Splish Splash: 4 Tips To Help Your Vinyl Pool Liner Last Longer
If you have an in-ground swimming pool with a vinyl liner, the last thing you want to do is replace the liner prematurely. Unfortunately, if you don't take care of it properly, you might have to do just that. Luckily, with the right care and maintenance, your vinyl pool liner can last between 8 -12 years before it needs replacement. Here are four tips that will help extend the life of your vinyl pool liner.
Watch What Goes in the Pool
Vinyl pool liners can be cut, scratched or gouged by things that don't belong in the pool. If you have kids, it's important that you regulate what goes in the pool, including clothing and toys.
Before your kids get in the pool, make sure they're wearing the appropriate clothing – swimsuits only. Clothing with zippers or snaps can get caught on the pool liner and damage it.
Any toys that your kids take in the pool should be designed for pool use. Toys with sharp edges, or that are not designed for pool use, should not be allowed in the pool
Keep the pH balanced
Vinyl pool liners can be destroyed by a pH level that's out of balance. If the pH level is too high, calcium can build up on the bottom of the pool. If the pH level is too low, the liner can shrink. Low pH levels can also cause the liner to pucker along the edges. For best protection, you should keep the pH level between 7.2 and 7.6.
Don't Overdo it on the Chlorine
When chlorinating your swimming pool, it's important that the chlorine granules never come in contact with the vinyl liner. Chlorine can bleach out the liner and cause it to deteriorate. To protect your liner, place the chlorine granules in a large bucket and dissolve them with water. Once the granules have dissolved, mix them into the water with a stick and then pour the contents into the pool.
Clean with Care
Before you start cleaning your pool, be sure you're using the right equipment. The brushes and vacuums should be designed for vinyl liners. Using brushes and vacuums that are designed for concrete swimming pools could scratch and tear your vinyl liner. It's also important that you inspect your equipment before each use. This will ensure that there aren't any rocks in the bristles or sharp edges on the equipment that could damage the liner.
If you have a new vinyl liner for your pool, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Follow the tips provided here to keep your pool liner in tip-top shape to avoid swimming pool liner replacement.