Plan, Buy, Install & Maintain an Above-Ground Pool

Fabulous swimming pool at above-ground swimming pool prices: The proud owner of this above-ground pool finished off his or her above-ground pool with an wood deck for an elegant backyard setting.

An oval shape above the ground swimming pool and wooden deck.

The above-ground swimming pool is an American invention that has spread worldwide since its introduction shortly after World War II. Today, there are millions of them throughout suburbia offering a fun and inexpensive way to cool off in the summer heat. For the family that cannot or will not spend a lot of money on a pool, but still wants to engage in home swimming and recreation, an above-ground pool is the logical answer. These units are relatively inexpensive to purchase ($600 or less up to $2,000 or more) and have installed. The pools can also be purchased as a package and a smart do-it-yourselfer can have his own pool ready for swimming after a few hours or perhaps a weekend or two of work, depending on what’s involved.

If properly maintained and cared for, the above-ground pool offers a great value and use for the dollar invested. Although an above-ground pool will not last as long as a good in-ground pool, it has the added benefit of low initial cost, quick installation and may not add to the tax burden of the property owner because it is not a permanent structure. (We recommend that you inquire at your town tax department on the status of an above-ground pool before proceeding. We further recommend that you call your insurance agent to ensure that any pool you install is covered under your homeowner’s policy. We know for a fact that many insurance companies will not cover diving boards under a typical homeowner’s policy.)



On this page, we will answer the following questions:

–How to Plan an Above-Ground Pool Project?
–How to Pick the Best Above-Ground Pool for You?
–How to Install an Above-Ground Pool?
–How to Maintain an Above-Ground Pool?

The editors of this page have more than 30 years experience in the pool and spa industry writing on every imaginable topic in the industry. In preparation for producing this page on above-ground and onground pools, we attended four pool and spa industry conferences in the past year. Most recently, we attended the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey last January. This show, which is only for pool and spa builders, designers, dealers and retailers, features an exhibit area of probably 500,000 square feet, including extensive exhibits and displays of above-ground and onground pools, probably found nowhere else in the world. Visiting all of those exhibits, we literally “kicked the tires” of many of the above-ground pools, checking the framing, thickness of the liner, quality of the filters and pumps, but most importantly, interviewing the builders and dealers who carry and sell these lines of above-ground pools, seeking information on callbacks and the pros and cons of each pool.



How to Plan an Above-Ground Pool Project?

The term above-ground or onground pool are often used interchangeably and refer to a swimming pool structure that sits on the ground or is slightly dug into the ground for a firmer base. Although there is not the same selection of shapes and sizes in pools that you will find with inground pools, there are nevertheless many pools and price points from which to choose. Typically, a buyer can select a variety of shapes including rectangles, ovals, round, small, shallow, kiddy-size, or large pools. There are also custom sizes available. What all of these pools have in common is that they are vinyl liner pools with supporting walls made of steel, aluminum, or a resin material. Above-ground pools offer some advantages over inground pools. They are typically less expensive and they can be installed far more quickly. The typical above-ground pool is about four feet off of the ground so the possibility of a child falling into the water is less than with an inground pool. Depending on your property, an above-ground pool can be elegantly incorporated into an extensive deck to allow the pool to have the look and feel of a more expensive inground pool (as shown in the photo at the top of this page).

Step 1

What can you afford in an above-ground pool, without breaking the bank? Most people can afford an above-ground pool today, because they range in price from just a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. If that sound vague, check out these pools offered on Amazon to see what can be had for a few hundred dollars.

Besides being seriously inexpensive, these two pools are really “blow-up and go”…go swimming that is!

Now look at these pools on Amazon that can be had for just a few thousand dollars. We maintain that with the right finish touches to a relatively inexpensive above-ground or onground pool, the result can be a elegant pool that has the look and feel of a pool many thousands of dollars more. To paraphrase an old Clairol commercial…is this pool expensive or inexpensive, only his or her pool builder knows for sure!

These pools are more closely than the inflatables above and more complex to set up, but they both furnish you with a rather large pool that you can enjoy for years to come. Tied into a slight slope and finished deck or patio, either of these pools could be the centerpiece of your backyard entertainment center.

Step 2

What do you want to do with the pool? We know, we know! That’s obvious. You want a pool to swim in. Do you want a pool for above-ground pool prices, but inground pool elegance? You can do that by carefully planning where the pool will go and building a elegant deck or patio around it. For example, if your backyard gently slopes away from the house, you are in luck. For the cost of a few hours of a backhoe’s service, you can cut a level platform into the slope, place the pool on that platform and then build a deck coming off of your house with the top of pool at deck level.



If you are a little handy, you can direct the backhoe person on where to cut, then assemble the pool yourself and then have a deck builder come it and build the deck at pool level–unless you are also a pro at deck building. Or, you can hire a local pool builder to do the whole thing. One of our editors attended a seminar at the recent Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey in January that was focused on assembling a typical above-ground pool. He offered a video made for this seminar in which a local contractor cut a level section out of a backyard slope. Then he went to one of those sites that are around every city and town where people stand around looking to be hired as day laborers. He hired two of them who had no experience in assembling an above-ground pool…they had the job done in four hours. nThat’s how easy some of these installations are.

Do you want an exercise pool? It’s possible with an oval pool that is 40 feet long. Look at these 40-footers on Amazon and look at these remarkably low prices.
Heritage TA 451852GP-DXP Taos Complete Above Ground Pool, 45-Feet x 18-Feet x 52-Inch

An above-ground oval pool that is 45-feet long by 18-feet wide by 52-inches deep will furnish you with a body of water in which you can get great exercise and swimming is said to be one of the best exercises.

Do you want a pool with a solar dome cover on it to keep in the heat and keep out the dirt and extend the swimming pool season by a month on the ends of the calendar? Here is one to fill the bill:

18′ X 33′ Oval Above Ground Swimming Pool Solar Sun Dome Cover Heater Sundome 18 Panels You options are many with today’s above-ground pools.

Step 3

Now that you have an idea of what you want to use the pool for, the next step is to figure out where you want to put it. Look at your backyard and visualize an above-ground pool in that setting. It won’t be entirely up to you where the pool goes because your local jurisdiction is likely to have something to say about it. You need to get a copy of the local zoning regulations that apply to your property and a copy of your property’s survey from when you bought the house. There are setback requirements that you need to adhere to. At one property in the northeast, the zoning regulations call for a 20-foot backyard setback and 10-foot side yard setbacks. In addition, the property comes right up to a local road, but the town claims a 25-foot right-of-way from the center of the street, which in fact cuts into the property. Making a photocopy of the relevant section of your home survey, you can mark off the various setbacks and estimate how big a pool you can add to the backyard as well as where you can add it. You need to check with your town on an above-ground pool. Because it is not a permanent structure, you may be able to place it in the yard without a building permit or without interference from the town. Naturally, if you are getting into building decks off of your house to surround the pool, decks are a permanent structure and you will need a building permit for that most likely.

