Above Ground Pool Maintenance and Care Guide
Above ground, pools are loved for their ease to set up. They are also the easiest to take care. But they still need proper maintenance to keep them looking good and the water safe to swim in.
If not properly maintained, debris collects and algae can grow on the walls and in the water itself. Not properly managing the PH levels of the pool will also result in many issues. If the PH drops too low, the water can become corrosive and cause damage to your pool’s surfaces and equipment.
The result is an unsafe pool and incurring a lot of expense to correct the damages or losing your beautiful pool altogether if the damage goes for too long unchecked.
To effectively maintain your pool, you need to know the functions of the pool components and ways to ensure they are working and in perfect condition. This guide highlights the five main areas to work on.
Your above ground pool is connected to a pump that maintains a continuous cycle of water into and out of the pool through a filter. It essentially takes water from the pool and feeds it through the filter to remove debris and then pumps it back into the pool.
Within an eight-hour period, all the water will have passed through the filter. This unceasing movement of the water also acts to hamper the growth of bacteria and algae. If possible, ensure the pump runs uninterrupted 24/7. Otherwise, you can allow it to run for at least 12 hours every day.
The Filtration System
It acts to trap visible debris and very tiny invisible particles. It’s mostly a sand filter. To keep it in good working condition, run water through it continuously by not stopping the pump.
Likewise, you can perform these weekly maintenance practices,stop the pump and check the skimmer basket for debris and empty it. Also check the basket next to the pump and empty it as well.
Another important step is to backwash the filter. Back washing restores the efficiency of the filter, and you should ensure you do it once every week or when the pressure gauge goes above eight psi.
Corners and stairs of your pool have little to no circulation. As a result, algae and bacteria find it easy to grow around the areas. To prevent this from happening, always vacuum your pool at least once every week. If you see a lot of debris collecting in your pool then you may need to vacuum more often.
Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner as you will need this on a regular basis. Brush the dirt off the walls, and the floor using a standard vinyl brush and then vacuum clean it.
Avoid brushes with metal parts that can damage the walls to your pool. To vacuum, you can use a normal manual vacuum pump if you do not have access to an automatic pool cleaner machine.
You should test the pool for free chlorine and also determine its pH and alkalinity on a weekly basis. This is done with the use of testing kits and digital strips. A chlorine level of between 1.0 to 3.0 is ideal. It means there is enough free chlorine for total elimination of bacteria.
Ensure the pH value is always somewhere between 7.2 to 7.6. Tool low pH corrodes the walls of the pool lining and is also irritates the eyes of swimmers. Too high pH and the skin of swimmers experiences some irritation. A high pH also causes scale to form on the walls of the pool.
Use of Pool Chemicals
Pool chemicals are necessary to keep the water free from germs and to control the pH. The most common form of sanitizers are chlorine tablets or sticks. There are also chemicals that are added to increase or decrease pH and alkalinity after test results. You should use them on a weekly to make sure your pool is in the best condition.
You should also have stabilizers which help to prevent chlorine from evaporating under the action of the sun’s rays.
You may also need to shock your pool once in a while if the water begins to turn green or cloudy. It is usually a good idea to do after there have been a lot of people swimming in the pool, after a pool party for example.
There are also chemicals that contain enzymes that hinder the growth of algae. An example of this is called a Clarifier.
-Help to clear cloudy water by causing suspended particles to cling together using coagulation, which makes it easier for the filter to catch them.
-Some clarifiers are enzyme based, which means they are “digesting” organic compounds.
-Can be added to a pool on a weekly or “as-needed” basis. It is common to have cloudy water after opening a pool back up or after an algae bloom. A clarifier should be used in these situations.
With these simple maintenance guidelines, you can ensure your pool is always in a condition that swimmers will enjoy. The components will also last longer. And most important still, it will ensure the pool is safe, free from bacteria, algae, and acidity or alkalinity that may cause eye and skin irritation. You are also not likely to end up paying for a new above ground pool sooner than you need to.
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