Having the perfect pool liner gives the finishing touch you’ve been looking for to complete your dream backyard. Once you’ve found it, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible so you can continue to enjoy it in the future. Neglect tends to be a primary cause in liner deterioration so by following some of the tips below, you can keep your liner going strong.

This one may surprise you, but remember to never use non-pool toys in the pool. Using toys that aren’t designed to be in a swimming pool can easily damage the liner. This rule also goes for street clothes and shoes. Only pool toys and pool attire should be allowed in your pool and pool area in order to keep your liner safe from unnecessary damage and tears.

It’s also important to keep your pool water balanced. Water chemistry is vital to the health of the pool water and its liner. It’s recommended to keep a pH level between 7.4-7.6 pH. When it rises above 7.8, it can cause calcium to cloud the water. Mix that with dirt and you have yourself a dirty, stained liner. It’s equally as important to make sure the pH doesn’t drop below 7.2 which will become acidic and corrosive which will cause fading and damage to your pool liner.

Chlorine is another chemical to keep your eye on when checking your water. It’s an extremely harsh chemical and when it comes in contact with the liner, it can bleach the liner and slowly eat away at it. To avoid this, it’s recommended to dissolve chlorine in a bucket before adding it to your pool. The level should be in the range of 1.0-2.0 ppm. You should aim to keep your chlorine level strong enough to keep your water clean for guests but not too strong where it damages your pool liner.

While we’re on the topic of water, did you know to never completely drain your pool? The recommended water level for the offseason is below skimmer level, but not drained completely. If you drain your pool entirely, it can cause the liner to become dried out and lead to cracking. Those imperfections then give water a place to seep through when it’s time to refill your pool and jump in.

Always make sure you use the proper procedures when opening and closing your pool. By treating your pool well all year round, it will extend the life and beauty of your liner. If you’re unsure of what the proper procedures would be for your pool, you can contact your local pool professional for advice. Improperly opening or closing your pool can cause serious damage to your liner and it’s important every step is followed carefully and completely.

Proper pool maintenance and care are imperative when you’re lucky enough to have a pool right in your backyard. The rewarding feeling of being able to jump in on a hot day will be worth all the effort you put into maintaining your backyard oasis. Your pool liner is the star of the show when it comes to your backyard and you want to do everything you can to preserve it.