Taking Care of Your Vinyl Liner

Taking Care of Your Vinyl Liner

You’ve got a lot to take care of when it comes to your swimming pool, but many pool owners forget one thing – their vinyl liner.

While the maintenance of the vinyl liner is very minimal, you do want to take care of it so it’s around for a good long time.

In this article, we look at taking care of your vinyl liner. Here’s a checklist to help you keep it in good shape.

Avoid Wrinkles

Wrinkles age your liner quickly.

If you notice wrinkles in your pool liner, act quickly.  Don’t allow them to sit because the longer they sit, the harder it is to get rid of them.

If you notice wrinkles, a toilet plunger can work to pull them out. Put it on either side of the wrinkle and plunge, pulling the liner each way to remove the wrinkle.

You can also try warming the water by turning up your heater. Then, gently walk on the bottom of the pool and push out the wrinkles.

Don’t Completely Empty the Pool

While you may find it necessary to drain your pool, don’t remove more than half of the total volume. If you do, your liner can shrink and/or crack.

Clean at the Waterline

You might notice that dirt and oil build up at your waterline. If this happens, you’ll end up with a stained liner.

To avoid this, use a vinyl liner cleaning solution.

Brush It

Gently brush your vinyl liner at least once per week. This helps keep dirt, debris and undissolved chemicals from piling up on the liner.

You can use a soft brush or a sponge.

Maintain Water Chemistry

This is not only for your vinyl liner but for your pool as a whole.

When your pool isn’t in balance, you can end up with problems when it comes to your vinyl liner, such as scaling, wrinkling, and puckering.

An out-of-balance pool can make a vinyl liner age more quickly as well.

Keep Chemicals Away

Try and keep all pool chemicals away from your liner. You don’t want them to come in direct contact with your vinyl liner.

If they do, you might end up with bleaching and deterioration.

Don’t Use Sharp Items

A vinyl liner is subject to punctures and tears.

Make sure that everything that goes into the pool – think toys, rafts, cleaners – is pool-safe and not sharp.

Final Thoughts

With the proper care, your swimming pool vinyl liner can last for years, especially if you follow the tips listed here.

If you need service on your swimming pool, please contact us today! We’re here for you.

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