My Intex Pool Is Unlevel By A Few Inches – What Should I Do?

So you’ve got yourself a brand new Intex pool, installed it in your backyard, but there’s only one slight problem.

Your Intex pool is unlevel, and you are wondering if you can still use it without any grave consequences.

Most Intex pool owners often ask us what they can do if their Intex pool is unlevel by a couple of inches, so we’ve decided to create this guide just for them. We will tackle everything you need to know how to deal with unlevel ground and what kind of leveling blocks or materials you can make use of so you can start using your swimming pool soon.

To get started, let’s discuss if you can use your Intex pool if it’s on uneven ground and what are the risks of using an unlevel Intex pool, even if it’s just for a couple of inches.

Intex Pool Level Tolerance

Intex pools or any above ground pools should only be used on level ground as much as possible.

However, Intex and other pool manufacturers give their customers some leeway when it comes to setting up their above ground pools on unlevel surfaces.

You may set your Intex pool on a sloping yard as long as it does not make your Intex pool unlevel by more than 2 inches. Of course, having this lower than 2 inches is still a much better option. Intex pool materials are strengthened to support a slight slope on your above ground pool.

If it is more than 2 inches, you need to do some precautionary measures as this makes your pool vulnerable to damage. We draw the line at 3 inches, if it’s three inches or more, we highly advise you to try and level your Intex pool first.

Risks When Intex Pool Is Unlevel

Here are some of the things that might happen if your Intex pool is unlevel.

Trouble with your pool’s walls. Unlevel Intex pools may have one part of the pool lower than other parts, and this unevenly distributes pressure on your pool’s walls. A part of your pool may have the highest weight due to it being on uneven ground. This will can cause your wall to collapse and leave permanent damage on your Intex pool. This applies to both framed pools and inflatable pool sets.

Damage to your pool liner. Another part of your Intex pool that can be damaged by it being unlevel is your pool liner. If your pool liner is on an uneven surface, it may have folds and wrinkles on it. These folds and wrinkles may get caught up when you clean your pool using your pool vacuum, and this may cause your liner to rip or tear apart. Even if Intex pools use strong and durable pool liners it is still suspect to damage if it is set on unlevel ground. If you need to, check out our article on how to patch an Intex pool.

Danger to small children. Having an unlevel Intex pool will cause a side of your pool to be higher than the other side. This is risky if you have small children who cannot reach the base of your Intex pool. Also, as mentioned earlier, there is a risk of collapse or tear of your pool’s interior, and you don’t want that occurring when your kids are using your Intex pool.

For these reasons, we highly suggest you level the area first where you’ll set up your Intex pool set.

For those who don’t have kids using their above ground pool, you may opt to swim on an unlevel Intex pool. Hopefully, your pool will hold. It’s a risk you can take. But for those with kids using their Intex pool, we recommend leveling the ground for your Intex pool for their safety.

How to Level the Ground for Intex Pools

We can think of two ways you can level the ground for Intex pools, first is you can do it yourself and learn the ways others level their own Intex pools. Or you may consider hiring someone else, a professional pool installer, to do your above ground pool installation which includes leveling the area you plan to set up your swimming pool.

Both options will cost you money, but since you’re already reading this guide, we’ll assume you’re planning to do everything on your own.

Here are the instructions on how to level the ground for Intex pools if it’s on ground soil.

Step-by-Step Guide On How To Level The Ground For Your Pool

Gather the necessary materials and equipment

Before you start leveling the ground for your Intex pool, get the needed materials and equipment first. You may need a tape measure, shovel, hammer, leveling blocks (pressure-treated lumber or patio pavers), and something you can put under your Intex pool for added protection like an old tarp.

Measure how much your Intex pool is unlevel

You can easily check your Intex pool water to determine how many inches your Intex pool is unlevel by visual inspection. Since most Intex pools have square tiles on their pool walls, you can just count how many squares are showing on one side, and how many squares are on the opposite side.

If you cannot properly determine how many inches your Intex pool is unlevel, you can use a tape measure or a level tool to have a more accurate measurement.

Drain your pool

If your Intex pool is unlevel by more than 3 inches, we suggest draining the whole pool.

If it’s only by a few inches or is less than 2 inches, you may drain only half the water on your Intex pool. However, if it’s one of those large-sized Intex pools, you might be better off draining it completely to minimize the risks of your pool getting damaged while we level the ground underneath it.

Put blocks under your Intex pool

To level your inflatable Intex pool, you may put blocks on the ground to have a level Intex pool. You may have to dig the ground first, so you can easily level the ground using the soil on it and either a concrete block or patio pavers.

For framed Intex pool that is unlevel, you may put a block of wood or concrete underneath the legs of your Intex pool to level it.

Check if your Intex pool is leveled now

Now that you’ve put the blocks underneath your Intex pool, verify if it’s properly leveled before refilling it with water. Check if there is any difference between the water levels of your swimming pool. Go around your pool to check each side.

Avoid refilling your pool without making sure that the ground is leveled properly to avoid having to re-do these steps all over again.

Tools To Help You Level Your Intex Pool

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Intex Pool on Unlevel Concrete Fix

One of the best surfaces to setup your Intex pool is on concrete, but what if the concrete is unlevel?

For Intex pool owners that are setting their above ground pools on an unlevel concrete surface, you have to measure first how many inches your Intex pool is off-level. If it’s under two inches, you may choose to install your pool without leveling the concrete surface.

If it’s more than 2 inches, then you may have to gather some leveling blocks like pressure-treated lumber, patio pavers, or concrete blocks. The leveling blocks you’ll be using depends on how off-level your Intex pool is.

If it’s just an inch or inch-and-a-half off-level, you may use interlocking foam tiles to level your Intex pool and also serve as an added protection for your pool liner.

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Now, there is also the option for you to hire a professional to level the concrete in your home. Unfortunately, we cannot quote an exact price for this one since it highly depends on the total area you need to level and the costs of the needed materials in your area.

If you have the extra money, we consider hiring a professional the best solution to level your concrete for your Intex pool properly.

Intex Pool Leaning Fix

There’s a higher chance that your Intex pool won’t last long if it’s clearly leaning on one side. Since this can cause stress on both your pool liner and your frame legs if you have any.

For framed Intex pools that are leaning on one side, you may use a rachet rope to keep your pool’s frame legs in place. If it’s being caused by an uneven ground surface, you may put a leveling block under your above ground pool’s steel frame/s to level your pool.

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For inflatable Intex pools that are leaning, you may have to level the ground first. Since it would be impossible to use a rachet rope around your Intex Easy Set pool. We highly recommend leveling the ground first and using interlocking foam tiles to add protection for your pool liner.

Frequently Asked Questions About Unlevel Intex Pools

How many inches can a pool be unlevel?

It’s possible to have your Intex pool unlevel to be two inches off. This won’t cause any structural issues so you can still use your swimming pool. Any more than two inches is unacceptable. Intex pools that are more than two inches off won’t last long and can be too dangerous for you and your family to use.

What happens if your pool is unlevel?

If you have an unlevel pool, then the water level in your pool will vary. The pool water will generate more force on one part of your pool than the other. This uneven weight distribution can cause your swimming pool to buckle, twist, or even collapse your pool walls. Someone can be injured or your property will probably need repair if your pool structure collapsed so never use an outdoor pool that is unlevel.

What do I put under my Intex pool?

When you want to level your Intex pool, the easiest way to do it is by putting some materials to even the surface under your Intex pool. Any type of pool will benefit from using a tarp. Although a tarp can help level your Intex pool, there are far more superior materials that you can make use of like interlocking foam tiles.

Final Thoughts On Fixing Unlevel Intex Pools

Having an unlevel Intex pool should not stop you from using your pool, just make sure you fix the issue first.

Some pool owners have been with their Intex pools for years despite being installed on an uneven ground surface. Most of them either using a rachet rope to keep the frames in place and/or are utilizing leveling blocks under their pool to at least lessen the unevenness of their Intex pools.

Also, if you’ll think it will be difficult to fix your unlevel Intex pool on your own, it might be better for you to contact a pool professional to get the job done.

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Pool Safety for Kids – 7 Tips To Keep Them Safe

Swimming with your kids is a lot of fun, especially during summer. You can spend the day frolicking in the pool, splashing water, and just sharing laughter.

But while a backyard pool may seem like all fun and games, it also means more responsibility for you as a parent.

Did you know that drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States?

What Does the Statistics Say?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 10 people who die from drowning every day and 2 of them are children 14 years old and younger. 

Furthermore, drowning is the leading cause of death among kids aged 1 to 4 years old, ranking higher than any other causes except for birth defects.

At this age, children are also known to have the highest drowning rate, and usually, accidents occur in their home swimming pools. 

On the other hand, if a child survives being drowned, he or she can suffer from nonfatal injuries. Such injuries are known to cause severe brain damage, resulting in long term disabilities including learning disabilities, memory problems, and loss of basic functioning. 

