Above Ground Pools: What You Need To Know
Inground pools can be expensive, and installation can be tricky. If you’re looking to purchase a pool this summer, but aren’t quite ready for a full-fledged backyard reno, why not choose an option that’s easier on your wallet (and your backyard) – an above ground pool.
From installation to maintenance and safety, dive into our above ground pool guide to get started.
Before setting up the pool, make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. Pool Supply World recommends the following:
- Tape Measure
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Duct Tape
- Skimmer/Return Fitting
- Carpenter’s Level and/or Transit (optional)
- Landscape Stakes and C-Clamps (optional)
- Patio Blocks 2″x8″x16″ (1 per each bottom plate)
- Box Cutter
- 5/16 Wrench
- 1/4 Wrench
Make sure to use your tape measure carefully when measuring where your pool will go. Also, be sure the area is clear of any utility lines, branches or rocks and the level is even. From there, you can start building.
Managing an above ground pool is similar to an inground pool. It’s important to test the chemical balance of the pool to keep your pool healthy, and to clean the filter, check the water level and protect the pool liner and equipment. For more information on maintaining your new investment, visit our 10 Essential Pool Maintenance Tasks post.
Testing Chemical Balance Levels
This is an important step to take to make sure the water doesn’t cause any skin irritations and look murky. The pool should be examined at least once a week, using a test kit. Don’t worry – this is simple and doesn’t require a chemistry degree. As a proud pool owner, you want to make sure your pool looks pristine and clean – that’s why you’ll want to test the chemical balance levels regularly.
Cleaning the Filter
As a general rule of thumb, you should also clean your pool’s filter once a week to keep the pool sanitary. Simply turn off the filter, remove the filter cap, and lift out the filter basket. Take out any debris that may have gotten stuck. Then, check the pressure gauge to be sure it’s back to the normal setting.
Checking Water Levels
Make sure the water level in your above ground pool is not too high and not too low. Ideally, the water levels should be halfway up the opening of the skimmer for the water to circulate floating debris appropriately. Most of us love making a splash in the pool, and it’s astonishing how much the water level can drop because of that. If the level is low, simply add water by using a garden house. If it’s too high, drain some of it using a submersible pump.
Protect the Pool Liner and Equipment
To keep the liner in top shape, make sure not to run the chlorine level too high. This can cause the vinyl to weaken. If your dog loves the pool as much as you do, consider outfitting him with a pair of booties to help keep his claws from damaging the vinyl.
Finally, make sure the pump and heater work properly. They can be damaged by flooding and roughhousing. It is crucial to protect your investment so you’ll be able to use your pool for countless summers.
Help keep your family safe by brushing up on water safety tips before the children cannonball into the pool. Having a pool is fantastic, but it’s always wise to be one step ahead and be prepared with the right knowledge.