The TRUTH about above ground pools. (2024)

Introduction

The Best & the worst about above ground pools, and what you should know.

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The above ground pool Journey has been interesting three years, Two Poles.

This is what I can give you everything that went good and bad.

We tried a bunch of things we tried this, and it worked.

We tried this and that worked better than this.

Then we tried this and well, I, don't know it still works, but it might not have been the safest thing we even tried scuba diving in the pool.

And that was pretty rad too.

And then we also had a bunch of fails things that made us lose the pool multiple times, and then ultimately resulted in us having to replace the pull entirely.

And other things went wrong.

Things that I wish I would have known before I ever got this pull things I tried out of desperation that still worked miraculously and then things that are just refined over time that we know now to be better.

This is an entire video encompassing everything.

You should know about one of these pools if you choose to get one today, we review the three year journey of things that went really good versus things that maybe didn't age.

So well, we also show you some unique products that work really well and would be great for any first time first year pool owner.

So your pool could just stay looking like this without the three years of fail.

Heads up.

We are giving two pool pumps away for the kickoff of this video.

Compliments of viva viva is a giant Amazon Seller, who has pretty much anything tool wise that you could ever imagine if you need it for a project it's, probably there their store is monstrous.

You just type in Beaver pool.

And all these products come up just by themselves to include this pool pump other ones similar to it in either higher or lower horsepower ranges, all kinds of actual utilities and accessories, including that Fountain.

Everybody love the fountain.

You could just buy one with a remote and install in your pool.

But check this out I was initially gonna just install this on my pool.

But the fittings are a little too big, because this is a much higher horsepower filter than my actual Intex one.

So it didn't convert over.

But this pump is much more powerful than the pump.

You saw on my pool, and it will convert over to any in-ground or above ground pool with the sand filter.

If you want this pump, all you have to do is comment on this video, and we will choose two lucky winners via response to your comments, I love.

This bowl thing.

It's, pretty cool.

You can make little mods our mods that we made since the first one like this thing, it's, a little discolored should have painted it.

Instead of a instead of, uh, staining it.

This thing has seen better days, but I put a whole whopping what 15 minutes to make.

It could make something much nicer and more elegant, probably if I attached it correctly, it wouldn't be so badly.

Warped we could have really gone pretty far out with this thing, but we're, not really sure we we dab between wanting to get an actual pull.

And then just keeping this one in here for convenience, because it is very convenient, um.

So we don't know a lot of things going on all at once the only way the stock pump setting would ever work long term is if you put this inside a house like if you had a room who has that much room just free to put a 20-foot pole, there, no it's gonna go outside.

So just know that out of the gate, little stock pumps, they're garbage.

When I say, the sock filters, inadequate, I mean, it's, inadequate, they can't pump in these the nearer, the amount of water it's needed the filters have to be cleaned daily.

It was a daily struggle to clean these filters.

It was terrible I hated it.

The only thing that is worth anything in that pool setup is the actual pool liner itself.

Secondly, we did.

We did put an initial like revamp video of this where we used the initial stock hose fittings and plugged it right into this.

So you can just drop this in right then immediately and then install something else like this later, but really I would just try and combo it all together.

This is the Hayward skimmer.

We have a video on installing it.

It is a do it all much better flow.

And this is considering I had this amp.

A lot of people asked, why I didn't, go ahead and put the waterfall system in with the inlet nozzles that we've replaced down here.

And why I just kind of kept this thing.

This thing filtered better than my other setup like a lot better.

You could tell the circulation was so much better full stay cleaner for longer.

It was just a better overall system.

And so at that point in time, I didn't, I really chose to steer away from the waterfall system or the bottom Inlet systems.

Just the thing is great and on top of that we're going to show you here in a little bit.

This just had a vacuum attachment, it's all ahead.

So we have a video on this coming out, really shortly on how we vacuum and how it did.

But this just goes in here like so plugs in there you turn it on, you make sure it's suctioning and it cleans the pool like it's, the best vacuum ever.

It was way better than the inlets I mean, it's, really just a small simplistic very very, you know, economically, friendly cost effective system this.

It would save your whole pool.

The whole thing I, manage, just the ability to vacuum and maintenance the pool, which we're obviously gonna have to do today.

Because the storm came through.

And some more stuff came in there like that's, a pair of somebody's shorts back there I, don't know whose shorts that it's kind of weird, but um, the ability to use actual pull attachments like this one, which I broke.

