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How to Add Chemicals to Intex Pools

By Sommer Leigh

Since Intex recommends using chemicals in most of their pools to maintain safe, clear water, you will need to learn how to apply those chemicals. Pool chemicals are available from your pool dealer as well as local pool supply retailers. The chemical requirements of your Intex pool will vary with the conditions as well as your region. Intex provides some guidelines as to how to add the chemicals once you determine what chemicals to use, how much to use and when to apply them.

Perform a chemical test two to three times a week using a test kit. Most pool manufacturers recommend aiming for a pH between 7.2 and 7.9. Follow the specific instructions provided with the test to determine how to complete the test. Most tests require you to add a certain number of drops of the pool water to a test strip. It will indicate the pH as well as the chlorine, alkalinity and acid content of the pool water.

Apply chemical treatment products based on the results of your pH test and the appearance of your water. Algae and water that turns black, blue, brown, milky or cloudy indicate that the water requires treatment. Consult with your pool dealer or pool supply store as to the quantity of chemicals to apply based on your pool's needs.

Dissolve granular or tablet chlorine chemicals in a bucket of water before adding to the pool to protect the Intex pool's vinyl liner.

Add different types of chemicals separately. Completely dissolve one chemical in the water before adding another chemical to the water.


Things You Will Need

  • Chemical test kit
  • Pool chemicals

About the Author


Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.