You may find it rather easy to keep up on your Intex pool maintenance during the season, however, when the weather is going from “Let’s jump in the pool” with clothes on to “Baby it’s cold outside.” You might want to put some effort into closing your swimming pool. An above-ground Intex pool requires a bit more care than an in-ground pool does.
That’s said and out of the way, it’s not a lot of work to winterize Intex pools. As long as you plan and be ready to tuck that pool away during the off-season. Trust in us, The last thing you’ll want to end up doing is puncturing that awesome (and expensive) Intex pool because you skipped an end-of-summer chore.
What exactly do I mean when I say Winterize Intex Pools?
When you close down your pool or winterize your swimming pool, you’re going to remove equipment, dry out wet pipes that can be damaged from freezing weather. Now you must add extra pool chemicals to the water to keep things like bacteria, algae, and mold from colonizing during the winter while your pool has its cover and the water is in darkness not being used.
It’s a bit different when it comes to winterizing an Intex pool over an in-ground pool. Since they are partially inflatable, Winterizing an Intex Pool and closing your pool can mean the difference from having to buy a new one next season.
Intex does use an extremely lightweight material in their pools which makes them very fast and easy to set up. However, this ease does come with a cost which causes the pool to be more vulnerable to ice and freezing. Ice can rupture your pool liner Trust us that’s a mess you don’t want to clean up or repair if the damage is too much you might have lost your Intex pool.
This is the main reason the manufacturer strongly recommends draining and disassembling your Intex swimming pool for the winter. So do we.
Do you live in an area with just above freezing weather? Need to Winterizing an Intex Pool?
When is the Right Time to Winterizing an Intex Pool?
You’ll want to prevent damage caused by ice with that said, We recommend storing your pool long before freezing weather sets in. Procrastinating on Winterizing an Intex Pool can slip you up when that weather comes moving in.
Imagine mid-October, and you get an alert on your cell phone for freezing weather in the next two days, that may not even be enough time to properly close your Intex pool.
Intex pools are designed to be drained with a typical garden hose, that’s such a small hole for that amount of water, And if you have the large Intex pools it could take you a few days just to drain the pool, not a good scenario with a cold front coming in two days time, is it?
Come on do I need to put my Intex pool away, do I?
We understand. Putting away a pool is a lot of time invested in breaking it down and then needing to set it up next season, year after year. You can keep the pool up and winterize, just be advised how cold your area gets. These pools are very susceptible to ice damage.
Warmer and milder winters could get away with leaving their Intex pools up and just winterize them like any other pool. It’s your call in the end.
Winterizing an Intex Pool Hardware Kit
An all-purpose cleaner (Mild)
Live in a warm climate? We got you covered!
An all-purpose cleaner (Mild)
Water testing kit
Have a Saltwater System? No Worries
Using a salt water system, Breakdown the pool without any charges and store it. Keeping it up over the winter? Make sure the winterizing chemicals you use are compatible with your saltwater system.
Just 12 steps for a Winterized Intex Pool
At first, this seems like an awful lot to do, and trust in us this is like a fine cheese and takes time to develop. As long as you go step by step your Intex pool will be winterized before you know it, well over a few days.
1. Clean and Get ready to drain that pool
Think about doing yourself a big favor, You wouldn’t like debris to clog up your pipes and hoses. So clean the water well, Vacuum the pool sides and bottom.
Make sure to check with your local town to make sure no laws are on the book about how to get rid of pool wastewater. I would hate for anyone to violate code or any local ordinances, and by mistake harm the environment, or property by allowing the water to flow down drain storms.
Important: Make sure to disconnect from all power sources before you start draining your pool!
Remove all attachments such as Skimmers, ladders, or any other accessories to your pool. You’ll want to clean and make sure to dry the parts before storing them. In a dry clean area over the winter.
Remove and replace the strainer grid every few years, it will become clogged and or dirty, so we suggest replacing it.
If you live in a warm area you might have decided not to drain your pool, consider moving onto step 5.
2. Connect the hose to the drain Connector.
All above ground pools are the same from an inflatable to the metal frame swimming pools. Check inside the pool for the drain plug making sure it’s plugged in, DO not unplug it. Let gravity move the water through the hose.
Retrieve the drain connector, Attach the female end of the hose to the male end.
Important: Do not point your hose towards any foundation or homes, the release of pool water can cause serious damage to structure foundations.
3. Connect Drain connect to the drain valve.
Open the drain valve cap, yet do not connect the hose to the drain just yet. Please make sure the hose is in the location you want it before connecting the hose and not pointed at any foundations. The pool will start to drain soon as you connect the hose.
