How To Start Up An Above Ground Salt Water Pool? [Facts!]

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While the underground saltwater pools are popular, many people are now looking towards above ground pools due to the pandemic.

The advantages of an above ground pool are that you can have more space, and preferably an outdoor pool. You also get the added advantage of not having to worry about water saturation as you can drain the pool whenever you want.

However, if you want to set up an above ground pool, you first need to decide a few things. First, where will you put the pool? This will largely depend on how much space you have. If you have a lot of room, you might want to consider an in ground pool. However, if you have a smaller space, then an above ground pool would be a better option. Another thing to consider is how much weight you can handle. Ideally, you want to set up a lightweight pool that will not be difficult to move around if you decide to rearrange the house or move to a different location.

Materials Needed To Set Up An Above Ground Pool

To begin with, you will need a pool-sized area with a deck surrounding it.

The pool needs to be at least 4′ deep. You also need to have a filter system installed to filter the water. Bumping up the water’s PH level is also important to ensure that the water is clear and healthy.

To this end, you will need to purchase either sand or pebbles (depending on your chosen PH level) as the filter material. You will need to put in about 6-9 inches of gravel or marbles as the base layer for the pool area.

Furthermore, you will need to invest in either a gravel vacuum truck, or front end loaders if you have a large enough truck. Vacuuming the pool area is an important step to ensure that the base is indeed vacuumed clean and free from all debris.

The Process Of Setting Up An Above Ground Pool

Once you have your pool area, the next step is to fill it with water. You should aim for at least 12′ deep to ensure that children and adults can swim comfortably.

To this end, you will need a skimmer device that can be controlled either manually or remotely. The skimmer will allow you to pull the water up towards the surface so that it can be easily drained away. A pump unit is also needed to bring in fresh water. Alternatively, you can ask the plumber to come and install a whole new water system for you if you are stuck with an old one.

If you choose to do it yourself, then you will need to purchase a submersible pool pump with at least 10 gpm (gallons per minute) capacity. This will allow you to easily and comfortably drain the water at any time during the day. For an in ground pool, you can go for either an electric or a manual submersible pump. For an above ground pool, a hydro pump is best as they are quiet and don’t draw a lot of power.

Once the water is in place, you need to add oxygen to the water. This is important for several reasons. First, it will help with the fish health. Second, it will help with the growing plants and algae around the pool area. Finally, it will give you, the pool owner, an additional oxygen source should you ever need it.

Cleaning Up After Yourself

You need to do your best to keep the pool clean- especially from the inside. This means removing all debris from the water’s surface and keeping the area free from any pollution. For this, you can use some simple tools that most homes have around their bathrooms.

Bathroom cleaners work great for keeping pool areas clean. Alternatively, you can use a pair of tongs and some elbow grease to remove all algae and garbage from the surface of the water. Finally, you can buy special chemicals from the pool store to kill all bacteria and algae growth in the water. However, if these chemicals are not biodegradable, then you will have to clean the pool area every single day.

There, now you know how to start up an above ground salt water pool. As you can see, it’s not that hard. All you need is a bit of determination and some old-fashioned elbow grease to keep the pool clean and looking as good as new.

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