Step 4

There will likely be an area within your backyard where you can place an above-ground pool that adheres to all of the setback requirements. Your next task is to look at where the sun hits your house and yard in the summer as well as areas that are shaded. You need to look at the drainage of your backyard–have you had problems with water collecting during wet weather or wet seasons. If there are issues of drainage, you may well want to install a French drain out to the street. A French drain, which is composed of a trench with a perforated pipe that is then filled around with gravel, allows water to drain from the surface and redirects it elsewhere.



Another big issue to consider is wind. If part of your backyard is exposed to wind, then you might like to build the pool in another area of the yard. If the whole backyard is windy, consider planting trees or installing a fence to cut down on the wind. And speaking of planting trees, you might want to evaluate the location of the new pool based on where existing trees are and then keep the pool away from them. Finally, you need to look at the location of the pool with regard to having enough space around the pool for leisure time activities.

How to Pick the Best Above-Ground Pool for You?

Above-ground pools come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most popular are round, oval and rectangular. What’s more, because it is not a permanent structure, it will not add to the tax bill as will an in-ground pool. And if you decide to move, the pool can always be disassembled and shipped to your new residence. In short, the above-ground pool probably offers you the most “swimmability” for least dollar investment.

There are, however, some drawbacks. Because the above-ground pool is not a permanent structure, it will not last as long as a good in-ground pool. Secondly, the above-ground pool can present some serious land­scaping problems, as discussed later in this chapter.

Above-ground pools were once limited in size and shape, but today they come in a wide variety. The most popular shapes are round, oval, and rectangular units. The round ones vary from small 12-foot diameter pools with a 2,500 gallon capacity to a 28-foot diameter with an 18,300 gallon capacity to much larger. Oval pools can be as small as 12-feet by 18-feet to 16-feet by 40-feet or longer. Rectangular pools follow similar dimension patterns.

You can buy above-ground pools with a uniform depth of either 3 or 4 feet, or you can obtain a pool that has a variable depth liner. This hopper is designed to give you a deeper pool. Even if you have a hopper on the pool, don’t use it for diving. There are codes that need to be followed when creating a pool for diving. Do not plan on diving into your above-ground pool. There are other issues about diving as well. Check with your insurance company to see if they will insure that pool with a diving board. They may not.

Here are various pools of different shapes and sizes to consider for your backyard adventure:
Power Steel Frame Pool Set, 18′ x 48″

Summer Waves Elite 20′ Ft. Metal Frame Above Ground Pool Set with Filter Pump
Intex 24ft X 52in Prism Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover 24′ Round DELUXE PLUS Above Ground Swimming Pool Winter Cover 10 Year Limited Warranty
Heritage YO 1552SFP Yosemite Complete Above Ground Pool, 15-Feet x 52-Inch
Blue Wave Bronze 8-Year 15-ft x 30-ft Oval Above Ground Pool Winter Cover

Other Buying Tips

This article is not a do-it-yourself manual for an individual who wishes to construct an above-ground pool; instructions would vary from model to model, and from manufacturer to manufacturer. Reputable pool dealers always supply you with extensive information on how to put your pool together. A person who can use a screw driver, pliers, and other basic tools can typically put one of these pools together quickly if he or she follows directions.

All above-ground pools on the market for the do-it­-yourselfer have basically the same construction system. The walls are free-standing and are made of wood, aluminum or steel. These wall units are fastened together and vertical supports are used to keep them in place. All pools use a vinyl liner, which actually holds the water. Many units come with top railings or decking. Depending on how much money you want to spend, you can get very extensive decking, fencing, and a host of other extras. The basic above-ground pool package will usually come with the equipment necessary for safe and sanitary operation. This includes a filtration system, automatic skimmer, chemical test kit, and other items such as a vinyl liner repair kit.



Purchasing Your Pool

Because many families are interested in a relatively inexpensive swimming pool, many dealers and other sales persons try to push whatever they are selling on price alone. You must exercise extreme caution when buying an above-ground pool.

Be cautious and watch out for newspaper ads shouting about a beautiful pool complete with everything for $300 or $500. Looking at a picture of the pool, it would seem that you could fit your whole family and probably the entire neighborhood into it. Yet if you examine it closely, the ad might tell you that this is a 12-foot or 15-foot diameter pool.

When purchasing an above-ground pool, determine what size, equipment and extras will fill your family’s needs. When shopping for pools do not decide on price alone: compare one company’s package with another, and be sure you are comparing apples with apples. If one company is selling a pool for $500 less than another, check to see that you are getting the same quality vinyl, filtration system, heater and decking. Make sure one package is offering the same quantity as well as quality as the other package. Look at the extras. Do you need them?

Water Features

Your pool and spa are beautiful and enjoyable, but for just a few dollars more, you can add more sights and sounds of water to the environment with a simple fountain, splash-way, mountain stream, waterfall tumbling over rocks or a complex waterslide. Bubbling, gushing water features take many forms including:

Fountains. Fountains are a fun pool and spa accessory that offer great ambience to the poolscape and can be added to the pool package at the time the pool is built or later to an existing pool. Designed into the pool from the start, fountain designs are virtually endless. Later, fountains can be easily added to the deck or landscaped areas of the poolscape.

Waterfalls. Waterfalls are another accessory that is limited only by the imagination. They are best installed at the time that the pool is built. In fact, many waterfalls, as in a vanishing edge pool, are integral to the project. Best yet, a variety of waterfalls can be installed at very little cost as the pool is being built because the accessory works off of the existing pipes and plumbing. Be sure to visit the Portfolio of Pools & Spas to get ideas from the large number of waterfalls that are featured there.

Water Slides. The slide is a many splendored thing rising above the pool often with a stream or double stream of water added to help speed children of all ages cascading into the water. Today’s slides can range from an 8-foot to a 13-foot fiberglass beauty or it can be a custom slide of 36 feet or longer that is constructed in sections.

Solar Hot Water System

Consider the addition of a solar heating system. Not every location is ideal for such a system, but if yours is, you will enjoy years of “free energy” after the initial investment of the system. Typically, such a system will pay for itself in just a few years and after that you will enjoy summer after summer of warmed water.



The solar hot water heating system is composed of solar collectors that allow sunlight to enter it and heat pool water that has been pumped into the collectors; a filter to remove debris before the water is pumped through the collector; a circulation pump (which could be the pump already installed on your pool); and a flow control valve—automatic or manual—to divert water through the collector. Automatic diverters have sensors so that when the temperature within the collector is sufficiently greater than the temperature of the pool water, it allows water into the collector so that it can be heated. At those times when the temperature inside the collector is lower than the pool water temperature, the water will bypass the collector.

Economy Pool Heating Solar Panels 2 – 2×20

A solar pool heating system usually costs between $3,000 and $4,000 to buy and install, but there are far cheaper systems available for above-ground pools costing just a few hundred dollars. This provides a payback of between 1.5 and 7 years, according to the Department of Energy, depending on local fuel costs. Solar hot water systems typically last longer than gas and heat pump pool heaters. Your actual cost and payback will depend on many factors.

