They definitely endure some wear and tear over the course of a busy pool season though vinyl pool liners are considerably tough. Especially if your pool is not being properly cleaned and maintained, leaks, stains, and other damage can happen over time. Fortunately, you do not have to necessarily replace the vinyl liner if there are issues. You can sometimes save some cash if you’re able to repair the damage and get more use out of your liner. With this in mind, we at Metropolitan Pools would like to discuss the general factors to figure out if a repair or replacement is the right choice for your liner.
Age of Vinyl Pool Liner
Whether or not it’s worth repairing definitely depends on how old the liner is. Depending on maintenance, a typical vinyl pool liner lasts anywhere from 6-12 years. You may want to opt for a replacement liner since it’s already past half its lifespan if your pool liner is more than three years old.
Location of Vinyl Pool Liner Damage
One of the first things you’ll need to do is figure out where it’s coming from if you are dealing with a tear or a leak. Some areas of a pool liner are more difficult to repair than others, such as:
– Places surrounding the returns, skimmers, or plastic fittings.
– Where the overlap edge on an overlap liner.
– Around the bead receiver on a beaded pool liner.
These areas are hard to access and can allow water behind your liner more often than not. The repair probably won’t last very long while you may be able to repair them.
Vinyl Pool Liner Stain Removal
Your first step is to identify what’s causing the staining if you are dealing with a stain. Metal debris (like copper or iron) found in your pipes, water, or lawn fertilizer or organic materials (leaves, grass, algae, etc) all cause stains. You can adjust your chemicals accordingly to prevent further staining once you know what’s causing it. Via additional scrubbing and using some pool-safe cleaners, you can try removing a pool stain, you can try removing a pool stain. To avoid damaging your liner further, use caution and always follow instructions. Stains don’t require a replacement since most swimming pool liner stains are simply cosmetic. You will want to note the state of the vinyl surrounding the area, however. A replacement liner may be necessary to prevent future issues with your pool if in the event it seems brittle or weak. You are able to remove the stain or deal with the visual imperfection if the liner seems to be in good condition otherwise, you are good to go.
Vinyl Pool Liner is Overstretched or Coming Off its Track
A term indicating that the liner has lost some of its stretch and may be coming out of the coping track as pool liners age, they begin to experience “liner pull.” There is not much you can do and you’ll have to buy a replacement liner once the liner has stretched, generally.