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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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Pool Pumps: Choosing What’s Right For You

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Pool Pumps

Pentair WhisperFlo 1.5HP Single Speed Pool Pump 11581

Pool Pumps

There are 3 main types of pumps for pool owners: single speed, two-speed, and variable speed pumps. Today we’re going to help you decide which one to use and how they are maintained.

Single Speed: These pool pumps are tried and true, they’ve been used the longest by pool owners. They tend to be the cheapest option to purchase and install. Despite cheap initial cost, they can cost up to $2,000 per year to operate and they are very noisy and inefficient compared to the competition. It used an induction style motor and can last 3-8 years.

Pool Pumps

Pentair OptiFlo 2HP Above Ground 2-Speed Pool Pump 340077

Two-Speed (or Dual-Speed): Similarly to the Single-Speed option, this pool pumps uses an induction style motor and lasts 3-8 years. It has two speed options, as the name suggests, and increases the efficiency. Having the option to run at low speed decreased the energy used. High speed is often used when vacuuming the pool, running heaters, or during times of high debris collection to blow the debris to the skimmers. They cost more in initial costs ($500-$800 for the pump and control unit combined) but save up to 70% in energy costs compared to the Single-Speed variety. These are much more preferred than the Single-Speed options. Like the other option, these can be noisy, especially when run at high speed.

Variable Speed: These use a permanent magnet motor like those found in electric and hybrid cars, which is much more efficient than the induction style motor. Owners can choose the exact flow rate for the pool, allowing for slower rated to improve pool circulation. Less circulation leads to less friction, ultimately leading to higher efficiency. These pool pumps run smoother, quieter and cooler than other pumps. They also last longer while being up to 90% more efficient than single- and two-speed pumps, meaning annual running costs around $400 or less in most areas. While these units are more expensive than two-speed pumps, they may only cost a small amount more. Many complete systems go for around $860, including built in controller. Due to the high efficiency, local utility companies may offer rebates for specific variable speed pumps being installed.

Pool Pumps

Pentair SuperFlo Variable Speed Pump with Built in Timer (342000)

No matter the type of  pool pumps you choose, Pool Daddy is here to help you install and maintain the unit. We recommend the Variable Speed unit because it will benefit you in the long run (and short run as well). If you have any questions about using your pool speed pumps, contact us and we can help you out. Don’t forget to ask about our weekly pool services to keep your pool clean and running smoothly so you don’t have to replace a pump due to neglect or misuse. Contact us today about your pool needs and we’ll have your pool up and running before Spring or Summer hits!

 

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