Live in South Dakota...Intex pool...take down or leave up?

Apr 30, 2020
9
Huron SD
Hey all! New pool put up this year. It can get to -40 in the winter in my state. Yeah I know. It sucks. Anyway, looking for recommendations on whether I should take it down and store for the winter or leave up. It’s a 26 x 52. We have a sand base with wood supports under legs and are looking at pouring a concrete base next year. Initially I thought I would take down completely and store for the winter and put back up next year after concrete is in place but then thought it might be easier to leave up, drain and clean next spring when we move it to pour concrete (potentially less to store, better for the liner, and pouring concrete will depend on funds plus availability of someone to do the pouring). Any tips for either process would be appreciated as well as recommendations. We are looking at getting as many years out of this pool as we can!
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
4,472
NY
Hey SDP and Welcome !! My NY winters aren’t nearly as bad as yours but we still can see negative digits for a week or two at a time. Your question is an ongoing personal joke for me because we always spot new Intex pools up while driving around. Without fail it always seems like they get put away the first winter or two and by year 3 the people give up and let it ride. I can’t give you exact #s but they seem to weather the elements as well and other ABG pools. Years 3/4/5 they are still going barring some other failure. But also like you said.... -40, and probably windy too. Ouch. Lol.

I’ve read the biggest storing issue is getting the liner completely dry so it doesn’t mold/mildew. A generous dusting of Talcum powder was an extra layer of insurance. Then your biggest problem would be mice so maybe mothballs and Mouse traps with peanut butter in the general area. Put a screw in the wall enough turns to hold it about 5 inches above the trap. Put a glob of PB on the screw and the mouse will stand on the trap to climb up to the screw. BOOM. Done. Repeat as necessary.
 

Brett S

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Mar 15, 2019
709
Orlando
I think the big benefit of leaving the pool up is so that you don’t need to go through the effort of draining it and moving it. But if you are going to drain it and move it in the spring anyway, then I would probably be inclined to take it down over the winter.

I suspect that leaving it up will be much harder on the pool in terms of freezing water and wind and such. If you can take it down and store it out of the elements I think that will be better for the pool. And since you are planning to drain it and move it anyway, then I’d go ahead and do so before the winter.
 
Apr 30, 2020
9
Huron SD
Hey SDP and Welcome !! My NY winters aren’t nearly as bad as yours but we still can see negative digits for a week or two at a time. Your question is an ongoing personal joke for me because we always spot new Intex pools up while driving around. Without fail it always seems like they get put away the first winter or two and by year 3 the people give up and let it ride. I can’t give you exact #s but they seem to weather the elements as well and other ABG pools. Years 3/4/5 they are still going barring some other failure. But also like you said.... -40, and probably windy too. Ouch. Lol.

I’ve read the biggest storing issue is getting the liner completely dry so it doesn’t mold/mildew. A generous dusting of Talcum powder was an extra layer of insurance. Then your biggest problem would be mice so maybe mothballs and Mouse traps with peanut butter in the general area. Put a screw in the wall enough turns to hold it about 5 inches above the trap. Put a glob of PB on the screw and the mouse will stand on the trap to climb up to the screw. BOOM. Done. Repeat as necessary.
Yes we get a lot of wind. Newer home in the country with minimal wind protection. The good thing about that is no leaves! Thanks for the info!
 
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Apr 30, 2020
9
Huron SD
I think the big benefit of leaving the pool up is so that you don’t need to go through the effort of draining it and moving it. But if you are going to drain it and move it in the spring anyway, then I would probably be inclined to take it down over the winter.

I suspect that leaving it up will be much harder on the pool in terms of freezing water and wind and such. If you can take it down and store it out of the elements I think that will be better for the pool. And since you are planning to drain it and move it anyway, then I’d go ahead and do so before the winter.
That is the plan for now but of course finances (cost of concrete) and finding someone to do the job is difficult here. Town is only about 15000 people. Thanks for the input!