Summer is around the corner and it’s high time to prepare your pool for a great time with family and friends. Of all the things you have to check, pool liners are least talked about.
Liners are important to retain the gallons of water within the swimming pools.
Lack of care can drastically cut the life of your pool liner, meaning frequent replacements and you may have to spend a truckload of cash on swimming pool repairs.
Save yourself the cost and boost the longevity of your pool liner by taking the following steps:
1. Regular maintenance
This is the most important step to prevent the replacement or expensive repair of a pool liner, after every couple of years.
Some of the maintenance tips to follow are:
- Monitor the water level regularly
- Balance ph and chemical level
- Use natural and organic products to remove stains from your pool liner
- Wipe grime and buildup on the waterline
- When not in use, cover your pool with the latest electric pool cover or pool enclosure for preventing the entry of dust, dirt and other pollutants in the water.
- Don’t drain the pool unnecessary
- Clean your pool once a week
- Invest in a robotic pool cleaner
2. Detect leaks
If you observe a drastic dip in pool water level without any known reason, most probably there is a leak in the bottom of the pool liner.
When detected on time, small leaks can be repaired easily with a patch kit or a liquid leak sealer without draining your pool and changing the liner.
3. No pets in the pool
Your dog or cat may be an excellent swimmer, but your pet’s claws can do great damage to your pool liner.
Whether it’s just a small hole or a notable tear that widens over time, your liner is highly susceptible to scratches and scrapes from your pet.
So, it’s advisable to keep your pet out of the pool and save yourself the frustration of major damages or leaks.
4. Keep sharp objects away
Sharp items like nails, knives, branches, rocks, and other backyard components can pose a greater risk to your pool liners.
Such objects can puncture the surface of the liner and once the liner is ruptured, you need to replace it.
So, keep such sharp items away from your pool area.
5. Balance pool chemistry
The most popular reason behind many liner problems is the unbalanced pool chemistry.
Proper pool chemistry prevents the growth of algae and other debris that can stain and damage the pool liner.
A pool liner is typically in contact with pool chemicals all the time, so it’s important to maintain proper pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels.
Keep pH in the range of 7.2 to 7.6; alkalinity at 80 ppm to 100 ppm; and chlorine level:1.0 – 2.0 ppm.
In the end…
A pool liner is a big investment that keeps your pool running smoothly and looking great.
With a keen eye and by following the necessary steps you can make the pool liner survive for a longer period.