Now when everything is set, Plug the connector in by pushing it into the valve, tighten the connector down to ensure it stays on the valve.
4. Let the pool drain.
Remember with a smaller hose and a huge pool it’s going to take a long time to drain your pool. Check the progress once in a while making sure the hose stays connected.
Important: Make sure you watch the hose, making sure it doesn’t slip or move while draining your pool. The last thing we want is the hose to slip and start draining your pool into your basement!
Remember as the pool drains it reveals surfaces that can be cleaned, just hop in the pool and clean down the side of the walls with a soft cloth and Mild all-purpose pool cleaner.
Important: At all costs do not use a strong cleaner while cleaning your pool liner, it can and will damage the liner causing you an extra cost to replace or repair it.
5. Finish draining the swimming pool
Naturally, the drain is a few inches above the bottom of the swimming pool, and the water is going to need help to be drained from the pool. Start by carefully lifting the side of your swimming pool opposite the drain valve until you have completely drained your pool.
Warm Weather Instructions
By using winterizing chemicals for above ground pools it saves you the hassle of storing your Intex pool. We suggest adding Shock and an Algaecide to the pool water for good measure.
Make sure you circulate your winterizing chemicals through the pool system for at least one day.
6. Reattach Accessories and Pool parts
Make sure to remove the drain connector and the hose before putting the hardware back on. Replace the drain plug and secure your valve. These get stored with the wall of the pool, this is the best way to store these parts over winter without losing them.
Warm Weather Instructions
Depending on the model of your swimming pool, You either close the inlet and outlet valves or plug in the inlet and outlet fittings to the inside of the swimming pool wall. Not sure how to do this most pools come with a manual.
Not breaking down your pool, So skip to step 12
7. Clean the swimming pool
If you took our advice you already got this done while draining the pool, if not clean down your Intex swimming pool with a mild cleaner and a soft rag.
8. Tear down the frame and Let the liner air dry
Have an Intex frame pool, Reverse the manual’s assembly guide to take it down.
Clean each piece and let them dry along with the swimming pool liner. Intex Pool Manuals Here.
Let the Intex Pool liner dry completely. When most of the water has evaporated away, shake some talcum powder or starch like corn starch on the liner to absorb the excess water and prevent sticking.
9. Fold up the liner
Some people get frustrated folding fitted sheets, Myself I have my system that makes it a snap. I mention that because folding up a swimming pool liner is much like folding fitted sheets.
How to fold your Intex pool liner
- Fold the Intex liner one-sixth onto itself twice. To start your square.
- Now repeat the one-sixth double fold on the other side of the pool. (it’ll look like a fat cylinder.)
- Now repeat steps one and 2, with the unfolded sides.
- Pull one of the folded ends to the other side and make sure it’s flat.
- Take the other end and place it over the last section, like shutting a book. This should be a long rectangle.
- Now fold each end to meet into the middle.
- Fold it one last time to hide the crease from the last fold.
Visual aid is needed please refer to the Intex manuals here. Once you finish learning to fold your Intex Pool Liner, you can store it in a dry area in its original packaging.
Tip: It can be next to impossible if you can’t fold a fitted sheet to fold your swimming pool liner up to get it to fit in the box, just make sure it’s dry and folded neatly and stored away.
10. Drain and clean skimmer and accessories
Never leave your parts wet or dirty when putting them away; this can cause mold and bacteria to build up and ruin your accessories, instead make sure you dry them and store them away.
11. Throw away the pool filter cartridge
Since pool filters are so affordable for these Intex swimming pools it’s not worth your time and effort to clean them, so we suggest throwing them away at the end of each season.
IF you must clean them you can use a filter cleaner on them, there will come a time when you’ll still need to replace them though.
12. Properly storing the parts
Keep everything in a dry place from the frame, Liner, Pump to anything else, Keep them off cement since cold travel very well threw it. Do not expose to freezing temperatures or ice.
Keep all Hardware such as nuts and bolts together, if you lose something check our Intex pool replacement parts online here.
Warm weather Instructions
The pump should be turned off. Take the hoses off the pump attaching it to the pool. Drains, Clean and Sanitize the pump. Along with the hoses, and filter chamber. Make sure they are dry before storing.
Lastly, you’ll need to cover the swimming pool. This will keep debris from entering the pool over the winter.
Warning: Intex pool covers and not safety covers, They will not protect from accidents, so please check into getting a better pool cover, safety first, please.
Now that you can reclaim your yard back, you’ll find taking the pool down might have other hidden enjoyments.
Like Leaf piles, to snowball fights. It might seem like a hassle yet the reward in the off-season of having that yard space back can bring in long-lasting memories.
So happy Winterizing an Intex Pool!
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