Once your pool is up and functional, you’ll begin to realize there are benefits to making above ground pool maintenance easy and efficient. The following products are either essential or highly recommended to help you get the most enjoyment out of your above ground pool.
Every pool needs a pole skimmer. During pool season I generally use the pole skimmer a couple times a day to remove leaves and other floating debris that has blown or landed in the pool. Removing bigger items floating in the water will limit them from clogging your skimmer basket or getting into your filter media or pump.
When buying or replacing your pole skimmer, check that your pole will fit the new skimmer head. My Intex pool came with a skimmer pole that only has a 1″ inside diameter. Most skimmer heads and vacuum attachments need a pole with a 1-1/8″ inside diameter.
You can also bring water sample to many Pool Supply stores for free testing and advice on how to balance your water.
Floating Chlorine Dispenser
Chlorine tablets are a simple to use way to sanitize your pools water. Depending on the volume of water and other conditions you can choose between 1″ or 3 ” tablets and a floating dispenser to fit those tablets.
Some brands dissolve faster than others, and if your shock doesn’t dissolve quickly it can sink and bleach out the bottom of your pool liner. Add shock while running your pump/filter to help evenly mix it with the pool water.
We use this vacuum once a week to suck up debris that has sank to the bottom of the pool. Vacuum hose and pole sold separately.
Check that your pole will fit the new vacuum head. My Intex pool came with a skimmer pole that only has a 1″ inside diameter. Most vacuum attachments and other pole mounted accessories need a pole with a 1-1/8″ inside diameter.
The Kreepy Krauly “Lil Shark” is on our wish list for purchase.
An even better option that will keep your water clean and warmer when not in use is to use a Solar Blanket. Reduce evaporation and chemical loss while warming your pool water by up to 10 degrees fahrenheit!
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