For over 60 years, people have been using vinyl liners in their family's swimming pools. Over this span, their design has definitely improved, as has their durability. Liners these days are lasting longer and are more durable than ever. Despite some monumental advancements in technology, there are still times when problems may develop. Here are some of the most common problems pool owners have with their vinyl pool liners and how they solve them.
Making it Last
The big question is the one about the typical life expectancy of the liner. It's expected that it will last between 10 to 12 years, but it's not uncommon for liners to last well past that. Replacement runs between $3,000 to $5,000, so extending the life of your liner can save you lots of money.
Extending the life of your liner just takes a little attention. Limiting the UV exposure of your liner can help, as well as keeping a close eye on chemical levels. Maintaining proper pH and alkalinity levels prevents the water from turning acidic. You should always pre-dissolve pool shock, and use the correct chlorine feeder.
A Patch in Time ...
Latham vinyl pool liners come in 20 and 27 mil thickness levels. At that thickness, holes won't develop easily, but they are still possible, whether from a fallen tree or a family pet with claws.
If your liner does develop a hole, it's important to patch it as soon as possible to prevent further tearing. Most of the time you won't need to drain your pool to make the repair. Contact your local vinyl dealer to do this properly.
Wrinkles and Their Causes
In parts of the country where the water table is high, it's sometimes possible that water pressure can "float" the bottom of the pool. This can cause wrinkles in the vinyl pool liner when the water recedes.
To keep the water pressure in check, install a de-watering system around your pool that can help keep the groundwater around your pool down.
Removing any resulting wrinkles can be another problem altogether. If you have a groundwater issue causing the wrinkles, you will need to wait until after it has abated. Then drain your pool and reset the liner. It's recommended that this be done by a trained professional. If you have had your liner for longer than three years, it can become dry and shrink very quickly while the water is drained out of the pool. You must work quickly before refilling it.
Discoloring at the Waterline
No matter how well you take care of your pool and your vinyl pool liner, eventually the area around the water line will begin to discolor and deteriorate. There are a couple solutions to the problem, with perhaps the easiest being investing in a pool border such as tiles. They can be found in a number of patterns and designs, with some companies even offering customizable varieties.
Detached Liner Beads
Vinyl pool liners come straight from the factory, cut to the exact dimensions of your pool. Off-center liners, or liners that are too big or too small can cause problems popping off the track. If its caught early enough you may be able to slip it right back on with no issue, however, if you can't get it back on, your best option is to call your local dealer for suggestions. They should be able to recommend steps or send someone out to fix the issue fairly quickly.