How to Choose the Best Above Ground Pool Filtration System
The filter of your above ground pool is charged with a hefty task of removing debris and particles from your pool. A swimming pool filter is an important aspect that does require some thought. Many aren’t aware that there are different types of filters or even if some are better than the others. Each has their own set of benefits. One thing is for sure, pool filters are a necessary part of maintaining a healthy good looking pool.
Sand filters have been the oldest form of pool filtration used in above ground pools. One of the reasons pool owners love sand filter system kits is because of cost and reliability. Sand filters are the cheapest option for maintaining a cleaner pool. How sand filters work is also quite simple. Pool water will enter the filter trap and it will wash over the sand. The sand will then absorb debris and oils, and water will return to the pool. There aren’t many negatives associated with this option, other than overtime sand can start to seep out. The sand filters design is also more complicated than the cartridge option. It is time to replace the sand filter when sand particles begin to venture into your pool.
If you are looking for a pool filter that is easy to install and that does maximum amounts of debris of your pool, then a cartridge filter will be for you. These are a little more expensive than sand filters, but do an excellent job removing insects, algae, and dirt from the pool. As with the sand filters, cartridge filters will allow water in and remove anything that isn’t clean healthy water, and let it flow back. The most prominent disadvantage pool owners find when using a cartridge filter is they need to be cleaned every week or two to maintain optimal performance.
These filters are also the best choice for smaller pools. If you need a complete setup or just a screen, Pools Above Ground offers both filter systems and kits. The pool filter system kits are complete with everything you need to get started including:
Filter Body Mounting
Hoses, Clamps, and Fittings
What if I Own a Saltwater Above Ground Pool?
Saltwater pool systems are a little more complicated than the standard pools but also offer many benefits that regular above ground pools do not. For instance, their maintenance cost is less expensive after the initial purchase. The typical sand and cartridge type filters aren’t designed for saltwater pools; they use their saltwater filtration system. Since water is pumped through an electrolytic cell for filtration, it works differently than sand or cartridge filters. Salt mixes with an electrode charge to produce the best quality chlorine. Replacements for this part is expensive, but they can last 3 to 5 years without problems.
Above Ground Pool Skimmers
Above Ground Pool Skimmers
This brief article is about one of the most overlooked and least expensive parts of the above ground swimming pool, the skimmer box. The pool skimmer is responsible for the transfer of water from the pool to the filter system. And because it is one of the only openings cut into the pool liner and pool wall, it is often the source for leaks and corrosion. (more…)
Draining And Cleaning A Green Above Ground Pool
How To Clean A Green Above Ground Pool
Spring is in the air, or at least in the minds of many swimming pool owners this time of year. Depending on where you live, getting your pool ready for spring opening may be as simple as removing the pool cover and letting the sun’s rays warm up the water. But for many others, our unprotected swimming pool is going to require a little more work to whip it into shape for the hot summer months ahead.
Most above ground pools turn green over the off season from of a lack of chlorine and if left all winter without a pool cover, piles of debris can accumulate on the pool’s bottom making spring clean up a chore. Sometimes this mess can be overwhelming and draining the pool to clean it up is the easiest path to recovery. This is OK as long as it is done correctly.
Draining An Above Ground Pool
Start by draining the above ground pool with a sump pump, siphon, or other means. Drain the water down leaving a foot or so of water in the pool. You could drain it down even lower but you must work fast as the sun will cause the pool liner shrink in as little as a day! Once the liner shrinks it will not stretch back again, resulting in it splitting or pulling down off the pool wall. If this occurs you will need to replace the pool liner and possibly some of the accessories like plastic coping or skimmer gaskets.
