Maintaining an above ground pool  

by Pool Builders on 01-07-2012 in Articles

Many pool owners choose above ground pools because they are cheaper and easy to maintain, but there is still work involved in taking care of them. Take the time to understand what is involved in above ground pool maintenance.

Generally, the rules for maintaining water chemistry are similar to in-ground units. The biggest difference between maintaining an above ground system is the equipment. There is special equipment designed just for above-ground systems.

As far as heating goes, solar blankets designed for above-ground systems can keep the pool fifteen degrees warmer. This is perfect for cool or cloudy days. If the pool needs more heating during colder weather, there are heaters available. As a greener option, solar panels can be installed to heat the water.

The pumps and automatic cleaners that you choose need to be specifically for above ground pools. In-ground products could be too harsh and cause damage to an above ground pool.

Especially if you don't have an automatic cleaner, you should regularly vacuum your unit. Debris sink to the bottom, and these should not be left alone to build up.

It is important to protect the walls of above-ground units with a liner. Many of these require a beaded liner. Having a thick liner can protect the pool walls from pool toys, rowdy swimmers, branches, rocks, and other debris. These liners come in a variety of colors and patterns that are both fun and functional.

Along with a liner, it is a good idea to keep a the water covered, especially if it is located around trees. This makes it easier to keep clean and you don't have to constantly skim the water with a net. You can find all of these products for maintenance at a pool supply store.

In addition to equipment, there are other steps to take when taking care of an above ground pool. Above ground pools do not have the same circulation as in-ground pools, so sometimes algae or contamination can get out of control. This needs to be done carefully so that the liner isn't torn. Most above-ground systems come with instructions on the proper drainage procedure.

Above ground systems can provide the fun of an in-ground pool without the cost. However, make sure you follow the steps to properly maintain it.

As far as heating goes, solar blankets designed for above-ground units can keep the water fifteen degrees warmer. This is perfect for cool or cloudy days. If the water needs more heating during colder weather, there are heaters available for above-ground units. As a greener option, solar panels can be installed to heat the water. Generally, the rules for maintaining water chemistry are similar to in-ground units. The biggest difference between maintaining an above ground system is the equipment. There is special equipment designed just for above-ground systems.

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