Intex, an outdoor recreation company, offers several pool lines, primarily built from metal or vinyl. No matter what your Intex pool type, the company has guidelines for which you should or shouldn't keep up all winter. Along with advising if you can leave the pool up, Intex explains what you need to do to protect your pool through the winter months.
In warmer climates, Intex advises to keep your pool up, if you prefer. However, you must winterize the pool when keeping it full throughout the winter. If your area maintains tropical climates all year long, you may not need to winterize your pool at all, especially if you use your pool on a regular basis.
In climates where temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Intex recommends you disassemble and store your pool. Temperatures at these levels can cause ice damage to the pool. Disassemble and store the pool in the fall when temperatures drop and you are no longer using the pool.
Intex recommends winterizing your pool if you are in a warmer climate but will not use the pool and advises cleaning the pool water beforehand. Take such steps as removing the skimmer and strainer and plugging the inlets and outlets.
Remove the pool's ladder and any hoses that connect from the pool to the pump. Add appropriate winterizing chemicals and consult with your pool dealer for advice on what chemicals to use and how to apply. Cover your Intex pool with a pool cover. Clean and drain the pump before storing it in a dry area where temperatures stay between 32 F and 104 F.
If you disassemble the pool for storage, Intex recommends draining the pool and reversing the setup instruction. The company also advises allowing the parts to dry thoroughly before storing. Try to fit the parts in the original box or find another storage container. Store in a dry, clean area free of rodents where the temperature stays between 32 F and 104 F, to protect the pool.