Present in over 100 countries, Intex has rightfully deserved consumer’s trust and it’s no wonder you have one of their pools as well. As a proud owner, you do need to protect your investment and think about maintaining your pool to the best of your abilities. To make it easier for you, we are here to help you with our Intex pool maintenance guide.
Formerly known by the name The Wet Set®, Intex has been a reliable and innovative manufacturer of above ground pools, spas, airbeds, toys, furniture and boats for a few decades. In this article we’ll be focusing on a few important routine pool maintenance procedures.
So, the swim season has come to an end, and you have questions about winterizing your pool.
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Can you leave your Intex pool outside in snow or freezing winter?
Definitely not! When left outside during winter months, INTEX above-ground pools will collapse under the weight of ice and snow, and the PVC walls will also be damaged. So, make sure you winterize your pool for more years of enjoyable summer swims.
Before storing your pool away at the end of the season, you need to drain your pool.
How to drain an Intex pool with a hose?
- The first step is to remove the cap from the drain valve which is located on the outside of the pool wall.
- Then, you need to attach the female end of the hose to the hose adapter.
- The next step is placing the end of the hose in an area where the water can be safely drained in an eco-friendly manner.
- Now screw the hose adapter to the drain valve. We need to remind you that pool water will start to drain immediately.
- Disconnect hose adapter when all the water has been successfully drained.
- Go on to replace drain plug on the inside of pool for storage.
- Also make sure to replace the drain cap on outside of pool.
- Make sure that the pool liner is completely clean and dry before long-term storage.
Before the next swim season, there are the usual preparations which are similar to first time pool setup.
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How to prepare your site for the pool?
You need a flat, solid level to provide stable surface as this will help with proper pool functioning and Intex pool maintenance. All sharp objects must be removed from the area in order not to damage the pool. The ground cloth or tarp should be placed under the pool before setting it up. This will protect the pool bottom.
In addition, the pool location must allow you to secure all doors and windows and safety barriers to prevent unauthorized, unintentional, or unsupervised pool entry. The pool requires at least 4 feet of space all the way around from objects which a child could use to climb and access to the pool without adult supervision.
Make sure your pool is away from trees and shed or house roof tops in order to minimize the debris, dirt and leaves falling into your pool.
How long does it take to fill the pool with water?
Before filling up your Intex pool, you need to pull the bottoms of the side supports out away from the liner to make the straps taut. Before filling make sure that the top beams of the pool are completely level.
The filling itself takes two or more hours, depending on pool size, hose size and water pressure. Remember to stand by and observe the fill up process for several minutes in order to make sure that the pool is filling evenly and the water surface is level inside the pool.
How to inflate an Intex pool top ring?
Word of advice: do not over inflate or use high-pressure air compressors to fill the top ring with air. What you need to do is inflate top ring to be slightly firm to the touch. Pay attention to air temperature changes. In cold weather the top ring will lose some pressure as air will contract. When this happens, do not add more air since the air inside will expand again once the temperature rises.
In hot weather, the air will expand. If the top ring becomes too firm when you touch to test it, you need to let some air out to prevent the top ring from failing due to increased internal pressure. An over-inflated ring heated by the sun may burst or cause leaks in the seams.
How often should the pool water be changed?
This depends on usage frequency and chemical balance. If your pool water is properly filtered and chemically balanced, it should last through the whole summer season.
You can also reduce the need for water changes by using your pool cover when the pool is not in use. Also remember to test the water regularly to ensure proper chemical balance.
Another point is to operate the pool pump for an adequate number of hours each day and to keep the filter pump cartridge clean. If you notice that pool filtration is poor, replace the cartridge and clean it following proper instructions.
Proper filtration is also important as to avoid unnecessary maintenance time and costs. Provided that your pool water is circulating properly, adequate filtration removes dirt, debris and even certain bacteria and prevents algae growth.
Sand filters remove the largest particles, cartridge filters remove smaller particles and DE filters remove the smallest. You need to filter your water for 8 to 12 hours every day from opening to closing.
You can use a pump and filter a timer so that you don’t forget and save money.
Does your Intex pool liner require special care for more durability?
Yes, you can take measures to make sure you get as many seasons as possible out of your pool. To start with, keep sharp objects out of the pool or from underneath the pool.
Also, clean the inflatable ring after each use with a damp cloth, and cover the pool when the pool is not in use with a pool cover.
Maintain proper pH levels and keep the pool sanitary and clean. Excessive or concentrated chemicals, however, may cause damage to your pool, its parts and will cause discomfort and possible health concerns for the swimmers. Stick to your regular pool water maintenance routine.
Those of you who have inflatable Intex pools will have additional questions.
How to inflate a pool with no hassle?
Inflatable Intex swimming pools provide inexpensive but cool comfort under the hot summer sun without the requirement of the usual maintenance needed for a permanent pool.
Inflating an inflatable swimming pool requires a suitable device which has a compressor that can blow air into the pool sides. You can use a special compressor pump but there are other equally popular DIY methods.
For instance, you can use a standard vacuum cleaner as the compressor device without any modifications.
You detach the vacuum hose as you will be using your vacuum cleaner in reverse, so to speak.
Simply take the bag out of the vacuum and cut out a smaller plastic bottle which can be used as an attachment to your pool air inlet. Tape the bottle to the vacuum OUTLET and also to your pool AIR INLET.
Make sure your vacuum power cord is plugged into an outdoor rated power socket. Turn the vacuum on and watch your pool getting inflated in no time. Once finished, detach the plastic bottle and quickly put the pool air inlet cap back on and you’re done.
Of course, we do recommend investing in an electric air pump since they are highly practical and inexpensive.
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