Looking at all this data, you must follow strict safety precautions whenever your kids are in and around the pool. While nothing can replace vigilant supervision, you can take additional steps to safeguard your active and fearless kids when they’re around the water.

To help you, here’s an extensive guide on pool safety for kids

How to Keep Kids Safe in the Pool

Talk to your children

The first thing you have to do is to educate your kid/s. You probably talked to them about not trusting strangers, the importance of their seatbelts, or how to cross the street. Drowning and water safety is an equally important topic. It is dangerous and it can take a life away in just minutes.

So teach your kids about how water and the pool can be dangerous too. Make them understand why it’s important to always ask for permission before going near the water.  

Always have an adult nearby

Whether it’s in your backyard or a public swimming pool, it’s important to have a designated guardian who’s looking after the kids even when there’s a lifeguard on duty. This person should stay within an arm’s reach and close enough to take action in case something happens. Take note that this person should be an adult and not another child. 

Furthermore, don’t rely on the idea that because there are many of you then nothing can happen. In this scenario, it’s highly likely that you’re all thinking the same thing – that someone’s always watching – so you all become lax. Then that’s when accidents happen. 

Install a fence or barrier

If you have a pool, make sure to install barriers. These serve as an extra layer of protection for a child who seems to always escape supervision. They can also give you additional time to find your child before anything bad happens. 

Barriers separate your pool from your backyard and house. It can be a fence, a wall, or a combination of both. It is at least 4 feet tall, has no gaps that a kid can go through, self-closing and self-latching gates, and made with latches that kids can’t reach. We have our own list of pool fence ideas to help you choose the best one.

You can use this Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools for reference. 

Install a pool gate alarm

Along with your barriers, install a good pool gate alarm that creates a buzzing sound every time the gate to the pool is opened. 

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Put the toys away

Pools are made for fun and games, but keeping toys near the pool can be dangerous. Kids, or even adults, may trip over them and you know what happens next. Toys can also attract kids to the pool even when adults are not around to supervise.

We recommend keeping a storage box near the pool where toys can be kept out of sight when not in use.

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Invest in other pool technologies

There are a lot of products in the market today that are specifically designed to help prevent kids from drowning. For one, there’s a sonar device that alerts you when something is in the water. There’s also floating alarms that sets off a sound if there’s a disturbance in the water. 

Lastly, there are motorized power safety covers that you can put on when the pool is not in use. This makes the water inaccessible to children. Just make sure that the cover you choose fits the entire surface of your pool.

Be ready

In case of emergencies, it’s better to be ready. So keep a phone close by and a U.S. Coast Guard-approved equipment including reach tools, lifebuoys, and life jacket.

More importantly, knowing proper CPR can make all the difference between life and death.

Thus, consider learning it. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Safety For Kids

If you can’t find the answers to your questions above, it may be included in our list of FAQs here:

How quickly can a child drown?

Contrary to what you always see on the TV, a drowning person does not splash, wave her hands, or yell for help. 
If a child drowns, it will be quiet and quick. It takes just 10 seconds for a child to drown or be submerged in water, 2 minutes for her to lose consciousness, and 4 to 6 minutes to sustain permanent brain damage. For an adult, it takes around 10 to 12 minutes before death. But for a child, this can happen much quicker.

Can I leave my 4-year-old in the bath alone?

No. It is suggested that you wait until your child is 8 years old before allowing her to dunk in the bathtub alone. This is because it only takes seconds before children slip and drown even in a few inches of water.

Can a child recover from drowning?

If you can perform CPR within 5 minutes since she drowned and bring her breathing back, usually, she’ll recover. 5 minutes is the max time the brain can handle a lack of oxygen. Anything beyond that means the child will experience permanent brain damage and disabilities.

What to do if a child is drowning?

1. Act fast
2. Take the child out of the pool or water
3. If you’re alone, call 911. If you’re not alone, ask someone to call 911. 
4. See whether the child is breathing and check for responsiveness
5. If the child is unresponsive and not breathing, start CPR. Here’s a link from American Red Cross on proper child and baby CPR.

How much does protect a child pool fence cost?

A pool fence can cost somewhere between $500 for a short fence and $5,000 for a large-scale fence.

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How To Store Pool Towels Outside – 5 Best Ideas For You

Reminder: We do not recommend the picture above as a good way on how to store pool towels outside. That’s just to get your attention.

Not having your towels near the pool can be quite bothersome.

When you have a pool, guests or kids can just dive in and swim without securing a towel. Chances are, they would come in and out of the house without drying themselves up when they’re done.

Thus, leaving a trail of water wherever they go. Remember, water can mess up your floors and furniture faster than anything else (well, except for fire). Plus, a wet floor just means danger. 

So what should you do?

Keep your pool towels out.

This way, anyone who uses the pool has easy access to them and they could quickly dry themselves up before coming inside.

Also, it’s just easier and more convenient to have them around the pool. They won’t mix with your other towels. Thus, no can “mistakenly” take and use your 100% fine indoor cotton towel.

If you are worried that storing towels outside may affect the overall look of your backyard, here are some of the best ways on how to store pool towels outside and still keep your pool patio neat and stylish. 

Best 5 Ideas on How to Store Pool Towels Outside

1. Towel Cabinet

If you have a lot of room to spare, a cabinet will be a great addition to your poolside area. It can fill an empty-looking space. At the same time, it can provide you a nice place to store your towels. It has doors too, helping protect your towels from the elements.

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One good outdoor cabinet we found is the Suncast Wide Cabinet.

It is durable and made to resist water – which is a must if you’re going to put it around the pool. Also, since its water-resistant, you don’t have to put it to safety whenever it’s raining. It’ll let the water freely flow off it and protect your towels inside.  

This cabinet also offers a huge space so you can put in other things inside like pool toys, paper towels, or outdoor utensils. It looks great too and it is made to fit in well with the outdoors.

2. Wall Mount Rack

One way to neatly store your towels is through a wall mount rack. You can mount it in a small corner in the poolside area and it’s ready to be used. Just roll your towels and stack them up. Not only is this an attractive backyard decor but it is also space-saving. However, you can’t keep the towels there for a long time since they’ll be exposed to dust, moisture, and rain. 

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If you are interested in storing your towels this way, you can use a regular metal wine rack. This modern wine bottle holder from mDesign is a great choice. It’s simple and it can hold 6 pool towels nicely and if you like to store more, you can always mount another one beside it. 

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On the other hand, you can also check out this wall mount metal towel rack by Soduku. It easily can hold 5 rolled towels and there’s a top shelf where you can put other things like tissue paper, small bath items, or more folded towels. 

3. Storage Container

If you’re not interested in putting a cabinet outside your home, you can try storage boxes instead. It can store your towels safely and protect them from the elements. It’s similar to a cabinet but only less space-consuming. 

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You can try the easy choice which is plastic storage containers.

Or, you can go with a more decorative and classy option like the Barton Deluxe Storage Bin.

It looks a lot like a chest you put outdoors and even has a place for a padlock so you can keep your things secured. It offers a lot of space inside and it’s water-resistant as well. This is perfect for storing towels for a longer time.

4. Folding Towel Rack

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Don’t like assembling things or mounting them on your walls?

Here’s the perfect choice for you. With this folding towel rack, you can simply set it up around your pool and fold it back up when you’re done. There’s a shelf at the bottom where you can put your folded or rolled towels and there are spaces on top where you can hang them for drying. 

5. Outdoor Seats with Storage

If you are into functionality and practicality, outdoor seats or benches with storage areas are the best options for you.

They are multipurpose items that can conveniently hold and store your towels for a long time.

On top of that, they are designed to withstand any weather conditions.

One great example of an outdoor seat with storage is the Suncast Small Deck Box. It’s lightweight, water-resistant, and keeps your belongings dry and free from mildew.

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Furthermore, it won’t rust, fade, and it takes up very little space. It’s also sturdy enough for an adult to sit on it. 

On the other hand, if you need more space to sit on or hold more of your belongings, the Keter Westwood Large Deck Storage is perfect for you.

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It provides generous space for your towels and other pool necessities. Plus, it can accommodate a weight capacity of 660 lbs so you have more space for your guests. 

Now there you have it!

These are the top 5 ways on how to store pool towels outside, where they should be – near the pool.

Just don’t forget to place a separate basket or storage area for used towels.

Did Not Find The Pool Towel Rack or Storage You’re Looking For? Check Some of These.

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Bestway Pool Reviews & Best Buying Guide – 2021

If you and your family are looking to add a bit of fun and excitement to your backyard, then you might consider adding a swimming pool. Unfortunately, adding a pool can be quite expensive.

We’ve put together a great Bestway pool review here. Bestway pools have made pool ownership within reach for those without an unlimited budget.

