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Inflatable Pools: Tips for Proper Water Treatment

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Inflatable pools don’t have the full filtration systems and chemicals that inground pools do, so how can you be sure the water in them is clean and healthy? Simply dumping the water out and refilling the pool is wasteful, both economically and environmentally. However, there are methods for treating water in inflatable pools that won’t require you to refill on a regular basis. You’ll be able to enjoy your summer knowing that your inflatable pool’s water is safe and clean.

Inflatable Pools Have Grown in Size

There was a time when inflatable pools were just for kids. They were small and easy to inflate, and could be drained easily without wasting too much water. However, many families now are purchasing inflatable pools as a cheaper and more convenient alternative to inground pools. Like a permanent above-ground pool, these newer inflatable pools can hold thousands of gallons of water, up to four feet deep. Without proper treatment, the water can become contaminated with bacteria and algae. Not only does this make the pool unsafe, but it’s unsightly as well.

Traditional Water Treatment Methods

For large inflatable pools, your best bet is to purchase pH balance test strips, commercially available chlorine, and other chemical products traditionally used to treat inground pools. You should shock the water once a week by adding a larger dose of chlorine; this ensures that bacteria and algae won’t be able to infect the inflatable pool’s water. Once a month, you should also include an algaecide in your shock treatment as a preventative measure.

Homemade Remedies for Inflatable Pools

Smaller inflatable pools (less than 20 feet wide) don’t require nearly as many chemicals to treat the water. A solution of pool chlorine and over-the-counter chlorine bleach (commonly used for washing clothes) will keep your inflatable pool’s water clean and free of contaminants.

No matter which type of chemical you use in your pool, you should be careful when applying it to the water. Make sure the chlorine is mixed thoroughly with the pool water to prevent it from eroding the inflatable pool’s vinyl siding.

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