Intex pools are some of the easiest pools to collapse and store for the winter. However, some people do not like the idea of taking down and building the pool twice a year. Luckily, it is also a fairly simple process to winterize an Intex pool. All it takes is some winterizing chemicals, a pool cover and some hole plugs. Some pool-supply stores even sell all the winterizing chemicals needed in one kit to make winterizing even easier.
Things You'll Need
- Pool cover
- Skimmer and filter plugs
- Water clarifier
- Shocking chemicals
- PH buffer
- Pool vacuum
- Pool net
- Pool water test kit
- Air pillow
- Alkalinity adjuster
Clean the pool of all debris, dust and algae. Use the vacuum and the net to remove all contaminants from the pool.
Remove the skimmer basket, pump and filter from the pool. Empty the skimmer basket and thoroughly clean the pump and filter using tap water. Allow to dry for 24 hours before storing.
Plug any holes in the side of the pool walls with the skimmer and filter plugs. These rubber plugs prevent the vinyl walls of the pool from becoming damaged when the skimmer and filter are removed.
Test the water in the pool. The chlorine reading for the winter should between 1 and 3 parts per million. The pH should remain between 7.2 and 7.6. Total alkalinity should be between 100 and 150 parts per million. Add chemicals or water to keep the readings at this level. Chlorine will raise the chlorine reading, a pH buffer will adjust the water to the correct pH and the alkalinity adjuster will raise the alkalinity inside the pool water.
Pour a water clarifier into the pool water. Use a ratio of 60 ml for each 45,000L of pool water. In an above-ground pool, the water levels will be significantly lower than 45,000L, so adjust the measurements accordingly. Consult the directions that come with the water clarifier as well.
Add an algaecide to remove any traces of algae from the pool and to prevent algae from growing during the winter season. Dilute one bottle in about five gallons of water and pour around the edges of the pool.
Blow up the air pillow. Tie it on either side to two sides of the pool walls and place in the middle of the pool. The air pillow helps water from collecting in the middle of the pool cover, and it also helps to keep the pool water moving slightly, making it harder for the water to freeze.
Place the pool cover over the top of the pool. Secure all edges using the appropriate clips or ties. Make sure the cover is tight in the middle. If the cover sags, rain will accumulate in the low spot, dragging the cover into the pool.
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