Above Ground Pools

Best Tips for Maintaining Above Ground Pool 

Best Tips for Maintaining Above Ground Pool

Above-ground pools are a great alternative for in-ground pools; having an above-ground pool will also require some effort and hands-on work to maintain it and extend the durability.

Above ground pools are economical, require less space, and most importantly, are easy to use and clean. Here we will be talking about some tips that will help you with your above pool idea. Also, regular maintenance of your above ground pool is mandatory.

Get A Sump Pump

This tip right here is not exactly for your above-ground pool but is relevant and important. It would be best if you considered getting a sump pump in your basement when installing the above-ground pool.

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A sump pump will play the role of safeguarding you from any leak if it occurs and related water damage. A sump pump can cost you anywhere from $45-$150, depending on the quality, brand, and functionality.

Test Chlorine Levels

We all know that pool water requires and has some amount of chlorine in it. But do you know the purpose behind it? Whether an in-ground pool or above ground pool, chlorine is crucial for keeping the water safe and clean for a good swim.

It is advisable not to swim in pool water that does not have chlorine in it; most resorts and water parks regularly take care of that. Likewise, a pool owner should too.

Chlorine is responsible for killing harmful algae, bacteria, microorganisms, and other such organisms present in the water. Chlorine is conked out when it is exposed to the sun, certain chemicals present in the sunscreen, sweat, and other factors.

Thus, you should keep a watch on your above-ground pool water chlorine levels; they should remain between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm).

Test pH levels

We have already covered chlorine, so it is time for pH levels now. Test and maintain the pool’s pH for keeping the water clear. You should be aware of how much acidic or basic your pool water is; higher pH levels are basic, whereas lower levels are acidic.

pH levels of your pool should remain inside the range of 7.2 to 7.6.  If the pH levels of your pool fall below this range, you may wonder how to raise pH in a pool naturally. Adding baking soda, aeration, or borax are all natural ways to raise pH levels in a swimming pool. However, it’s important to use these methods in moderation and with caution to avoid over-treating the water and causing imbalances in other areas of your pool’s chemistry. Ensure your pool water pH levels regularly using testing strips or digital readers to determine your pH levels.

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Pump It for 10hrs

Ever wonder why you can hardly spot algae and in a river and can find a bunch of them in ponds or lakes? Because of running water, stagnant water is more likely to grow algae and nurture harmful microorganisms, while running water can easily and effectively prevent that. So, running water is the key to clean, safe, and pure water.

The same treatment can be applied to your above-ground pool. You should keep running the pump for your pool water for 24hrs and 7 days a week. That is ideal but not possible for every above-ground pool owner, given the budget they may have.

Therefore, you should surely keep your pool water circulating for a minimum of 10 hours a day as it will turn over water a few times to keep water safe and clean for the fun time.

Clean & Replace Filter Regularly

Your above-ground pool also requires and demands some good care, and you can do that by regularly cleaning the pool along with replacing filters. As you will run the water pump for 10 + hours, the debris will be more to collect.

The filters come in various types; regardless, they have the same function to perform, which is to capture and collect debris that might pollute your pool water. Better clean the filters at least once a week, if not more.

Clean Pump & Skimmer Basket

Clean & Replace Filter Regularly

There are a few more things that you should clean as often as possible. The pump basket collects debris and other waste just before it reaches the pump, while the skimmer does the function of collecting other debris and leaves before it can enter the filter system.

Therefore, you need to clean both once a week at least if not possible to do more times. Be prepared to clean them even often if your property has lots of trees around the pool.

Note: Always turn off the pool pump and heater while cleaning.

Use Solar Blanket

Use Solar Blanket

Getting a solar pool blanket is worth the money. Solar blanket does many tasks for you, and it will keep the water of your pool protected from rain and debris easily, protect against the sunlight, its UV rays, and heat.

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You will experience decreased evaporation, meaning a direct cut in the water bill. Not just savings in energy consumption but as the water will evaporate less; there will be less loss of chemicals that otherwise you will have to add again and again.

Make sure you use a solar blanket the next time when the pool is not in use.

Winterize It

Winterize It

If the colder months are approaching, you better plan to properly winterize your above ground pool for protection from cold temperature and weather-related damage when your pool is not in use.

Start by keeping your water chemistry in check pH should be in 7.2 – 7.6 levels, alkalinity in 80 – 120 ppm, and Calcium Hardness in 180 – 220 ppm.

Next is to clean the pool properly, make sure no debris remains; you can do that by using skimmer nets. Now it is time to remove all the pool accessories like ladders, skimmer baskets, solar blankets, pool alarms, etc.

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Also, remove pool equipment, drain them, and store them safely. Drain and plug pipes, lower the water level and finally cover it with a winter pool cover.

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These were a few simple yet useful tips from our side to help you enjoy your above ground pool ideas to its fullest and maintain the condition of the pool for years-long water splashing loving moments together with family and friends.

Erica Puisis
Erica Puisis holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in outdoor structures and recreational spaces. Since joining our website as a platform in 2020, Erica has provided insights into above-ground pool selection, installation tips, and maintenance practices. Her background includes roles in civil project management and as a freelance outdoor living consultant. Erica is a keen swimmer in her leisure time and participates in community environmental initiatives.

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