Many solar heating system pros use worksheets to figure out the best system for you, because one size does not fit all and you need a system customized to your site and orientation, the size of your pool and space available for the installation of solar collectors.

Adding a Diving Board? Handle with Care!

For many of us, the focal point of youthful summers was the local swimming pool and the centerpiece of that pool was the ubiquitous diving board and the thousands of joyous plunges that we took off of the board and into the cool water. If you want the fun of a diving board on your new pool project a word of caution: let a professional from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association guide this project. This is no project for an amateur.

Why? Unlike many projects around the pool and spa that can be handled by a handy homeowner, such as shrub replacement or the installation of a replacement barbecue, installing a diving board is a difficult, complex and exacting task. Errors in installation of the diving board could cause serious injury to those who use the board.

There is a group called the American National Standards Institute or ANSI, which creates standards and guidelines for products including diving boards. Working with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), an ANSI standard was developed for diving boards. This standard is called the American National Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools ANSI/APSP/ICC-5 2011. SR Smith, a company that manufactures diving boards, offers a copy of these standards.

Here are some key facts about diving boards that you should understand: diving boards are available in many styles, shapes and sizes and are offered in various degrees of flexibility. The diving board and diving stand are defined by their level of flexibility and the board and stand combination that you have for your new or existing pool will be limited by the size of the pool’s diving envelop:
Jump board. The jump board is a flexible board attached to a base with spring mechanism
Diving board. A diving board is a flexible board on a rigid base. As we mention elsewhere in this article, your insurance company may not insure your new diving board.



Add a Cover to Your New Pool

You can add considerably to the enjoyment of your pool and its surroundings and save money with the addition of a pool cover. Your pool cover can enhance safety, cut evaporation, keep dirt and debris out of the pool, save energy and protect the pool and equipment.
Admittedly, it would be tough to find all of the above qualities in just one cover, but thanks to the seasonal nature of pool use here in the Northeast, you do not have to. Pool covers fall into six broad categories and various covers can be used during the year including: the winter cover, mesh cover, sheet vinyl cover, bubble solar cover, automatic cover and foam cover.

Here is more detail on each type of cover:

Winter covers. The winter cover is made of a sturdy, durable material to hold up against all that the cold season can throw at it. A person can safely walk on a properly installed winter cover. These covers are typically a fine, strong mesh with reinforcing that allows rain water to flow through, but keeps out dirt and debris. These are not quick-on, quick-release covers. These covers are typically held in place with steel or brass fittings installed in the pool deck and meant to stay on the pool for the winter. By the water flowing through this pool cover, it prevents water and ice from puddling on the cover, which is safer for your pets and children. It also relieves a tremendous amount of weight that could build up over the winter.

Mesh covers. As the name implies, a mesh swimming pool cover is a close-woven mesh of plastic strips with wire reinforcing for strength. These covers are strong, allow rain water to flow through but keep out debris. They also allow water evaporation. This type of cover, like the winter cover, offers good security to protect children and pets.



Sheet vinyl covers. Sheet vinyl covers are typically made of two sheets of vinyl. They have little or no insulation value, they are not strong, but they do prevent pool water evaporation. Some of the better quality vinyl covers will be reinforced with wire so that they can protect children and pets against accidental falls into the pool. Typically, this type of cover is hooked to the deck.

Solar bubble covers. The solar bubble cover looks similar to the sheet vinyl cover mentioned above, except that it has bubbles like bubble-wrap used in mailing packages. These covers have good insulation value and will allow the sun to heat the pool for free! Solar bubble covers are available in five-foot by five-foot sizes for spas and up to 30 feet by 50 feet for pools. The cover is extraordinarily lightweight and is placed on top of the water. When you want to use the pool, simply pull the cover off and store it. This cover has no safety capabilities and it is not a good winter cover. Used during the summer months, it will help heat your pool and reduce the need for your conventional pool heater.

Foam covers. A foam cover is essentially a foam board that floats on the pool similar to a bubble solar cover. Foam covers are most often used in spas because the cost of the foam is considerably more than the bubble material. These covers are placed on the surface of the spa or pool and removed when you want to use the equipment. They reduce evaporation and hold in heat.

Automatic covers. The automatic cover is a valuable asset to have on your pool. Not only is it a strong cover that can be used throughout the season, but also as the pool’s winter cover. The automatic cover offers great security and peace of mind. With the push of a button, the cover closes over the pool and protects people and pets from accidental spills into the pool. If you are in the market for a new pool, consider adding an automatic pool cover at the time that the pool is designed and constructed—it is an investment in safety and will cut down on your pool’s wear and tear.

Lighting for the Above-Ground Pool

If your pool and poolscape is not properly lighted, then you are getting only half the enjoyment of it that you can because there is a whole world of evening and night fun only a click of the light away. The swimming pool is the centerpiece of your home and yard, so when you are in the planning process, why not have it brighten the night. Here are some lighting choices to consider for new or existing pools:

LEDs. LEDs are all the craze throughout the home because they can save you a lot of money by lowering energy bills. Use low voltage LED systems for landscape lighting to light a stair or path near the pool or on a rocky slope that is part of the poolscape.

Fiber optics. Fiber optic lighting cables transmit light, not electricity. That means that when you run fiber optic cables near a pool or spa, which tends to get wet, electricity is never passing through the cable, only light. Often, fiber optics can be part of the landscape.

Floating Lights. What fun! Floating lights in the pool that run on rechargeable batteries. You can also buy floating lights that are recharged by solar power. Floating lights are fun because they can be faced down into the pool to create magical circles of light throughout the pool. They can be aimed skyward or they can float freely around the pool casting their light at will.

Conventional pool lights. The standard underwater pool light is mounted in a watertight niche, constructed in the wall of the pool or spa during the construction of the project. The lights come with clear plastic lenses, but there are also color lenses available to add drama and beauty to the nighttime pool setting.

Solar Lights. Light up the landscape and the night with solar lights that will cost you a penny in energy use. Solar lights are among the easiest lights to maintain and use with solar panels that recharge the battery light on bright days. Solar lights come on when the day ends and will glow late into the late night around the pool.

Underwater pool lights tied to latest electronics. Contact your pool dealer to see a display of the latest in pool lights. With today’s technology, pool lights can put on a spectacular light show. They blend and change colors in unimaginable ways to dazzle and light up the night and water.



Extend Your Pool Season

Backyard pools and spas are habit forming and after a summer of fun around the pool, you may not be ready to literally throw in the towel on Labor Day Weekend. Many pool owners in the Northeast extend their seasons by opening the pool in April and keeping it open until October or November. As for the spa, that can be kept open considerably longer.

If you are currently in the planning stages for a new pool and spa, now is the time to plan for that extended season by having the system designed to run the pool and spa independently. That way, if you want to close the pool on Labor Day, but keep the spa open until the snow flies, you can. In addition, if you want a spa for all seasons, plan for a self-contained unit, one that is very well insulated—insulated sides, top and pipes. With this type of spa, you can fire up that little beauty in late February or March and keep it running until November or December.

