool shop or an online parts seller.

Winterize the pool correctly

If the pool is not used for the whole year, it must be winterized after each swimming season. This includes:

  • Completely clean the pool, and then add a winter chemical to the water.
  • Cleaning chemicals, cleaning supplies and the ladder from the pool to be removed.
  • Run the filter for 1 hour before disconnecting motor and pump. Also, store the filter in a dry, safe place.
  • The water level should be lowered to below the return or skimmer. Do not drain the pool. Hydrostatic pressure and ice can cause irreparable damage.
  • Install threaded winter plugs and pool anti-freeze (not auto anti-freeze) to the plumbing.
  • Cover the pool with a suitable-sized winter cover.

Run the Pool Pump Daily

Even if the pool is not being used for more than a day, the pump and filter should be maintained for 12 to 18 hours every day. They work together to keep your water clean. The pool pump draws water from the pool into the filter to remove any dirt and debris. It keeps the water flowing to prevent algae growth.

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