Intex pools are known for their easy set-up and economical price. But, when it comes to maintenance, they require the same attention and dedication as expensive, professionally installed pools.
Intex pools, whether the Easy Set or Metal Frame version, require chlorine to keep the water fresh, clean and free of algae and other microbes. Visit a local pool supply store to purchase the necessary chemicals.
How much chemical should be added will be determined by the size of the pool (in terms of its capacity in gallons). The Intex box, instruction manual or website will specify how many gallons each model holds.
While at the pool store, purchase a chlorine test kit. These are imperative to maintaining a backyard pool. It is important to keep the chemical level in safe ranges (too much and swimmers should stay out of the pool; to little, and the water will likely turn green from algae growth).
Caution: Never add chemicals to pools while occupied. Only adjust chemicals when the pool is vacant.
Using the Electric Filter
Intex pools generally come with their own filter, specifically chosen to handle the capacity of the pool. Plan on running the filter from four to eight hours per day. Consult the Intex manual or website for specific run times for specific models. Purchase an electric timer suitable for outdoor use to automatically turn the filter on and off. Make sure the filter is plugged into a GFCI outlet (consult an electrician for help).
Change the filter cartridge every two weeks.
Skimming and Vacuuming
Daily skimming of the surface and vacuuming of the pool floor are necessary to keep the pool looking clean. Many Intex pools include a vacuum and skimmer. If not, purchase these immediately.
To skim, simply snap the mesh head, which resembles a tennis racket, onto an extension pole. Scoop up any debris, such as leaves and bugs, from the pool. It is easier to remove them from the surface than to vacuum them later.
Even with regular skimming, vacuuming is necessary. Connect the vacuum head to an extension pole. Then, attach the debris bag and garden hose to the vacuum head. Turn on the garden hose.
Using a gentle sweeping motion, guide the vacuum head over the pool floor. Work slowly, as harsh movement will scatter the debris before it is pulled into the debris bag.