How to Maintain an Intex or
Soft-sided Aboveground Pool, page 1
the past decade the sale & use of Intex® brand or Soft-sided aboveground
pool (sometimes known as "instant" pools) has literally exploded helping
to get many more families into their own backyard swimming pool. That's
the good part!
People purchase these pools at Walmart®,
Kmart®, Target® and many other "big-box" discount stores.
By and large they're easy to set up and
use. But believe it or not, they're NOT so easy to maintain. And instead
of going back to Big-mart for questions and problems, many of these
customers come to us. And after much hemming and hawing, they
realize that we have the answers; Big-mart does not.
Intex® or Soft-sided pool owners also
come to realize that they have purchased something that requires some
regular care and maintenance. Unfortunately, some realize this fact a
little too late and become frustrated and even irritated.
But, you know what? These pools serve a
tremendous number families all over the country who just want to cool off
on a hot summer's day. And if it's treated as a swimming pool should,
(don't call it "just one of those pools I got from Walmart") then it can &
will provide many summers of fun. ParPools.com is just here to help &
Here is a list of the most common
problems (all treatable & even preventable), along with the cause(s),
that we see with these backyard pools:
Cloudy water - inadequate or poor
filter system and circulation
Algae growth - same as cloudy water
and also involving inadequate or improper chemical treatment
Slimy feel to pool - see above
"Burning" eyes and/or skin -
inadequate or improper chemical treatment
"Constant" clogging of the filter -
inadequate or poor filter system, poor maintenance
Before we go on, we have to realize a
couple of things:
All the filter & pump systems that
come "standard" with these pools are inadequate. Period. A 3,000 to
5,000 gallon that is using a 5 (Five) square foot filter cartridge
(typical "A" style cartridge) with a 1/8 HP pump will not stay clean for
very long. In comparison, a typical metal sided 8,000 gallon aboveground
pool will have, at minimum, a 40 - 50 square foot filter and a 3/4 HP
The bather load of these pools is
typically higher than most backyard swimming pools. In other words,
having 6 to 8 children swimming & playing in 4,000 gallons of water is
vastly different than having those same children swimming in a 8,000
gallon pool. Plus there's the poor filter system as we just mentioned.
The water temperature in almost all
Intex® or Soft-sided pools gets warmer and stays warmer much faster than
other pools. Higher water temperature, higher chlorine use leading to
quicker, more significant water problems (as mentioned above).
Most Intex® or Soft-sided pool owners
have not or were not properly instructed as to how to use or care for
their pool. The "pool-in-a-box" went into the shopping cart and out to
the car with a barely a quick swipe of the credit card. These stores
could really care less about your pool care needs; they just made the
sale... just try bringing in a water sample for help...
Your Intex® or Soft-sided pool should
be treated and maintained as if it were any other swimming pool. Use the
right equipment. Follow a good chemical program. Follow the
5 Keys to Pool Care.
The GOOD news is that you CAN
successfully operate and maintain any Intex® or Soft-sided pool
economically. You can even have sparkling blue, crystal clear water. You
may want to take a look at our
"Cloudy Water" video later on.
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Now that we've listed the issues, let's
get down to solutions! Click here to
continue with this article...