If you are considering giving the gift of a backyard pool for your family this year, then read our review and recommendations on which Bestway pool to get. You and your family can be poolside with fun & games in no time!

Let’s start with the basics…

What are Bestway Pools?

Bestway is one of the industry leaders in affordable and non-permanent above ground pools. They are a direct competitor of Intex pools, see our comparison here. They produce easy to set up pools that you and your family can use for many summer months.

Bestway makes above-ground pools that have different construction materials and price points that you can choose from. They even have pools specifically designed for kids.

Bestway pool pumps

All of the temporary above ground pools come with a basic pump that is sufficient for basic use. However, one constant that Bestway pool owners agree on is that upgrading the pump can be a huge improvement for the pool. Increased circulation and filtration leads to less maintenance and clearer water. See our guide on upgrading your Bestway pool pump here.

Bestway Pool Reviews – The Various Types

Bestway Fast Set Pools

Bestway Fast Pool Set
  • Heavy-duty PVC and polyester 3-ply side walls
  • Water capacity (80%): 2,689 gal. Inflate with top ring with an air pump (not included) and fill the base of the pool with water. The outer wall will rise as the pool fills.
  • Easy to set up
  • Flow control drain valve for easy draining

The Fast Set Pool is the perfect swimming pool for those with a small backyard.

It has a ring at the top that you have to inflate, so the pool can take its shape. No need for any sophisticated tools as set up can be finished within 10 minutes. Once the pool is filled with water, you can enjoy swimming on it.

It utilizes Tri-tech material, two layers of durable PVC and a dense layer of polyester mesh in between, for structural strength for its walls. The pool set includes a filter pump to keep the pool water clean.

It comes with a drain valve installed for easy disassembly of your Bestway pool.

The Fast Set comes in sizes ranging from 6.5 ft in diameter up to 18 ft in diameter.

What Customers Love

  • The pool is very easy to assemble.
  • One of the most affordable above ground pool.

Main Customer Complaints

  • Most complaints are about the pump that came with the pool set.

Bestway Steel Pro Pool Sets

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Bestway 56680 Steel Pro, 12ft x 30in, Above Ground Round Frame Pool Set | for Kids & Adults
  • ENDLESS SUMMER FUN: Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy swimming and splashing in Bestway's Steel Pro Above Ground Pool. It's the affordable alternative to a more complicated steel-walled pool, yet...
  • SUPERIOR FRAME DESIGN: The pool frames are applied with a rust and corrosion-resistant coating to protect the pool from UV and abrasion damage. A 3-ply PVC support band surrounds the pool for...
  • MADE TO LAST: A durable, yet lightweight PVC material provides structural integrity to your pool. It's tear-resistant and won't fade overtime to sun exposure. Use this frame pool summer after summer!
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: No tools are required to install this above ground pool in your backyard. A flow-controlled drain valve provides a simple solution for emptying the excess water. Get ready to have...

The Bestway Steel Pro Frame Pool Set is best for families with children of at least 6 years of age.

It has a 3-ply PVC support band and a durable PVC wall supported by strong, rust, and corrosion-resistant steel frames. The support band surrounds the entire pool to keep the steel frame stable and in place.

Pool assembly does not require any specialized tools for easy setup. A flow-controlled drain valve provides a solution for emptying the excess water.

Pool sets include a filter pump, ladder, cover, and ground cloth.

The Bestway Steel Pro Frame Pool set comes in 8 ft up to 18 ft diameter sizes.

What Customers Love

  • The pool is easy to set up.
  • The frame is sturdy enough to support all the water in the pool.

Main Customer Complaints

  • Customers don’t think the pump that came with the pool is enough to keep it clean.

Bestway Steel Pro Max Pools

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Bestway 56597E Pro MAX Above Ground, 14ft x 33in | Steel Frame Round Pool Set | No Tools Required, 14' x 33", Grey
  • ENDLESS SUMMER FUN: Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy swimming and splashing in Bestway's Steel Pro MAX Above Ground Pool, an above ground pool designed with extremely rigid, oval-shaped frame for...
  • SUPERIOR FRAME DESIGN: The pool frames are applied with a rust and corrosion-resistant coating to protect the pool from UV and abrasion damage. A 3-ply PVC support band surrounds the pool for...
  • MADE TO LAST: A durable, yet lightweight PVC material provides structural integrity to your pool. It's tear-resistant and won't fade overtime to sun exposure.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: No tools are required to install this above ground pool in your backyard. A flow-controlled drain valve provides a simple solution for emptying the excess water. Get ready to have...

The Bestway Steel Pro Max Pool is almost identical to the Bestway Steel pro pool.

Think of it like buying an iPhone, the Pro version usually has an additional feature. And for this Pro Max pool set it has a different colored frame, but almost the same materials used.

Is it worth it?

It depends on your preference.

It comes in 8 ft up to 18 ft diameter sizes as well.

What Customers Love

  • Looks more durable than the more affordable version.
  • The pool is very easy to assemble.

Main Customer Complaints

  • A few customers received it with missing items, such as the pump or ladder.

Bestway Power Steel Frame Pools

Bestway Power Steel Frame Pool is the right pool for big families.

It is considered the best among Bestway pools. It’s constructed of a strong, tough 3 ply liner that is puncture and tear-resistant supported by a durable steel frame.

Each set also includes a ladder, cover, ground cloth, and a filter pump system.

Similar to other Bestway pools, no tools are required for assembly. Assembly takes about 60 minutes.

The Bestway Power Steel Frame Pool sizes range from 10.8 ft up to 18 ft. And has a depth of 40 inches to 52 inches depending on its size.

What Customers Love

  • The pool is well-designed.
  • It is very easy to set up despite its size.
  • Good value for money.

Main Customer Complaints

  • A few customers received a defective pool or accessory.

Bestway Power Steel Rectangular and Oval Pools

Bestway 193463 Power Steel Pool
  • Best way - power Steel 16 foot x 10 foot x 42 inch Oval frame pool set
  • Easy set up
  • Flow control connectors for rapid connection
  • Flow control drain valve for easy draining

Bestway Power Steel Frame Pool also comes in rectangular and oval shapes. It is constructed with the same strong, tough 3 ply liner that is puncture and tear-resistant supported by a steel frame. Each set also includes a ladder, cover, ground cloth, and filter pump system.

The pool set does not require special tools for assembly.

What Customers Love

  • It provides good value for its size.
  • The kids enjoy using the pool the whole day.
  • The interior walls look nice.

Main Customer Complaints

  • Pump that came with the pool set is not adequate to keep the pool clean. Some customers have to upgrade their filter pump system.

Bestway Power Steel Swim Vista Series Pool Sets

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Bestway Power Steel Swim Vista 16x4 Foot Above Ground Swimming Pool Set w/Pump
  • SUMMER FUN: Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy swimming and splashing in Bestway Power Steel Swim Vista round above ground pool. Built of a durable steel tube frame with built-in viewing windows so...
  • FRAME DESIGN: The 16 x 16 x 4 feet pool frame is applied with a rust and corrosion-resistant coating to protect the pool from UV and abrasion damage. The connectors are designed to prevent rust and...
  • RESISTANT TO BENDING OR LEAKING: The Seal & Lock system is a patented frame design that s each joint connection is secure and won't bend or leak from the water pressure. A pin-clip design is another...
  • NO MORE CHEMICAL FLOATERS ChemConnect chemical dispenser replaces the need for a traditional floating chemical cleaner giving you more room to swim and have fun! It simply attaches to a valve on the...

This pool set is much like the other Bestway Power Steel Pool sets but with an added underwater panels and a unique rattan-style design.

With the underwater panel, you and your family can view the outside of your pool from underwater.

What Customers Love

  • It has a unique pool design.
  • The kids enjoy using the pool and its see-through window.
  • Fairly easy to set up.

Main Customer Complaints

  • Some customers report leaks on the window.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bestway Pools

Are Bestway pools any good?

Bestway pools are known to be very affordable compared to other pool brands, but the materials they use are surprisingly good. They may not be as big or as sturdy as an in-ground pool. But for the amount you saved opting for a Bestway above-ground pool, it is one of the best pools for a small yard.

How long do Bestway pools last?

Above ground pools are expected to last several years but its lifespan can depend on other factors like how you maintain and clean it, how often you’ll be using it, and what kind of pool are you getting.

It should not be a surprise if a Bestway Power Steel pool set outlasts an inflatable Fast Set pool.

How much do Bestway pools cost?

Bestway pools are a much affordable alternative to in-ground pools, and they can cost anywhere from $50 up to $1500 depending on its size and features. Bestway pools are some of the best pools for the money.

Where can you install a Bestway pool?

One of the main advantages of getting an above ground pool is there is no special construction needed to set it up. Bestway pools simply need to be installed on a solid, level, and flat surface in your backyard. You can set it up on a level area of your lawn, concrete patios, or driveway.

