Diving Into Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Pools

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Now that summer has officially arrived of, have you prepared your swimming pool ready for summer fun? Whether they be in-ground, portable or above ground pools, these man-made bodies of water are refreshing oases where you can cool down your body from the hot spell to beat the sweltering summer heat.

ABC’s of Above Ground Pools

Above ground pools can be rectangular, oval or round, and could be 10 to more than 30 feet in diameter. An above ground pool can either be a soft-sided or a hard sided pool. The soft-sided type is made of latex or rubber, while the hard-sided ones are built using metals and fiberglass, making them last longer and more costly than its counterpart.

Advantages of Above Ground Pools

This type of pool has to be installed in a flat and even surface, somewhere with access to electricity and water supply. It is perfect for homeowners who do not like to dig up the yard to build an in-ground pool. Because of this, they are the least costly among the types of pools and require less time to install. Pre-fabricated kits are available to make construction of above ground pools easier for do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

Disadvantages of Above Ground Pools

True to form as the cheapest type of pool, above ground pools are not as durable as in-ground pools. They are also less appealing in terms of looks.

Maintaining Above Ground Pools

1. Now that summer is here, you must already have drained your pool and refilled it with fresh water. Do this every year to make your pool pristine and ready every summer.

2. Periodically monitor the levels of alkaline and chlorine. Ample amounts of chlorine helps to stave off the growth of algae and bacteria. So make sure that chlorine is at the right level or risk transforming your pool into a pond. Every week, shock your above ground pool with a higher level of chlorine. As summer commences, use two bags of shock. By mid-summer, it would also be a great idea to shock the pool at least once.

3. To maintain the clarity of the water, regularly vacuum the pool to take out debris, such as sediments, which may have sunk to the pool’s bottom.

4. Examine the pool filters for dirt. Since the function of the filter us to trap debris and dirt to prevent them from being circulated back into the pool, keep it clean. Dirty filters can upset the performance of the pump and may soil the clear water. So check at least once a week or make it more frequent if need be.

5. Scoop off the surface for any debris, like leaves and insects, that may have enter the pool using the leaf skimmer. Do this each time you see debris floating in your pool.

6. If your pool is beside a tree or trees, cover your pool with a pool cover or screen when not in use to block falling leaves and other debris. Covering it can also preserve heat.

Above ground pools are the least expensive and the fastest to install compared to other pool types but they are also less durable and less appealing in terms of aesthetics. Just like any other swimming pool, it must regularly be maintained.

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