How to set up intex saltwater pump

How to install intex sand filter pump and saltwater system

With this article, I hope to demonstrate how to connect an Intex Saltwater System/Pump Combo (120V Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater Cartridge Filter Pump & Saltwater System with Electrocatalytic Oxidation) to an Intex 12″ X 30″ above-ground swimming pool in conjunction with my Saltwater Pool Setup video.

Intex saltwater system setup

It was necessary for me to create this essay and movie because I couldn’t find anything on the internet or in my local pool retailers to assist me with the installation of my tiny swimming pool and saltwater system. The majority of Intex lessons and instructions available online are for pools larger than 12″ x 30.” It was not demonstrated in the Intex Saltwater System/ Pump Flow Combo installation tutorials I saw online that the smaller size pool (12″ X 30″) could be used with the larger pool. Fortunately, I was able to figure it out, and after reading this and seeing my Saltwater Pool Setup video, you will be able to as well!

How to set up intex saltwater pump

Identify a level place or level the ground in the area allocated for your above-ground pool before you begin construction. As a result of the fact that I do not have a smooth grass lawn and that I want my pool to be open all year, I set aside some time to concentrate on leveling the ground area for my pool.

  1. Refer to your Intex pool manual for specifics on how to put up the frames.

Despite the fact that the instructions makes the pool frame and liner installation very straightforward, here are a few pointers to make the procedure go more smoothly (all of these pointers are presented in my video):

Attach the frame as well as the vertical legs.
If more than one person is assembling the pool, start at the same spot and work your way around the pool, connecting the T-joints, horizontal beams, spring pins, and vertical legs as you go.
Connect one of these pieces to the other (as directed by the instructions in your manual) and proceed around the pool until you reach your starting point.
Lift the final T-joint and horizontal beam into the air to provide adequate room and flexibility for the parts to be connected to one another.
Lower the components back down to their original positions and attach the vertical leg and final spring pins.

Construct a Cove
Once the pool structure and liner have been installed according to the instructions in your handbook, create a four-inch cove of ground dirt or sand around the perimeter of the pool to provide support and stability for the pool.

Liner Wrinkles Can Be Removed
Walking around the inside perimeter of the pool (barefooted) and kicking outwardly where a vertical side of the liner meets a horizontal floor liner should be done while the pool is filling with water from your garden hose.

In the alternative, two people putting together the pool will need to stand opposite each other inside the pool perimeter on opposite sides of the pool.
Then, at the (opposite) positions where the vertical liner meets the horizontal liner, have both participants rise up and kick backwards with both feet at the same time with their feet together.
This operation should be repeated at a few different locations along the pool’s edge (always standing opposite one another when kicking out).

Verify that the legs are in the proper vertical position.
Continue to check that each vertical leg of the pool remains upright as the water level rises in the pool (they will shift as the pool fills).

How to set up intex saltwater pool

Following the instructions in the Intex Saltwater Pump Combo booklet, I discovered a clerical error about the location of the hose connectors. The correct way to install the hose connections is demonstrated in my video and in this article.

The Proper Method of Attaching Hose Connectors
As demonstrated in my video, the hose connectors from the strainer grids are connected to a T-junction at the bottom of the tank.

It is attached to the T-junction by means of the bigger hose connector that comes with the Intex Saltwater System/Pump Combo.

  1. The water output of the Intex Saltwater System/Pump Combo’s motor housing should be connected to the opposite end of the strainer grids’ (adapted) hose connector.
  2. The remaining hose connector is attached to the electrolode cell water outlet of the Intex Saltwater System/Pump Combo system.
    4) The plunger valve (Intex component #10747) is connected to adapter B and the nozzle inlet via the hose connector on its opposite end.

Intex pool saltwater system setup

Filter Pump should be started.