Bestway Pool Reviews & Best Buying Guide – 2021

What is the best Bestway pool?

All the Bestway pool sets have their unique features and benefits. However, if you are simply looking for which Bestway pool is made from the best materials, then that is hands down the Bestway Power Steel set.

It comes in different shapes and sizes too, so you can choose which one fits you and your family’s needs.

Do Bestway pools need chemicals?

Yes. To to keep your pool water safe and clean, you will need to use the proper pool chemicals in your water. Bestway Pools are no different than any other pool in this regard.

Can you heat a Bestway pool?

Yes. If you live in a climate where you need to heat the pool, then you can do it. Keep in mind though, that the pool heater will likely cost almost as much as the pool itself!

A more affordable option is simply adding a solar cover to your Bestway Pool. These covers lay on top of the water when the pool is not in use and helps to transfer the sun’s heat into the water.

Where is the best place to buy Bestway Pools?

Some of the smaller Bestway pools can be purchased directly at your local retail stores.

However, we recommend purchasing online since the boxes that these pools are encased can be large and bulky. It is a much easier option to have the delivery person handle your new pool rather than try to maneuver it into your car or truck at the store.

Amazon.com carries many Bestway pools at a great price. We have not found a better place to buy online than there.

Crystal Blue 15S-8SBD Box-CB Solar Pool Cover, 15 ft. Round
  • Extends Swimming Season
  • Increases Pool Water Temperature By Up To 10 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cuts Evaporation By Up To 90%
  • No Assembly Required

Best Pool Accessories For Bestway Pools

There are a lot of accessories you can get for your Bestway pool setup. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Final Thoughts For This Bestway Pool Review

Once you understand your needs and the differences between each pool, you will feel confident making an informed decision on your backyard pool. Bestway is known for making quality products and they offer plenty of support on their website.

We hope our Bestway pool review and buying guide was able to help you make the right decision.

No matter what choices you make for your backyard pool, you are sure to enjoy a summer of fun!

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Didn’t Find The Above Ground Pool You Were Looking For? Here are some alternatives

Intex Pool Reviews & Best Buying Guide – 2021

If you are like many families this year, you are hoping to add extra enjoyment and family time in your backyard! One of the most popular ways to add relaxation and fun to your backyard is by adding a swimming pool. Unfortunately, adding a pool can also be very expensive!

Intex pools have made pool ownership within reach for those without unlimited budgets!

If you are considering giving the gift of a backyard pool for your family this year, then read our Intex Pool reviews for our suggestions when considering an Intex pool. You and your family can be poolside with fun & games in no time!

Intex Pools – At a Glance

Intex Pool Reviews

Easy Set

Metal Frame

Prism Frame

Ultra XTR Frame

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Construction Type

Laminated PVC Liner

Laminated PVC Liner and Steel Frame

3 Ply Liner and Powder Coated Steel Frame

3 Ply Liner and inner and OUter Coated Galvanized Steel

Price Range

$35-$300

$140-$500

$180-$800

$600+

Shape

Round

Round

Round, Oval, Rectangular

Round, Rectangular

Size Range

6 ft-18 ft

10 ft-18 ft

10 ft-20 ft

18 ft-32 ft

Warranty

90 Day Limited

90 Day Limited

90 Day Limited

2 Year Limited

Let’s start with the basics…

What are Intex Pools?

Intex is the industry leader in affordable above ground pools that can be installed and set up by a homeowner, without the need for specialized equipment or construction crews. They are a small fraction of the price of installing a permanent pool.

Intex makes several varieties of pools that have different construction materials and price points that you can choose from. They even make our favorite kiddie pool!

The types of Intex Pools are:

  • Easy Set
  • Metal Frame
  • Prism Frame
  • Ultra XTR Frame

Intex Pool Reviews – The Various Types

Intex Easy Set Pools

This pool is pretty straight forward. It has a ring at the top that inflates quickly and is ready to fill with water in about 10-15 minutes. As the water fills the pool it will take shape to provide a great swimming area for your backyard. The set includes a 110-120 V Krystal Clear cartridge filter pump, and the larger sized pools (15 ft and 18 ft diameter) include a pool ladder, ground cloth, and pool cover. It is also equipped with a ground fault interrupter in the event that the electrical current becomes exposed to water. This safety feature prevents the risk of electric shock. The Easy Set comes in sizes ranging from 6ft in diameter up to 18 ft in diameter. Overall, the Intex Easy Set pools offer great value for money to anyone who is looking to add an above ground pool in their backyard.

Easy set pools are best for: First-time pool owners and families with little space for a larger pool.

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Intex Metal Frame Pools

Intex’s Metal Frame is a thick liner supported by strong, durable steel frames. The steel frames are powder coated to prevent rust for extra protection. A reinforcement band surrounds the entire pool to keep the steel frame stable and in place. Pool assembly takes approximately 45 minutes to be ready to fill with water. All metal frame pool sets include a 110-120 Krystal Clear cartridge filter pump to help you with the pool maintenance and ensure that you have clean pool water. This pool also has a ground fault interrupter to prevent the risk of electric shock. If the current becomes exposed to water, the electricity is automatically shut off. The larger pool sizes (15 ft and 18 ft) also include a pool ladder, ground cover, and debris cover. This pool comes in 10 ft up to 18 ft diameter sizes.

Metal Frame Pools are best for: Budget shoppers who want something more stable than the Easy Set pool.

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Intex 28211EH 12ft x 30in Metal Frame Above Ground Pool Set with Filter Pump, 12 ft x 30 in, blue
  • EASY TO USE: An affordable pool that is an alternative to more complicated steel walled pools, and a more durable alternative to inflatable models. Easy to assemble, ready for water in just 30 minutes
  • WATER CIRCULATION: Dual suction outlet fittings improve water circulation resulting in better water hygiene and clarity. This pool has a 1,718 gallon capacity
  • PUMP AND FILTER INCLUDED: Included 530-gallon-per-hour filter pump helps keep your water sparkling clean; Filter is equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which is an added safety feature...
  • DURABILITY: The wall PVC material is Intex's SUPER-TOUGH, high-molecular PVC which is highly resistant to damage from abrasion, impact, and sunlight

Intex Prism Frame Pools

One thing that sets the Prism Frame apart from Intex’s other pools is that it is the only option that comes in 3 different shapes with varying sizes: round, oval, and rectangle. A similar construction to the Metal Frame, the Prism Frame is constructed of a stylish, durable 3 ply liner set on strong powder-coated steel tubing. For added stability, a reinforcement band also holds this pool and its frame securely in place. The frame is built on simplified t-joints with no pins required, and assembly of this pool actually doesn’t require any tools. It is fitted for a dual suction outlet for improved water circulation as an added feature. Pool assembly takes approximately 45 minutes to be ready for water. Each set includes a 110-120 V Krystal Clear cartridge filter pump. The larger pools (all pools 14 ft and above) include the pool ladder, ground cloth, and pool cover. This option comes in 10 ft up to 20 ft pools.

Prism Frame Pools are best for: Those who want more choice in pool shape, and a more sturdy build quality that will last longer.

INTEX 28733EHIntex 15ft X 42in Prism Frame Pool Set with Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • Durable & easy to assemble, prism frame pools feature all of the great benefits of metal frame pools, and are enhanced with strong powder-coated Steel Tubing and a stylish, upscale looking liner color
  • Hydro aeration technology has been incorporated into the cartridge filter pump providing improved circulation and filtration, improved water clarity, and increased negative ions at the water surface
  • Constructed with puncture resistant 3-ply material; Instructional DVD is included for help with pool setup and maintenance
  • Water capacity: 90%, 3,861 gallons; age Grade: 6+

Intex Ultra XTR Frame Pools

Intex’s Ultra XTR Frame pool is the top of the line. It is constructed of a strong, tough 3 ply liner that is puncture and tear-resistant supported by a frame. The frame on the Ultra XTR is made of galvanized steel that is powder-coated inside and out to help prevent rust. Each set also includes not only the pool, but a ladder, cover, and 110-120 V Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump filtration system that can easily filter gallons of water in minutes. Similarly to the Prism Frame, no tools are required for assembly as the frame snaps together with t-joints for increased stability. Assembly takes about 60 minutes to be ready for water which should not be an issue considering the size of this pool set. Overall, this is also the largest pool option as well, with pool sizes ranging from 18 ft up to 32 ft. Read our full Intex Ultra Frame Pools review here.

Ultra Frame XTR Pools are best for: Families wanting the largest intex pools available and have the space to accommodate it.

