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A Complete Swimmer’s Guide for Taking Care Of An Above-Ground Pool

The “3C Formula” of Above-Ground Pool Maintenance

Swimming pools are a great way to enjoy a relaxed day in your backyard. Like an underground pool, an above-ground pool can make your staycation amazing. But it requires great care. So, proper maintenance is a priority for an above-ground pool.

An above-ground pool is a great investment since it is quite inexpensive and beneficial. First, ensure the safety of the older ones and the children of your family as they won’t be able to jump into the pool as the water volume is much lower than an underground pool.

If you are unsure of keeping the pool in the long run, an above ground pool is the right one for you. Besides, it takes only a little space in your backyard or maybe on the roof. So, positioning isn’t a hassle.

But for an effective and longer life span, it’s important that you take good care of your pool. Hop on board as we are going to tell you the necessary steps to follow in taking care of your above ground pool.

The “3C Formula” of Above-Ground Pool Maintenance

The “3C formula” of Above-Ground Pool Maintenance

Over the years, the idea of pool maintenance fell  under three crucial steps, which are known as the 3C’s. These are:

  1. Cleaning
  2. Circulation
  3. Chemicals

We will discuss each part briefly as they are vital to pool maintenance.

1 • Keep The Pool Sparkly Clean

First, you have to keep dirt, debris and other unwanted objects out of your pool. For proper cleaning, a lot of people use The Dolphin E10 an automatic pool cleaner. For effective cleaning procedures, follow the steps listed below.

⎆ Skim Your Pool

Skimming your pool means cleaning the surface with a leaf net. Gently collect the debris, leaves, etc. from the surface of the water and dump them. You can do it daily or after every 3 days.

⎆ Brush Your Pool

Brushing your pool means cleaning the walls, ladders and steps. Brushing also ensures the proper circulation of water in the pool. The skimming process requires brushing too. So, whenever you skim the surface, make sure to brush too. Then it will be easier for the filters or vacuums to pick up the debris.

⎆ Vacuum Weekly or Use Automatic Pool Cleaner

To ensure proper cleaning of your above-ground pool, you need to use a vacuum cleaner weekly. It will ensure that there are no more floating leaves, dirt or debris.

If you don’t want to do it manually, you can use an automatic pool cleaner. There are three types of automatic pool cleaners: pressure side, suction side and the robotic pool cleaner.

Though it’s not cheap, it’s worth the investment. Automatic pool cleaner will increase the lifespan of your pool to a great extent.

2 • Make Sure It Has Proper Circulation

Circulation means the continuous flow of water in an above-ground pool. It’s the first step for pool maintenance. For proper flow of water, follow the steps listed below.

⎆ Have Your Pump & Filter System Ready

The pump circulates the water and the filter is used to filter the water. So, make sure you’ve got this equipment in place. Without circulation, algae will grow abundantly and as a result, the condition of your pool water will reflect this.

It is advisable to run the pump 8-12 hours a day during the hot summer and 4-6 hours a day during the winter. You can break the period by 6/6 if you feel tired with a 12 hours straight inspection.

Running these processes at night can save a significant amount of your money too. Also, you do not need to hire a maintenance person for this.

⎆ Angle Your Jet

Your water will enter into the machine for filtration and then goes back to the pool. Jets do the job of conveying water from the machine to the pool. Typically, not a lot of people consider angling the jet.

But if you do so, you will have one advantage. Some portions of your pool may be tricky where the vacuum pumps won’t reach. It’s tough to clean those parts. But if you set the jet at an angle, those spots will get proper circulation.

This will make debris to come out and make it  easier to clean. It’s better to set the jet at 7:30 or 8 o’clock style to achieve maximum accuracy.

⎆ Clean Your Skimmer & Pump Baskets

Now comes the machine part. Simply put, if you let your skimmer clog, it won’t be able to clean the water. The same goes for the pump basket. Clean these regularly. If that’s not possible, then clean at least once every 3 days.

⎆ Maintain the Filter

You will usually find three types of filters, namely sand filters, cartridge filters and the D.E. filters.

If you use sand filters make sure to check the pressure gauge. This will tell you when it is time to  clean the filter. Pressure will be denoted in psi (pound per square inch).

Usually, 10-15 psi is optimum. If you notice more than 15 psi, that means the filter is clogged and you need to clean it. Doing weekly cleaning is enough for the sand filter.

Cartridge filters are the same and if you notice 15 psi you will have to change the filter.

D.E. filters mean diatomaceous earth filters. It’s a strong cleaning filter compared to the other two. But you need to backwash this filter once psi goes higher than the optimum.

3 • Balance the Chemical Substances

Many people find it tough to stabilize the chemical condition of their pools. If you want to secure the proper health of your pool’s water, follow the steps listed below.

⎆ Test the Pool Water

Test the condition of pH, alkalinity, and the hardness of your pool’s water every week. If you want to ensure the steady-state of your water, test twice a week. While testing, keep in mind that you need to keep the pH between 7.2 to 7.6 and the alkalinity (100-150) ppm.

⎆ Check the Sanitizer

The sanitizers are the last line of defense for your pool. They keep the pool water in a balanced condition. Three types of sanitizers are  used  mostly for any above-ground pool. These are chlorine, bromine, and biguanide based sanitizers. Make sure your sanitizer has the following particle range:

  • Chlorine-based: 1-3 ppm
  • Bromine-based: 3-5 ppm
  • Biguanide based: 30-50 ppm

If you use mineral-based, then make sure chlorine is in 0.5 ppm state.

⎆ Use Shocking

Shocking is when you use a large concentration of chemicals to clear out everything in your pool. Do this once  a week. For this procedure, use a basket to stir the highly concentrated chemicals and then spatter them over the pool. As it is a bit costly, you can choose to do this bi-weekly to save money. But be sure to do it once in a while

Last but not least, if you have a liner in your pool, you need to take extra precautions like these:

  • Choose a thicker liner to have a high lifespan of your pool
  • Check for punctures  every six months because all liners tend to form leaks over  time
  • Check for rust formations as well
  • Consider covering your pool in the winter if you have a liner. It will likely increase the lifespan of your pool over time.
  • Lastly, always check your pH and chlorine levels. Because a higher pH or a higher chlorine level will deteriorate the condition of your liner.

Final Thoughts

These are the tips to ensure proper maintenance for your above-ground pool. Follow this guide if you want to enjoy a relaxed time, along with ensuring that you, your family, and friends are swimming safely.

If you have suggestions or comments about above-ground pools, please leave them in the comment section below. You will also find other interesting links below for all things design. Enjoy!

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