Intex Pool Chemistry 101: Intex pools have all the same needs as the bigger in-ground pools, but water chemistry can be a bit confusing so let’s clear that up both the confusion and your pool, wordplay.
Quick disclaimer, everyone has a different way of taking care of a pool.
At the end of the day, we all just wanna help you take care of your pool and make sure that it’s clean and clear and everybody has
a good time swimming in it.
Everything in this article is from my personal experience taking care of pools for a very, very long time.
We’re also talking about water chemistry which means we’re gonna be talking about pool chemicals which means safety first people.
That means putting on chemical resistant gloves, using a mask, using chemical resistant goggles, and a chemical resistant
apron, a nice apron.
The biggest difference between an Intex poll and an inground pool or an above-ground pool, in that case, is just size.
Intex pools have fewer gallons, that’s where the real confusion comes in because a lot of companies that sell pool chemicals are really selling it for above-ground pools and inground pools which are much bigger.
However, Intex pools are a little bit smaller.
That said, Intex pools have all the same things as an inground pool or an above-ground pool and when we talk about Intex, we are talking about the brand Intex.
They go by many names.
You can have Intex, you can have Quick-Set, you can have Easy Set, you can have blow-up pools, they’re all called the same thing.
The only thing that we’re gonna talk about, which we’re gonna address in this article is your pool must have a filter system.
That means a filter and a pump that circulates the water.
If you just have a pool that you set up and you add water to it, that is not the same thing.
The pools that we’re talking about have a filter system and that makes them just like every other pool.
The good news about having an Intex pool or one of these Easy Set pools is that when in doubt, just change the water out.
I’m a poet and I didn’t even know I was one.
What you’re gonna have to figure out before we do anything with water chemistry is how many gallons of water are in your Intex pool?
The easiest way to find this out is hopefully you still have the instruction manual and it’ll just tell you in there.
And you can just enter the dimensions of your pool and the height and it will tell you how many gallons are in your pool.
This is the first and most crucial step when it comes to pool chemistry.
Next, you need to know how to run your filter system.
You need to know how the filter system works which is basically water comes in, the pump is sucking the water into your filter system, it is filtering, it’s usually, in this case, a cartridge filter, but you might also have a small sand filter, so the pump is gonna suck water in, pump it through the filter system, and then back into your pool.
And so whenever you’re adding chemicals to your pool, you wanna make sure that that filter system is churning, it’s running, it’s spinning the water.
How long can I do this?
It’s like Arsenio Hall.
Just like every other pool, you got your filter system, you got your water, you know how many gallons, it’s time to test it.
You’re gonna test by using either test strips, a liquid test kit that you can buy, both of these things you can buy at your local pool store or online and you can even take a sample of your water to a local pool store and they will check it for you.
You just need to know how many gallons that you’re working with so that they know what kind of readings to give you.
Personally, with a smaller body of water, I recommend testing more often than you would with a bigger pool because a lot more things can affect the water.
Rain can really affect the water and drastically change the pH.
People swimming in it can drastically change it.
So you’re gonna be testing more often.
If you can do it three times a week, that would be great.
Twice a week even.
But at minimum twice a week.
Now once we have our test, we have our readings, we need to balance the water before we do any sort of sanitation.
And balancing the water in this case is just balancing the pH and the alkalinity.
You might get another reading called calcium hardness.
With an Intex pool or with an Easy Set or a blow-up pool, you do not need to worry about adding calcium hardness to your pool.
We are not trying to prolong the life of a liner.
We are not trying to prolong the life of a concrete pool.
You have an Easy Set pool, something that you take down every single season and so, therefore, you really don’t have to worry too much about calcium hardness.
So we’ve talked about balancing and now we wanna talk about sanitizing.
So once your pool is perfectly balanced, your pH is at the right level, your alkalinity is at the right level, now we can add a sanitizer to your water.
And the reason we wanna balance the water before adding the sanitizer or before checking the sanitizer is that a balanced pool will make your sanitizer more effective.
And in this case, if you’re gonna be using a sanitizer, I just recommend using chlorine.
It is the easiest thing you can use.
For a smaller pool, you can buy a chemical floater, a little tiny floater that you can add small chlorine pucks into, or you can add granular chlorine, something that you can just toss directly into the water and let it circulate.
You have your sanitizer, we wanna make sure that the sanitizer, in this case for a chlorine pool, is at around three parts per million and you’re also gonna wanna shock it about once a week.
You can use a non-chlorine shock and that’s what I would record using for your pool.
You don’t need as much, you don’t need to pre-dissolve it, you can just add it directly to the pool and in 15 minutes you can be swimming.
So if you’re gonna be shocking your pool which I recommend doing every single week, shock with a non-chlorine shock.
Once you get it, you have it for life.
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