Best Above Ground Pool Maintenance

Above-ground pools are easier to maintain and more cost-effective alternatives to inground pools. To get the most out of your above-ground pool, you’ll need to keep up with regular pool maintenance. This can be overwhelming to keep track of, but luckily you’ve got a comprehensive list right here!

Pool Maintenance Checklist

Ensuring your above-ground pool is maintained well is critical. If you don’t take regular care of it, the pool liner degrades, algae will grow, and other expensive troubles will develop. Luckily these are usually easier to stay on top of than inground pools. Here’s what you need to do:


  • Test your water chemical levels
  • Empty the skimmer and pump baskets
  • Check the filter pressure and pump operation
  • Skim the surface of the water
  • Run the pool filter (at least 8 hours)


  • Test alkalinity (between 80 and 120 ppm)
  • Properly dose with algaecide, clarifier, and metal control
  • Clean the pool deck and surrounding area
  • Add chlorine tablets
  • Backwash or clean the filter (if pressure gauge rises 7-9 psi)
  • Skim, scrub, and vacuum the above ground  pool (in that order)

Poor Water Circulation in Above Ground Pools

Above-ground pools really struggle with water circulation. That makes maintaining the water circulation a crucial pool maintenance step. Poor water circulation leads to quick breeding algae. Some of the most common spots that struggle with circulation are behind ladders, around steps, under the skimmer, and any cracks or creases in the pool liner. 

A great way to help your above-ground pool filter is to install returning jets that are multi-directional. If those aren’t in the budget, you can use a pool brush to manually circulate the water too.

Protect Your Pool Walls

You need to make sure you protect your pool walls, they keep the water in! Don’t let your visitors sit or stand on the edge or top rails of your pool. You run the risk of above-ground pool wall damage like creasing, cracking, or even collapsing sides. Besides overly-enthusiastic guests, things like falling tree branches, nesting insects, debris from mowing, and even crashes from other recreational fun can also cause expensive damages. Proper placement of the above-ground pool and clever landscaping can mitigate many of these issues.

Beyond the regular damages that come from outside forces, your top rail may have rust underneath which may fall in the water, gross. So keep up on replacements at pool stores or an online supplier. Make sure you know your pool’s manufacturer and size. If the replacement doesn’t fit correctly, it’ll cause more trouble.

Above Ground Pool Liner Maintenance

First thing first, do NOT drain your pool water! Unless you are planning to completely take down the pool, leave the water in the pool while you clean. After skimming the top of the pool, use your pool brush to gently clean the sides and bottom of your pool. Begin with the sides and then work your way towards the skimmer. Then use your pool vacuum to remove all the dirt and debris in the water.

You will also want to pay close attention to any small leaks or holes found and patch them up immediately. We know it’s hard to go through the effort of patching your liner, especially when it’s such a tiny hole! Taking care of these small holes immediately prevents them from becoming big problems in the future. They can lead to massive tears, water leakage, and an entire liner replacement. So make sure you have a pool patch kit that includes an underwater pool liner patch adhesive.

Solar Blankets for Thermal & Debris Protection

Using a solar blanket over your above-ground pool does more than just reduce thermal loss by 95%. Using the solar blanket when the pool is not in use keeps the water clean from accumulating debris and insects. It reduces water evaporation, keeping your levels more stable, and it can keep you swimming even on the chillier days.

Protect Your Home

There are many building codes in place already to keep your home’s electrical systems separated from the pool. But those several feet won’t help if the pool fails and water comes pouring out. With that much water and the speed behind it, the ground around your house and possibly your basement can become flooded fast. The best way to keep your home protected is to install a sump pump. This will prevent water damage and the growth of hazardous mold and mildew. It’s always best to be prepared.

Professional Pool Technicians

If this seems like a lot of work and you’re not ready to take it on, don’t worry! Bonita Springs Pool Cleaners have your back. Our licensed and talented pool technicians are ready to help you keep your pool fun and relaxing. We’re able to tackle any above-ground pool maintenance you need. Whether it’s regular maintenance or pool liner repair, we’re qualified to get it done with precision. Call or go online for a quote today!

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