The average pool liner typically lasts five to nine years. Although you can’t prevent your pool liner from eventually deteriorating and needing to be replaced, you can take some precautions concerning the care of your liner so you won’t have to replace it sooner than necessary.
How do I prevent my pool liner from becoming faded or bleached out? Pool chemicals plus direct sunlight are typically what cause pool liners to become faded and bleached. While you can’t really do anything about the sunlight, you can do something about preventing the pool chemicals from further bleaching and fading the liner. Simply keep an eye on the chemical balance of the pool. Be sure that you or your pool maintenance provider is using the right balance of chemicals in the water so you don’t speed up the fading and bleaching process.
How do I prevent my pool liner from getting rips and holes in it? Anything sharp can tear through your liner. This includes lawn mower shrapnel, as well as branches and other debris from a storm. Even a pet, like a dog or cat with claws can scratch and tear up your pool liner.
While you can’t avoid storm debris, you can prevent lawn mower shrapnel by removing anything from your lawn that could shoot out your mower through your pool liner. You or a professional can also trim and file your pet’s nails so that they are less likely to rip up your pool liner. That, or simply don’t allow them to get in or near your pool. (This is unlikely, unless you have a separate pool such as a blow-up pool set up for your pet to play in.)
How do I prevent my pool liner from drying out or otherwise becoming ruined or discolored? Chemicals, high temperatures and UV rays will ruin anything above the water line in your pool, including your liner. You can’t really avoid heat and sunlight, but we previously mentioned how much of a difference properly balancing the pool chemicals can make on the liner. Additionally, in the instance of vinyl pool liners specifically, acid-based cleaners will help to speed up deterioration of the liner. It’s best to clean your vinyl liner with a soft cloth and either alkaline-based cleansers or the pool water itself. If you do use an acid-based vinyl cleaner, you must thoroughly rinse all of the cleanser from the liner. Otherwise, whatever remains will break down the liner.
If possible, the corners of your vinyl liner should overlap the pool by two feet. Too small or tight of a vinyl liner will result in it pulling away from the pool wall in the corners and above the waterline.
For more information on how to preserve your pool liner, or for other pool information, please contact Splash Promotion at 833-9-SPLASH (833- 977-5274).