Tips For Intex Pool Maintenance

Having a soft sided Intex swimming pool comes with its perks, but only as long as one is keeping it maintained. So you’re asking, “How do I maintain a pool?” Many pool owners are inexperienced when it comes to cleaning their pools and this leads to a depreciation in the quality of the water that is being used. Let’s take a look at a number of tips you can follow in order to maintain the quality of your pool.

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The first step of the process is to get rid of the debris that might be floating near the surface of the water. This is usually easiest because it’s often the first thing people see. Skimming is done with a net by hand or your pool is skimming as it sucks water into the pump and filter.  Make sure to clean off the fitting as it can get clogged with debris.  There are more robust skimming options that can be purchased as an after market option (see our report on Pool Tips and Tricks).

Vacuuming

As far as regular pool maintenance goes, many people think a pool vacuum will take care of all their worries. It will suck up all of the “gunk” that might be inside the pool and has started accumulating. Unfortunately, a high-quality pool vacuum for an Intex-style pool is tough to come by, not because there aren’t good vacuums, but because the soft-sided nature of the pool makes it difficult for the vacuum to function properly.  There is a garden hose pool vacuum available (see our article on how to use this) but really the best option for preventing debris from entering the pool is to always use your pool cover when the pool is not in use.

Sanitizing

This is the process of keeping bacteria out of the water.  There are a few options – chlorine being the main one typically dispensed through a floater.  Some of the larger pools come with a salt chlorine generator that basically creates chlorine at the pool site.  There are other options like Flip Plop that offers fresh mineral water in the pool that is cleaner, clearer and softer than other methods while making crystal clear pool water easy!

Preventing Algae

Not every pool needs an algae preventative.  Typically the pool’s source water and the landscaping around the pool have an effect on whether the pool is prone to algae breakouts or not.  You can see how your pool goes and be ready to pounce with a cure at the slightest tint of green in the water.  Or you can use a preventative (most of them require a weekly dose) to  avoid the potential problem.  Once algae gets hold, it takes a lot of time and effort to get it back with the use of shocks, algaecides and pH adjustments.

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