Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use a pool vacuum on an Intex pool?
It's absolutely possible to use a pool vacuum to clean an Intex pool. Because Intex pools often use softer walls, you'll want to choose a cleaner that is gentle enough on walls. Some of the best options are those that are battery-powered.
Can I vacuum algae out of my Intex pool?
It's possible to vacuum algae out of an Intex pool if you use the right kind of pool cleaner. Not all vacuums are equipped to handle algae.
It requires both suction power and brushing. Algae is sometimes sticky. The pool cleaners listed above have the power and brushing capabilities to pick up and remove algae from the walls and floor of your pool. The exception is those that only clean the floor of your pool.
You'll need to either hand wash your own walls or find something else to clean the walls.
Your pool's filter will take care of the algae on the surface of the water. Cleaning the filter will make the process faster and more efficient.
How do you vacuum an Intex above ground pool?
There are two ways to vacuum an Intex above-ground pool. The first is to use an automatic pool cleaner. These are pool cleaners that create a cleaning path and clean your pool for you.
Not all of them can ride along the walls of the pool, but many of them do. Some are worth the money and others are useless. To find the right one, you need to read reviews and determine the specific requirements of your pool.
The other method is to clean your pool manually. There are several pool cleaners that require you to push them along the floor. These aren't easy to clean the walls with, but it is possible. Manual pool cleaners take up a lot of your time and energy.
Automatic pool cleaners will sweep up debris in the pool and push clean water back into the pool. It does require a bit of understanding of how pool filtration works and how pool pumps work, but the advantage is that you don't have to touch your pool. The cleaner does everything for you.
How do I buy the best vacuum for Intex pools?
There are a few considerations you need to make when looking for the best vacuum for your Intex pool. The first is to understand what kind of cleaning you want from it. Do you only want the floor cleaned?
Or do you want the entire pool cleaned? With that in mind, it will remove the two cordless vacuums listed above. If you only care about the floor being cleaned, then you may be interested solely in the cordless cleaners above.
Another consideration is the ease of maintenance. How much time do you want to put into keeping your cleaner functional? Many of them need to be cleaned after being used.
Some require a bit of work in order to access the filter and others are extremely simple. If you're not someone with a lot of mechanical know-how, then opting for a simplified vacuum may be the best option.
Finally, you need to consider the weight. Pool cleaners can become quite heavy when they're filled with debris. If you're unable to haul it out of the pool, then you won't be able to keep using the cleaner. Choose one that you know you can lift out of the pool with ease.