For an existing pool, there are numerous steps you can take to help you extend the season including:

Heater. Add a heater to your pool and spa to extend the season and get the water to just the temperature you like during the summer months.

Solar hot water system. The installation of a solar hot water heater will keep the pool and spa warm throughout the summer months and into the fall, depending on the location of the solar collectors.

Solar cover. Use a solar cover to add days and weeks to the time you can use the pool. The great benefit of solar covers is that they allow the sun’s heat to reach the pool and they are extraordinarily inexpensive and lightweight. They look and feel like packaging bubble wrap, but work overtime to keep your pool warm and the water from evaporating out of the pool. Even if you do not keep your pool open into the fall, use the solar cover to cut down on the use of your conventional heater.

Heat pump. Heat pumps are energy efficient, even in the Northeast. If you do not currently have a heater on your pool, consider the addition of a heat pump with a solar cover.

Liquid covers. A great deal of heat is lost through evaporation of water from the pool. There are so called liquid covers on the market today that you can add to your pool to dramatically cut down on heat loss.

Pool enclosures. There are numerous pool enclosures that you can install to extend the pool season from the simplest plastic design units to an entire pool house to keep you in the swim 365 days a year.

Cutting Swimming Pool Energy Costs

Whether you are the proud owner of a pool or planning a new project this year, you can incorporate easy energy savings ideas into the pool that will pay you back year after year over the life of the pool.

Here are some key things to include.

Variable-speed pump(s). Incorporate one or more variable-speed or multi-speed pumps to cut energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, you save at least $160 a year on energy costs in the Northeast and considerably more in warmer climates where the pool is operated almost year-around by using variable-speed pumps.

Pool timer. For pools without automatic timers, turning on the pool’s filtration system and then remembering to turn it off after a few hours is a chore you can do without. With a timer, you set it and forget it. Want to filter the pool six hours a day? Set it for six hours. If you tend to accumulate debris in your pool over the course of a day, set the timer for shorter increments throughout the day, but for a total of six hours.



Robotic pool cleaners. Robotic pool cleaners run on low-voltage electricity rather than off of the pool pump or booster pump. It collects dirt and debris around the pool and stores it in a easily-cleaned built-in filter. A study by a major utility found that a robotic cleaner used only 197 kWh per year, a cleaner powered by a filter pump used 1,675 kWh per year and a booster-pump-powered cleaner used 2,989 kWh per year. The average price of a kilowatt hour in New York-Northern New Jersey in October 2013 was 18.8 cents. That means that the robotic cleaner would cost the pool owner about $37 a year to operate, the unit powered by the filter pump would cost $314 and the unit powered by the booster pump would cost $562 a year.

Pool heating alternatives. For pools that are heated, the efficiency of the heating technology should be examined. The current federal efficiency standard for gas-fired pool heaters is 78%. However, as of April 16, 2013 that standard changed to 82%. Currently, the most efficient gas-fired heaters on the market have an efficiency of 95% — representing 18% savings over the current federal standards. A heat pump system or a solar hot water system should be considered as well. Gas-fired heaters are best suited for pools that require occasional rapid heating.

Pool Covers. Covering a pool when it is not in use can reduce your pool’s heating costs by as much as 50%–70%, according to the Department of Energy. In addition, the use of a cover can minimize your chemical use by 35%–60%, conserve water by 30%–50%, and reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and other debris out of the pool.

Maintaining the pool. Follow a regular program of preventive maintenance and backwashing or cleaning the filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Remove any foreign materials from the strainer baskets in the pump and skimmer regularly to make sure the flow of water is not impaired.
The spa. Portable spas are more energy efficient than in-ground spas because they are better insulated and usually have covers. Spa covers are important. Be sure to leave the cover on until you are ready to use your spa and replace it when you are finished. Remember, you are paying to replace any evaporating water and escaped heat!

Cut evaporation. Water evaporation wastes energy. Evaporation is the primary way that heat is lost from a swimming pool. For every gallon of water that evaporates from a pool, 8,300 Btus are lost, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The best way to reduce pool evaporation is to cover the pool when it is not in use. The proper pool cover will block evaporation as well as cut down on radiant heat loss.

How to Install an Above-Ground Pool?

Every type of above-ground pool will need its own individual site preparation. For the flat-bottomed pool you will need a site that is perfectly level. The ground underneath the pool must also be compacted if loose dirt is added. All sharp objects must be removed from underneath the pool. A sharp rock or piece of glass may puncture the liner immediately or will take several months to wear down the vinyl but will eventually tear it. In either case, it will greatly shorten the life of the liner. To prevent such rips and tears, some above-ground pool manufacturers specify a ground cover for the pool while others utilize sand as a base.

In any event, all vegetation must be removed either by pulling it out by the roots or by using an herbicide (check what if any effects that herbicide has on vinyl!). When a weed killer or other chemical is used, it must be removed from the ground before laying the vinyl liner. Although the liner is impervious to natural chemicals in the ground, some man-made items can be very harmful and destroy the liner in short order.



Laying Out The Pool

When laying out the pool, you not only need to consider how much of a level area you need for the actual pool, but also space for other activities. You also need to check with your local zoning and building department about and regulations concerning the above-ground pool, such as minimum setbacks from lot lines.

Once you mark the pool off, leave it alone for a day or two. Look at the pool site from your house and walk around it. You should really like the location of your pool. The only way to do that is to live with the idea of the location for a while before installation. Although it is not impossible to move a pool, it is a waste of time and either the wall panels or the liner could get damaged in the process.

Landscaping

As mentioned earlier, one of the major disadvantages of an above-ground pool is the landscaping problem. This is particularly true when the pool is placed in the middle of a flat lawn. You can try placing the pool close to the house and then build decks around it. If the decks can be tied to the house conveniently, you can achieve the effect of an in-ground pool for a small percentage of the cost.

Another popular alternative is to place the pool on a slight slope. This requires some excavation of the slope to ensure that the pool itself is on a level area. But if one side of the pool is close to the ground, you open up a range of possibilities.
Electrical Bonding and Grounding

What’s the difference between bonding and grounding and why is it important to you? If eight people were standing around in a circle holdings hands, they would be bonded (they are all connected to each other through the hand-holding) and grounded (they are all standing on the ground). If these eight people were to suddenly jump up in the air while holding hands, they would continue to be bonded (all holding hands), but would not be grounded to earth because no one at that moment was touching earth.

You’ve never needed a degree in chemistry to maintain a swimming pool, but it does require a little time and attention to keep that water healthy and clear. Thanks to today’s technology and the advanced training of the pool and spa service professional, the job is very easy.



First, a word about pool and spa automation…it is everywhere and will do many things. Pool and spa automation makes the job of maintenance and even monitoring, easy. A pool and spa automation system can be as simple or complex as the pool owner likes. Hard-wired automation systems and wireless automation systems will turn pumps, heaters, filtration systems, lights, cleaning components, alarms and water treatment systems on and off.

