General Pool Care for Above Ground Chlorine Pools
Taking care of your pool should be easy. The four basic concepts in routine chlorine maintenance are:
- Sanitize continuously to kill bacteria
- Remove wastes to make the water sparkling clear
- Prevent algae growth
- Keep the water balanced
How do I start my above ground chlorine pool?
1. To start up your chlorine pool you need to shock your pool, add tablets, and adjust your pH and alkalinity if needed.
2. Shocking your pool means adding a large dose of chlorine at once. Shocking the pool typically brings your chlorine level to 8.0 to 10.0 ppm. You should shock the pool at the beginning to fully sanitize your fill water. Follow the dosage chart on the shock that you choose to use.
3. Start chlorine tablet usage the next day.
How do I keep my above ground pool sanitized?
1. Check the level of chlorine at least a couple of times per week.
2. When the chlorine level is below 1.5 ppm, you need to add chlorine.
3. There are three ways to keep chlorine in the pool: Chlorine Tablets. Granular Chlorine. Liquid Chlorine.
How do I use Chlorine Tablets In My Above Ground Pool?
Check all instructions and warnings on container labels. Tablets should be used in a floating chlorinator or an automatic chlorinator connected to your filtration system. A floating chlorinator is inexpensive and should be removed from the pool when people are swimming. Automatic chlorinators run off of your filtration system. The drawback is that your pump has to be running to chlorinate the pool. Always use trichlor tablets. Do not use calcium hypochlorite tablets. Check the label. Never put anything other than trichlor tablets in a chlorinator. Not following this rule can be very dangerous. 7. Remember, when using tablets, the pH and Alkalinity will drift lower. So keep Alkalinity Increaser on hand. (Alkalinity Increaser will increase both the Alkalinity and pH) Never put tablets in the skimmer because they will corrode pump and filter parts. Shocking your pool will be necessary every week or so to remove wastes from pool water and keep your water clear. An algaecide may be used in conjunction with tablets to prevent algae growth.
How do I use Granular Chlorine In My Above Ground Pool?
Check all instructions and warnings on container labels. Make sure you know what chemical you are dealing with. Some granular chlorine will need to be dissolved in a bucket of warm water before adding it to your above ground pool because it will bleach your liner. Add granular chlorine according to product labels when chlorine tests low. This is an easy method, but must be monitored daily, especially in hot weather. Some powders raise your pH when chlorine level is high. As the chlorine level comes down, the pH will come down also. Never put granular chlorine in an automatic chlorinator. Shocking your pool will still be necessary every week or so to remove wastes from pool water and keep your water clear. An algaecide may be used in conjunction with granular chlorine to prevent algae growth. Some pool owners have trouble keeping their pool clear when using granular chlorine because of the residue in most powder chlorines. Dichlor is a good substitute for calcium hypochlorite shock. It is a little more expensive, but does not have to be pre-dissolved and will not cloud the water.
How do I use Liquid Chlorine In My Above Ground Pool?
Check all instructions and warnings on container labels. Liquid chlorine is very easy to use since it is already dissolved, it will not cloud your water, and it works quickly. Liquid chlorine will raise your pH when chlorine level is high. As the chlorine level comes down, the pH will come down also. Like granular chlorine, liquid chlorine usage requires checking the chlorine level in the pool often and adding small amounts of chlorine often. Liquid chlorine is great for shocking your pool. Shocking your pool will still be necessary every week or so to remove wastes from pool water and keep your water clear. An algaecide may be used in conjunction with liquid chlorine to prevent algae growth.
Smith’s Pools Above Ground Pool Hints
- A good and easy combination for chlorine maintenance is to use tablets for your constant source of chlorine and use liquid chlorine for shocking. If you begin to have algae problems, supplement the tablets with a weekly dosage of preventative algaecide.
- Keep up with pH and Alkalinity to boost chlorine efficiency and prevent corrosion of equipment, pool, and liner, especially when using chlorine tablets.
- Use chlorine stabilizer at the beginning of every pool season to cut down on chlorine consumption. Stabilizer protects the chlorine from the sun’s UV rays.