How to Clear Milky Water in an Intex Pool

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Clear up milky Intex pool water with a chlorine shock treatment.
Clear up milky Intex pool water with a chlorine shock treatment. (Image: swimming-pool image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Intex swimming pools offer a cheaper alternative to large, standard, above-ground pools. Intex pools consist of a small cartridge-based pump and filter system, as well as a pool body constructed of a vinyl liner material. Due to Intex pools possessing a smaller-than-average pump and filter system, the water held in the pool often takes on a milky appearance. Milky water indicates the need to sanitize the pool water. One of the quickest ways to sanitize a small body of water involves a chlorine shock treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water hose
  • Shock
  • Vacuum equipment
  • Corrosion-resistant utensil

Pour 1 lb. of a granule, chlorine-based shock into a bucket per 10,000 gallons of water held in the Intex pool. Fill the bucket three-quarters fill with water from a water hose and stir the mixture with a corrosion-resistant utensil. A typical Intex pool holds roughly 8,000 gallons of water and requires only 1 lb. of shock.

Dump one-quarter of the mixture into the Intex pool. Move over several steps around the outer edge of the pool and pour in another one-quarter of the mix. Repeat until the mixture is completely applied to the pool.

Circulate the pool for at least three hours to give the treatment time to take effect. If the pool water remains milky after three hours, circulate the pool for another three hours to allow the debris time to drop to the pool bottom.

Vacuum the debris off the pool bottom with the pool's vacuuming equipment. Clean the filter of the pool repeatedly during vacuuming to ensure that the filter keeps up with the amount of debris being removed from the pool.

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