A pool liner is an important investment that can last up to 20 years. However, the lifespan of your pool liner depends on several factors, like how it is installed and how well it is maintained. Improper care can shorten the lifespan of your liner drastically, causing more replacements and higher costs. Here are 10 ways to protect your liner and extend its lifespan:
1. Install a wall foam
Installing a foam between the pool wall and the liner acts as a barrier to prevent hard materials like rocks, metals, and sticks from puncturing the liner. It also prevents the liner from any contact with rust or corrosion from the metal walls.
2. Install a pool cove
A pool cove is a flexible and lightweight material that adheres to the bottom corners of the pool. It protects the corners of the pool from damages and prevents excessive stretching. It also helps to eliminate dirt, prevent corrosion, and premature wearing of the liner.
3. Do not allow non-pool toys
Heavy duty toys, sports equipment, and other non-pool toys can puncture and damage the liners if handled too roughly. To protect the pool, use inflatable pool floats and squishy pool toys.
4. Maintain proper pool chemistry
Maintaining proper pool chemistry is vital for the pool water, as well as the pool liner. The pool pH level should be between 7.4-7.6. A low or high pH level can cause stains, scale build-up, and wrinkles on the liner. The pool water should be tested and analyzed by a professional, at least once every-other-week.
5. Chlorinate with care
Chlorine keeps your pool clear and clean. However, if handled incorrectly, it can damage your liner. If the chlorine comes in contact with the liner, whether liquid shock, tablets, or floating Chlorinators, it can bleach and break down the liner material.
6. Be mindful of the pool cleaning equipment
Avoid any rough or sharp cleaning equipment, such as metal brushes, or sharp metal ends on the pole used to clean the pool. Make sure that you are using a pool liner vacuum. Using a vacuum head that has been designed for a cement pool may cause scratches or holes in your liner. Using proper pool cleaning equipment can preserve your liner for a long time.
7. Never empty the vinyl pool
Emptying the pool to clean the bottom of the pool sounds like a brilliant idea. However, it can cause the pool liner to shrink and crack. If you need to drain the pool in order to dilute bad pool water, the water can be reduced up to less than half. To keep the liner in place, leave at least 1 foot (12 inches) of water over the shallow end.
8. Guard your liner against sun rays
If your pool receives direct sunlight, be sure to install a thick liner in the beginning. Protect the liner from sun damage by using a cleaner that shields the liner from the sun's rays.
9. Take care of the water line
Oil deposit buildup can stain and form a water line on the liner. Use pool enzyme products to clean the water line. If the water line fails to clear, you can use a stick on border to cover the unsightly water line.
10. Detect leaks
If the water level drops drastically, it may be caused by a leak in the liner. Detect the leak as early as possible before the liner becomes hard to repair. Small leaks can be repaired with a patch kit or a liquid leak sealer without draining the pool.
Contact Westrock Pools
Pool professionals at Westrock Pools can assist you to care for and maintain your pool liner. We also install quality vinyl pool liners to restore your pool to its former beauty. Call us at 845-367-9377 or email at email@example.com.