How to Maintain a Doughboy Pool


Doughboy pools first appeared in the mid-1940s. During that time, Domain Industries, responsible for rubber sealing K-rations in World War II for soldiers termed as “Doughboys,” renamed their packaging operations as the Doughboy Plastics Division. Domain industries sold the company to Mazrty Hoffinger, the inventor of the first above ground pool filter, who later renamed it Doughboy Recreational. Doughboy pools offer consumers an economical alternative to cement in-ground pools. Proper maintenance will extend the life of your Doughboy pool.

Things You'll Need

  • Silicone-based lubricant
  • Pool vacuum
  • Pool chemicals
  • Doughboy patch kit
  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Vinyl cleaner
  • Inspect your pool, filter, pump and Doughboy accessories regularly to ensure the smooth operation of your pool. Lubricate moving parts annually with a silicone-based lubricant and keep the area surrounding the pool clean and tidy.

  • Vacuum the interior of the pool weekly to help keep water chemistry at optimal levels and the pool water clean. Always clean the pool filter prior to vacuuming if the filter water return levels are low.

  • Use your Doughboy patch kit provided with your pool to promptly repair any holes or tears in the liner. Cut out the needed material from the kit and coat one side of the patch with patch glue, placing it against the interior of the pool at the damaged site. Press firmly into place and work out any bumps of glue to the outer edges of the patch. Refer to your warranty if you experience seam leakages, as nonprofessionals cannot repair these.

  • Use a mild detergent and water to clean vinyl and metal Doughboy pool parts, avoiding the use of abrasive cleansers or harsh solvents. You may purchase vinyl cleaners at a pool supply store for tough jobs that require stronger cleansers.

  • Test your water chemistry levels regularly to ensure you are maintaining the proper pH, chlorine and hardness levels in your pool. Follow the advice of your local pool professional for proper chemistry levels for your Doughboy pool. Differences in installation region and water type will need to be examined to find the treatment program that is right for your pool.

  • Winterize your pool to avoid damages caused by freezing weather conditions by draining your pool and disassembling hoses, skimmer and pool assembly. Allow all parts to dry thoroughly before storing in a cool, dry area for winter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Failure to winterize your Doughboy pool in regions prone to freezing can crack seams and hoses and cause leaks in your pool.

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