2 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Pool Liner
You’ve purchased an above ground pool, and you intend to keep it for a very long time. Besides the water, pool pump, and filters, you also need to maintain the pool liner. If it bursts, you can say goodbye to your pink flamingos and brand new turf because hundreds of gallons of water might wash them away.
Start with Proper Installation
Laying the groundwork (literally) is one of the first things you can do to ensure your pool liner will last for many years. Prep the pool site by clearing away rocks, sticks, and any other objects that could puncture the liner, and have the ground leveled to reduce the wrinkling of the floor.
Most pool companies use sand as a foundation for the pool, but it can eventually wear holes into the bottom of the pool liner because of its abrasive quality. Use a layer of vermiculite instead to prevents this problem. It won’t decay over time, and it makes for a better walking surface under the pool.
Just as you shopped for a quality pool, you need to make sure you get a quality liner and a quality company to install it all.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Once you’re all set up and you’ve had a christening pool party, it’s up to you (or your pool guy) to maintain the pool and liner. Next to quality installation, proper pool maintenance keeps you from replacing a liner every couple of years.
Test the water balance levels every 2-3 days to ensure they’re in normal range. pH imbalance and calcium deposits can deteriorate the liner over time. Also, only use products and equipment (brushes, cleaners, etc) designed for your type of liner.
Grime and buildup on the waterline deteriorates liners as well so wipe it down regularly. Don’t drain the pool unless it’s absolutely necessary. If pool season is over, have your pool closed and winterized rather than drained.
As with anything worth having, proper care extends the life of your pool and pool liner by several years. Visit the folks at Smith Pools for more care tips or for quality pool installation today.