Are you a fun of above ground pool? Many people prefer this option for it gives you a lot of sunshine. On the other hand, the pool needs a lot of maintenance to keep it in a suitable condition throughout the year.
Pools are susceptible to moulds and germs irrespective, whether they are public or private. Thus, you must keep your pool clean to keep the slimy feel, algae growth, cloudy water, and repeated filter clogging at a distance.
These issues are caused by poor circulation, improper filtration and misuse of pool chemicals. The article will help you correct these problems. It will provide you with tips for maintaining the above ground pools.
Water circulation is one of the challenges that the above ground pool owners experience. All pools must have a good circulation with water flowing through the filter regularly. The flow of water is essential for it prevents dead spots or the accumulation of dirt, algae and debris.
These dead spots mostly occur behind the stairs and ladders, corners of rectangular pools, and centre of a round pool as well as at the lower half of your pool. However, proper water circulation improves filtration and keeps your pool cleaner.
Ways of improving circulation
- Use the pool regularly.
- Aim your pool jets lower.
- Set a timer to run the filter for eight hours every day.
- Brush and vacuum your pool’s walls regularly.
Filters remove debris, and particles from your pool and in the process the flow of water removes dead spots. There are three types of filters, namely; sand filters which remove larger particles, Diatomaceous earth (DE) filters that remove smaller particles as well as cartridge filters. You can set the timer to filter the pool water every 8-12 hours per day to save electricity and money.
More so use the appropriate filter for your pool size. That means that you should not use a smaller filter cartridge for it will create additional work for you.
Use chemical filter cleaning product every two times each season to remove oil, grease and embedded dirt.
You should test the pH of the water in your pool twice a week. That means you don’t rely on the appearance of the water to determine its alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness. You should realize that people will complain of red eyes, skin irritation and discoloured hair even when the water is clear.
Too high levels will expose you to potential health risks while too low will encourage the growth of bacteria and algae. Further unbalanced pH will affect the walls of your pool and the filter system.
Maintain the pH of the pool water regularly to help the sanitizers to work effectively. Be on the lookout for ultra-clear water which signifies low pH and cloudy water high pH level.
The following is the appropriate water chemistry for your pool.
- The pH level should be 7.2-7.6
- Alkalinity should be 80-120
- The chlorine level should be 2.0-4.0
- Calcium level should be 250-400 ppm
Therefore, you need to establish the health of your pool every week.
Maintain a constant sanitizer level if you want to achieve ideal water chemistry. Filters are useful in sanitizing the pool; however, there are other sanitizing systems.
Chlorine is one of the standard sanitizer available in the form of granule, tablet or stick. Other sanitizers are ionizers, salt chlorine generators, UV sterilizers and ozone generators. It’s essential to sanitize the pool to protect your family from harmful pathogens breeding in the water.
Shock the pool every two weeks by adding algaecide which inhibits the growth of algae. You can use chlorine to shock your pool as well as other non-chlorinated forms. You will also accomplish the following.
- Inhibit buildup of debris in the pool.
- Prevent chloramine contamination.
- Eliminate contamination from your skin and hair products and body fluids.
- Oxidize organic contaminants.
Although filters clean your pool regularly by removing debris and other particles, the system is not able to reach every corner of the pool. For that reason, you have to brush, vacuum and skim your pool regularly.
The following are three methods of keeping your pool clean.
There are different type of skimmer in the market for scooping leaves and debris from your above the ground pool. Use a handheld leaf skimmer to remove floating debris on the surface of the water. You can also use a bag-shaped leaf rake to scoop debris and leaves from the floor of the pool. A flat skimmer net is useful when removing a few leaves from the surface of the water.
Floor and walls are the most neglected parts of the pool; therefore, you can use a brush to clean and remove bacteria and invisible film. Cleaning also improves water circulation. You can brush the walls of your pool once every week. Replace brushes with rough and worn edges to avoid damaging the lining of your pool.
A vacuum suction up the dirt, thus making cleaning the pool easy. Your vacuum should have a telescopic pole, vacuum hose, head, scrub brush, plate or skim vac.
You should winterize your pool as the season changes. You do this y removing the chemicals, ladder, and cleaning suppliers. Store these items in a warm and dry place.
Test the water chemistry before adding the winter chemical kit. Drain the water from the filter by running it for an hour, disconnect the pump and motor then ensure that the pool is completely dry.
Clean the filter and the hoses as well as the pool itself. Store all the pool equipment until the spring.
Always ensure that your pool is clean and in stable condition. You can achieve this by testing the water chemistry, maintaining a balance and cleaning it. The steps will help to keep your pool free from bacteria and chemicals that can harm your health and your family and friends.
You can contact Shepparton Pool Service for additional tips on how you can maintain your above ground pool.