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How long is outdoor pool water good for?

We got a big ole pool in the back. How often do you need to drain and refill the water?

There's no pump or anything.


Asked by staciandababy at 4:02 PM on May. 10, 2013 in Entertainment

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  • We kept our decent sized kiddie pool filled for 7 days- covered with a tarp and treated nightly with a couple tablespoons of bleach when they got out for the day. The bleach evaporates by the next use but helps keep slime from building up.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 5:22 PM on May. 10, 2013

  • The most important thing is to test the water on a regular basis. As long as you keep the levels where they should be (see below) and keep it free from debris, you should be fine.

    The water in a swimming pool needs to be kept at a pH level of between 7.2 to 7.6, a free chlorine level between one and three parts per million, and an alkalinity level between 80 and 120 parts per million. These are the three most important readings in a pool as they will affect the others' ability to function correctly.

    Read more: How Long Can You Keep Water in an Inflatable Pool With a Filter? | eHow


    Answer by JeremysMom at 4:07 PM on May. 10, 2013

  • If it's big enough, you need to get a pump. They make smaller ones for those giant inflatable ones. The little kiddie pool gets slimy after a day or two, so you might want to invest in a pump if it's hard to empty and refill after a day or two.

    Answer by tessiedawg at 5:14 PM on May. 10, 2013

  • We would keep ours for a week or so too, also throwing in some bleach at night. I thought it would bother my kids skin/eyes (they were 2 and 3 last summer) but we tried it and it didn't.

    Answer by missanc at 6:23 PM on May. 10, 2013

  • You can get a thing that floats on top of the water that you put a chlorine tablet in to keep it sanitized. Otherwise the walls & bottom will get slimy very fast in about 4 days in warm weather. They sell them at a pool store or Walmart.


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 7:02 PM on May. 10, 2013

  • There is no pump, filter or chlorine.

    Just water.

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 4:21 PM on May. 10, 2013

  • Good idea. It's a 264 gallon pool- that's way too much water to be filling back up every few days.

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 5:55 PM on May. 10, 2013