But you know, for example, say, you know, it's got It's got the brushes to knock up the dirt it's got the cover area to kind of keep the dirt enclosed in it.

Well, it has time to suction it through the hole and other attachments like this one, which is a long bristle brush with the attachment section in there, which I personally like for the contoured edges, because the flat edges got everything else, but the contoured edges, I used a brush.

So I would get both attached or deviation of both obviously the long aluminum pole.

So you can actually start using some pool like things in here.

And we got this I think this is inch and a quarter one and one eighth inch or one and a half inch hose thing.

I, don't know what the actual Inlet is, but it's like the smaller hose, the smaller lighter hose I got that from Lowe's and I'm, getting a bigger one to actually pump out the water have a hose attachment or deviation that'll actually pump out the water like conveniently away from your property.

So you don't have any damage to the property line.

We did have some overflow issues, and we did have some other things to happen over the course of I think three years now.

And some of the property line is it's fine, but you know, it's in Jeopardy it's too saturated.

You know, you never know what happened.

We have really hard soil here that doesn't absorb water and change too much.

But it is a little scary when you have a house on here, you have a pool that if something happened, it would just deflate.

Another thing is the liner I would get three or three vinyl protectant or a reconditioning spray and I would spray all this and recondition.

It it'll save you it'll.

It really will save you long term.

Um, you don't really have to worry about a lot of vinyl degradation because the water cools at it.

But it's.

What you really got to worry is the top part, where there's no water touching it.

You do have to go in there with a vinyl protectant like 303 and I'm, actually looking at it need to do that.

Maybe today.

So something you need to think about see that thing down there that thing is what they give you to trying back.

Another thing does is push water through to redirect water into a little mesh bag.

And all that does is pick up large debris.

It does not pick up any of the fine sand or suet later, like what you see here.

And the bigger thing about that, there was no way to vacuum.

It like right now.

I have a vacuum thing in here, A real one for an actual pool with the Hayward skimmer attachment.

All the way back there that kind of fits right into the skimmer where we're talking about the skimmer, even without the skimmer, one I just had the waterfall setup, I still had inlets that actually sucked in water and were able to do this I would immediately just got this sand filter.

Another fantastic product I.

Think everybody should have for one of these pools is this Rocky rocker.

They send this to me it's, a standalone vacuum that needs no hose attachment sucks out, no water.

None of that mess doesn't have to run the filter.

It just stands alone runs and vacuums.

Everything else the cool thing about it though is it's battery, operated rechargeable, waterproof.

And you can completely just maintenance and clean the filter right at the top right there.

It has a waterproof button.

It just attaches to the net pole, just like how you would have to do it to the regular one anyway.

Ways you just stick that in there, you make sure it's working, you see the water actively pumping out the filter, and you just let it run down and you and you watch it do its thing it doesn't get the fine sand grits.

So a lot of that does actually go right through the filter.

But in terms of all the large debris, The Bugs, the sticks like that the nonsense the leaves all that stuff.

It gets all that very well, I'll leave a link in the description and pinned in the comment section for this product.

If you want to check it out attachment, let's, see what it got comes off of these clasps right here, hey, got all that debris legitimately in there.

That was a pretty pretty generous, suction, Port.

So that's, where it's coming in that's gonna suck up a fairly big piece.

I mean, I got all that.

This is the strainer here.

And that does capture a lot it's, not going to capture the ultra ultra fine stuff, but it still caught a lot of stuff.

So you can see that in there so it's got a two two filters.

So the pressure gauge is not working so there's, the filter this thing's broken.

He reads no pressure screws out like nothing kind of scary, how fast it screws up.

But this thing reads no pressure, which is not great got a brand new.

One wish I could get a de facto one, but what's better than nothing let's go and replace that it doesn't.

Screw in the back thing is too big.

So I got to go see if I can find another one all right, guys and gal.

So we got our filter running right now and it's running well, it's running grades, no problems, except for what what happened.

It started to work is that really happening.

So this gauge wasn't working for the longest time so I bought a new one at first I bought this one Digicel about a standard pressure, gauge clean filter, whatever would just be fine.

But this one is actually way too big.

If you look just in case, you have to replace it see the see the threads night and day started times and lengths.

