10 Tips for Maintaining an Above-Ground Pool

 Although in-ground pools are very popular, they can't always be installed in the backyard. If you're planning on having one, check out an above-ground pool instead.

Above-ground swimming pools are available in various styles and can be enjoyed year-round. Some feature saltwater systems, while others are equipped with solar-powered covers.

Modern pool models have upgraded their features to keep them clean. However, even with these upgraded features, they still need regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Here are the 10 Tips for Maintaining an Above-Ground Pool:


1. Run the Pump and Filter Daily

The filter pump should be running for the proper amount of time each day to remove debris and keep the water clean. It is also important to run the pump long enough to circulate the water and remove other contaminants.

In many cases, an above ground pool pump and filter are only adequate to circulate and filter the pool. For optimal efficiency, it is best to run the pump at least once per day.


2. Test and Balance Pool Water 2-3 Times per Week

Use a test kit or test strips to test your water at least twice a week. Then make adjustments as needed to keep the pH and Free Available Chlorine levels at a steady level. Also, keep the Total Alkalinity at around 80 to 120 ppm.


3. Shock the Pool Once per Week

You also have to make sure that the water in your pool is sanitary. This process involves adding large doses of chlorine, liquid chlorine, and non-chlorine shock to remove various contaminants, such as algae and bacteria.

For granular chlorine shock, dilute it with a bucket of clean water before swimming. This will prevent the staining and discoloration of the pool liner.


4. Bring a Pool Water Sample to Leslie’s Each Month

Take a pool water sample to any Leslie's store and get a free AccuBlue test. This comprehensive analysis measures the water chemistry of your pool. It uses state-of-the-art technology and comes with a customized treatment report.


5. Clean the Pool Weekly

A clean pool liner can help prevent staining on the surface, and it can also help lower the pool's sanitizer levels. To get the most out of your pool cleaning, start by removing floating debris and keeping the pool clean.


6. Add Algaecide and Clarifier

A good algaecide is a chemical that works with chlorine to kill algae cells before they can cause damage. A pool clarifier is a chemical that works by attracting particles that are larger than a pool filter. It can also help reduce filter efficiency and keep the water crystal clear.


7. Deep Clean Your Pool Filter

A pool filter cleaner is used to remove oils and mineral scale from your pool filter. It prolongs the life of your filter media and helps keep dirt and oils at bay. It is usually used on cartridge and sand pool filter setups.


8. Avoid Draining the Pool Completely

If the water in your pool is extremely poor, it may be wise to replace most of it. Before performing this, consult a pool professional to see if this is an option for you.


9. No Non-Pool Toys Allowed!

To protect and maintain your pool liner, establish a pool rule that only toys are allowed in the pool. This will prevent staining and tears, and it will keep your pool looking good for many years.


10. Off-Season Pool Care

Winter pool care is essential to protect the pool from freezing. It is also important to make sure that the pool does not leak.

Getting started with maintaining your pool can be daunting at first, but it only takes a few hours a week to keep it in tiptop shape.


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