How to Maintain an Intex or
Soft-sided Aboveground Pool, page 3 -
continued from page 2
Now let's look at the Regular
These steps should be followed about
every week for best results in your Intex® brand or Soft-sided aboveground
pool. Then, we'll look at some changes in equipment that you may want to
These Regular Maintenance steps should
be considered a "check list" of what you should be doing to not only have
crystal clear water, but safe, healthy and easy to care for water.
Weekly Steps. These steps shouldn't
take more than 30 minutes to perform.
Shock the pool. Shocking the
pool is the single most important thing to do on a weekly basis.
Shocking oxidizes and helps to get rid of the contaminants that eat up
chlorine and make the water smell, taste and look bad. If the water is
CLEAR, use about 1 pound of Lithium or Calcium hypochlorite per up to
10,000 gallons. Don't skimp! The chlorine level may be high for a day or
so, but you've oxidized a lot of nasties that you don't want in the pool
Add a maintenance dose of Algicide.
Adding this small dose of algae will help to prevent algae growth in the
pool. Algicide works as a "back up" in cases of heavy use or a sudden
rain storm that may compromise the chlorine level. Good quality
algaecides such as BioGuard Algaecide 28-10 or Back Up work to kill and
prevent algae in all those little "nooks and crannies" that are
difficult to clean or vacuum.
Most customers pool water problems start because they do not perform
these 2 very important maintenance steps. Shock & algaecide every week.
Vacuum the pool. Do a weekly
vacuum and inspection of the pool. Get out the excess dirt & debris that
Clean the filter. Especially
if you have a cartridge filter. Chemically clean it. Don't just rinse it
off. Chemically cleaning the cartridge removes the greases and oils that
have accumulated. Think about your clothes or dishes. Do you simply
rinse them and put them away? Of course not! You use the proper
detergent to break up the dirt, greases & oils. And so it is with your
filter. An easy to use spray on filter cleaner like
Kleen It works well & is easy to use.
A couple of DON'Ts: DO NOT use plain acid to clean your
cartridge. The acid will set the greases & oils in place. DO NOT soak it
in chlorine bleach. Bleaching will not remove the dirt, greases & oils.
Clean the Ladder. Almost
everybody forgets this step. Removing and cleaning the pool ladder takes
accumulations of slime and algae that grows and hides under the ladder
treads. Didn't think of that did you? That's why we're here for you!
Here's one last step... get the
Hey, they're the ones using it most and
these maintenance steps are pretty simple for kids (let's say over 7 years
of age) to help with. Plus, they'll gain a certain amount of ownership and
respect for "their" pool.
Lastly, let's briefly take a look at
some optional extras that have proven to make sense for so many of our
The Circulator will dramatically increase the pool's circulation. Small
investment with good results.
Consider upgrading to a larger, more
Cartridge or Sand Filter. You gain greater filter area and
capability, greater circulation. This is especially a good idea if you
intend to keep the pool for several years. In the short and long term,
you'll be much happier. The pool will stay cleaner and you'll actually
use less chemicals.
instead of regular chlorine. Pristine Blue is economical to use and is
much more stable in sunlight and warmer water. If you have hair or skin
allergies or sensitivities, those are even better reasons to consider Pristine Blue.