Take a look at some of the great accessory items to consider for easy maintenance of the pool and spa.

TIME CLOCKS
Time clocks are a key component in the pool and spa system. Set them and forget them and the job gets done. Set a clock and the pool gets filtered, heated on schedule, the lights come on at night and the fountains and waterfalls can start.

Electromechanical times—These timers function using small motors and can accommodate numerous on/off settings.

Twist timers—These are mechanical timers, twist them and they will stay on for the amount of time to which they are set. What’s great about a twist timer at the pool and spa is that they cannot be left on indefinitely because they shut themselves off.

Electronic timers—Electronic timers are indeed becoming sophisticated and with the touch of a keypad, all of the controls of the pool and spa are set. Because these are low voltage, battery-backup systems, if the power fails, all of the information within the device is protected and maintained.

Remote controls—Remote controls of every stripe, some looking like the TV remote control and others like an iPhone app are a delight for any busy pool owner that wants that pool up and running and warm when he wants it.

AUTOMATIC CHEMICAL FEEDERS
For those who quickly tire of daily chemical balancing, there are automatic chemical feeders that will keep on top of balancing the chemicals in pool and spa water.

AUTOMATIC SWIMMING POOL CLEANERS
In today’s swimming pools, there are three types of automatic pool cleaners and they include in-floor systems, skimmer type systems and booster pump systems.



In-floor systems–Built into the pool’s circulation system, in-floor systems work on concrete pools and need to be included when the pool is built. These are the most expensive cleaning systems and the most effective. They save time and effort over the life of the pool. The system features little heads on the bottom of the pool that pop up releasing jets of water to push debris and dirt toward the main drain. The dirt is pulled into the main drain and filtered out of the water before it is returned to the pool.

Skimmer systems–The pool is continuously vacuumed by connecting a standard vacuum hose with vacuum head to the skimmer. The vacuuming works off of the suction in the skimmer to clean the bottom of the pool. The strainer pot on the skimmer needs to be kept clean for the system to be effective.

Booster pump system–This type of system has a separate pump that turbo-charges water that is returning to the pool from the filter and heater. The system sends high-pressure water through a hose attached to a cleaner, which moves around the pool. There are two types of booster-pump systems—the sweep head vacuum head pool cleaners and the vacuum head systems. The sweep head system, with its long arms, stirs up dirt and pushes it toward the main drain where it is removed from the pool; the vacuum head system has a catch bag attached to catch debris.



ALTERNATIVE SANITIZING SYSTEMS
The picture of someone throwing chlorine into his pool may permanently become a thing of the past, thanks to some of the new systems that are becoming popular. These systems use today’s technology to replace chlorine and other chemicals to some extent.

Salt water systems—The pool salt water systems of today use only a little salt in the water. There is an electronic cell system installed in the pool and a certain amount of salt is added to the water. As the water is pumped through the electronic cell, the salt is broken down into chlorine, which kills bacteria in the pool and keeps the pool water clean. Once this chlorine does its job, it reverts to salt, ready for the next trip through the circulation system.

Ionized water—For those who do not favor salt water, there is ionized water. NASA first developed this system for purifying the water of astronauts in space. In the swimming pool, pool water is passed through the equipment where the ions kill bacteria in the water. The system is not inexpensive, but it saves money on the chlorine and bromine that the pool owner must buy. These systems are also automated to watch the water, which eliminates daily water testing.



SWIMMING POOL CHEMISTRY
Swimming pool and spa chemistry can be quite complex, but here are a few basics on water chemistry:

Chlorine and its purpose—Chlorine is one of the best killers of bacteria in pools and spas and comes in three different forms:

Free—Free chlorine indicates the level of disinfecting power in the pool and spa water, which breaks down in the presence of sunlight and when it combines with organic material in the pool. Free chlorine eventually becomes combined chlorine.

Combined—When free chlorine combines with organic material, it becomes combined chlorine and forms chloramines. Combined chlorine has little sanitizing properties.

Total—Total chlorine is the total of both free and combined chlorine in the pool.

pH and why it is important—pH is the water quality measurement that tells how acidic or basic the water is. The pH scale ranges from 0-14 pH with 0 pH being highly acidic and 14 pH being highly alkali or basic. The ideal level for pools and spas is 7.4 pH to 7.6 pH. A pH out of the range of 7.2 pH to 7.8 pH can cause bather discomfort and harm the pool or spa.

Total alkalinity—Total alkalinity is the water’s ability to resist change in the pH. In pools using chlorine, total alkalinity should be in the 80-120 ppm range.

Calcium hardness—Calcium hardness measures the amount of dissolved calcium in the water.

Cyanuric acid—This is monitored because of its ability to lock up chlorine. Typical cyanuric acid levels should be between 40-60 ppm.



HEATING SYSTEMS
There are various heating systems available for pools and spas. A system needs to be selected carefully to help minimize energy costs associated with the equipment, while keeping the water at a comfortable temperature for users.

Gas heater— Gas-fired pool heaters remains the most popular system for heating swimming pools. Today you can find new gas-fired heater models with much higher efficiencies than older models of only a few years ago. Gas pool heaters use either natural gas or propane. As the pump circulates the pool’s water, the water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and then to the heater. The gas burns in the heater’s combustion chamber, generating heat that transfers to the water that is returned to the pool. They are most efficient when heating pools for short periods of time, and they are ideal for quickly heating pools. Therefore, gas pool heaters can be a good choice for pools that aren’t used on a regular basis. Unlike heat pump and solar pool heaters, gas pool heaters can maintain any desired temperature regardless of the weather or climate.

Electric heater—Electric heaters are fine for spas or where using a gas heater is not practical. Electric heaters are very expensive to operate and they have a slow heating time. The components are similar to gas heaters, except that the heating comes from an electric coil.

Heat pump—Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another. They don’t generate heat themselves. As the pool pump circulates the swimming pool’s water, the water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and the heat pump heater. The heat pump heater has a fan that draws in the outside air and directs it over the evaporator coil. Liquid refrigerant within the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air and becomes a gas. The warm gas in the coil then passes through the compressor. The compressor increases the heat, creating a very hot gas that then passes through the condenser. The condenser transfers the heat from the hot gas to the cooler pool water circulating through the heater.



Solar heater—A pool owner can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by installing a solar pool heater. They are cost competitive with both gas and heat pump pool heaters, and they have very low annual operating costs. Actually, solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates.

Oil heaters—Oil heaters are not commonly used to heat pools. They are similar in design to gas heaters.
MAKING YOUR POOL ENERGY EFFICIENT
Here are four quick tips to make your pool more energy efficient:

Install and use a pool cover–Use a pool cover when your pool is not in use to reduce water loss through evaporation and save up to 50%–70% on your pool heating costs, according to the Department of Energy.

Set the best temperature–Determine the best temperature for your pool to ensure you are operating your pool for maximum efficiency. Most pools are kept at 78°F to 82°F; each degree rise in temperature will cost 10%–30% more in energy costs, depending on your location.

