We have a 12x39 intex metal frame pool, this is our 2nd year having this pool. The first year we got it, we took it down for the winter and there wasn't any rust. Last year, we left it up all winter and it started to rust over the winter. We couldn't keep the cover on it cause the wind would keep blowing it off so we just let the rain fall on it. The t joints, and legs are rusting. One of the t joints won't even fit inside the leg cause of the rust eating it away. The water of course keeps it from falling but I feel that next summer when we drain the pool to put fresh water in it, it's gonna get worse. It will probably rust even more over the winter. We use a salt water system and the only time the water touches is when we splash. I am aware that intex will not replace these parts which makes me very angry. They are supposed to be rust resistant and I know lots of people who have had these pools for years and didn't have this problem.
What sucks is that if we get a brand new pool next year, I feel it will suck cause there's nothing wrong with the pool, just the parts with the rust and then if we leave it up I'm afraid we will have the same problem again in another year and we can not keep affording a new pool every 2 years. And taking it take is very hard to do cause the legs get stuck so tight that it's hard for my mom and I to take them apart.
I would like to know if anyone has any advice at all about what can be done to prevent this problem. How it might can be fixed, anything. I just need to know. Intex should do something about it, I am not happy with them right now. My next question would be what is exactly causing the rust? Rain? Thanks to anyone who can help!