Taking Care of an Above-Ground Swimming Pool

paradise-3Above-ground swimming pools provide a great deal of fun. When you have one in your backyard, you never have to worry about trying to entertain your friends and family. The pool will do that for you! When it gets hot enough outside, everyone loves to take a dip in a swimming pool to cool off. However, the fun will be ruined if the pool is not taken care of properly. There are many aspects to keeping your pool in swimming shape. Here are just some of the things that you must do to keep your guests safe and entertained while swimming in your above-ground pool.

1. Choosing an Effective Water Sanitizing System
You must have a system for your pool that sanitizes the water by killing germs chemically. The two most popular ways to do so are with Chlorine or Bromine. These both work very well in killing bacteria but are also harsh on some humans. If you have sensitive skin or eyes, you may want to consider using a salt water sanitizing system that is easier on you. Which ever system you choose, it will get the job done efficiently.

2. Balancing the Chemicals in Your Pool
Another necessary part in keeping your pool safe and clean is keeping the chemicals balanced properly. You should check the pH balance regularly and check the amount of Calcium in your pool water as well. If your pH balance is off, then your water can be harmful to the interior of your pool and to those swimming in it. It may be too acidic or too alkaline, both of which are not safe. Without the correct amount of Calcium, the solidity of your water will be off, which will cause your pool walls to deteriorate quickly.

3. Manually Cleaning the Pool
In addition to maintaining the chemicals and sanitizing system, you will also need to remove debris by hand, unless you have an automatic pool cleaner. There are a few steps to take when cleaning your pool. The first thing that you should do is scrub the sides with a firm brush to remove build up. Then you should sweep out floating leaves, grass, etc. with a pool net. After that, you will want to vacuum the bottom of your pool thoroughly. Once you are done with the cleaning process, there should not be anything left in your pool. It should be spotless.

4. Opening and Closing the Pool
With the change of the seasons, you will be required to open and close your pool. At the end of swimming season, you will be required to deep clean your entire pool and store the accessories and equipment. You will also need to put a winter pool cover on it to keep it clean, safe, and warm. At the start of swimming season, you should clean your pool again and bring out all of the equipment. This will need to be done every year to protect your swimming pool.

These are just some of the chores that need to be done as a pool owner. After they have been taken care of, you can jump in and enjoy your safe, clean pool!