Inflatable pool care
July 4, 2011 10:22 AM Subscribe
Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend.
posted by Joh to home & garden (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We got out the inflatable kids pool for the weekend. Its lovely and hot here, so I've been leaving the water to heat up during the day, then the kids play in the water in the shady afternoon. I filled it up on Saturday morning, covered it Saturday night, and they played in it again on Sunday. I noticed that the surfaces of the pool and the pool toys had a slightly slimy texture on Sunday. What's going on, is this the beginnings of algae? I emptied, cleaned and refilled it this morning.
Do I need to put something in the water to prevent this happening, or just empty, clean and refill every day? I estimate it has about 100 gallons of water in it (its about 7' x 4'), and I do have chlorine tabs meant for my 60 gallon emergency drinking water barrel. Should I put one of those in for future weekends, or something else?
Bonus science question - I covered the pool with a clean roll of painters drop cloth - clear plastic, but textured so its semi-opaque. Would covering the pool with plastic during the day make it warm up faster, slower or make no difference? The pool is sitting in full sun all day.