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Intex 24ft X 12ft X 52in Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool Set with Sand Filter Pump, Ladder, Ground Cloth & Pool Cover
  • 26363EH 24´x12´x52" Ultra XTR Rectangular Frame Pool
  • Classic rectangular shape, elegant dark gray liner with water-blue tile print interior and brilliant white copings
  • Maintenance is incredibly easy since sand only needs routine backwashing and replacement every 5 years
  • Uniquely designed frame combines high quality galvanized steel with precision engineered locking system, enhancing the overall quality, durability and stability of the pools

Are Intex Swimming Pools any good?

Intex pools are designed to be very affordable, and for the price you pay, the materials are surprisingly good quality. Of course, they are not the same quality as a permanent pool would be, but they also cost a fraction of the price. Overall, for the price paid, Intex pools provide hours of fun and entertainment for your family.

How long do Intex Pools last?

How long your pool lasts will depend on a few factors. First, is the specific pool you purchase. It should be no surprise that the Ultra XTR Frame pools will outlast the inflatable Easy Set pools.

Many owners report even the inflatable pools can last 4-5 seasons with proper care and maintenance.

How much do Intex Pools cost?

The various types of Intex pools have different price points. The Easy Set pool (which is the most affordable) starts at under $50 for the smallest sizes and up to $300 for the larger sizes. Even the affordable Easy Set pools come with a pump and filter, everything you need to get started.

On the upper end of the Intex range, the Ultra XTR Frame pools start at around $500 for the smallest size and go up to about $1500 for the largest pool system.

Where can you install an Intex Pool?

One of the best features of all the Intex Pools is that there is no special digging or construction needed to have a pool. Intex pools simply need to be installed on a flat, level, and solid surface with no sharp objects below it to protect your pool liner from any damage.

Intex Pools can be installed on:

  • Level areas of your lawn
  • Concrete patios
  • Driveways

Avoid installing Intex Pools:

  • On any incline or un-level surface
  • Under any trees
  • Too far from electrical power and a hose

We’ve even seen some very unique setups with Intex pools!

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What is the Best Intex Pool?

All the Intex Pool styles have their unique features and benefits. However, if you are simply looking for which Intex Pool is made from the best materials, then that is hands down the Ultra XTR Frame Pools. It also holds the most gallons of water and gives you more swimming space than any other Intex pool set.

Do Intex Pools need chemicals?

Yes. In order to keep your pool water clean and safe, you will need to use the proper chemicals in your water. Intex Pools are no different than any other pool in this regard. If you’re not that familiar with the whole pool cleaning process, you can follow the instructions on the user manual that comes with your Intex pool set.

Can you heat an Intex Pool?

Yes. If you live in a climate where you need to heat the pool for maximum use, this is possible. Keep in mind though, that the pool heater will likely cost almost as much as the pool itself!

A more affordable option is simply adding a solar cover to your Intex Pool and you’d be surprised on how many homeowners opted for this option to easily save money. These covers lay on top of the water when the pool is not in use and helps to transfer the Sun’s heat into the water.

Where is the best place to buy Intex Pools?

Some of the smaller Intex above ground pools can be purchased at your local retail stores like Wal-Mart. However, we recommend purchasing online since the boxes that these pools are delivered in can be large and cumbersome. It is much easier to have the delivery person handle your new pool rather than try to maneuver it into your car or truck at the store.

Amazon.com carries many Intex Pools at a great price. We have not found a better place to buy than there.

What are some great Intex Pool accessories?

There are lots of accessories for your Intex pool. You may also decide to upgrade your intex pool pump if you are not satisfied with the pump that comes with the pool.

Final thoughts

Once you understand your needs and the differences between each pool, you will feel confident making an informed decision on your backyard pool. Intex is known for making quality products and they offer plenty of support on their website. They provide information on winterizing all of their pools, maintenance, and delivery in their FAQ.

No matter what choices you make for your backyard pool, you are sure to enjoy a summer of fun!

What Happens if You Swim in a Shocked Pool and Safety Tips When Shocking A Pool

Swimming in a recently shocked pool can be dangerous. How dangerous it can be is determined by the type of pool shock chemicals you use and how much you use.

The level of danger is also based on how long you wait before entering the pool after treatment.

There are a few standard pool shock chemical products that residential and commercial pools use. In this article, we discuss the different types of pool shock chemicals, the warnings that come with each, and how dangerous it can be to swim in a recently shocked pool.

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What is pool shock?

Pool shock is a mixture of chemicals that are added to the pool water to kill algae and bacteria. There are different types of pool shock chemical compounds that are used for different circumstances, and some are more dangerous than others. You should take caution when using any pool shock and read the warnings on every pool shock treatment package before using it.

Pool shock treatments are necessary to keep swimming pools safe from algae and bacteria. However, you also need to make sure you wait for the determined amount of time before entering your pool after shocking it. Otherwise, it can present even greater health dangers. Let’s discuss the common warnings and risks of chemical shock treatments that all pool owners should know about.

Common dangers presented in chemical shock treatments:

  • Common miscellaneous risks: Contamination or improper use may cause fire, explosion, or the release of toxic gases. The treatment used in shocking pool is highly corrosive. Will cause skin and eye damage. May be fatal if swallowed.
  • If this treatment gets in your eyes: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.
  • If this treatment gets on your clothing: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.
  • If this treatment is swallowed: Call a poison control center or doctor immediately for treatment advice. Have a person sip a glass of water if able to swallow. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by a poison control center or doctor. Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
  • If this treatment is inhaled: Move the person to fresh air. If the person is not breathing, call 911 or an ambulance, then give artificial respiration, preferably mouth-to-mouth if possible. Call a poison control center or doctor for further treatment advice.

You must be careful when handling pool shock treatments. What is a regular occurrence in pool maintenance and safety can be a dangerous experience if not handled properly. Never touch the chemical substance without gloves. For protection, consider wearing safety glasses or goggles.

How To Properly Store Pool Chemicals

Besides the dangers with the handling of chemicals, consider what would happen if you entered a pool that was just shocked. If you don’t wait for the chemicals to dissolve, settle, and work properly, you could experience the same dangerous effects by swimming in a recently shocked pool.

How long do you wait to swim after shocking the pool?

How long you wait depends on the type of chemical that is used, how much of it is used in relation to the size of your pool, and if your pool pump is turned on or not. The best way to know precisely when it is safe to enter the pool again is by using test strips that measure the chemicals.

Most Common Pool Shock Substances

Rx Clear Mega Shock | 73% Calcium Hypochlorite | Kills Algae in Swimming Pools | Works As Pool Sanitizer Clarifier and Algicide | One Pound Bags | 12 Pack
Doheny's Chlorine Di-Chlor Shock (6 x 1 lb. Bags)
Doheny's Chlorine Free - Oxidizing Shock - 12 lbs. (1lb. Packets)
Rx Clear Mega Shock | 73% Calcium Hypochlorite | Kills Algae in Swimming Pools | Works As Pool Sanitizer Clarifier and Algicide | One Pound Bags | 12 Pack
Doheny's Chlorine Di-Chlor Shock (6 x 1 lb. Bags)
Doheny's Chlorine Free - Oxidizing Shock - 12 lbs. (1lb. Packets)
Contains 65% or more chlorine
Contains 50% or more chlorine
Contains no chlorine
Rx Clear Mega Shock | 73% Calcium Hypochlorite | Kills Algae in Swimming Pools | Works As Pool Sanitizer Clarifier and Algicide | One Pound Bags | 12 Pack
Rx Clear Mega Shock | 73% Calcium Hypochlorite | Kills Algae in Swimming Pools | Works As Pool Sanitizer Clarifier and Algicide | One Pound Bags | 12 Pack
Contains 65% or more chlorine
Doheny's Chlorine Di-Chlor Shock (6 x 1 lb. Bags)
Doheny's Chlorine Di-Chlor Shock (6 x 1 lb. Bags)
Contains 50% or more chlorine
Doheny's Chlorine Free - Oxidizing Shock - 12 lbs. (1lb. Packets)
Doheny's Chlorine Free - Oxidizing Shock - 12 lbs. (1lb. Packets)
Contains no chlorine

The following sections will discuss the chemicals involved in the most common pool shock substances and the general time it takes for each to work.

Cal-Hypo Pool Shock

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Rx Clear Mega Shock | 73% Calcium Hypochlorite | Kills Algae in Swimming Pools | Works As Pool Sanitizer Clarifier and Algicide | One Pound Bags | 12 Pack
  • MULTI-PURPOSE - This swimming pool shock works as a strong sanitizer, clarifier, and algicide for clear blue water.
  • EXTRA POWER - Due to its high percentage of chlorine, Mega Shock is a very effective treatment for a quick chlorine boost. The Rx Clear Mega shock packets are chlorinating essentials.
  • MIX BEFORE YOU FIX - Add this granular powder to a bucket of water before you begin dissolving it in your pool. Add a 1 lb bag per 10,000 gallons of pool water for smart maintenance.
  • BEAT THE GREEN - Keep in your swimming pool algae free by adding 2 bags (2 lbs) of shock per 14,000 gallons of pool water. These granules work as an algaecide if your pool needs cleaning, or if you're...

