Most people think of the kiddie pools from their childhoods when they hear the term inflatable pool, which is very small and not at all deep. Our little pools were lucky if they made it a whole season of use, and the water had to be changed out regularly to prevent creating a new little ecosystem in them. Today’s pools have come a long way from what we had as children.
The inflatable pool of today is better constructed, more durable and comes in a wide variety of sizes. The smaller children style is still around, in different shapes and colors. Many times, they have multiple rings filled with air to prevent a total collapse of the pool which makes them a bit safer. Even the kiddie kid has a range of depths that run from 12 inches deep to 21 inches deep. Shapes include the simple round style, as well as elaborate style like the pirate ship with built in slide, water cannons and pirate flag.
Most going into looking for inflatable pools are not doing so because they want a place for just their children to swim, but also themselves. In ground pools are extremely expensive, and most people simply do not have the budget for it. However, today’s inflatable above ground pools can be of good size and are very easy to set up. Many even come with filter pumps to keep the water nice and clean. They are generally made with a strong, marine grade type of vinyl and are built to last longer than a single summer.
Many of the large pools use metal framing for extra support, regardless of the size. The most common sizes are large enough to fit the whole family and a little over five feet deep. This is enough to hold all of the other fun accessories that make using the pool a joy in the first place, such as various toys, noodles, and floats.
Like with any swimming pool, your inflatable pool will require regular maintenance and care to ensure it has a long life and lasts many summers. You will need to schedule pool care two to three days a week, depending on how much use it sees. These duties include testing the water from acidity, alkalinity, PH levels and water level. You can hire someone to do this for you, but with a little time and the ability to follow directions, you can do these duties yourself and save yourself some money. You should also check and change your filter, hoses, and ensure your pumps are in good running condition as well. It’s also a good idea to keep a patch kit on hand to repair any small holes. A small hole can quickly become a large hole and lead to catastrophic yard flooding.
Search around and determine what sort of pool is going to fit your needs the best. Safety is always key, and with something like inflatable pools there is a huge list of things that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to safety.