Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance
- 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.
- Regular 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.
- Vacuuming: 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!