What Chemicals Do I Need to Close an Intex Pool? So it says, “I’ll be closing an Intex above-ground pool in three or four weeks.”
So probably by the end of August, the beginning of September. “It’s a 4,400 gallon Intex pool.”
And you’re asking, “What chemicals do I need?
“How much do I need?”
And you’re using the Flippin’ Frog
which King Technology just called me.
I just learned about it so I highly recommend that product.
Right now, they’re actually sending me a few to test out.
And so you said you live in Georgia, and you don’t think you need to take it down or apart because you don’t have a hard winter there which you’re probably right.
But as far as what you would need for chemicals, whenever you close down any pool, you need to make sure that you’re pH and your alkalinity are properly balanced.
That’s really the basis of all of it.
So just make sure that your pH is at between 7.4 and 7.6 and your alkalinity is somewhere between 100 and 150.
It can be anywhere within that.
If you’re at 125, that’s perfect.
So just make sure those two chemicals are in their right order or in the right range.
As far as that, chlorine.
That’s the only other thing you need to close down a pool.
So what I would do in your case for being a 4,400-gallon pool, would shock with one bag of calcium hypochlorite shock.
Technically, one bag does about 10,000 gallons of water.
So in your case, you’d be double shocking, but that’s okay because I recommend people double shock it before they close anyway.
So take one bag of calcium hypochlorite shock.
It doesn’t matter which brand, but if you like a particular brand, go with that.
Just go to your local pool store.
Mix it in a bucket of water.
Warm water works best if you have access to a large five-gallon bucket of warm water.
And just stir it with a stick.
Make sure you’re wearing crappy clothes and you have goggles and gloves, of course.
Stir it around and make sure it’s properly dissolved, and then pool it around your pool at night if you can.
Or at dusk.
At this point, if you’re closing it during the day, it really doesn’t matter.
You can shock it at any time right before you close but just do it right before you close.
Make sure your filter’s running.
If you don’t wanna shock.
If you don’t wanna do that method, which you don’t have to, I would also recommend throwing in a bag of non-chlorine shock which is a little bit more expensive.
But you won’t have to run the pool as long, and you can literally close it right afterward.
So what I would say is: You can buy a bag of non-chlorine shock, dump it in the pool, let it run for about 15 minutes, and then cover it.
So that’ll just get rid of all the nasties and stuff.
And then, you can add a chlorine floater, but you don’t have to.
And in your case, I probably wouldn’t because it’s not necessary.
But if you’re not planning on closing it because you live in Georgia, just make sure you keep it running for at least four to six hours a day because you don’t want the water to freeze even a little bit because of the water freezes, the ice expands.
It’s gonna expand against the sides of the pool, and it could cause your pool to collapse.
You don’t want that obviously.
So as far as chemicals, pH, alkalinity.
For pH, 7.4 to 7.6.
For alkalinity, 100 to 150.
And for chlorine, use a non-chlorine shock or liquid chlorine you could also use.
But as far as how much to add, just make sure your chlorine is up above three parts per million.
That’s really all you need to do to close your pool.
So if you have any more questions, feel free to ask again.
I wish you the best of luck with closing.