Where you live impacts the winter fate of your Intex above-ground pool. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can winterize the pool and cover it for the season. If, however, you live in an area where freezing occurs, you'll have to drain your Intex pool and take it down for the winter. Luckily, these pools are some of the easiest above-ground pools to collapse and store.
Take the ladder, pool pump, filter and all related hoses out of your pool. Clean them all, and allow them to dry thoroughly.
Locate the pool's drain valve. Remove the drain cover and attach your garden hose to the drain. Allow all of the water to drain from the pool, making sure your hose directs the water to a legal and acceptable location.
Some municipalities allow residents to drain pools into the sewer system. Others do not. Be aware of your local ordinances when draining your pool.
If you have trouble draining the last few gallons of water from the pool, remove them with a wet/dry vacuum.
Clean your pool liner after draining to remove any debris or algae clinging to it.
Sprinkle cornstarch onto the pool liner to absorb any remaining water and to prevent the pool liner from sticking to itself during storage.
When it is completely dry, roll your pool liner up.
Shock your pool about a week before closing it. This cleans the water and gives the chlorine level time to drop back down to the desired 1 to 3 ppm. If your chlorine level is too high when you close your pool, the chlorine will prevent the algaecide you'll be adding later from working.
Clean the pool of all debris, dust and algae. Use the vacuum and the net to remove all contaminants from the pool.
Test your pool water and adjust the water chemistry as needed to reach a pH level between 7.2 and 7.8. Adjust your pool's total alkalinity to a range of 100 to 150 ppm.
Add a water clarifier as well as an algaecide to your pool. Run the pool pump for one day to thoroughly circulate these added chemicals.
Pool stores sell winterization kits that include all the chemicals you need to add to your pool for winter. You can purchase one of these kits and follow the instructions to make closing your pool even easier.
Close the pool's inlet and outlet valves, and then remove the pool pump, filter and accompanying hoses. Clean this equipment and allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it at room temperature. Do the same with the ladder and pool skimmer.
Cover the pool with a locking pool cover. Remove standing water from the top of the pool cover as needed throughout the winter. Water left on the cover creates excess weight and could damage your pool cover.
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