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Pool FAQ

Q: What is involved in maintaining the pool?

A:  Our pools are designed to be as low maintenance as possible.  We recommend weekly testing and treatment of the water.  We recommend that you circulate your pool (pump & filter) ten to twelve hours a day.  To make it easier, install a timer (can be purchased at most hardware stores) and program it to circulate when you’d like. Many of our customers purchase an automatic pool cleaner that runs off the pump and filter system, it does the work so you don’t have to!

Q: Do I need a permit to install an above ground pool?

A:  The vast majority of Townships will require a permit.

Q: Do I need a fence around my above ground pool?

A:  A fence is not required for an aboveground pool.  If there is a slope close enough to the pool it could require a perimeter fence on the pool, but this is rare.

Q: Are there any special requirements where I can place my above ground pool?

A:  Yes, each Township has set back codes which require your pool to be a certain number of feet from the rear and sides of your property and from your house.  Check with your town’s building department for exact details.

Q: What are the electrical requirements for an above ground pool?

A:  The pool must be bonded and grounded and you will need a 110/20 amp dedicated electric line.

Q: How long does it take to install an above ground pool?

A:  Most above ground pools can be installed in one day!

Q: Do I have to use chlorine in my pool?

A:  No, we have several systems that either eliminate or greatly reduce chlorine in the pool.  We have one product called Simple Salt which is a hybrid low salt system that allows you treat your pool more naturally without the corrosion factor of a standard salt system.  We also have a low chlorine system called Simple Blue which requires the addition of chemicals only once a week with only trace amounts of chlorine.

Q: What is better, a round or oval pool?

A:  It depends on what you want from a pool. The best value (dollars per gallon) will be the largest round pool that you can fit.  An 18’ round pool holds around 8,000 gallons.  A 24’ round and a 15’x30’ oval both hold around 15,000.  The 24’ round is generally only a few hundred dollars more than the 18’ round, but it’s twice as big!  The 15’x30’ oval is over $1,000 more than the 24’ round, and it has essentially the same amount of space and water.  That’s because oval pools have a a lot more braces and parts to support the straight side walls.  Price isn’t everything, though. You may decide on a pool shape for space, layout, landscaping or your planned usage.  An oval pool, especially with a nice deck, can look much like an inground pool – at a vastly lower price.

Q: What part of the installation am I responsible for?

A:  You are responsible for knowing and following your town’s zoning requirements, obtaining a permit, providing reasonable access to the installation site, and for all aspects of the electrical wiring.  If you need help finding an electrician, we would be happy to assist you.

Q: How long should I run my filter?

A:  Systems with single speed pumps should be run 8-12 hours per day, 7 days a week.  Systems with 2 speed pumps should be run on low 24 hours per day, and are only required to run on high when vacuuming or adding water care products.