The backyard pool is a godsend on hot lazy summer days. The kids can splash and play, people can sit poolside with a cold drink, you can jump in after a hot day at work. Keeping that water fresh and clean all season is a lot of work though, and there are things that every pool owner needs to have and to know how to use to get the most out of that pool.

The first thing you need is a good pump. The pump is in charge of pulling the water out through the skimmer, forcing it through the filter where it is cleaned and then putting it back into the pool. If you don’t keep the water moving around your pool won’t look pretty for long.

The filter works in tandem with the pump. It is responsible for sifting out the impurities that accumulate in the water. There are three main types of filters: sand, cartridge and DE. Sand filters are the cheapest option but also have the most work attached to them. They are the most basic of filters and they do the job well, as long as you backwash them every 2 weeks. Cartridge filters on the other hand only have to be cleaned twice throughout the season and they are more like a vacuum filter you have at home. They get out more of the bad stuff so you can get on with the good stuff. The best filters are the DE kind with their unique look and feel and their ability to filter just about anything out of the water no matter how small.

Chemicals are a mainstay in any pool. You will need chlorine to keep the water clean and also chlorine balancing agents, a water test kit, alkaline balancing agents and calcium balancing agents as well. All of these chemicals aid to keep the water from getting full of bacteria that can cause the water to get cloudy and isn’t any good for your skin or eyes either.

A good vacuum to get the big debris like leaves out of the pool and a good heating system whether it be a large unit or a simple solar blanket to ensure that the water is always a good temperature are also needed pool equipment.

Like with anything, if you have the right equipment, things do tend to go a lot more smoothly. Pools are fun things to invest in and with just a little care they are great fun for the whole family.