For those wanting the convenience of a swimming pool in their own backyard, vinyl pool liners are an affordable option. However, like all swimming pools, they do require special care. They may require repairs or even a premature replacement if they are not properly maintained. Today, we at Metropolitan Pools would like to offer some tips in order for you to take care of your vinyl liner and keep your pool in top shape all summer long.
Check Pool Chemicals
Critical to maintaining your pool liner is ensuring proper water balance in your pool. When the pool is being used frequently, water should be tested twice daily using a DPD test kit according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To effectively kill germs and prevent growth of bacteria, keep your pool’s pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 and keep chlorine levelsb between 1.5 and 2.5 ppm. Bacteria and algae may grow, staining your liner if levels are too low. The liner may wrinkle if they are too high.
Never Drain a Vinyl Liner Pool
Without consulting a specialist, you should never drain your pool. You can cause your pool liner to shrink or change shape by doing so lowers water levels and pressure.
What Do You Clean Vinyl Pool Liners With?
Unnecessary weathering and buildup need to be prevented. Your pool liner can be prematurely aged by the sun. Dirt and grime can build up around the liner as well, which is known as a “water line”. It should be cleaned with a sponge or specialty vinyl wipes. To clean grime and buildup, some pool companies also sell vinyl protective liquid. To keep it free of debris, vacuum your pool regularly. Make certain that you use a vacuum that is specially designed for vinyl pool liners. You can damage the liner if you use pool cleaners designed for other surfaces, such as concrete.
How Do I Stop My Pool Liner from Tearing?
Prevent contact with sharp objects. Avoid using sharp objects in or around your pool, though this should go without saying. The liner can get punctures or tears.
Vinyl Pool Liner Patch Repair
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, rips near return jets or skimmers are less likely to be successfully repaired. Difficult to address are also other issues, such as wrinkling or discoloration. A replacement may be a more costly, but advantageous, decision in these instances. The age of your liner is another factor to consider when dealing with vinyl pool liner repairs. Depending on the condition of the vinyl, liners older than three years may need to be replaced.