Liner Maintenance Checklist: A Complete Guide to Keeping Your Liner in Top Condition
They’re pretty, they’re functional, they’re luxurious, they’re pool liners! Offered in a variety of different colors and styles, quality pool liners are essential for any pool owner. Although pool liners don’t last forever, proper maintenance can make them last much longer than their intended use. If you’re someone that’s tired and frustrated of replacing your pool liner all the time, check out our liner maintenance checklist:
- Proper Use of Chemicals. Chemicals, such as chlorine, are the key to making pool water safe, but only if used properly. Not only is having the wrong PH levels in your pool bad for your health, but it’s bad for the health of your pool liner as well. If the PH level of your pool is too low, the liner may wrinkle. If the PH Level of your pool is too high, chlorine won’t be as successful at killing the contaminants and bacteria in the water that it’s supposed to. In order to avoid all of this, stick to a PH level that’s in the 7’s range. This will keep the PH balance relatively neutral. If you’re unsure of how to read your pool’s PH level, you can just use a PH testing kit.
- Keep It Clean. Not only will your pool look nicer if you keep it debris-free but your liner will too. Due to debris, microorganisms, and algae, pool liners may lose their color and become stained and/or faded. To avoid this from happening to your liner, use cleaners that won’t be too harsh, such as kitchen detergent or vitamin C.
- Go Vinyl. When choosing a pool liner, you probably spent a while deciding what color liner was right for you. At the time, you may have loved the royal-blue liner, but now that color is fading. Depending on the amount of chlorine you use, the color of the liner and the amount of exposure your pool has to the sun, your liner may be more likely to fade. Unfortunately, you can’t prevent the sun from emitting ultraviolet rays, but what you can do is choose a vinyl liner. Vinyl liners are designed to have UV protection.
- Drain With Caution. Although you may need to change out the water in your pool from time to time, it’s important that you don’t drain it entirely. If drained, the pressure put on the liner will change. This can cause the liner to wrinkle and lose its pristine look.
- Keep An Eye On Its Condition. You may think that one little tear isn’t going to do any harm to your pool liner, but if it goes unfixed it can ruin your soil and more. If you find a hole or tear in your liner, consult with a pool care professional about your patching options to
- No Sharp Objects. Pool liners are very delicate and need to be treated as such. This means you and your family should avoid putting anything sharp in the pool, like toys, goggles, or other miscellaneous objects. Otherwise, you may create holes in your pool liner.
- Prevent Unnecessary Weathering and Buildup. It’s summer, are you going on vacation? If you are, make sure you cover your pool while you are away from your home for an extended period of time. Also, when you are actively using your pool, use vinyl wipes or a sponge on your liner to prevent a “water line” built from dirt and grime from forming.
Overall, pool liners are a delicate, yet beautiful entity for your pool. If you want to stop constantly replacing your pool liner, it’s important to take care of it the right way to ensure you can enjoy it for as long as possible.