By Karen Marie from Spring Hill, TN
I am looking at buying a house with an above ground swimming pool. How do you take care of a swimming pool?
Go to the swimming pool supply store, buy a water testing kit, they will tell you how to use it. You will need a vacuum hose with an adapter that fits into where your water is suctioned out into the pump. That is how you create the suction to vacuum. You need a vacuum brush for the end of the hose, a telepole to attach to the vacuum brush (you hold onto the pole and use it to guide the vacuum to the corners, center, deep end, etc.). You need chlorine, I think the tablets are easier to use, you just put them into the basket where the water is sucked out after vacuuming, soda ash to keep the PH level correct, good baskets for the pump, returns, etc.
But your pool supply store should help you out with other supplies if I forgot something, or you can call my husband, Larry. He is the supervisor for O'Brien Swimming Pool in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has been working for over thirteen years. Just tell him Pam told you to call, he knows everything there is to know. I may have forgotten something. The phone number is (314) 521-4151. If he is out of the office just leave a message. He returns calls throughout the day, but he makes sure to have them all returned by the time he leaves in the evening. He arrives at work around 7:00 a.m. c.s.t. and usually stays until at least 7:00 p.m. c.s.t. this time of the year. This is his busy season. I hope this helps. (06/22/2005)
We have a 90,000 litres painted pool in New Zealand. Can someone suggest cheaper maintenance to keep it clean as we are constantly spending heaps on chemicals from the pool store. Also any tips on best practices would be welcome as I am new to this.
Roshni from New Zealand
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