How to Close your Intex Pool

Once the summer begins to come to a close, Intex pool owners are faced with the daunting task of having to close down the swimming pool for the winter. If you live where temperatures are typically below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, then you will want to take the pool down and store it for the winter.

In warmer winter climates, you can follow standard pool winterizing procedures. See both options outlined below. In a matter of a few short hours, your Intex pool can be ready to sleep for the winter.

Pool Draining and Storage (For Freezing Winters)

  1. Remove the ladder, skimmer (if applicable) and the pump/filter with hoses. Clean well and make sure they are completely dry before storing at room temperature.
  2. Remove the cap from the drain valve on the outside of the pool wall.
  3. Attach the female end of a garden hose to the hose adapter.
  4. Place the end of the hose in an area where the water can be safely drained.
  5. Screw the hose adapter to the drain valve. Note: water will start to drain immediately.
  6. Disconnect hose adapter when finished.
  7. Replace drain plug on the inside of pool for storage.
  8. Replace drain cap on outside of pool.
  9. Be sure pool liner is completely clean and dry. Sprinkle talcum powder on liner to prevent vinyl from sticking together and to absorb any water you may have missed. Roll pool liner to avoid creases and relocate to storage area.58901E_inuse_150_20

Pool Winterizing (For Warmer Winters)

  1. Balance the pH to near the 7 point range and total alkalinity to between 100 ppm and 150 ppm.
  2. Thoroughly clean the pool of all debris by skimming the top surface of the pool water, and vacuuming the pool floor.
  3. Use a winterizing chemical kit or add a pool shock and a winter algaecide to the pool. Always follow label directions and allow these chemicals to circulate well for 24 hours.
  4. Plug the Inlet and Outlet fitting from the inside of the pool or close the Inlet and Outlet Valves.
  5. Remove the pump and filter along with all hoses. Remove the skimmer (if applicable) and the ladder along with any sanitizing devices you may be using. Clean everything and make sure it is all completely dry before storing at room temperature.
  6. Cover the pool. Try to keep the cover free of standing water through the winter. Consider the purchase of a small hand pump to help with this.

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