Calcium Hypochlorite (abbreviated “Cal-Hypo”) is the most common chemical pool shock used to disinfect both residential and commercial swimming pools. This shock treatment kills algae and bacteria that begin to grow in your pool. Most cal-hypo pool treatments contain 65% or more chlorine.

Some brands instruct users to dissolve the substance before adding it to their pool while others explicitly state not to. It is best to follow the instructions on the label of the pool shock treatment you are using.

This shock treatment must be used after dusk. The problem with using it during the day is due to the sun. The heat from the sun will burn the chemical substance before it can do its job. Although this will show lower chemical levels faster, it won’t be because of the chemicals doing their job to kill bacteria and algae. Instead, it will be because the sun burned it.

Each pool shock substance has its own time estimation for safety. It’s always best to use a test strip to ensure the pool’s chlorine level is safe before entering. The average time before safely entering the pool is 8 hours. Shocking your pool before bed will commonly allow you to safely swim again the next morning.

Dichlor

Doheny's Chlorine Di-Chlor Shock (6 x 1 lb. Bags)
  • Great For Salt And Liquid Chlorine Based Pools
  • Fast-Dissolving Formula Destroys Bacteria Quickly
  • 99% Active Ingredients With 56% Available Chlorine
  • Calcium-Free - NO CLOUDING - NO RESIDUE!

Dichloroisocyanuric acid (commonly abbreviated “Dichlor”) is also used as a chemical pool shock treatment mostly for residential pools. It is used for chlorine doses as well as shock treatments and contains less chlorine than the Cal-Hypo treatment at around 50% chlorine.

Like Cal-Hypo, some brands recommend dissolving it before adding it to your pool water while others specifically instruct users to dump it right in their pool without dissolving. Follow the instructions on your chosen pool shock for safety.

This pool shock treatment must also be used after dusk for the same reasons. The chlorine in this treatment will burn away from the sun during the day before it can do its job of killing bacteria and algae.

Each brand of Dichlor pool shock is different but similar to Cal-Hypo, the average wait time before safely re-entering your pool is about 8 hours.

Non-chlorine shock

Doheny's Chlorine Free - Oxidizing Shock - 12 lbs. (1lb. Packets)
  • Chlorine free
  • Clears pools within 15 minutes
  • Active ingredient potassium monopersulfate effectively keeps water clear while controlling contaminants
  • Safe for all pool surfaces

Non-chlorine pool shock treatments are used by those who want to be able to swim soon after treating their pool. The most common ingredient in non-chlorine pool shock treatments is potassium monopersulfate, and this shock treatment contains NO chlorine.

What many like about this type of treatment is that they can add it directly to their pool day or not without mixing. The sun doesn’t burn up the active ingredient like it does chlorine.

Instead of waiting eight hours for safe swimming, you only have to wait about 15 minutes before re-entering your swimming pool.

The drawback of using non-chlorine shock is that because there is no chlorine in the ingredients, it doesn’t work as well on algae. Some users of non-chlorine pool shock claim less than desirable results while others stand by this as their only shocking solution.

I would recommend only using a non-chlorine shock treatment when you want to be able to swim again shortly after. Once night comes, go back to your chlorine shock treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions When Shocking A Pool

How long does it take a shocked pool to clear?

Make sure to run the pump when shocking your pool so that it can circulate for 24 hours. If you test after this time, the chlorine should have already stabilized.

How often should a pool be shocked?

You need to shock your pool once a week. If you don’t do it every week, you should at least do it every other week. This is necessary for maintaining water chemistry and making sure that your swimming pool is safe to swim on.

Does too much chlorine make the pool cloudy?

Chlorine is great for sanitizing your pool, but it can also make the pool water cloudy if used improperly. Any time chlorine levels become unbalanced, you might see a cloudier than normal swimming experience because of too much or not enough to keep things in balance.

Final Thoughts

The type of shock treatment you use in your pool and the amount of time you wait will determine what happens if you swim in a shocked pool.

If it were shocked ten hours ago with the correct ratio of treatment to pool size, it would probably be okay to swim. Test strips are the best way to be confident about the safety of re-entering the pool after adding any type of pool chemical.

If you enter the pool immediately following a chlorine pool shock treatment, you are risking as little as skin and eye irritation and as much as fatality. Shocking your swimming pool is necessary, but take caution when doing so.

How To Store Pool Chemicals – Safety First!

If you are new to owning a swimming pool, you may be wondering how to store pool chemicals. You might be tempted to buy different containers to hold the chemicals but for the most part, pool chemicals should be stored in their original container. 

Pouring chemicals into different bottles can be messy and dangerous even, so new pool owners beware. You may want to buy attractive containers to store the chemicals but the safest option is to leave the chemicals in their store-bought containers or original containers.

The containers that the chemicals are in were designed specifically to store the chemicals safely, so transferring them to another container would be a bad idea.

No matter where you buy your pool chemicals, keeping them in a safe place is very important.

Our Recommendation On How To Store Pool Chemicals

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You may be wondering now where to keep the pool chemicals. Depending on where you live and what you have access to, this answer can vary. The first factor is the type of chemicals.

Here are some common chemicals that will be used to maintain your pool:

  • Chlorine tablets/Liquid Chlorine (Sodium Hypochlorite)
  • Shock
  • Bromine
  • Cyanuric Acid
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Alkalinity Increaser
  • Calcium Hardiness Increaser
  • Chlorine Neutralizer

When storing pool chemicals, it’s important to know what you are handling. Pool experts recommend that you always read the warning and instruction labels when you buy the chemical so you know what the manufacturer recommends for storage and use.

Can I Store My Swimming Pool Chemicals Inside?

You may be wondering if you should store your chemicals inside or outside. The first thing to note is that it is recommended that you keep your pool chemicals at a location no warmer than 95º.

The pool chemicals are reactive to sunlight so the chemicals should never be stored in direct sunlight or be near any type of heat source.

With the temperature in mind, you may now be considering if you should store your chemicals inside or outside. The best choice though for safe storage of pool chemicals is in a well-ventilated area and dry location, like a locked cabinet.

You may want to store them in the house or the garage but this can cause chemicals to build-up due to the lack of ventilation.

Also, pool chemicals will corrode metal and cause damage to your vehicle or the other things in your garage.

Storing them in a closed area should be avoided, if possible. Depending on your climate, you may only have the option to store them in the garage. If this is the case, store them in a tightly sealed storage container that will keep them locked away and prevent metal corrosion. Make sure you use a separate container for each type of pool chemical.

You might be assuming that you can just tighten the lids well and be okay. But the pool chemicals are intentionally made to be kept in “breathable” containers, so fumes will escape from the containers, even with the lid tightened.

Fumes escaping are not only unhealthy, but they are also destructive to the surrounding area.

Can I Store My Pool Chemicals Together?

For organizational reasons, you may be considering storing all of your pool chemicals on one shelf in a cabinet. This will make it easy for you to get them when the new pool season starts. However, pool chemicals should be stored separately to prevent contamination if there is a spill. This is because the concentrated chemicals can react if they are mixed.

So storing everything separately to prevent a reaction from a spill, is the best option. It also lessens the risk of an incompatible chemical mixing with another and causing problems for you.

When storing your swimming pool chemicals, try to separate them as much as possible. Never store liquid chemicals above other chemicals because if there is a spill, it can drip down and mix with the chemicals below. And a chemical reaction in your storage is something you would want to avoid.

It is a good idea to group the chemicals with other like-chemicals, for storage. So keep your algaecides in one cabinet and your pool shock or liquid chlorine in another.

Should I Store My Pool Chemicals On The Counter?

You may be considering if you should keep your chemicals out in the open or locked away. Keeping chemicals on the counter can cause sunlight to affect them. Metal corrosion is also a concern, which can damage things in the room where the chemicals are stored. 

The ideal location to keep the chemicals is in a locked chemical container in a well-ventilated location outside in cool weather. But that’s not always possible, depending on your climate and storage options.

Keep the chemicals in a tightly sealed area (like a cabinet) to prevent the fumes from escaping. Make sure that you only use chemical containers with a lid to better prevent fumes from escaping unnoticed.

Is it Okay To Store Pool Chemicals Near The Pool?

Getting pool chemicals wet, even just a few drops, can cause gas and heat to build up which could cause a reaction. Pool chemicals should be stored far away from pool water.

When these chemicals are added to large quantities of water, they react safely. But just a small splash of water can cause a bad reaction, so they should always be far away from the pool and any chance of getting wet.

Store the chemicals off the floor. This will prevent them from getting wet from a leak or spill.

Some Recommended Pool Chemical Storage Options

Some storage options can help you safely store your pool chemicals. A good choice for pool storage is a portable plastic cabinet or container which can be stored tightly in a dry, dark area and is childproof as well.

