On average, pool liners last between 10 and 15 years, though exposure to sunlight, chemicals, and everyday wear-and-tear can cause them to weather. It’s important to maintain your pool’s liner to ensure you get the most out of it, keeping it looking and performing at its best.
Here are four easy steps you can take to maintain your pool’s liner season after season:
1. Brush Your Liner Weekly
Automatic cleaning and manual vacuuming might not always cut it. If your liner feels slimy to touch, you need to brush it more thoroughly – making sure to clean the bottom and the sides.
It may look like there’s nothing there, but what you can’t see with your naked eye are the growing spores. You need to remove them from the liner so the sanitizer in your pool can kill them off before they create bigger problems (like algae growth).
2. Check Your Pool’s Water Chemistry Weekly
Your water should be balanced on a weekly basis. That means ensuring the alkalinity, pH, and chlorine or bromine are there within appropriate ranges:
- Alkalinity: 80-120
- pH: 7.2-7.6
- Chlorine: 1-3
- Bromine: 1-3
Unbalanced water can cause damage to your liner, your heater, and your health:
- Liners: Unbalanced water can cause premature wrinkling. Over-chlorinating your pool will sap the oils from your liner, making it brittle and rapidly shortening its life.
- Heater: If the water becomes acidic, it will rot out the heat exchanger and cause metal staining on your liner.
- Health: Low sanitizers can lead to bacteria and virus growth. High sanitizer levels can cause skin and eye irritation.
Don’t take the chance. Our experts provide free water testing in store, and can test for metals as well.
3. Clean Your Pool Often
Don’t leave debris – including pool toys – on a liner for long periods of time. It’s especially important that you don’t throw metal objects in to dive for, as they can permanently stain your pool’s liner. Use manual and automatic cleaners to clean your liner often.
4. Clean Your Pool’s Waterline Regularly
This refers to the area from where the liner clips in to the track down to the water line. Organic and chemical buildups left unattended can cause your liner to fade and stain. Use a Super Clarifier weekly to help cut down on the “bath tub ring,” improve filtration, and give water a sparkle.
5. Do Not Put Chlorinated Pucks On Your Liner or In the Skimmer
Doing this will cause your liner to fade or wrinkle, causing long-term damage that can be difficult to reverse or repair.
It’s important to maintain your liner, inspecting it regularly for signs it might be in need of repair or replacement. If it is time for a new liner, work with pool service experts to find a liner fit for your pool and ensure a quality installation
At Total Tech, we are pool liner experts. Our experienced staff have been providing pool services – including liner repairs and replacements – to customers in Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, and surrounding areas for over 25 years. Contact us today to discuss the vision you have for your pool!
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