A good way to get a jump on this project is to drain the pool the night before. Having it empty or nearly empty in the morning will allow plenty of time to clean it up before the heat of the day begins to work on your vinyl pool liner. (more…)
Salt Systems For Swimming Pools
Salt water swimming pools have been around for decades, and many inground pool owners have reaped the benefits of salt water pools for some time now. Ease of maintaining proper sanitation levels and less time roaming pool stores for harsh chemicals are a few of the perks offered by salt systems. This market has enjoyed a rise in popularity since it’s introduction, as word spread of the benefits associated with salt water swimming pools. But it was the recent launch of salt systems for above ground swimming pools that has sent this market into overdrive. This all happened as manufacturers new and old scrambled to capture the newly emerging above ground salt pool market. (more…)
Coping Strips For Above Ground Pool Liners
After so many years of service, your swimming pool liner and coping strips in your above ground pool will need to be replaced. No one wants to do it but we often cannot avoid it. But doing this is usually better for your pool than leaving the old liner in too long. Pool liners can develop leaks that go undetected and harsh chlorinated water will leak against the pool sides, encouraging corrosion. This is the time to give your pool a tune up and ready it for another long round of service.
After removing your pool liner it is time to deal with any rust issues and access the need for replacement parts. We covered this in another blog in much greater detail so if you care to read more about pool rust repair just click here. Once you have determined your pool is in good shape it is time to get the right parts and put it back together. (more…)
Dogs And Above Ground Pools
There are many dog lovers among us pool owners. Our beloved pets are dear to our hearts and are treated just like family members. Dogs love to be around us and love to be outside when we are. When we play in the pool many dogs like to follow, which leads us to one of the most popular inquiries we receive. Can my dog go into my above ground pool?
The answer is maybe, as this really depends on the type of above ground pool you have, accessories that go with it and your dog. We are going to cover the best types of pools as well as preventative measures to reduce the risk of pet related damage.
Best Above Ground Pools
First up is the pool itself and the best above ground pools are hard side pools. this style pool fares much better that soft sided or Intex type pools. Blow-up pool models tend to only last about a year even without pets entering the pool. This is primarily because of poor quality materials they are made from and bad design. The blow up ring around the top is very susceptible to puncture and is often damaged by racoons, squirrels and other critters that may climb up onto the pool uninvited. Their small and sharp claws have no trouble penetrating this soft thin material causing it to deflate. (more…)
Rusty Swimming Pool Top Ledges Or Top Rails
Rusted or corroded swimming pool top rails and parts often become a problem for many pool owners eventually. The rust is caused by nature’s elements like moisture and sun, or from corrosive chemicals like chlorine, salt, acid etc. Over time the effects take their toll on the coatings protecting the metal parts of the average above ground pool. But there are a few things you can do to fight back and prolong the life of your pool.
Assess The Damage
Anytime is a good time to perform maintenance on your pool. However during a liner change or during your initial Spring start up is often the most appropriate. (more…)
Above Ground Pool Liner Installation Tips
Whether you are putting a pool liner in a brand new swimming pool or replacing an old liner, it is a good idea to make the most of your investment. Installing your new pool liner correctly will add to the longevity of both the new pool liner as well as the pool itself. Follow along as we briefly discuss the common mistakes made when installing an above ground pool liner and how to avoid them.
It likely goes without saying but unwanted moisture is the primary cause of premature corrosion of the pool wall and frame. And the majority of the problem can be prevented or stopped with a few simple steps. Fortunately for those of you about to install or replace the liner in your above ground pool, this is the perfect time to ensure your pool will deliver fun and relaxation for years to come. (more…)
Rusty Pool Walls
In all, an above ground pool is a very worthy investment. Where else can you have decades of fun for such a small amount of money. However, eventually your investment may need may need some additional help to keep delivering the good times. It would likely last forever if it did not eventually succumb to corrosion, this includes aluminum pools and pool walls too.
Regardless of the type of metal your pool is constructed of, it going to happen to most every above ground pool owner sooner or later. I am referring to the discovery you find when it comes time to replace the liner in your above ground pool. You dig and and upon the liner’s removal you discover rust on the inside of the pool wall. Your heart sinks at the thought of not being able to use your pool again or the possibility of having to spend money to replace it. (more…)
Proper Swimming Pool Maintenance, In 8 Easy Steps
According to Lowes, “Maintaining your pool can be a tedious job, but it’s an important part of keeping your pool sparkling clean,and safe for years of enjoyment.”
The fact is, many families mull over the idea of poolside summers, but dread the maintenance involved. The cleaning, maintenance and time time-consumption are not necessarily a drain on your wallet and your time.
While all pools are created different they all share ONE common trait, routine care is the key to pristine pool health.