Whether you’re a new above ground poolowner or have had one for years,you need the proper tools and supplies to keep your backyard ocean clean and well-maintained. While things vary from one pool to the next,the following paragraphs have some commonly needed things you should have. Be sure you know what you actually need before you run down to the store and overspend.
Water Test Strips: These are crucial to pool maintenance. You should probably test your water weekly. Regular testing helps you know when you need to put any chemicals into the pool to keep dirty algae and bacteria from joining the pool party.
Pool Shock: Speaking of adding pool chemicals,pool shock is an important one to keep in your arsenal,otherwise your pool would quickly turn into a disgusting warehouse of nasty microbes,oils,and even human skin cells. If your pool starts to smell,shock it,because balanced water has no smell.
Algae Brush: This swimming pool scourge needs special care,so a special tool makes sense. A good algae brush will have stainless steel bristles which easily break up the hold that algae has on steps,walls,and other surfaces. Word to the wise,nylon bristles are better for pool liners.
Manual Vacuum: Brushing out algae is one thing,but getting it out of the water is another. A vacuum is a great way to get it up,and it’s also great for other uses,like spot cleaning.
Telescoping Pole: This extendable pole is great if you need to reach into the depths of the pool without needing to bend over physically. It also minimizes the space it takes up when stored. Get one with interchangeable heads for multipurpose use.
Multipurpose Surface Cleaner: An abundance of sunlight,warm water,and potential food sources such as human body oils are very inviting to algae and bacteria. The right multipurpose mild cleaner,on the other hand,is very discouraging to them.
Filter Cleaner: How well your pool filter operates has a huge impact on the health of your water. No matter what you do,a buildup of grime and dirt is unavoidable,but cleaning your filter helps your filter clean up the pool.
Pool Cover: If skimming isn’t for you,then a pool cover is a must. It will keep a lot of nasty things out of your water. It’s especially useful if you live in a place with a cold season where you wouldn’t use your pool at all anyway. It’s also very useful if there is deciduous vegetation around that likes to shed leaves everywhere in the fall,or even spring petals for that matter.
As you get better as a pool owner,your stock of supplies will change for the better,but it might also grow. Know what you need in advance so you can shop online or off-season to save money. The right supplies can make it easy to take care of your pool so you can spend more time enjoying it like you’re supposed to.