Want a swimming pool in your compound but do not want to go through the whole construction process or contractors digging up your backyard? If so, then an above ground swimming pool is what you should get. In this article, we are going to explain in detail all you need to know about an above ground pool and how it works.
There are different types of above ground pool. Though they may vary from model to model, you will find that the manufacturers use the same general pool structure.
Let’s discuss it further.
The wall of most pools of this type is made of galvanized steel. For oval and round pools, the wall is usually all one piece. The wall is usually made of concrete and then coated in vinyl and/or some other type of coating for aesthetics and to help protect it. The concrete is used to add extra strength to the wall. The more the layers of other materials that are over the steel, the more durable the wall.
The integrity of the pool structure is defined by the strength and durability of the wall. The wall needs to be that strong because it must contain up to 200,000 pounds of water for the whole lifespan of the pool.
The steel walls of above ground pools are usually delivered in coiled rolls that are tightly bound and stored in cardboard. Experts advise that the walls should be stored in an upright position until they are installed.
The wall of an above ground swimming pool is secured in place by the frame. The frame also serves another purpose of providing much of the strength of the pool. It is very crucial that the frame be strong enough and able to withstand a long period of exposure to the elements. For this to happen, the frame in most cases is made of resin, extruded aluminum, or coated steel.
The top edge of the swimming pool are called the top rails. The rail measures up to 12 inches wide and connects between each post. The rails should be tough and sturdy. Though so, they are not designed to be walked on, stood on, or sat on.
The top track is also called a stabilizer bar. The top track is located beneath the top rails and it rests over the top of the wall. The top track is responsible for keeping the pool liner securely in place.
The base track forms the bottom rim of the poop structure. It connects the base plates of the pool and is located between the uprights of the pool. The base track has a groove into which the wall of the pool is rolled during installation.
The uprights are also known as the posts. These structures are responsible for providing support top frame and wall of the pool. These posts can measure up to 12 inches wide depending on the material they are made of and the model of the pool.
Top plates provide connection points for the top rail and top track that span between each upright. The plates are usually attached to the top of each post.
The base plates are located beneath each post. The function as connection points for the post and the base track.
The top cap helps to give the pool a more finished, attractive look also covers the top plate. The cap is made of resin or another form of plastic.
Boots are similar to top caps in the sense that they are used to cover up the base plate and give the pool an attractive look. They are of plastic or resin.
The vinyl loner is the part of the pool that contains water with the structure. Because it contains water, the liner is placed on the inside surface of the swimming pool. They are designed to fit specific size pools. The liner will need to be replaced as the pool ages. In case of minor damage such a hole in the liner, you can use a patch kit to repair it. Also, the patch kit can be used to prolong the liner’s life. The liner is designed to serve for five to ten years. After this, it is important that you replace it.
The skimmer is attached about three-quarters of the way up the wall near the top of the pool. It is the opening located right at the waterline where the water is taken into the filter system inside the pool. The skimmer is basically a filter that pre-filters the water of larger debris before entering the filtration system. Apart from that, the skimmer helps to clear the eater of floating debris.
The part of the skimmer that helps keep floating matter from being trapped inside it is called a weir. The weir is basically a flap that opens and closes to keep off the debris. Apart from that, it also regulates the amount of water that the skimmer processes at any given time. Inside the skimmer, there is a basket that collects bugs, leaves, and other debris. Emptying or removing the basket is easy as it can be accessed from outside the pool. You should regularly do this to ensure that there is a consistent flow of water to the filtration system.
Skimmers also provide a connection point for vacuum systems in most above ground swimming pools. To clean the pool, simply connect a specially designed vacuum hose to the skimmer using a vac plate. Afterward, turn on the pump and the suction will power the pool’s vacuum.
Pump and Filter System
Filtration systems range in size depending on the type of filter media and the size of the pool. You should place the system near the pool where it is connected to the return port and the skimmer through flexible hoses. The water from the pool is sucked in through the skimmer, processed in the filtration system, and then pumped back to pool through the return port.