Also, when using a portable storage container, it can be put inside or outside, depending on what the weather is like.

Pool chemicals should be kept in a locked area or container that is inaccessible to children. This is something any pool owner should keep in mind for everyone’s safety.

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We recommend a lockable storage chest that is heavy duty and has a capacity of more than 100 gallons. This storage container is a small cabinet with shelves that allows you to separate the chemicals for better storage.

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Choosing pool storage options is important because safety is the goal of pool storage. Always read the labels of the chemicals you are storing, never use new containers, never mix old/new chemicals and store chemicals separately to prevent reactions from spills.

Keep the weather in mind when storing your chemicals and opt for a locking cabinet to keep kids safe.

Safety is the goal of proper pool chemical storage so all of these factors should be kept in mind when searching for a way to store your pool chemicals.

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Is It Safe To Swim In A Cloudy Pool?

Going swimming can be great fun for the whole family, but what if the pool is cloudy? Cloudy pool water is unattractive, of course, but is it safe? Pool water has a lot of elements that can impact the color and clarity of the water.

Is it Safe To Swim In A Cloudy Pool?

There are several reasons why a pool may be cloudy. Most are safe swimming conditions while others are not ideal. Cloudy water can be caused by an imbalance of chemicals, a faulty filter or debris. Swimming in cloudy water can cause skin or eye irritation, depending on the cause of cloudy water.

You may find yourself wanting to go swimming but your pool might be cloudy. So is it safe to swim in a cloudy pool? For the most part, yes. It can be unattractive and it should be addressed, but it is mostly safe to swim in cloudy water. The only exception would be if the pool is cloudy because there are too many chemicals in it. This pool water would be unsafe to swim in and should be avoided.

Swimming in a cloudy pool – safety first!

Safety should come first when it comes to swimming, so you may be wondering is it safe to swim in a cloudy pool? Swimming pool water can grow discolored or cloudy if there is an imbalance of chemicals, a bad filter or debris in the pool. Depending on why the pool is cloudy should help tell you if it’s safe to swim in.

If there is debris in the pool which is causing the water to become dirty, it would be a good idea to clean out the pool before swimming. If the water has too many chemicals, it would probably best to stay out of the pool until the chemical levels are balanced out.

If you have an Intex pool with you, you should check out our guide on how to fix cloudy Intex pool water.

Why Is My Swimming Pool Cloudy?

There are a few different reasons why your swimming pool may be cloudy. These reasons are:

  • Imbalance of chemicals: The chemical composition of a swimming pool is what makes it safe and clean to swim in. Having an imbalance of chemicals can cause your water to become cloudy. This can indicate that there is too much or too little chlorine, an off pH level, alkalinity, calcium hardiness or stabilizer. Most pool equipment stores will test your pool water sample for you which will help you decide which chemicals or levels need to be balanced.
  • Faulty filter: A pool filter should run very often, however, if the water becomes cloudy and appears to not be clean, it could be the filter. It is important to maintain your pool filter. Replace or clean out the filters and maintain upkeep to ensure that it’s working properly.
  • Environmental factors: Sometimes, environmental factors impact the pool water. Debris from wind or storms can fall in the pool and runoff rainwater can make the pool appear dirty or cloudy.

What Chemical Imbalance Can Cause My Pool To Be Cloudy?

The chemistry of your pool is dependent on the proper mixture of chemicals. If these pool chemicals are off-balance, it can impact the quality of your pool water. If your water is cloudy, it may be because the pool chemicals are off. These chemical imbalances are:

  • Improper pH and chlorine levels: The pH level and chlorine level are the #1 reason behind most cloudy water situations. While the pH is not directly responsible for the cloudiness of the water, it does impact how the other chemicals of the pool react which can cause cloudiness. If the pH is too high, it will cause the calcium to not dissolve properly and calcium scaling. If the pH low, the chlorine will become reactive which forms combined chlorine and can cause cloudy water.
  • High total alkalinity: You should keep track of the alkalinity level in your pool. A high level can cause an imbalanced pH and calcium scaling which can cause a cloudy pool.
  • High Calcium Hardiness: If the calcium levels in your pool are too high, it will lead to excess calcium which can cause a pool to be cloudy. This can also cause a filter to become clogged with calcium deposits. 
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What Do I Do If My Pool Water Is Cloudy?

Depending on the reason behind the cloudiness, there are several things that you can do to fix it. First, you should either use an at-home test kit or provide a sample to your nearest pool store which will tell you why the water is cloudy.  Make sure you understand the basics of pool care for keeping your pool water clear.

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If there is an imbalance of chemicals, you must follow the recommendations of the pool store and attempt to balance out the water before it gets worse. Unfortunately, the only fix for high calcium hardiness is to drain your pool.

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When Can a Baby Get in a Pool? – 3 Tips for Safety

Now that your baby has been born, you may be wondering when you can introduce them to the swimming pool. A nice day poolside can be a lot of fun for the whole family, including your baby. There are a lot of factors that play into whether or not a baby should get in a pool, however, and it’s more complicated than a simple answer of yes or no.

So, When can a baby get in a pool?

Babies typically can go into a pool soon after birth, however, there are several factors that impact if a baby should go into a pool:

  • The weather – too cool or two breezy can make your baby too cold to be in the pool.
  • The temperature of the pool water should be between 85°and 87° Fahrenheit.
  • The type of pool (saltwater vs. freshwater) – A chlorine pool is seen as the safest option for a baby.

When deciding if you should take your baby swimming, you should keep a few things in mind. The temperature of the water can mean that your baby can get too cold or too warm. The type of pool (saltwater vs. chlorine) can impact your decision and you will also have to take into consideration if it is a public pool or private.

When Can A Baby Get In A Pool?

There are different recommendations for when a baby can go swimming in a pool. When deciding if you should allow your baby to swim in a swimming pool, you will have to access the situation and make your decision based on the recommendations for when a baby can go swimming.

The factors that come into play when deciding if you should take your baby swimming is the temperature of the pool, the type of pool, and the weather. Let’s explore these factors:

Temperature of The Water

Babies are not yet able to regulate their temperature so they are often wrapped in blankets to stay warm. The temperature of a pool can really impact an infant. Being too cold can cause them to shiver and lose body temperature. But also, a pool that is too warm can cause them to become overheated. So what temperature should the water be?

The temperature of the pool water should be between 85°and 87° Fahrenheit. If a pool is too cold, your baby will likely shiver and cry. If you find your baby crying and shivering, even if the pool is warm enough, take them out and wrap them in towels. Hot tubs and jacuzzis are absolutely off-limits until your baby is at least 3 although some don’t recommend them until the child is 13 years old. The hot water can cause a young baby to overheat so hot tubs and jacuzzis should not be used with a young baby.

Type of Pool (saltwater vs. chlorine)

One concern that you may have is what is safest for a baby, chlorine or saltwater? The chlorine may seem unsafe due to the chemicals but is a baby really safer in a more natural saltwater pool?

Actually, it is recommended that babies under 1-year-old are not submerged in a saltwater pool because their kidneys are not fully developed and would struggle to digest the salt. A baby ingesting a swallow of water can be toxic so babies should remain above the water’s surface to prevent any swallowing.

A chlorine pool is seen as the safest option for a baby. Most babies are able to swim in a chlorine pool without skin irritation. Sometimes, a baby’s eyes may become swollen and red if they open their eyes underwater. But a baby is safe to swallow the water and be submerged fully in a chlorine pool.

Better yet is a freshwater swimming hole such as a lake or river. This is completely natural and chlorine-free.

The Weather

The weather of the day will impact your baby’s ability to go in a pool. The number one concern over a baby entering a pool is the temperature and weather. A shivering baby is never good and weather that is too cool can be miserable for the baby. It is best to swim on days over 90° Fahrenheit. Weather too cool or two breezy can make your baby too cold to be in the pool.

When can a baby get in a pool – Secondary Considerations

Private or Public Pool

Overall, it is a better idea to bring your baby to a private pool rather than a public pool. A public pool is likely unstable in temperature and is often crowded. Splashing can be an issue when you are in mixed company. A private pool can be confirmed to be safe and is less likely to involve splashing in your baby’s face.

Chlorine And Skin Irritation

A big concern of yours may be the possibility of skin irritation due to the chlorine. Rest assured though, most babies do not have a skin reaction to the chlorine. Chlorine is seen as safe for skin of all ages. There is one concern over red and swollen eyes, however, if the baby is not submerged and it is a private pool with no splashing, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Risk Of Infection

One concern you may have is the risk of infection. The jury is still out on whether or not swimming at a young age increases the risk of infection, some opt to withhold the pool until their baby is immunized and older. This is truly a personal choice.