So specifically I looked on eBay and found this Intex replacement pressure gauge so I'm gonna just keep this in my repertoire because this was not working for like a long time.

Just now starts to work.

Whatever okay, I was gonna do a whole video all right guys that wraps up the entire season for this year.

It Springs fastly, approaching I, don't know, when I'll have more time to do videos, but I do love this Channel and I do appreciate all of you.

My other channel soaks up most of my life, but we're trying to transition people in there to just kind of handle that so I could do more things on this channel and get other projects going.

So, thank you much for supporting me in this whole pool, Venture I hope that these videos help you out in return and stay tuned for a lot of the non-pool related content that we got coming out for this channel, stay tuned, big stuff foreign.

The TRUTH about above ground pools. (2024)

FAQs

The TRUTH about above ground pools.? ›

The main disadvantage of an above-ground pool is that it generally adds no value to your home. They also have some of the same problems as in-ground pools, such as water evaporation and maintenance issues.

What is the disadvantage of above ground pool? ›

The main disadvantage of an above-ground pool is that it generally adds no value to your home. They also have some of the same problems as in-ground pools, such as water evaporation and maintenance issues.

Is it a good idea to have an above ground pool? ›

Save Money. Cost is always the first thing on your mind when making a big purchase like a pool. Above ground pools are less expensive initially, as well as less expensive during regular maintenance. Compared to an inground pool, an above ground pool saves you thousands.

What is the lifespan of above ground pool? ›

The Basics: How Long Does the Average Above Ground Pool Last? In general, the average above ground pool will last between 7 and 15 years.

Does an above ground pool devalue your home? ›

When a pool does increase the value of a home, it's usually no more than a 7% boost—not necessarily an amount that would make it worth the cost—and even that small return happens only in certain situations: You live in a high-end neighborhood where pools are the norm. The style of the pool fits the neighborhood.

Should you take down your above ground pool every year? ›

A: It's not a good idea to drain an above ground pool for winter. Snow, ice, extreme cold and errant debris will likely cause significant damage to a pool sitting out exposed to the elements. It's also expensive and time consuming to refill and chemically balance a new pool full of water in the spring.

Why should you not drain an above ground pool? ›

Con: Waste of Water

Most above-ground pools hold thousands, if not tens of thousands, of gallons. If you drain any water out of your pool, that water's got to go somewhere—and it's got to be replaced. Avoid draining your pool too much, as it'll cost you a lot of water when you refill it.

How hard are above ground pools to maintain? ›

Above ground pools, like in-ground pools, need basic care and maintenance. Mainly, cleaning, filtering, water testing, chemical levels, and protecting the structure. Above ground pool care and maintenance is just as much work as cleaning your in-ground pool. Tools are all the same as are the technics behind them.

How deep should an above-ground pool be? ›

Typical above ground pool depths are 48 or 52 inches deep. Above-ground pools require a level surface and access to electricity and water. In a small yard, be mindful of installation instructions for any pool under consideration.

How deep of an above-ground pool should I get? ›

Above Ground Pool Depths

In most cases, the pool water is actually about 6″ lower than the height of the walls. Generally, these heights would work great for most pool owners. However, many pool owners would like to have the ability to go deeper than 4 feet.

Will my above ground pool collapse? ›

Above ground pools are more likely to collapse than inground pools, but both types of pools are capable of collapsing. Below are common causes of pool collapse: The weight of snow or ice on a pool's cover. If you don't drain your pool cover, the rainwater that collects can freeze and form a sheet of ice.

How far should you put above ground pool to house? ›

Generally speaking for both above and inground pools, your pool should be at least 10 feet or more from your house. This rule of thumb goes for any size pool you may be considering.

What kind of above ground pools can you leave up year round? ›

Many steel-frame pools are semipermanent in that they're laborious to take down and difficult to store. Consequently, steel-frame models work for those who plan to leave the pool in place year-round, or at least for the duration of the swimming season.

How often do you need to change the water in an above ground pool? ›

How often should you change the water in your pool? In the case of an above ground pool, you should refresh the pool water on average once a year. You do this before the swimming season starts, in spring. You do not need to refresh the water often, but it is important to keep the water clean.

Can above ground pools stay up all winter? ›

A common question asked is, “Can above ground pools stay up year round?” And although the easy answer is that “Yes, they can,” whether you want to leave them up year-round really depends on the type of pool you have. Dismantling some above ground pools for the winter may be more hassle than it's worth.

Is it OK to run above-ground pool pump all the time? ›

As much as you can

If your question is “How often should I run my pump to keep the pool at its best?” the answer would be 24/7 for as much of the year as the pool is in operation.

What time of year are above ground pools cheapest? ›

While late fall/ early winter is traditionally the best time of the year to score a great deal on an above-ground swimming pool, the current economy changes all the rules.

Do you have to cover above-ground pool in winter? ›

If you don't cover your above-ground pool, it's going to get dirt, leaves, and other debris in it. Even if you don't have any trees nearby, the wind will still blow debris into the water. Not to mention rainwater!

Will pool walls collapse without water? ›

An empty pool (or as little as 1/4 filled) and an exposed liner on a hot day can cause the liner to shrink from the heat and deem the liner useless. An empty pool is also susceptible to collapse. Especially, in high winds and/or bad weather.

How do you clean an above ground pool without draining it? ›

How to Clean a Muddy Pool
  1. Clean Pool Surrounds. ...
  2. Skim the Water Surface. ...
  3. Add Plenty of Chlorine to the Water. ...
  4. Use a Vacuum to Clean the Pool Floor. ...
  5. Run the Pool Filter. ...
  6. Put Floc in the Water. ...
  7. Test the pH Balance. ...
  8. Preparation for the No-Drain Acid Wash.
May 1, 2022

What is the easiest above ground pool to maintain? ›

The easiest and most trouble-free are chlorine pools with sand filters. The chemical levels for these are easiest to test and adjust, and the sand filter only needs to be cleaned out once a season. If a pool has a D.E. filter and uses salt, it will be more complicated to maintain.

What is the best treatment for above ground pools? ›

Even the best above ground pools require sanitizer – usually chlorine or bromine – to be added to the water which kills bacteria and keeps it fresh and clear. According to Lowe's, chlorine levels should be kept between 1 and 4 parts per million (ppm).

Which is better round or rectangular above ground pool? ›

More Usable Area. It comes down to simple geometry – a rectangle will have more usable space than a circle or other shape. Since part of the purpose of having a pool is to relax with your family or entertain, you want to maximize as much area as possible!

Does above ground pool need to be on concrete? ›

Many wonder though if above ground pools are exclusively used over grass, sand, or soil only and if installing it over concrete is impossible (for fear of it getting punctured). The good news is, yes, you can install your above ground pool on concrete if a sand or soil base is not possible.

Can you heat an above ground pool? ›

You can heat an above-ground pool using solar power; propane, natural gas or oil heaters; electric heaters; and heat pumps.

What I wish I knew before building a pool? ›

10 Factors to Consider Before Building a Pool
  • Know your zoning laws. ...
  • Decide on the type of pool you want. ...
  • Look toward longevity. ...
  • Seek out a quality circulation system. ...
  • Think about how much can you maintain. ...
  • Weigh water features and lighting. ...
  • Don't forget landscaping. ...
  • Determine your budget.
May 30, 2016

Does above ground pool need to be 100 level? ›

Generally, an above ground pool should be level within 1 inch—and it starts to become unsafe after a couple of inches. Any slope will lead to uneven distribution of water, which will put pressure on your pool's structure, wearing down the pool liner. In certain cases, it could cause your pool to collapse.

How do I make my above ground pool deeper? ›

Digging a deep center or deep middle is the most common way to add water depth to a round above ground pools. On round pools the floor slopes downward gradually toward the center point of the pool. This center point can be dug out up to 2 feet when used with an expandable pool liner.

What happens when it rains in an above ground pool? ›

When rainwater and 'run off' enter the pool, they can change your water's pH, calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), alkalinity, and other chemical levels as well as bring contaminants such as dirt and debris into the pool.

What is the most popular above ground pool size? ›

A 24-foot diameter pool is the most popular size for a round above ground model, while 15 by 30 feet is a common choice for oval-shaped pools. However, you'll find round sizes everywhere between 8 and 33 feet. Oval pools range up to 21 by 41 feet but can be customized to stretch much longer.

Do I need a fence around my pool if my yard is fenced in? ›

Swimming pools do not necessarily need a barrier close to the water. If your pool is located in a fenced backyard, or other large fenced area, and that fence meets the legal requirements, you might not need an additional barrier closer to the pool.

