Having access to a pool just outside your backdoor certainly has its advantages. And though they require special care, for homeowners who want the convenience of a swimming pool right in their own backyard, vinyl pool liners are a more affordable option. They may require repairs or even a replacement in the event they are not properly maintained. When it comes to taking care of your vinyl liner and keep your pool in top shape all year long, we at Metropolitan Pools would like to offer recommendations.
How Do I Keep My Vinyl Pool Liner from Fading & Wearing Prematurely?
1) Maintaining a clean pool. To keep it free of debris, vacuum your pool regularly. Specially designed for vinyl pool liners, you will need to use a vacuum which is something you need to keep in mind. The liner can be damaged, pool cleaners designed for other surfaces, such as concrete.
2) Sharp objects need to be avoided. You need to avoid using sharp objects in or around your pool, and this should go without saying. In the liner, these can cause punctures or tears.
3) Assess your chemicals regularly. It is critical to maintaining your pool liner as you ensure proper water balance in your pool. Water should be tested twice daily using a DPD test kit when the pool is being used frequently according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In order to effectively kill germs and prevent growth of bacteria, keep your pool’s pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 will allow chlorine. Between 1.5 and 2.5 ppm is what the free chlorine levels should be. Bacteria and algae may grow, staining your liner if they are too low. The liner may wrinkle if they are too high.
4) Avoid draining your pool. Without consulting a specialist, you should never drain your pool. As it can cause your pool liner to shrink or change shape, draining the pools lowers water levels and pressure.
5) Unnecessary weathering and buildup prevention. Your pool liner can age prematurely by the sun. Keep it covered to prevent weathering if you are not using your pool, especially in the off season. Dirt and grime can build up around the liner as well. With a sponge or specialty vinyl wipes the dirt and grime buildup is known as a “water line” and should be cleaned. In order to clean grime and buildup some pool companies also sell vinyl protective liquid.
Repair for Vinyl Pool Liner
With special kits and products available from pool professionals, most minor tears in vinyl pool liners can be repaired, fortunately. You should consider the location of the damage in order to determine whether or not a tear can be repaired. Because water often leaks behind the liner in these locations, the rips near return jets or skimmers are less likely to be successfully repaired. It can also be difficult to address from other issues, such as wrinkling or discoloration. A replacement may be a more costly, but advantageous, decision, in these cases.
Vinyl Pool Installation, Repair, Maintenance & More in Sandusky, Lorain, Elyria, Medina, Parma, Mentor, Akron & Greater Cleveland, Ohio
When dealing with vinyl pool liner repairs is the age of your liner is another factor to consider. Depending on the condition of the vinyl, liners older than three years may need to be replaced. Whether you need replacements or repairs, or any other vinyl pool services, call Metropolitan Pools and let us assist you!