Your vinyl pool liner helps your swimming pool hold in water, creates a smooth texture, and plays a big role in the appearance of the pool area as well. The last thing you want to do is ruin it. From maintenance to chemicals to roughhousing, your pool liner can take a beating if you don’t treat it well. We often learn from our mistakes…after we have already made them.
Our staff at Aqua Blue Pools wants you to avoid that problem. Here are five mistakes you don’t want to make when it comes to your pool liner.
1. Thinking Leaks Will Fix Themselves
If you notice something leaking, it’s in your best interest to inspect it, figure out where it’s coming from, and then take action in getting it fixed. Leaks can cause all kinds of problems if left untreated. They can cause rust on walls, water pump issues, and a waste of water. Leaks can also cause pool liners to relax and stretch away from the wall, tearing, or ripping. If caught, leaks can be fixed as easily as patching them up. If you notice leaking, don’t ignore it.
2. Adding Too Much Chlorine
A bleached and faded pool liner is a huge eyesore, while also causing the liner to weaken. Pool liners are much more resistant to fading from the sun than they used to be, thanks to UV protection. However, bleaching can be a result of too much chlorine, a classic pool-owner mistake. High chlorine can also corrode the liner over time. To avoid this, only shock the pool when you need to and always pre-dissolve the mix into a bucket of water before adding it to the pool water.
3. Skimping On Regular Cleaning
Chores are never fun, but they are necessary. Cleaning your pool is no different, so don’t skimp on it! Not cleaning your pool will increase build-up on your pool liner, plus it will harbor germs and bacteria in the water. If you never clean your pool, fallen debris will collect into it, like twigs, and sticks. These can scrape against the liner and cause small holes or tears.
4. Neglecting Sharp Objects
As mentioned above, pool liners can get damaged if sharp objects scrape against them. Because of this, you should always skim your pool to remove fallen debris. However, there are less obvious objects that you should pay attention to when it comes to keeping your pool liner tear-free. Children’s toys and dog claws can also cause damage to the liner. If you let your pet into the pool, make sure you help them get in and out. Make sure your children know to be gentle with their toys and to take them out of the pool whenever they are done using them.
5. Buying the Cheapest Pool Liner
Typically, buying cheaper means that the quality of something will also be a little less. This isn’t always a huge concern. With pool liners, the most expensive isn’t always better or necessary. Likewise, the cheapest liner you can get may not last very long and may be more prone to damage from the mistakes we’ve just listed. A cheap liner may save you money initially, but will probably wear out much sooner than a higher-quality one that will last several years. It all depends on your budget, but if you can sacrifice the extra money upfront, you’ll probably save money in the long-run.
Need a pool liner or tips on how to take care of it? If you’re around the Pulaski County area and you’re in need of anything pool-related, we are here to help. Give us a call at 501-288-4848 with any questions or concerns.