Chemical Levels In A Pool

Chlorine pools rely on chemicals to keep the water safe and clean. Most germs are killed on contact with chlorine water which makes the risk of infection very low as compared to a saltwater pool. Here are some standards to make sure your pool meets before letting your baby swim:

  • Chlorine concentration of 1 ppm
  • Bromine concentration of 3 ppm
  • Ph 7.2-7.8

Pool Cautions With a Baby

Here are a few tips about taking your baby to a pool:

  • Their skin is ultra-sensitive to sunlight so stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months old. This means that you have to make sun exposure a top priority.
  • Use a floatie or small boat to help you stay in control of your baby. They can become slippery in the water and hard to control.
  • Always stay in the pool with your baby. They will need help staying afloat and safe.
  • Do not put your baby in a pool for longer than 30 minutes.

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Do Babies Know How To Swim?

It is believed that babies know how to swim because they hold their breath underwater, open their eyes and appear to tread water. However, a baby does not truly know how to swim. The reflex is called “bradycardic response” is responsible for the baby’s reflex of opening their eyes, holding their breath and treading water when submerged underwater. This does not mean that they know how to swim.

This reflex causes a baby to stay safe underwater and is a leftover reflex from being surrounded by the amniotic fluid in the womb. This doesn’t mean that they know how to swim though as they lack control, the ability to come up for air and the ability to float. A baby may appear to know how to swim but it is simply a reflex left over from the womb.

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Can a Baby Be Taught How To Swim?

Infant swimming classes start as young as 4 weeks although they are typically targeted towards the goal of the infant learning to roll on their back. Most swimming lessons do not begin until 6 months and typically the instruction is about pool safety.

Getting your baby to swim classes as early as possible can prepare them for a life of swimming in a pool. The reaction of rolling over onto their back can save their life and the act of swimming can put them safely in a pool.

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Pool Gate Alarms – Everything You Need To Know To Keep Your Family Safe And Your Pool Secure

The benefits that come with owning a pool also come with many responsibilities, and it’s important to be responsible to keep your kids and your family safe as well as keep your pool secure.

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Maintaining your pool and keeping it covered when you’re not using it are good habits to practice, but if you want to keep your pool area more protected from intruders as well as protected from children entering the pool area unattended, it’s recommended you install a pool gate alarm or door alarm.

OUR TOP PICK – Best Pool Gate Alarm

We Recommend the Poolguard GAPT-2 Outdoor Pool Gate Alarm as our top pick for most situations for the following reasons:

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You might think setting up an alarm system would be a huge undertaking, but with the accomplishments of modern alarm technology, it’s very simple and inexpensive to install a pool gate alarm. Keep reading to find out more about pool gate alarms and everything you need to know to keep your family safe and your pool secure.

Why You Should Have An Alarm For Your Pool Gate

There are plenty of reasons to consider having an alarm for your pool gate. Covering your pool is a good first step, but besides the basic precautions and maintenance required in owning a pool, here’s why you should keep it secure with an alarm.

Safety For Your Children

Before any other concern should be the concern of your children. If you have children that should be supervised while being in the pool area or have very young children that shouldn’t be near the pool at all, it makes sense to have an alarm that not only deters them from continuing to enter the pool area but also alerts you that your pool gate was just opened. Even if you usually keep your child in your sight at all times, all it takes is a few seconds for a child to wander somewhere they shouldn’t be.

Safety For Other People’s Children

Besides having a concern for your child’s safety, having a pool also raises the concern for other people’s children. You don’t want someone else’s child wandering into your pool while you’re home. Of course, you certainly don’t want another child to get hurt or being at risk of drowning. At the same time, you could be held liable if you were home while another child drowns in your pool. Having an alarm could be your best signal to tell you that something’s not right.

Safety For Yourself And Your Family

Some children, as well as adults, may attempt to sneak into your pool. Whether they are just planning to take a quick dip or have something more malicious on their minds, you’ll want to know about it. Having an alarm in place will alert everyone around them including yourself and will deter them from continuing to enter your pool area.

Features To Consider When Selecting A Pool Gate Alarm

Having a pool gate alarm or pool door alarm or even a fence alarm that provides access to your pool is a good idea. But with all the different alarm systems on the market, what should you look for when browsing the market for pool gate alarms? Here are some features to consider.

Ease Of Installation

You will want to think about how easy the installation is when choosing a pool gate alarm, especially if you are going to be setting it up yourself.

Some alarm systems are easy to install while others are quite difficult. Some require internet access and electricity and some require Bluetooth on your phone to be enabled, while others are as simple as setting up the contacts onto your gate and installing a couple of batteries.

Ease Of Operation

Ease of operation is another important factor to consider. If your alarm system is difficult to operate, it doesn’t make sense to have it at all.

Certain alarm systems make it very easy to operate. Instead of worrying about extra connections and signals and having to plug it into your wall to work, some systems have only the features you need and make it easy to use and operate for you and anyone else in your family.

How Loud Is The Pool Gate Alarm

If you want to know when someone is entering your pool area, you are going to need a loud alarm. Some people only find out how weak and soft the alarm sounds once they purchase an alarm system. It doesn’t do you any good if you can’t hear the alarm sound when the gate or door is opened.

Besides being alerted when your pool gate opens, a louder alarm with a more piercing sound will deter whoever decided to enter your pool area without your consent. Children will immediately turn away, and unwanted visitors will be so scared about someone hearing them that they’ll run away fast. And if the alarm doesn’t deter the one who entered your pool area, at the very least it should be loud enough to alert you when you are home.

Reliability

Above all other factors you should consider, reliability is of the utmost concern of those who decide to install a pool gate alarm (and any alarm system for that matter). You want to know that your alarm will work every single time, not just most of the time.

Some alarm systems are more reliable than others. What you should be looking for is an alarm system that others have used and have reviewed and rated highly. Don’t settle for the alarms that “work most of the time.” There are many alarm systems to choose from and plenty that are extremely reliable.

Remote System

Some pool gate alarm systems come with remotes and others don’t. It doesn’t make sense to get an alarm system set up if it doesn’t come with a remote, because it makes disabling the alarm difficult. You’d have to push a button on the pool gate sensor itself to turn it off. Some alarms still come this way so make sure you stay away.

You want the ability to turn on and off your alarm remotely so you can have it siren when you need it and have it be quiet when you don’t. Most remotes also come with a panic button, so if you ever needed to set off the alarm without someone opening your pool gate, it’s just a push of a button on your remote.

Price

As mentioned before, some people think alarm systems are expensive. And for good reason, I must admit, because just a few years ago alarm systems were very expensive. But with better technology and competition between companies to create affordable systems, you can find many pool gate and door alarms that are well within your price range.

Your Best Choices Of Pool Gate Alarms

Out of all the pool gate alarm systems on the market, we’ve narrowed our choices down to three that all offer some of the same features with some offering a little bit more. Based on how exactly you want your alarm to function will determine which of these three alarms to choose.

WSDCAM Wireless Door Alarm With Remote

The WSDCAM alarm works well for those who want an inexpensive alternative to a large security system. If you are simply looking to be alerted when your pool gate is opened and deter children from entering the pool area, this alarm system will do just fine.

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SECRUI A3 Wireless Door Alarm With Remote

An even better setup is the SECRUI A3 which comes with 2 sensors, 1 remote control, and an alarm unit. The reason why this is a step ahead of the WSDCAM is because of the portable alarm unit. Instead of the door sensor having the alarm sound included inside of it, you can place the alarm unit anywhere within 360 feet of range of the sensors and it will sound off. Instead of an intruder being able to break your sensor to shut off the sound, the sound will come from wherever you place your portable alarm unit. At 120dB, this siren alarm is loud.

You can set your alarm to 2 separate modes. One for chime on entry, and one for the high pitch siren alarm on entry. The remote control can arm and disarm the system, and includes an SOS/panic button allowing you to set off the alarm whenever you want. And on top of that, you can continue expanding this system with up to 30 accessories including motion detectors, smoke detectors and more.

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KERUI Home Security System With Remote

Another alarm system similar to the SECRUI is the KERUI home security system. Just like the SECRUI, the KERUI comes with a portable alarm unit. The only downside to this portable alarm unit is that you must plug it into the wall. But, if you have a nearby outlet and plan to set up your siren indoors, this will work just fine for you.

This system comes with 2 door contacts, 2 remotes, the portable alarm unit siren, and additionally, comes with a motion sensor. Besides a pool gate alarm, a motion sensor can be beneficial if you want your system to sense when someone is in the pool area that didn’t enter through your gate.

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Conclusion

It makes sense to install a pool gate alarm to ensure the safety of your family and children as well as the security of your pool. The prices of the recommended alarm systems are extremely inexpensive, and I’d suggest taking a look at all three to determine which one is going to work best for you. If it was my choice, I’d go with the SECRUI A3 system simply because nothing has to be plugged in and I can put my portable alarm unit wherever I want.