How To Winterize An Intex Pool? So are you thinking all you have to do to close your pool is throw a cover on it and you’ll be fine until the spring?
Or maybe you figure since you have an Intex pool and not an in-ground pool it really doesn’t need to winterize.
Well, unless your goal is to create a swamp habitat in your backyard, there are a few things you need to do to your Intex pool before you actually close it, actually, 12 things, and I’m gonna tell you exactly what those things are after this
Okay, quick disclaimer, everyone has their own way to maintain an Intex or blow-up, swimming pool but in the end, we all just wanna make sure that your pool is clean and clear and healthy.
So winterizing an Intex pool is completely different from winterizing an in-ground or an above-ground pool.
So because they’re made from a lightweight material, Intex pools are super easy to set up but there’s a downside.
Those materials are vulnerable to ice damage.
And leaving your pool set up during the winter can rupture the pool lining, which could be difficult to repair.
Or, it could be damaged so badly that you won’t be able to repair it at all and you’ll be stuck not having a pool anymore, or spending a bunch of money on a new one.
The Intex pool manufacturer recommends draining and disassembling your pool if you live in an area where temperatures drop to or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and that’s five degrees Celsius.
And if you live somewhere that sees freezing temperatures, you definitely want to break down your pool for the winter.
So, when should you do this?
Well, obviously before temperatures drop into that danger zone, and I mean well before.
Don’t wait until the weather report says there’ll be a freeze that night.
That’s not going to be enough time to close your Intex pool.
This is because you’ll need to drain your Intex pool with the regular garden hose and that’s a small space for a lot of water to move through, especially if you have a larger pool.
This means that the closing process may take two or three days.
The supplies and process will be a little different depending on your climate, so if you live in a cold climate, where temperatures reach or fall below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, five degrees Celsius, you’ll need your owner’s manual, a leaf skimmer, your manual vacuum, a garden hose, the drain connector that came with your Intex pool, or you can use a sump pump, a soft cloth or a towel, a
mild all-purpose cleaner, warm water, talcum powder or corn starch, and a replacement filter cartridge.
How To Winterize An Intex Pool
You want to clean your pool and thoroughly vacuum it.
This is important.
Before you start draining your pool, disconnect it from all power sources.
Your city or county may have specific instructions for disposing of swimming pool water.
Always check before you drain to make sure that you don’t violate any local ordinances or accidentally harm the environment, or your own property, by draining down a storm drain or into your yard.
If you have a skimmer, ladder, or any attached accessories in the pool, remove them.
Clean and dry the parts before storing them in a clean, dry area for the winter.
If your strainer grid, the screwed-in portion connecting the pool to your filter, is exceptionally dirty or filled with gunk, remove and replace that as well.
Whether you have an inflatable or metal frame, the same simple draining instructions apply.
Check the drain plug on the inside of the pool to make sure that it’s plugged.
Do not, and I repeat, do not unplug it.
The water will take care of it later.
Find the drain connector and attach the female end of the hose to the thin end of the drain connector.
In case you don’t remember, the female end of the hose is the part that you actually attach to a faucet or spigot.
Another important point.
Once the hose is connected, point the other end of the hose away from your house or any other structures.
Emptying water near the foundation of a building can cause some serious structural damage.
So it’s critical the flow of the water is directed away from any structures.
Remove the cap from the drain valve but don’t attach the drain connector and the hose just yet.
Do one last check to make sure that your hose is in the proper draining position because the pool will start to drain the second you
attach the connector.
When you’re sure everything is set, push the drain connector into the valve.
It will disrupt the inner plug and the water will begin to flow.
Tighten the connector to the valve, and make sure that it doesn’t come loose during draining.
As the water level goes down, you can start cleaning the pool’s walls with a mild, all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth or a towel.
But be sure not to use any strong, abrasive cleaners on your lining.
They can damage it, costing you extra money to repair or replace the liner.
Remember, a tiny hose, plus a big pool equals a long drain time.
So check on your pool’s progress occasionally to make sure that the drain connector hasn’t come loose.
And, keep an eye on the hose while the pool is draining to make sure that it stays directed away from the house and away from your home and any other structures that it might run towards.
The water will eventually get to the point where it is unable to reach the drain.
Help the rest of it along by lifting the pool one side away from the drain until the pool is completely empty.
Remove the drain connector and your garden hose before replacing the inside drain plug and the outside drain valve cap.
These get folded up along with the wall so this the best way to store the parts so that you don’t lose them come springtime.
Wipe down the inside of your Intex pool with a soft cloth, warm water, and a mild cleaner.
You want to rinse it thoroughly and drain any leftover water.
If your model has a frame, take it down following your owner’s manual assembly instructions, but in reverse.
Clean and dry the frame pieces and then store them in a clean and dry place.
Let the liner completely air dry.
