How to Care for an Above Ground Swimming Pool

An above-ground pool can provide a summer of fun for the whole family. Following these simple steps will help you keep your pool in good working order, increase the life of the pool liner, and create a safe and enjoyable swimming environment for you, and your family and friends.

Step 1

Make it a habit to examine your pool regularly. Routine assessments will help you stay on top of the situation before problems develop.

Step 2

Check the pump and filter equipment weekly to be sure that both are operating correctly. Inadequate water circulation and filtering lead to water conditions that require additional chemicals to correct. The greater the need for additional chemicals, the shorter the life of your pool liner.

Step 3

Keep the pool filled to specifications. Without enough water pressure to hold them in place, above-ground pool liners sometimes tend to draw up and shift, or pull out of the track. This can lead to costly repairs and a premature need for replacement.

Step 4

Scoop out leaves and other debris daily. Keeping the pool free of dirt, grit, debris and excess algae will help keep the water conditions more sanitary.

Step 5

Test the water weekly. Pool test kits help you check for excessive chlorine levels and an inadequate pH balance. A balanced pool has a longer life, and provides safer swimming for you and your family and friends.

Step 6

Add appropriate chemicals to correct imbalances. Use the results of your test kit to guide you in applying the right kind and amount of chemicals to keep the water at its best.

Step 7

Keep the water chlorinated. Use a floater or an auto-chlorinator attached to your filtration system to maintain a safe level of chlorine in the water.

Step 8

Use a cover to help keep the water clean and to protect the pool from debris that can puncture the liner. A cover that attaches securely to the pool when the pool is out of use will spare you time and expense in cleaning, and help ensure that your liner is safe.

Step 9

Ask for help. When in doubt about the best solution to problems with your pool, don't be afraid to contact a pool specialist for resources and advice.