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    Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    What do i need to do to close the pool down? Is it just as easy to drain it and take it down ? Total newb so most detail as possible. Searching the forum for answers hasn't really helped but makes me want more questions answered lol
    18' x 52" Intex steel frame pool
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    Kingston Ontario Canada

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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    Here's an article in Pool School

    I think the big question is, do you have room to store it if you do take it down?
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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Here's an article in Pool School

    I think the big question is, do you have room to store it if you do take it down?
    Ya i could take it down and fold it up and store it in the shed till spring. I just thought it would be cheaper to start up in the spring. It cost 200 to have it filled this spring. Could it freeze and split over the winter?
    18' x 52" Intex steel frame pool
    1500 gph pool pump
    Kingston Ontario Canada

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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    Yes, you need to drain it and store it for the winter. Vinyl + ice and cold weather aren't a good mix. After draining as much water as you can, it's a good idea to take old towels and dry it as best you can (we always let our sit out a couple of days after draining it to get good and dry). If you have or can borrow a submersible pump, it helps get the last few inches of water out that never seem to want to flow through the drain.
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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    I agree with Nikki! I just finished pumping out mine and towel drying it. I've got to get it down today...it's supposed to rain tonight.

    I've heard that using talc powder helps make sure to get all the missed moisture. I'm gonna try it...

    Be sure you get ALL the water out of your pump/filter/SWG before you store them. I have my SWG tilted on it's side to make sure all the water is out.
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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    it depends on where you live. In this part of NC a lot of people leave their Intex pools up all year. They remove the lines & plug the holes. It normally doesnt get cold enough to freeze any more than the top 1/2in of water & even then it is normally thawed within 1 day.
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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    Thanks for the replies.. I will be taking it down this weekend. Thanks for the help
    18' x 52" Intex steel frame pool
    1500 gph pool pump
    Kingston Ontario Canada

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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    Just store it indoors or somewhere that critters can't get in it. My Intex became a party point for squirrels or mice (not sure which) who got trapped in the folds and then had to eat their way out. They even went right through the Kevlar reinforced bottom section that is almost impossible to patch.
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    Re: Closing down a 18' Intex above ground

    Back when I had one of these pools I used to get the shop vac out and help to remove some of the remaining small puddles to help it to dry faster.

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