The filter pump can be turned on after the hose connectors have been properly installed, as shown in the picture.
Remove any obstructions from the nozzle inlet by rotating the plunger valve counterclockwise and pushing it upwards to allow air to be released before connecting the power line.
Open the air release valves on the top of the pump and motor housing assembly by turning them counterclockwise.
Lifting the hose connector away from the nozzle inlet/plunger valve will allow any trapped air to escape via the connector.
To close the air release valves, turn them in the clockwise direction after water begins to flow out of them.
You are now ready to connect the system to the power source and turn on the filter.


For the First Time
Hold down the unlock/lock and timer buttons for five seconds, or until you hear a BEEP, then release them. The letters “FP” (filter pump) are displayed on the LED screen.
Add 40 lbs of salt around the perimeter of the pool.
Allow the filter pump to run continuously for 24 hours. The pool floor should be brushed to aid in the dissolving process.

After 24 hours, you can cancel your order.

To open or lock the device, press the unlock/lock button until you hear a BEEP.
Push the timer button until the hours of your choosing to operate the saltwater system display on the screen. That’s all there is to it!

Timing Recommendation

I began my pump early in the morning to avoid paying high utility rates during peak hours, and I operated it for the first three hours. Because my chlorine levels were excessive, I reduced the time to one hour. There is only one hour remaining of running time before the chlorine is depleted. My levels were low after a week of running it for two hours a day. As a result, I keep the time limit at three hours. Simply try different things. I take mine to a local pool shop to have the chemical levels checked to ensure they are accurate.

ENJOY! The water has a wonderful smooth feel about it!

Connect the third hose to your 6-way valve and a drainage receptacle that is suitable for your needs. This third hose will act as a drain/waste outlet for the entire system. Make certain that the drain cap has been removed before attaching the drain hose.

Installing and configuring your Intex saltwater filter system
Start the machine by pressing the button.

Ensure that the power cord is plugged into an electrical socket. After that, turn on the unit. Assuming that the filter pump is turned on and running.

Set the hours that your saltwater system will be operational.

The number of hours necessary to operate each pool varies depending on its size. This is something that you may look up in your Intex pool pump manual.

It will activate your saltwater system based on the amount of hours you have chosen in the settings menu.

Your saltwater system is operational when you hear a beep after pressing the button on your control panel and see a green working indicator on the screen of your computer.

Increase the performance of your saltwater system.

It is necessary to increase the saltwater system of your pool for the first time during the installation process. All you have to do is press and hold the “Boost” button for five seconds to activate the feature.

Your pool saltwater system will run for eight times as long as it does if you use this technique. If it’s operating for 2 hours every day, that’s fine. It will be active for a total of 16 hours.

Following the completion of the boosting procedure, your system will return to its normal operating mode.

Was wondering what kind of salt I may use in my saltwater system.
Use only sodium chloride (NaCl) salt that is at least 99.8 percent pure to avoid contaminating the water supply. It is best not to use iodized or yellow-colored salt.

In order to sterilize the swimming pool water, salt is added, and the electrolytic cell uses the salt to produce the sanitizer. As a result, the purer the salt, the greater the performance of the electrolytic cell in your system.

Add a pinch of salt.

“Filter Pump” should be selected as the operating mode for your saltwater system. Hold down the button for the Filter Pump until the letters “FP” appear on your computer screen.
Calculate the amount of salt you’ll need to use and distribute it evenly throughout the system’s interior. If you want to avoid clogging your filter, avoid adding salt through the skimmer.

What amount of salt should I use?
The optimal level of salt in pool water is between 2500 and 3500 ppm, or parts per million, of sodium chloride. The ideal concentration is 3000 parts per million (ppm).

The efficiency of the saltwater system will be reduced if the salt level is too low.

A high salt level may cause the pool water to have a salty taste; this is most common when the salt content is greater than 3500-4000 parts per million (ppm).

A salt level that is too high will harm the power supply and may cause corrosion to the metal fixtures and accessories in the pool.

if you already have an intex pool, check our article on how to convert intex pool to saltwater

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Mike Hunter

Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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