Use an efficient heater–Install an efficient swimming pool heater. Check out gas heaters, heat pumps and solar pool heaters before making a decision.

Use only energy-saving pumps in the pool–Install an energy-saving pool pump and operate it efficiently. Check out variable-speed pumps.

BEST WATER TEMPERATURES
What’s the best water temperature for you in the pool and in the spa?

Best pool temperature–The best water temperature for a pool is between 78-82 degrees F. Some older people and those with arthritis respond well to warmer water.

Best spa temperature– For spas, the ideal temperature is 104 degrees F.

HANDY TOOLS AROUND THE POOL
Hiring a qualified pool service professional and leave all of the maintenance to someone else, to be fully equipped for those little emergencies that might arise from time to time, consider the purchase of the following tools from a Northeast Spa & Pool Association retail member in your area:

Telepole—The telescoping pole is a handy device around the pool. When purchasing the first one, size it to fit your pool. Typically, telescoping poles or telepoles come in various sizes, such as a four-foot pool that “telescopes” out to eight feet on up to poles that telescope to 24 feet. On the end of the poles are small magnets, perfect for picking up pins and other medal debris off of the bottoms of pools.

Leaf-rake/skimmer—As the name implies, the leaf-rake skimmer removes leaves and other debris from the pool. The leaf-net is about 16-inches wide and the good ones are made of stainless steel mesh. There are also plastic rakes available, but they will not stand up to the rigors of pool maintenance for a long period.

Wall and floor brush—Wall and floor brushes are for cleaning the walls and floors of pools. The typical brush is probably 18 inches wide. Be careful with the type of wall and floor brush purchased because the wrong brush will lead to heartache down the road. The brush of the pool brush must be stainless steel. Water is rough on steel, pool water is even rougher. If a brush of regular steel is used on the wall or floor of the pool, rust will transfer from the brush to the plaster on the wall. Further, tine metal bristles will break off and lodge in the wall and floor producing unsightly rush stains.

Vacuum head and hose—The pool vac and head connect to the filtration system of the pool to operate. The pool vac head is attached to the telescoping pole and the entire inside of the pool can be cleaned.

Leaf vacuum and garden hose—Leaf vacuums are used when there are many leaves or other debris in the pool. The effectiveness of a leaf vac depends on water pressure; weak water pressure, weak results. The best bet is to keep the leaves out to start with.

Tile brush and tile soap—The tile brush is used to clean tile. Tile brushes are made to snap onto the telepole so that the tile can be cleaned without much bending. Use only real tile soap, not other detergents that could foam up when they enter the pool’s filtration system.

Spa vacuum—The spa vacuum works like the pool vac, only smaller. Use a spa cover when the unit is not in use to keep the water as bright and clean as possible between uses.

Pumice stones—Pumice stones are used to remove tough scale from tiles and other stains or deposits. Before using pumice stones on equipment, check with a professional service person or retailer to ensure that the material can be used on the surfaces that are to be cleaned. For example, pumice stone can easily scratch fiberglass pool surfaces.

Water testing kits—A water testing kit and thermometer are key to bright, sparkling water and to keeping fully on top of pool and spa maintenance. There are a variety of kits available at Northeast Spa & Pool Association retail member stores.

