What above ground pool cleaners / chemicals should you put to work keeping your pool stocked with sparkling, healthy water? We have already covered vacuums as a method to suck debris from the bottom of the pool liner. How do you keep the pool liner and pool equipment clean from some of the invasive molds and bacteria that are constantly attacking them? Pool cleaners are an integral component of a healthy environment for all pools above ground.
There also is the question of water quality, which is a huge issue. From someone (me!) who has owned a hot tub for a decade, I can tell you that you really have to stay on top of the water and structural cleanliness. Pool water quality monitoring should be part of your daily routine. It takes commitment and some understanding of chemical attributes and desired readings.
As mentioned earlier, there are machines in the above ground pool vacuum section that remove most of the dirt, debris, and other visible materials that enter your pool from the outside environment. They save you time and effort looking after the obvious, observable intruders to your above ground pool environment. However, what is not visible to the naked eye is arguably much more serious a threat to your pool health and yours! Pool filters can remove much of the minutia debris flowing through the circulation system, but cannot get them all.
The water contaminants that are very small, and the bacteria that you cannot see at all, are not managed by the pool vacuums, skimmers, or your long leaf pole, or your pool filter. Conditions which effect water quality are temperature, moisture, ph levels, and oxygen. A pool has all four of these elements in abundance, making them a perfect target for the development of bacteria and algae. If you are going to manage the health of your own swimming pool, you must become familiar with the methods of applying and measuring the effectiveness of your chemical pool cleaners.
Chemical Pool Cleaners
There are three different types of chemicals used in cleaning pools: