How to Care for Your Above Ground Pool

How to Care for Your Above Ground Pool

Above ground pools are an awesome way to beat the heat in these warm summer months! Caring for an above ground pool is similar to in ground pools in many ways, but there are some key differences to keep in mind. Read on for a comprehensive guide on caring for your above ground swimming pool!


Skimming and Removing Debris

Filter: It is important to run your filter at least 8 hours per day or more depending on your manufacturers instructions to prevent water stagnation

Skim: It is important to regularly skim the surface of your pool to prevent debris from clogging the filter.  Use a leaf skimmer to remove leaves, insects, and debris from the pool's surface.


Empty Pump Basket: Also, clean out skimmer and pump baskets regularly to maintain optimal water flow and filtration efficiency.


The frequency of skimming and cleaning will depend on your set up. If you get a lot of leaves falling in to your pool, you may need to skim daily. If your pool tends to stay relatively clear or you have a pool cover, you can get away with skimming much less. Keep an eye on your pool and notice how quickly debris accumulates to determine how often you should skim. 


Weekly Maintenance


Brush the Walls and Floor: Use a pool brush to scrub the walls and floor of your pool to prevent algae buildup.

Vacuuming: If your pool doesn't have an automatic vacuum, manually vacuum the pool to remove dirt and debris that settle on the bottom.

Check Water Level: Ensure the water level is halfway up the skimmer opening for proper filtration and circulation.


Test Water Chemistry: Use a pool water testing kit weekly to check pH, chlorine levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness and adjust levels as needed. If you need any more info on balancing, check out our Pool Chemicals 101 Guide here!


Simple Scoop or use algaecide, clarifier, enzymes, phosphate removers, and stain and scale control as applicable: To make pool care as easy and effective as possible, we highly recommend using Simple Scoop each week. Simple Scoop is an all in one solution that pairs with your sanitizer to keep your pool clear and prevent any issues. If you don't use Simple Scoop, shock your pool with a chlorine shock treatment every 1-2 weeks to kill bacteria and algae and add clarifier, phosphate removers, stain and scale inhibitor, conditioner, and/or algaecide as necessary. 


Filter Maintenance


Backwash the Filter: If you have a sand or DE filter, backwash it when the pressure gauge is 8-10 psi above normal operating pressure or as specified by your manufacturer. 

Clean Cartridge Filters: If you have a cartridge filter, clean it thoroughly every few weeks or as needed to maintain optimal filtration.


Winterizing (End of Season)


Weekly Maintenance: Perform your weekly maintenance routine, brush, vacuum and balance water chemistry before closing up for the season. 


Lower Water Level: Lower the water level below the skimmer and blow out the lines to prevent freezing during winter.

Cover the Pool: Use a durable pool cover to keep debris out and protect your pool during the off-season.


Simple Scoop or Shock and Algaecide: If you use Simple Scoop, add a double dose to keep your pool from forming algae over the winter. Otherwise, use shock and algaecide before closing up for the winter. 


General Tips


Regular Inspections: Check the pool structure, liner, and equipment for any signs of wear or damage regularly.

Keep Surroundings Clean: Trim trees and plants near the pool to minimize debris falling into the water.




There you have it folks! You can ensure your above ground pool remains clean, safe, and inviting throughout the swimming season. Regular maintenance not only prolongs the life of your pool but also enhances your enjoyment of it. With consistent care, you’ll have a refreshing oasis right in your backyard for years to come. Happy swimming!