Above-ground pool maintenance can be a daunting task for many homeowners, especially for those who have never owned a pool before. The truth, however, is that maintaining an above-ground pool is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, with proper care and attention, you can keep your pool in tip-top shape with reasonable effort.
Why Pool Maintenance Is so Important
Our main priority at Doughboy® Pools is promoting your safety in and around your pool. This involves paying attention to the health and sanitation of the overall environment.
Pool maintenance is crucial because it ensures that your pool is safe and healthy for everyone who uses it. Poor maintenance can lead to a number of problems such as:
- Cloudy water
- Growth of harmful bacteria and algae
- Build up of debris and impurities
Over time, these issues not only affect the appearance of the pool, but they can also pose a health risk to those who use it.
Furthermore, neglecting pool maintenance can result in costly repairs or replacement of equipment. By taking the time to properly maintain your pool, you can avoid these problems and ensure that your pool is enjoyable for many years to come.
Key Tips for Above-Ground Pool Maintenance
So, where do you start when it comes to above-ground pool maintenance? Contacting your local authorized Doughboy dealer is always a great place to start. We suggest the following procedure for your daily pool maintenance.
1. Skim and Brush
One of the first tasks you’ll need to perform is skimming and brushing the pool. Skimming involves removing any debris that may have fallen into the pool (e.g., leaves, bugs, and sticks) with a leaf skimmer. Brushing involves scrubbing the walls and floor of the pool to remove any algae or other buildup. Both of these tasks are important because they prevent the build up of harmful substances in the pool, which can affect water chemistry and health.
Once you have skimmed and brushed the pool, the next step is to vacuum it. Vacuuming removes any dirt and debris that has settled to the bottom of the pool. This is especially important in areas where the pool has a lot of foot traffic, as dirt and debris can quickly accumulate.
3. Test the Water Chemistry
One of the most important aspects of above-ground pool maintenance is keeping the water clean and clear. To do this, you will need to regularly test the water chemistry, which involves measuring the pH, total alkalinity, and chlorine levels. If these levels are not in the correct range, you will need to add chemicals to adjust them. A pool testing kit is an essential tool that will help you keep the water balanced and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
4. Maintain the Filter and Skimmer Basket
Another important task in pool maintenance is checking and cleaning the filter. The filter is responsible for removing impurities from the water and it is important to keep it functioning properly. You should check the filter regularly and clean it as needed to ensure that it’s working effectively. A dirty filter can lead to cloudy water, which can affect the health of the pool and those who use it.
In conjunction with checking the filter, you want to regularly check the pool skimmer, which is the framed opening in the pool wall where the water exits and enters the filtration system. Occasionally lift the skimmer’s lid and remove any debris that may have accumulated in the skimmer basket so the water can flow more easily.
5. Don’t Forget the Pool Cover and Deck
In addition to these regular maintenance tasks, there are a few other things that you should do to keep your pool in superior shape. At the top of this list is utilizing a pool cover. You should cover the pool when not in use to prevent debris from entering the water and to help maintain the water temperature. You should also keep the pool deck and entry systems clean so that the area is safe for walking and prevents contaminants from infiltrating your pool environment.
Maintaining Your Doughboy Pool
As these examples show, above-ground pool maintenance can be relatively simple if you follow the proper routine and have the right tools. With these tips, you can enjoy your Doughboy Pool with peace of mind, knowing that it’s safe and healthy for everyone who uses it. So go ahead, take a dip, and relax in your above-ground pool this summer!
Need more tips on how to maintain your Doughboy Pool? Get in touch with a Doughboy dealer near you. They can help answer any questions you have about keeping your pool clean, clear, and safe every season of the year.