Blue Dolphin Pools, Cullman, AL . Call: (256) 734-5442, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Allstar Pool & Spa, Birmingham, AL . Call: (205) 661-8328 , to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Backyard Pro’s Pool & Patio, Jasper, AL . Call: (205) 387-2849, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
A Best Pools, Enterprise, AL . Call: (334) 347-7462 , to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Patio Pools and Spas, Sierra Vista, AZ . Call: (520) 458-9291, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Sierra Vista, AZ . Call: (520) 459-2256, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Arizona Pool and Spa Renovations, Scottsdale, AZ . Call: (623) 748-7087, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Aquatic Pools & Landscape, Bullhead City, AZ . Call: (928) 704-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Arizona Pool and Spa Renovations, Peoria, AZ . Call: (623) 748-7087, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Arizona Custom Pools, Mesa, AZ . Call: (602) 430-0715, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sunset Spas of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ . Call: (602) 368-8070, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sunset Spas Of Arizona, Chandler, AZ . Call: (480) 656-7267, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sunset Spas of Arizona, Glendale, AZ . Call: (623) 776-7727, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Arizona Pool Restorations, Tucson, AZ . Call: (520) 909-4546, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool Chlor of Arizona, Tempe, AZ . Call: (480) 820-4005, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Arizona Pima Chemical, Tucson, AZ . Call: (520) 740-1100, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
California Hot Spas, Live Oak, CA . Call: (530) 695-3000, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
CF Pools And Spas, Bakersfield, CA . Call: (661) 366-1511, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Artisan Pools of Temecula, Temecula, CA . Call: (951) 699-3966, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swimming Pool Contractor, Boulder, CO . Call: (877) 424-3010, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Bliss by Arctic Spas, Colorado Springs, CO . Call: (719) 264-0112, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
San Juan Pools – Colorado, Boulder, CO . Call: (877) 424-3010, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Blue Dolphin Pool Inc, Colorado Springs, CO . Call: (719) 260-7039, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Bliss by Arctic Spas, Colorado Springs, CO . Call: (719) 264-0112, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Rick Pinto Swimming Pools Inc. Norwalk, CT . Call: (203) 847-5755, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swimming Pool Contractor, Vernon, CT . Call: (860) 870-1085, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Connecticut Pool and Repair, Bristol, CT . Call: (860) 308-5510, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Lowe’s Home Improvement, Turnersville, NJ . Call: (856) 740-2910, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Colony Pool Service of Delaware, Wilmington, DE . Call: (302) 762-2250, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Colony Pool Service of Delaware, Wilmington, DE . Call: , to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Delaware Valley Pool Supply, Aldan, PA . Call: (610) 623-8384, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Mr Pool of Pasco, Hudson, FL . Call: (727) 856-2778, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
San Juan Pools – Eml pools, Inverness, FL . Call: (877) 424-3010, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Florida Spa and Pool Warehouse, Leesburg, FL . Call: (352) 787-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, Cocoa, FL . Call: (321) 633-9999, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, Lakeland, FL . Call: (863) 607-6544, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, Yulee, FL . Call: (904) 321-4133, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Inyo Pool Products Inc. Longwood, FL . Call: (407) 834-2200, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
North Georgia Pools, Cleveland, GA . Call: (706) 348-6800, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Brown’s Pools & Spas, Douglasville, GA . Call: (770) 942-0118, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Aquatech Pools by C.H.I. Meridian, ID . Call: (208) 288-2259, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Brady’s, Idaho Falls, ID . Call: (208) 522-6763, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Idaho Lawn & Pool Services LLC, Eagle, ID . Call: (208) 919-6873, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool World, Coeur d’Alene, ID . Call: (208) 765-5220, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Munie Leisure Center, Swansea, IL . Call: (618) 234-8004, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Dependable Swimming Pool, Grayslake, IL . Call: (847) 223-1606, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Arvidson Pools & Spas, Crystal Lake, IL . Call: (815) 828-6800, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
SwingnSplash, Freeport, IL . Call: (815) 232-2601, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Bwet Solutions, Highland, IL . Call: (618) 654-4771, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Fiberglass Pools of Illinois Inc, Oak Lawn, IL . Call: (708) 423-9028, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Indiana Pools and Spas, Columbus, IN . Call: (812) 378-3900, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Indiana Pools & Spas, Linton, IN . Call: (812) 847-3900, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Indiana Pools and Spas, Fillmore, IN . Call: (765) 301-9900, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Indiana Pools & Spas, Bloomington, IN . Call: (812) 334-3900, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Jason’s Wholesale Spa, Granger, IN . Call: (574) 272-0070, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Patco Pools, Hagerhill, KY . Call: (606) 789-132, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
My Pool & Patio, La Grange, KY . Call: (502) 222-0505, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Jensen’s Pools and More, Camby, IN . Call: (317) 856-0600, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Paradise Pools, Denham Springs, LA . Call: (225) 664-3865, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure Living Pool & Hot Tubs, Gonzales, LA . Call: (225) 647-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Northern Pool & Spa, Eliot, ME . Call: (207) 439-6800, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool Builders of Maine, Auburn, ME . Call: (207) 795-7222, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool and Spa Inc. Kosciusko, MS . Call: (662) 289-5085, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Picayune Beepers, Picayune, MS . Call: (601) 798-9318, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Greenaway Pool and Spa, Columbus, MS . Call: (662) 251-9559, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Central Missouri Pools, Moberly, MO . Call: (660) 263-4855, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
ProCare Pool and Spa, St Robert, MO . Call: (573) 336-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Vaughan Pools & Spas, Sedalia, MO . Call: (660) 826-4500, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Nebraskaland Pools Spas & Stove Shop, North Platte, NE 69101 . Call: (308) 532-5094, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
New Wave Pools & Spas Inc, Omaha, NE 68102 . Call: (402) 672-6484, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Spas Plus, Lincoln, NE 68516 . Call: (402) 421-8401, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Stines Swimming Pools & Spas, Hastings, NE 68901 . Call: (402) 463-4792, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Strawberry Springs Pool & Spa Inc, Lincoln, NE 68502 . Call: (402) 770-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Stove Shop-Nebraskaland Pools & Spas,North Platte, NE 69101 . Call: (308) 532-5094, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Superior Spa & Pool, Omaha, NE 68137 . Call: (402) 333-9033, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Superior Spa & Pool Inc, Omaha, NE 68137 . Call: (402) 333-9033, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure One, Grand Island, NE 68801 . Call: (402) 465-4300, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swanson Interiors, Lincoln, NE 68516 . Call: (402) 434-5350, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Taylors Spas & Pools, Omaha, NE 68127 . Call: (402) 537-3003, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Watts Pool & Spa, Lincoln, NE 68502 . Call: (402) 432-8459, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Kully Pipe & Steel Supply, Hastings, NE 68901 . Call: (402) 463-5555, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
All Brands Pump & Motor, Omaha, NE 68127 . Call: (402) 331-2727, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Camcon Pools & Spas, Cortland, NE 68331 . Call: (402) 798-0231, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Strawberry Spring Pool & Spa, Columbus, NE 68601 . Call: (402) 770-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure World, Norfolk, NE 68701 . Call: (402) 371-8425, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Clearwater Pools, Lincoln, NE 68502 . Call: (402) 610-2226, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Action Landscape & Supply, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 228-4661, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
All State Pools & Spas, Las Vegas, NV 89121 . Call: (702) 433-6741, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Patio Covers, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 251-4220, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Amber Pools & Spas, Pahrump, NV 89048 . Call: (775) 751-1113, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Americote Coating Systems Inc, Las Vegas, NV 89030 . Call: (702) 648-3999, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Henderson, NV 89074 . Call: (702) 263-3007, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Henderson, NV 89074 . Call: (702) 263-3007, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Las Vegas, NV 89146 . Call: (702) 251-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Las Vegas, NV 89145 . Call: (702) 870-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Henderson, NV 89074 . Call: (702) 263-3007, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Las Vegas, NV 89121 . Call: (702) 736-1327, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Anytime Electric, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 396-7997, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Mission West Pools and Spas, Las Vegas, NV 89146 . Call: (702) 259-7746, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
M & S Pool & Spa Plumbing Inc, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 897-1134, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Nationwide Pool, Las Vegas, NV 89117 . Call: (702) 804-0500, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Nevada Pools Inc, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 876-6554, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Solar Wholesale, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 387-0070, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sundance Pools & Spas, Las Vegas, NV 89134 . Call: (702) 363-2410, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sun Devil Pools of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 658-1154, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sun Leisure Pools, Sparks, NV 89431 . Call: (775) 359-6073, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sunworld Landscape & Construction Co Llc, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 598-1711, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swan Pools, Henderson, NV 89014 . Call: (702) 433-1966, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tahoe Pool & Spa Construction, Reno, NV 89501 . Call: (775) 246-5630, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tahoe Pool & Spa Construction, Reno, NV 89501 . Call: (775) 852-1999, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tahoe Pool & Spa , Carson City, NV 89701 . Call: (775) 246-5630, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swim Pool & Spa Consultants, Reno, NV 89502 . Call: (775) 786-5085, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
