Winterizing 18’ Intex Metal Frame Pool Set (Newbie)

tech_east

Member
May 18, 2020
20
DE
Hey all...first year with intex pool and looking for advice on how to close it down or winterize for the season. My apologizes if a similar thread has been posted prior. It is a SWG setup with a sand filter as well of course. My thoughts were to drain the pool to about a foot of water left in the bottom (just to keep some weight in the pool / high winds at times during winter with freezing temps) and then disconnect all hoses equipment and store them inside (basement).

Wasn't sure if I should add any sort of antifreeze (maybe the kind for an RV) to stop it from freezing....not sure if freezing will damage the intex liner or if I should add a heavy dose of bleach to stop mold growth etc. I really do not see a need to try and prevent mold growth / algae etc because I am planning on just draining and starting over with fresh fill for next swimming season anyway. I also do not have a cover and was not planning on covering it.

Thoughts / Suggestions from any intex metal frame pool owners out there or anyone else for that matter?

Thanks!
 

Woodstock1234

Well-known member
Aug 4, 2020
49
Illinois
Just wondering why you are draining so much water? I think a collapse is more likely with so little water?
I am not an expert by any means, but I am leaving my Intex full for the winter and using a solid winter cover.
 

tech_east

Member
May 18, 2020
20
DE
Just wondering why you are draining so much water? I think a collapse is more likely with so little water?
I am not an expert by any means, but I am leaving my Intex full for the winter and using a solid winter cover.
That's a fair question and one I really don't have an answer for. I was just thinking if I planned on starting with a fresh fill for next season I might as well drain mostly. But I guess the same can be said for not draining so much as well so again I am not sure. I was just doing enough to hold the pool from blowing away...never thought about the collapse aspect of it.