Summer is approaching and pool season is upon us! And above ground pools are a much cheaper and convenient option compared to inground pools to cool you from the summer heat. To maximize your swimming experience with your above ground pool you need to maintain it to have sparkling clean water because no one wants to swim in a greenish murky pool.
In this article we will give you 3 tips on above ground pool care for this summer. And without further ado here is our 3 tips for you:
1. Make Sure Your Pool Has a Good Water Circulation
Water circulation is one of the issues above ground pools have, and this issue is ideal for algae growth. Getting a good pool pump can help your pool water circulate, preventing algae build-up. Aside from that, good water circulation helps the pool filter clean your pool more efficiently.
We recommend that you allow your pump to run at least 12 hours a day to maintain the proper flow, but it is ideally 24 hours to have an ideal water flow. And to prevent algae growth in dead spots like, behind your pool ladder, around the steps, or under the skimmers, we recommend you to get a multi-directional return jet to reach these hard-to-reach spots. If you like to do things manually, you can also use a pool brush to circulate the water.
2. Make a Pool Maintenance To-Do List
Maintaining above ground pools can be a tedious job. And to ensure you are doing what you need to do in maintaining your pool, we recommend that you create a to-do list that you can follow daily, weekly, and even monthly. And to help you have an idea on this checklist, here is a sample of what are the things you should do to maintain your above ground pool:
- Check the pool’s water level (Should be around the middle level of the skimmer)
- Run the pool pump and filtration system for 8-12 hours a day for good water circulation
- Check if the pool pump is working properly.
- Test the pH levels and chlorine levels if it's within the safe range ( pH:7.4 - 7.6, chlorine: 2.0 - 4.0 ppm)
- Remove the contents of the skimmer basket and pump baskets if there are any.
- Skim the surface with an automatic skimmer or install a wall skimmer if you don’t have one.
- Vacuum or brush the floor and walls of your aboveground pool.
- Add algaecide and clarifier if needed.
- Conduct a metal control by adding a metal eliminator and stain preventer.
- Check if you need to add chlorine tablets.
- Test the alkalinity if it is within the safe range. (If the pH during your daily maintenance changes, you also need to adjust the alkalinity.)
- Check your filter if it needs cleaning or backwashing (if the pressure gauge is at 9 psi, you need to clean the filter or backwash)
- Check all of the pieces of equipment if they need repairs or replacement
- Apply a chlorine shock to your pool
- Add chlorine tablets if needed
- Test your pool for calcium hardness and adjust it to a safe range if required.
- Test your pool for cyanuric acid level and adjust it to a safe range if needed.
If you manage to do all of these to-do lists you are guaranteed to have crystal clear pool water all throughout your summer!
3. Winterize Your Pool by the End of the Season
As the summer season ends, you need to prepare your pool for the colder months ahead. Winterizing your pool can save you time and money since you don’t have to maintain it as frequently as you did during the summer and pool season. And here are some tips that you can do to winterize your pool for the upcoming winter season;
- Make sure that the hoses are properly drained and doesn’t contain any water in them. We recommend you also do this to your filter tank and drain it thoroughly to avoid any leftover water inside that might cause damage during the winter season.
- Remove the old filter cartridge if you own a cartridge filter to replace it for the next season.
- Add chemicals to your pool to keep your water balance, and in addition to that, you should add winter pool chemicals for the winter season when you are not using your pool. These chemicals will maintain your pool even though you are not maintaining it!
- For the last tip on winterizing, we recommend that you cover your pool. Any debris going into your pool and the cold weather will throw off your pool's water balance and chemistry during the winter season.