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Essential tips to enjoy this pool year after year
on 7 June 2015
This pool is fantastic and well worth the price. However, here are some tips that you really should take note of if you want this to last every year and want the most fun for the family.
1) Unless you live in a warm climate, here in the UK you really need to buy the Intex pool heater. Just don't even think about plugging that into an extension lead so make sure you have a professionally installed outdoor double socket (for pump and heater) that is RCD protected. If you don't heat the water (which is well over 1000 gallons) then it will be very chilly! Also don't expect the pool to get to a good temperature within a couple of hours, it's not designed to be like that. I turn mine on Thursday morning and by the weekend it's 34c, lovely and warm. It takes a good few days but it's not that bad on cost when you consider how much water capacity it's heating.
2) Buy aquatic underlay. The lining of this pool is very high quality, but with the huge weight of water inside you don't want any tears or punctures.
3) Make sure it's on an absolutely flat surface! When I first set mine up I filled it with a few inches of water and I could see that it very close to level (only a slight incline). Anything else will result in the pool being lob-sided and you'll be wasting a lot of time. I have mine setup on the patio, on aquatic underlay.
4) Make sure the pipes to the pump or heater don't get filled with air. It actually took me a while to figure out that my pump was taking in air from where the pipe is attached to the pool as it wasn't tight enough. I tightened the jubilee clips (I needed to buy extra) and the problem stopped. You can expel the air from the top of the pump if needed. After a few days the air was gone.
5) Buy a chemical pool floater. There are plenty on here and they are cheap enough. Pop a couple of chlorine chemical tablets inside and leave it in the pool when you are not using it. My neighbour didn't bother with this and it resulted in green algae forming within days. I've also bought a pool testing kit which consists of some paper strips to check the pH level.
6) Buy a solar pool cover. It's essentially bubble wrap but it maintains the pool temperature really well. I also purchased the Intex pool cover which goes over the inflated sides just to keep any debris or insects falling in at night.
If you follow these steps you'll have years of fun from June to September every year. I just wish I bought this sooner!