How to take down and store an Intex pool for winter. Tips and tricks on how to clean and store your pool this season.
This will be our fourth season taking down and preparing to store our Intex pool for winter. And although it’s not exactly high on the list of things we want to do, it’s necessary.
Too many times I’ve driven by homes and seen those beautiful big Intex pools completely let go. The water has turned green with algae and it’s full of leaves and dead dragon flies. Completely left and forgotten.
But this wasn’t a cheap summer fling! This pool was a pricy summer investment that needs to be taken care of so that we can enjoy (something in a can) by the pool next year.
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This is our own personal experience. Be sure to follow your pool’s manual.
You know exactly the image I’m talking about. Or maybe your pool is about to become exactly that, if you can’t figure out how to take this monster of a tiny big pool, down!
HOW TO TAKE DOWN AND STORE AN INTEX POOL FOR WINTER
Remove the ladder and any toys left in the pool. Following the Intex manual to drain your pool. You’ll be using the white drain connector that came with your pool, to drain it.
Connect a hose to the drain connector and allow to drain. This is a lot of water you’ll be draining and it’s important that you drain it properly either out to the street or the sewer. Your neighbor will not appreciate 1200+ gallons of dirty pool water flooding their yard. If you live within city limits, you may want to call and ask about the proper way to dispose of that amount of water.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR AN INTEX POOL TO DRAIN
For an Intex pool size 15 feet round by 48 inches tall, it can take up to 48 hours to drain. It’s a slow drain and as the water level lowers, so does the pressure and amount of water coming through the end of the hose. Prepare for this to take 48 hours or more to drain.
HOW TO DRAIN THE BOTTOM OF AN INTEX POOL
Once the pool was drained we were left with a few inches of water. We took down one side of the metal legs and folded the pool down to allow that side to drain. As it was draining I put on my rain boots and used a mop to clean the sides and bottom of the pool. Pushing water towards the opening as I went along.
HOW TO STORE FOR WINTER
The pool needs to be clean and dry for storage. After we cleaned the bottom of the pool with a mop, we went ahead and disassembled the remaining legs. Then we flipped the pool over and cleaned the bottom (underside) of the pool using a mop and hose.
After the underside was clean, we took the pool ladder and set it in the middle of the yard. Then we flipped the pool over the ladder and used a hose to remove any mud or leaves.
Allow to dry completely.
HOW TO FOLD AN INTEX POOL FOR STORAGE
Straighten out the pool as best as possible folding the walls towards the center as you go. You’re looking to turn this into a square at first and then a rectangle for easier storage. This part is much easier with two people. If you’re good at folding, you might be able to get the pool liner pretty compact. But for us, it was a tad larger.
Since we no longer had the box the pool came in we decided to use a large bag we found on sale. Another idea is to use a large Christmas tree storage bag.
Be sure to measure properly.
Once the pool is put away, be sure to properly clean and dry the remaining pieces; To include the pump, hoses and anything else that came with the pool. We were able to fit the hoses into the bag but had to store the pump and leg attachments separately.
Both the bag with the pool liner and pump are stored in our garage out of harsh temperatures.
SHOULD I TAKE DOWN MY INTEX POOL FOR WINTER
The Intex manual for this type of pool recommends taking down and storing when the temperatures can drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise you risk ice damage to the pool.
Although it was a fair amount of work to prepare this pool for winter storage, it is absolutely worth it. This pool is a fun, summer, family activity that all of us enjoy, and it’s important we take the time now so that we can enjoy it again next year.
Best Wishes! ~Sara
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