How to Maintain An Above-Ground Pool

There are a lot of ways to maintain your pool. And you might find other blogs a little lengthy and confusing to read, so I’ve simplified this blog to also help you remember what to do.

1. Clean your pool. Cleaning your above-ground pool is much easier than cleaning an in-ground pool. Basically, you’ll need a skimmer. This will get floating debris and leaves. Then, you need a vacuum. An automatic pool vacuum gets all small particles like sand. A robotic pool cleaner is better but pressure side and suction type cleaners will do the trick, too. The last part of cleaning would require you to have a brush. Brushing removes the particles you don’t see with the naked eye.Brushing your poolonce a week can help you maintain a cleaner pool because it prevents algae from building up by removing the small beginnings of algae blooms.Just be sure your brush is in good condition because when the bristles wear down and its edges get rough, it may damage your pool liner. Vacuuming and brushing the floor and walls help water circulation so they are a must.Poor water circulation may also cause cloudy water.

2. Filter. Filter. Filter. To accomplish this step, you must first backwash the sand filter or DE filter you have. They have a valve that is turned to reverse the water flow through the filter, removing all the trapped dirt. The pressure gauge should be 8-10 pounds higher than the clean, starting pressure when you turn the valve. A cartridge filter, however, requires you to shut the pump off, remove the filter, and clean it with your garden hose. Do this when the pressure gauge has risen 5-10 lbs. or if the water flow noticeably drops off.You should also filter your skimmer basket and pump basket if you have any. Bear in mind that you have to empty the pump basket after vacuuming. Lastly, you may want to add a plug-in pool pump timer that will run for 10 hours every day or when the water looks like it needs more filtering.

3. Check your chemicals. Always test the pH and sanitizer levels of your water. This will ensure crystal clear water for the whole summer. Test your pH levels at least three times a week and use either a pH reducer or pH increaser to bring the pH into the proper range (7.2-7.6). Maintaining your pH may be difficult and if you think so, you can check your total alkalinity and be sure it’s between 80-120 ppm only. Next, check the chlorine level. The chlorine level should be 1.0-2.0 ppm only to prevent anything green from growing. If the chlorine did not kill resistant algae from your pool or if it drops near zero, use a granular shock. Shocking your pool once a week will oxidize contaminants,free up the chlorine, and keep your water clear. Lastly, check the calcium hardness level and cyanuric acid level of your water once a month to keep the water balanced. The ideal range for calcium hardness is220-400 ppm and cyanuric acid level should be in the range of 40-80 ppm only.