The Pool Store N More, Henderson, NV 89014 . Call: (702) 898-7404, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tile Tech, Las Vegas, NV 89118 . Call: (702) 655-9595, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tropicana Custom Pools & Landscaping, Henderson, NV 89014 . Call: (702) 856-0042, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tropical Creations Corp, Las Vegas, NV 89101 . Call: (702) 878-1169, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
United Solar Energy, Henderson, NV 89012 . Call: (702) 451-1000, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Monarch Pools & Spas, Totowa, NJ . Call: (973) 812-9440, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Paradise Pools and Spa, Inc. Hamburg . Call: NJ · (973) 209-6029, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Central Jersey Pools Patio & More, Freehold, NJ . Call: (732) 462-5005, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Southern Shores Pool & Spa Service Inc, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 . Call: (609) 625-8472, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sparkling Pools & Spas, Trenton, NJ 08638 . Call: (609) 883-8151, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Spa Hearth & Home Pool Center, Maple Shade, NJ 08052 . Call: (856) 234-7799, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and ebsite.
S & S Pool Installers & Liner Specialists, Hammonton, NJ 08037 . Call: (609) 561-7849, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Spectrum Aquatic Recreational Management Inc, Englishtown, NJ 07726 . Call: (732) 972-3797, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Stardust Pools, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 . Call: (732) 254-3330, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Artistic Pools & Stamped Concrete, Mount Holly, NJ 08060 . Call: (609) 518-2030, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sterling Leisure Time Management, Englishtown, NJ 07726 . Call: (732) 536-57, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Al Trusty Enterprise, Hobbs, NM 88240 . Call: (505) 397-2500, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Morgan Buildings Spas Pools & Enclosures, Albuquerque, NM 87123 . Call: (505) 292-3131, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Morgan Buildings & Spas, Raton, NM 87740 . Call: (505) 445-2803, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Natures Creations, Santa Fe, NM 87505 . Call: (505) 471-2600, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Springtime Janitorial Supply, Carlsbad, NM 88220 . Call: (505) 885-0715, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sundance Pools, Alamogordo, NM 88310 . Call: (505) 434-5289, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sundance Pools, Las Cruces, NM 88001 . Call: (505) 525-2640, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sundance Construction, Alamogordo, NM 88310 . Call: (505) 434-5289, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Wescon Construction Inc, Albuquerque, NM 87109 . Call: (505) 345-2511, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Aquatic Pools Inc, Albuquerque, NM 87101 . Call: (505) 994-0100, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Monarch Pools & Spas, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 . Call: (914) 962-1220, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Moloney Pool Service, White Plains, NY 10601 . Call: (914) 761-8124, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Modern Comfort Pools & Spas, Coram, NY 11727 . Call: (631) 698-4488, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
The Pool Factory, Brooklyn, NY . Call: (855) 280-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Blue Ribbon Pools Inc, Linden, NJ . Call: (908) 862-4482, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Montauk Pool & Spa, Montauk, NY 11954 . Call: (631) 329-1110, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Montalbanos Pool & Patio, Staten Island, NY 10314 . Call: (718) 761-5918, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Suntree Pools Inc, Miller Place, NY 11764 . Call: (631) 928-2693, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sunsational Pool Remodelling, Springville, NY 14141 . Call: (716) 592-0361, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sunsational Pool Remodeling & Supply, Springville, NY 14141 . Call: (716) 592-0361, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
SWIMKING POOLS and SPAS, Congers, NY 12401 . Call: (845) 336-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swim and Sports Warehouse Outlet Inc, Raleigh, NY 10920 . Call: (845) 268-2613, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Master Pools By New Bern Pool, Charlotte, NC 27616 . Call: (919) 873-1777, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Solow Design Group Inc, Wilson, NC 28205 . Call: (704) 334-2986, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Soak & Swim Pools & Spas, Conover, NC 27896 . Call: (252) 234-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Sparkling Pools Construction Inc, Elizabeth City, NC 28613 . Call: (828) 459-2677, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Southeastern Pools Inc, Fargo, NC 27909 . Call: (252) 335-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Tubs Of Fun!, Bismarck, ND . Call: · (701) 234-0705, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
HotSpring Spas & Pool, Grand Forks, ND . Call: · (701) 751-1771, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Ohio Pools & Spas, Lisbon, OH . Call: (330) 494-7755, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Summer Fun Pools & Spas, North Olmsted, OH . Call: (330) 424-7665, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Fox Pools by Oman, Carey, OH . Call: (419) 387-7521, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Quaker Pool & Spa, Oklahoma City, OH . Call: (330) 385-1772, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Swimming Pool Supply Store, Oklahoma City, OK . Call: (405) 751-3105, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure Time Pools & Spas, Eugene, OK . Call: (405) 634-8774, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Emerald Pool & Patio, Medford, OR . Call: (541) 688-1090, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Hot Spring Spas of Southern Oregon, Portland, OR . Call: (541) 779-9411, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Apollo Pools Inc, Portland, OR 97229 . Call: (503) 644-6434, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Apollo Pools Inc, Medford, OR 97229 . Call: (503) 644-6434, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Millett Construction, Clackamas, OR 97501 . Call: (541) 779-5029, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Neptune Pools, Wilkes-Barre, OR 97015 . Call: (503) 659-1335, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Olympic Pools, Allison Park, PA . Call: (570) 823-4195, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Alpine Pools, Shamokin, PA . Call: (412) 487-3606, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool World Inc, Warwick, PA . Call: (570) 644-1314, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Home Improvement Store, Cranston, RI . Call: (401) 822-6300, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Signature Pool & Spas, North Providence, RI . Call: (401) 295-7721, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Modern Swimming Pool Supply Co, Coventry, RI . Call: (401) 724-4210, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool Doctor of Rhode Island, Westerly, RI . Call: (401) 392-1300, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Walmart Supercenter, Lexington, RI . Call: (401) 322-0790, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure Life Pools & Spas, Lugoff, SC . Call: (803) 714-3401, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure Life Pools & Spas, Columbia, SC . Call: (803) 572-0299, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Gaston Pools Inc, Inc, SC . Call: (803) 926-8420, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
American Pools & Spas, West Columbia, SC . Call: (803) 796-8339, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Gaston Pools, Gaston, SC . Call: (803) 926-8420, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
The Pool House, Spartanburg, SC . Call: (864) 472-6766, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Fox Pools of Spartanburg, Lexington, SC . Call: (864) 574-6990, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Griffin Pools & Spas, Mauldin, SC . Call: (803) 957-2121, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Rickys’ Pools, Inc. SC . Call: (864) 288-3080, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Oasis Pools, Anderson, SC . Call: (864) 540-8152, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Outside In Leisure Products, Greenwood, SC . Call: (864) 328-0101, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Kirk’s Pool & Hearth, Myrtle Beach, SC . Call: (864) 223-3398, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pools Up, Pool & Spa, SC . Call: (843) 294-0294, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Buck Stove, Greenwood, SC . Call: (864) 223-1660, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Pool Pro, Springfield, SC . Call: (864) 224-7946, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
American Pools & Spas Inc, Watertown, SC . Call: (803) 258-3520, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Home Oasis Pools & Hot Tubs, Sioux Falls, SD . Call: (605) 882-0602, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Splash City, Yankton, SD . Call: (605) 331-6016, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Leisure World, Aberdeen, SD . Call: (605) 665-1240, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Black Knight Pools Spas Games & Things, Murfreesboro, SD . Call: (605) 226-9074, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
303b W College St, Dyersburg, TN 37129 . Call: (615) 890-0980, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Mikes Pools & Spas, Morristown, TN 38024 . Call: (731) 287-8777, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Lynn Morelock Builders Inc, Morristown, TN 37814 . Call: (423) 586-1157, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Morristown Pools, Mount Juliet, TN 37814 . Call: (423) 586-4478, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Mt Juliet Fence Co, Butler, TN 37122 . Call: (615) 758-2803, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Mountain Homes Construction, Tyler, TN 37640 . Call: (423) 768-3551, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Trinity Valley Pools, College Station, TX . Call: (903) 581-0005, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Brazos Valley Pools and Hot Tubs, Amarillo, TX . Call: (979) 693-8533, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Texas Blue Lake Pools, Abilene, TX . Call: (806) 358-4551, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
West Texas Pools & Spas, TX . Call: (325) 698-2420, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.
Rockport Pool Supplies, TX . Call: (361) 450-0893, to get more information on hours of operation, directions and website.

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