How far can you bury an above ground pool? ›

How deep do you want to bury your above ground pool? Fun fact, ALL above ground swimming pools can go in ground 1-2 feet with proper drainage.

What decreases property value the most? ›

It's best to be aware of what hurts property value so you can protect your home and get the most ROI when it comes time to sell.
  • 1) DIY projects gone wrong.
  • 2) Lack of curb appeal.
  • 3) Unsightly interior wall paint.
  • 4) Lack of upkeep.
  • 5) Wall to wall carpeting.
  • 6) Excessive clutter can hurt property value.
  • 7) Unpleasant smells.
Oct 9, 2020

What is the #1 thing that determines the value of a home? ›

Ultimately, the financial backing in a deal determines the property's value, and it's most often a mortgage lender making the call.

Is it expensive to run an above ground pool? ›

Above ground pool owners will continue to pay for maintenance throughout the pool's life. If you decide to do all of your pool maintenance yourself, you can expect to pay $5 to $15 per month. If you hire a professional pool service to do the work for you, that cost is between $80 and $150 per month.

Are above ground pools cheaper to maintain? ›

Above-ground pools cost about the same to maintain as inground pools since they basically have the same structure. The number of tasks the pool cleaning service takes care of will also affect the cost. Homeowners can expect to spend between $1,200 and $1,800 per year on basic pool maintenance costs.

Is it cheaper to maintain an above ground pool? ›

Pools are subject to needed repairs as well. Add to that water use, electricity, chemical costs, filters, and cleaning, and you could be looking at a significant monthly or annual investment. Above ground, pools are cheaper to maintain. This generally is because they're smaller, and they use cheaper materials.

What not to do when installing above ground pool? ›

Pool Installation Mistakes
  1. Unlevel Ground. The most obvious of mistakes is often the most daunting of them all. ...
  2. Untended Land. If you don't tend after the land surrounding the pool, you are allowing untended plants and shrubs to grow. ...
  3. Pool Deck. ...
  4. Draining. ...
  5. Lack of Support. ...
  6. Using Too Much Sand. ...
  7. Not Compacting.

How much does it cost to run a pool pump for 8 hours? ›

At 30 cents KWH a 1.5HP pump can cost around $1000.00 per year to run (8 hours per day running), whereas the ECO pump, using low speed can cost as little as $80.00 per year (12 hrs per day running)!

Do pools use a lot of electricity? ›

Pool ownership is expensive. It takes a lot of electricity to clean the water and calibrate the chemicals – not to mention a lot of time on your part to take care of it. Research shows that pool owners spend over 40 percent more on energy costs per year than those without pools.

What time of year are above-ground pools cheapest? ›

While late fall/ early winter is traditionally the best time of the year to score a great deal on an above-ground swimming pool, the current economy changes all the rules.

What kind of above-ground pools can you leave up year round? ›

Many steel-frame pools are semipermanent in that they're laborious to take down and difficult to store. Consequently, steel-frame models work for those who plan to leave the pool in place year-round, or at least for the duration of the swimming season.

What is the easiest to maintain above-ground pool? ›

The easiest and most trouble-free are chlorine pools with sand filters. The chemical levels for these are easiest to test and adjust, and the sand filter only needs to be cleaned out once a season. If a pool has a D.E. filter and uses salt, it will be more complicated to maintain.

How often should you change the water in an above ground pool? ›

In the case of an above ground pool, you should refresh the pool water on average once a year. You do this before the swimming season starts, in spring. You do not need to refresh the water often, but it is important to keep the water clean. This way you prevent algae and other bacteria.

How deep should above-ground pools be? ›

Typical above ground pool depths are 48 or 52 inches deep. Above-ground pools require a level surface and access to electricity and water. In a small yard, be mindful of installation instructions for any pool under consideration.

Is it OK to bury an above ground pool? ›

But in-ground pools have advantages, such as ease of entry, ease of maintenance and the fact that in-ground installations keep water temperatures more stable. Plus, they're better looking. Which prompts the question: Is it OK to put an above-ground pool in the ground? The answer is yes, you can.

Should you put a tarp under an above ground pool? ›

Above Ground Pool Design

The typical vinyl liner above ground pool is actually designed to be installed directly onto the ground without any added protection for the pool liner. This is perfectly acceptable if the ground is prepared in a way that will prevent damage from occurring to the vinyl pool liner.

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