Though vinyl pool liners are durable, over time and use, among other accidental damage the time comes for repair or replacement. Especially if your pool is not being properly cleaned and maintained, leaks, stains, and other damage can happen over time. Fortunately, issues with your pool liner don’t always mean it has to be replaced. Saving some money in the process, sometimes you are able to repair the damage and get more use out of your liner. To figure out if a repair or replacement is the right choice for your liner, we at Metropolitan Pools would like to offer some helpful insight.
Age of Vinyl Pool Liner
Whether or not it’s worth repairing is definitely impacted by the age of the liner. 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 Tear or Other 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 leak. Specific areas of a pool liner are more difficult to repair than others, and they include:
– Around the returns, skimmers, or plastic fittings.
– Surrounding the bead receiver on a beaded pool liner.
– Any overlap edge on an overlap liner.
More often than not, these areas are hard to access and can allow water behind your liner. Additionally, the repair probably won’t last very long, even if you manage to repair them.
Can You Remove Stains from Vinyl Pool Liners?
Your first step is to identify what is causing the staining if you are dealing with a stain. Organic materials such as grass, algae, leaves, and so forth or metal debris like copper or iron found in your water, pipes, or lawn fertilizer can cause a number of stains on your vinyl pool liner. You can adjust your chemicals accordingly to prevent further staining, once you know what’s causing it. With additional scrubbing and using some pool-safe cleaners, you can try removing a pool stain. To avoid damaging your liner further, use caution and always follow instructions. When it comes to most vinyl pool stains, they are simply a cosmetic issue, and it doesn’t necessarily indicate you need a replacement. 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 it seems brittle or weak. You are able to remove the stain or deal with the visual imperfection, then you’re good to go if the liner seems to be in good condition otherwise.
How Do You Fix an Overstretched Vinyl Pool Liner?
Coming off the track is 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 will have to buy a replacement liner, once the liner has stretched, generally.
Vinyl Pool Installation, Repair, Maintenance & More in Sandusky, Lorain, Elyria, Medina, Parma, Mentor, Akron & Greater Cleveland, Ohio
If you suspect your vinyl pool liner may need replacing, or simply need a repair in Northern Ohio, Metropolitan Pools is readily available to help you with vinyl pool services and can help you determine if the liner could be repaired or replaced.