And, once all of the water is gone, sprinkle a little talcum powder or corn starch on the liner to absorb any leftover water and keep it from sticking when you fold it up.
Yes, you could use talcum powder for more than just one thing.
Is that right?
Nope, step number, nope.
Now let me ask you a question.
How good are you at folding fitted sheets?
Because that’s what you’re gonna be folding an Intex pool liner like.
You wanna end up with a square or as close to a square as you can get.
Now, unless you’re Martha Stewart, who I know is probably watching this right now.
Just do your best so it’s neat and doesn’t take up too much space.
You can also refer to your owner’s manual for a visual guide.
Make sure all the water is out of your accessories, clean them up, let them air dry, and store them in a clean, dry area.
Leaving water in your filter parts and pump can lead to nasty things like mold and bacteria that you really don’t wanna find next spring.
Intex filters are incredibly affordable so it’s not really worth the effort to clean them and reuse them.
Just make sure you have replacements on hand for next season.
But, if you’d rather do your part for the environment and get as much use out of that cartridge as possible, you can use a filter cleaner on it.
And we have a video all about cleaning filters, not for an Intex pool, for a hot tub, but it’s exactly the same procedure.
Almost done, I promise you.
To make set up easier next season, keep all the attachments together so you’re not digging through your garage or attic or your shed.
You know, looking for a missing piece when all you wanna do is get your pool together so you can get the freak in it.
Keep your liner, frame, pump, and filter hoses indoors, in a dry area that isn’t subject to freezing temperatures.
Otherwise, all of your work will have been for nothing and you’ll end up with a damaged pool anyway and I don’t think anybody wants that.
Okay, so that’s if you live in a colder climate.
If you live where it stays warmer throughout the year, never reaching or dipping below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, five degrees Celsius, you can follow all the previous steps to breakdown your Intex pool for the winter, but if you’d rather leave it up, you’ll do a few things differently.
But, before we do that, if you want to learn more about taking care of your Intex pool with in-depth tutorials and guides, you should check out Specifically, Intex pool maintenance.
It’s packed with money-saving tips so you don’t have to break the bank on your swimming pool and this is, I promise you, the ultimate manual for every single type of pool and we always keep it up-to-date.
If you live in a warm environment, and you’re not draining your Intex pool or breaking it down, all you’ll need is your owner’s manual, a leaf skimmer, your manual vacuum, a set of winterizing chemicals, a water testing kit, and your pool cover.
So, step number one, you wanna clean your pool and thoroughly vacuum it.
It’s gonna be sitting, covered for several months, so you don’t want anything gross stewing in the spring.
And, if you have any inflatable parts, make sure that they are inflated.
Now, once your pool is clean, you wanna balance the water chemistry.
So you wanna shoot for a pH range of about 7.4 to 7.6, and a total alkalinity range between 100 parts per million and 150 parts per million.
So, step number two, once the pool is clean and the pH and alkalinity are at the right levels, adding winterizing chemicals to the water.
So, using slow-release chemicals to winterize your Intex pool can save you a lot of worry throughout the season.
You can also add extra shock and an algaecide to the water for good measure.
Turn the pump on and allow the chemicals to circulate for about a day.
Step number three. Depending on your pool model, you will either need to close your inlet and outlet valves or plug the inlet and outlet fittings into the inside of your pool wall.
If you’re not sure how to do this, I recommend that you refer to your owner’s manual because every pool, you know, is a little different.
So, step number four, turn off the pump and filter and remove the hoses attaching them to your pool.
Clean, sanitize and drain the pump, filter chamber, and hoses.
Make sure that they’re completely dry before storing them indoors in a cool, dry location.
So, step number five, the last thing you need to do is cover your pool to keep the leaves and dirt out of the water.
And once that’s done, congratulations, party effects, confetti.
Your pool is officially winterized.
Now just make sure to regularly clean any standing water from the cover when you get a lot of rain.
Now, a quick word of warning, Intex pool covers are not, I repeat, they are not safety covers.
This means they won’t keep wayward animals or adventurous children from climbing across and falling in, so take appropriate measures to prevent any accidents.
All right, all this probably makes you want an in-ground pool, doesn’t it?
Well, it might seem like a time-consuming chore now, but, properly winterizing your Intex pool can save you a lot of stress later.
And you don’t have to worry about ice damage ruining your pool.
Plus, you get your yard back for fun activities like jumping in a pile of leaves, or having snowball fights, well, I guess unless you live in Arizona, where that doesn’t really happen.
What do you, What do you do? Cactus fights?
What do you do in Arizona?
Okay, whoa, whoa, whoa, I almost forgot.
A quick word about saltwater Intex pools.
If you’re using an Intex saltwater system, you can use the breakdown instructions without any changes for storing your pool.
If you’re keeping your pool up over the winter, just make sure that the winterizing chemicals that you use are compatible with saltwater pools.
If I missed anything, or you have any questions, please leave a comment.
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