Aboveground pools are no different than inground pools, although the equipment is usually easier to operate. Let’s keep pool maintenance as simple as possible at minimum, all pools need regular cleaning, daily filtering and a constant chlorine level.
(1) Cleaning – Above Ground Pool Maintenance
To be honest, it is really similar to an inground pool in regard to amount of work. The tools and techniques are the same. if your pool is located near trees and you live in an area with wind, then you will need to know how to do skimming, vacuuming and brushing.
A wall skimmer is a must have for a pool owner. Attach a leaf skimmer to the pool pole and pull it across the surface. A bag type Leaf Rake or a flat skimmer net can help with tons of leaves or when leaves have hit the bottom of the pool.
Set-up an automatic pool vacuum by connecting suction-cleaners into the skimmer, or with a robotic pool cleaner. When leaves are deeper, or in algae growth areas, vacuum it the old fashioned way. Put the vac head on the pole, connect the vac hose. While in the pool hold the other end of the hose over the return fitting to fill the hose with water. Push it into the hole below the skimmer basket.
All pools need to be brushed, and many people could stand to brush their pools a little more often. It helps circulation, and removes invisible films and the small beginnings of algae blooms. I brush the pool once per week, usually from inside the pool, which makes it easier to get the walls. Be sure your pool brush is in good condition – when the bristles wear down and the edges get rough, it could damage your pool liner.
(2) Filtering – Above Ground Pool Maintenance
Follow the recommendations of the pump, but a good rule of thumb is to run the pool pump daily for 8-12 hours. Missing one day can cause the water to turn cloudy and green. We recommend you use a pool pump timer, backwash when the pressure gauge tells you to, and clean the baskets often.
The easiest & cheapest pool timer to buy and install is the plugin type. Run that pump roughly 10/hrs daily, and in hotter temperatures even longer. Always pay attention to the water, if you need to run it longer, then run it longer.
Sand filters and DE pool filters have a valve that is turned to reverse the water flow through the filter, which flushes out all of the dirt that the filter has trapped. Do this when the pressure gauge is 8-10 pounds higher than the clean, starting pressure.
Two types of baskets: skimmer basket and pump basket. Use the skimmer basket more frequently. Roughly empty this basket weekly.
(3) Chemicals – Above Ground Pool Maintenance
To maintain your pool water, you need to test the water a few times per week, to be certain that the chlorine level is constant and consistent, and to see if you need to adjust pool water balance.
Use test strips or a test kit. Liquid kits are more accurate than test strips.
Use chlorine tablets in a floater to keep a constant level of chlorine in the pool. At least 1.0 ppm – around the clock, is important to prevent anything green from growing. Missing this step leads to bacteria & algae growth. A quick note, use granular shock (powdered chlorine) to boost chlorine quickly if it drops near zero, or if algae is spotted.
Aside from testing chlorine levels, check pH, Total alkalinity once or twice per week. Add pool pH or alkalinity when levels are too low or too high. On a monthly basis, check the calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels, which are slower to change but important to your overall water balance. For More information contact us here.