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Pool Winterization for Above-Ground Pools

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Winter is coming! Well, Fall is coming first, but it’s never too early to think about pool winterization . We’ve discussed pool winterization before, with a focus on in-ground pools. Today we’ll talk about winterizing the above-ground pool. A lot of people just choose to drain their above-ground pools for the winter, but that can be damaging to the pool walls and it can be hard to do for pols which have been installed into decks. Some above-ground pools are designed to be taken down and stored, but the high quality ones are still a semi-permanent fixture on your property, so we’ll be focusing on those styles of pools.

Steps of Pool Winterization for Above-Ground Pool

  1. Balance: Balance your pool chemicals as you would for any other weekly or biweekly balancing. Make sure all of your chlorine and pH levels are at optimal levels to keep your equipment working properly.
  2. Debris: Vacuum or scrub debris off of your pool walls and floor. Getting it as clean as possible will make it easier to open back up in the Spring or Summer.
  3. Shock: Once the pool is clean you may want to shock it to kill any remaining algae. Measure out the amount of shock chemicals as needed per the volume of your pool.
  4. Chemicals: Pools need specific chemicals for Winter. Once the pool is clean and shocked, add the specific chemicals to further prevent algae growth. Run all systems for at least one cycle (usually up to 6 hours) to ensure the winterizing chemicals get through the filter sufficiently and the chemicals are properly spread throughout the pool.
  5. Pool WinterizationIn areas where ice is a problem, there are further steps to be taken to ensure no ice enters the system. Generally, the ice equalizer needs to be filled with up wo 2/3 air to ensure air doesn’t leave the system. Winter tabs are then added (per the directions on the individual product).
  6. Water Level: The water level must be lowered below the return line and the filter is to be disconnected and taken to a climate controlled area. Other equipment like skimmer and return fitting may require additional protection to prevent water damage in the off season.
  7. Cover: It is important to cover your now-winterized pool. Most covers feature cover clips, but other options may be available for your size and shape of pool. Proper cover will ensure your pool is as clean as possible throughout the winter.

If you have any questions or concerns about winterizing your pool, contact Pool Daddy and we can help you out. We also offer weekly services as well as emergency services for all of your above-ground and in-ground pools, as well as hot tubs and Jacuzzis!

 

Try these pool winterization tips!

Clean out the pool.

Balance the water chemistry.

Don’t let your chemicals damage your pool.

The #1 enemy: freezing

Be good to your pump and heater

No water in the pipes = no freeze damage

Clean the filter.

Your final freeze insurance: the flotation device

Last step: The winter cover.


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Pool Cleaning Above Ground Tips: A Reminder

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Above Ground Pool Cleaning Tips: A Reminder

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Pool Cleaning Above Ground Tips: A Reminder

If you have an above ground pool, you may feel as if we at Pool Daddy AZ don’t talk much about you. We respect each and every one of our customers (and potential customers) so we’d like to spend some time helping out our above ground pool owners! These pool options are awesome for leasing a home, or if you’re unsure if you want to commit to an in-ground pool or if you are not zoned for such construction. These types of pools come in as many (if not more) styles as their in-ground counterparts, so let’s get to talk about the nitty-gritty: Cleaning. So let’s get to talking about important steps in keeping that pool of yours clean!

  1. Pumps and filters: As with any other type of pool, keeping your pump and filter running smoothly is the most important step. These circulate your water and push it through the filter, so if any part of that process isn’t working properly the cleanliness of your pool will suffer. Follow your pool pump instructions, but remember that most filters work best when run between 8 and 12 hours per day, and ensure the water is moving consistently.
  2. Skimmer: Use a pool skimmer or other net-like tools to remove debris so it won’t clog your pumps or filters.
  3. Clean Filters: It’s important to clean your filters by backwashing them when the pressure gets too high. Cartridge filters can often be cleaned by rinsing with a garden hose after removal, but the cartridge (as with filter sand) will need to be replaced eventually.
  4. Brushing and vacuuming: Once a week it’s important to brush and vacuum the pool walls to prevent algae build up.
  5. Testing and Chemicals: Keeping your chlorine and pH levels at the appropriate levels will keep everything working together.
  6. Shocking and Green Pool Clean up: Through basic use, things like debris, sunscreen, sweat, hair products, and other contaminants can cause irritation to swimmers. Shocking the pool regularly (once every week or so) will keep algae at bay and keep the pool clean. Algae growth when left unchecked can lead to green water and unsafe swimming conditions. Using an algaecide regularly is yet another way to keep algae at bay. Performing these tasks when the water has already become green, alongside regular circulation and normal pool cleaning procedures will help return the pool to its beautiful glory.

Much of the maintenance of an above-ground pool is similar to in-ground units, with the exception of certain heating units and extreme cleaning measures. Resurfacing is not done on these units, seeing as the main unit costs significantly less than in-ground pools. Replacing your above-ground unit isn’t an exorbitant expense, especially if you keep your filters and pumps!

If you have an above ground pool and want some help getting your above-green pool clean or you’re experiencing something you’re not used to, let us know. We offer weekly services as well as emergency services and one-time assistance. Any problem you encounter with your pool, we can help you with it.

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Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

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Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

A few weeks ago we talked about above ground pool versus in-ground pools, so today we’ll talk a little more specifically about caring for an above-ground unit.

