Above ground pools are popular for being easy to install and their low cost. Most above ground pools are only $15-$30 per foot. But pool owners need to understand that easier installation doesn’t mean easier maintenance. Above ground pools have similar care needs to in-ground pools.
Clark County Pool and Lawn has noticed that many above ground pools are in dire need of pool maintenance. Las Vegas gets very warm and thus many homeowners install pools. Though above ground pools are the cheaper, easier option, homeowners must remember that like other professionally-installed pools, these pools can get damaged when not properly maintained.
Above Ground Pool Maintenance Mistakes
Draining the Water
It’s second nature to deflate inflatable pools, but this is something you shouldn’t do with above-ground pools. Draining above-ground pools require professional attention as they don’t have the same strength in the walls as an inground pool has.
By draining the water, you might be weakening the structural integrity of the walls. Instead of putting the pool in danger of deforming, keep the water in the pool until you have professional above-ground pool services to do it.
Forgetting about the Landscape
Again, the ease of installation tricks people into thinking that setting up an above-ground pool is as straightforward as taking it out of a box. One of the things they forget about is the landscape under the pool. If the ground under your pool isn’t treated or prepared, it can damage the pool liner.
Even something as minor as grass growing beneath it could potentially pop the liner, which leads to leaks and, eventually, the pool breaks. Always consult with a professional before setting up the pool, because they can do the necessary checks and preparation before setup begins.
Adding Chemicals Directly
Yes, treating your pool water is a good idea—it keeps the water clean and keeps bacteria and algae from growing. It’s especially crucial if you’re keeping the water standing for a while. But adding chemicals directly can do more harm than good.
However, pool chemicals are highly concentrated. They can bleach anything, even your clothes. Adding it directly to your above-ground pool water is dangerous. It sinks to the bottom and bleaches the liner, making it brittle. It eventually tears and breaks.
The compound of pool chemicals is called pool shock. Apart from the mistake of adding these chemicals directly to your above ground pool is doing it in the daytime. This is called daytime shocking.
Chlorine works by attaching itself to the particles it needs to destroy, creating a byproduct called chloramines. This substance can irritate the skin and eyes. If you shock your pool at night, you give the water time to rebalance itself until the chlorine goes down to 3 parts per million.
But if you shock your pool in the daytime, you don’t give the pool water time to balance off. It’s better to do it at night.
Not Running the Pump Long Enough, or Turning it Off
Above-ground pools rely on pumps too. Turning it off means that the water going into your pool ceases, or the water stops moving. The stagnant water leads to faster bacteria and algae growth.
During the hottest days, it’s crucial to keep your pump running long enough or often enough to keep the water from settling. The hottest days are prime time for bacteria and algae to increase through your pool, and the pump keeps them from setting in.
Above Ground Pools Require Regular Maintenance
While it’s true that above-ground pools don’t require the same complicated maintenance as an in-ground pool, they still need upkeep. It’s crucial to maintain them regularly to ensure their longevity and structural integrity.
This is best done by professionals who can keep a running schedule of cleaning, proper pool shocking, and filtering. Clark County Pool and Lawn has had extensive experience in cleaning and maintaining both above ground and in ground pools.