  • Quality is important: Thicker liners, heavy-duty covers, and high quality equipment can keep your maintenance costs and efforts lower. Not using a decent cover or opting for thin liners can cause leaks, tears, and other problems. Not using a cover at all can increase how much cleaning your pool needs.
  • Pumps and Filtering: Some pumps needs to be run between 8 and 12 hours a day to keep the water clean and clear, others do best with running 24 hours a day—often two-speed motors which work well on low when you’re not adding chemicals or cleaning.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceRegular maintenance
    • Once or twice a week it is wise to skim debris from your pool and check the skimmer baskets—the sooner you remove it the better. It’s also wise to check the water and chemical levels, pH, alkalinity, filter pressure, filter efficiency, and, if applicable, the sand in the filter.
    • It’s also wise to shock the pool once per week and check sanitizer levels if you are using chlorine. Shocking is often done with concentrated chlorine and it will oxidize contaminants like sunscreen, sweat, bodily fluids, hair products, and more. It can also kill stubborn algae deposits.
    • Chlorine tablets are the usual preferred chlorine delivery system for above ground pools.
    • Every other week you should check copper levels if you’re using Pure ‘n Blue.
    • Monthly: To prevent algae, check the phosphate levels and add a phosphate remover if needed.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceVacuuming: Usually you can tell when your pool needs to be vacuumed. This can be done when you do other cleaning or just keep an eye on the floor of the pool and vacuum when it gets slick or you see sediment.
  • Liner tips: Thick liners are your best bet but even the best and thickest liners can leak or crack, so check them regularly.
    • If water levels are dropping quickly, a small leak or crack may be the culprit. It could also be normal evaporation.
    • Use a cover during winter to protect the liner. Keeping it covered when not in use will prolong the elasticity of the liner.
    • A pool with a pH level that is too high or too low can cause problems with the liner; same with heightened chlorine levels. Chemical levels are just as important for the liner as it is for the water and swimmers.
    • Avoid using weed-eaters or edges close to the pool walls as heavy duty ones can puncture the liner.
    • Check the liner and pool systems a few times a year for rust and treat accordingly.

For some more specific steps and explanations of methods, chemical levels, and other steps to clean your pool, check out this page and stay tuned to the Pool Daddy blog for tips and tricks and information about pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more. We can perform weekly pool maintenance at reasonable prices- even for above-ground systems!

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Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground Pools

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Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground Pools

Swimming pools are awesome and some people greatly prefer in-ground pools over the above ground pools options. Today we’ll talk about each type to help you decide which one to add to your home this summer! For more information check out this article as well as this one.

No matter what pool you choose, contact Pool Daddy for your pool repair, weekly cleaning, maintenance, and more. No pool is self-cleaning and any pool can come across issues.

In-Ground pools:

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsThis style is very popular and can increase home value in many ways. The initial investment may cost a hefty amount but if you plan on selling it can increase your property value due to the water-feature which is pleasing to the eye and the recreation uses will also increase the home value.

In-ground pools can be pricey. The installation cost is usually pretty steep as is the cost of filling or emptying the pool, chemical cost, and replacing water removed from evaporation. Cleaning and maintenance can also seem costly (Pool Daddy offers pool cleaning and maintenance for reasonable and affordable prices, by the way). Areas that allow for year round use of a pool can make the investment seem more useful but it will cost more than closing the pool for the winter.

In-ground pools are amazing, however. You have tons of options regarding size, shape, tile colors and patterns, lining styles, cover styles, accessories, decking or paving materials, and more. Concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass are the most common options for in-ground pools. Wall panels have even more options like different metals, plastics, wood, and more. Concrete tends to run for higher prices than vinyl and vinyl offers a variety of patterns while concrete offers higher customizability as shape goes.

Keeping up with modern equipment for pools (filters, heaters, pumps, etc) are a great way to keep your pool costs down and regular maintenance, though it may seem costly, can save hundreds on pool repairs by catching problems early.

In-ground pools can be considered dangerous for young ones and animals if they are unsupervised or have easy access to the pool. A way to combat this is locked gates kids and animals can’t get through.

Above Ground Pools:

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsAbove ground pools options are usually very quick to install and have a low startup cost. It can take only a matter of days (as opposed to a week or longer for in-ground) to install a pool of this style. Fancier options include deck, fence, and railing options for an additional cost, increasing the visual appeal of the pool.

Like in-ground pools, above-ground pools can be heated or you can allow the sun to do the heating for you for less money (but with less heat in the pool).

This style of pool is much less permanent than the in-ground option, so it does not add value to your home. Even if you’ve worked this pool into your deck and landscape of your home it does not increase the home value. They also are not as deep as in-ground pools can be. The typical depth is between 48 and 52 inches deep; meaning not safe for diving and they often do not have a “shallow” end.

Sizes and shapes can vary for these pools, but they are usually less customizable than in-ground varieties. Ovals and circles are the common shapes for above-ground pools but they come in various sizes. It is a good way to introduce a pool to your family, especially if you cannot add an in-ground unit to your home due to zoning, construction laws, or property restrictions (like rentals).

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsDue to the impermanence of an above-ground pool, you can (usually) take it with you if/when you move! So if you don’t plan on staying in a home for long but you still want the cooling fun of a pool you can opt for the above ground option.

Above-ground pools still need maintenance, but depending on the equipment you have installed you may have less maintenance needed. Ladders or steps and filters are necessary but heaters are options. Many of these pool owners opt to use rain water or hose water (or a truck) to fill their pools, decreasing the need for a pump (but you can still have one installed).

Related Topics about Above the Ground Pools:

Above The Ground Pool Supplies
Above Ground Pool Package
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