Is it Time for a New Liner?
Ah, the age old question. How do I know when it’s time to replace my pool liner? Keeping your pool protected from the elements is essential. A good one does just that without a lot of maintenance. If your liner has you working harder than you’d like, it may be time to update. The following four signs will help you make the decision to replace your liner.
Wear and Tear
If you’re thinking about replacing your liner, you may have noticed some major wear and tear. Large cracks and rips that cannot patched are often found in worn out liners. These cracks allow water to seep in as well as dirt and debris. A liner that can’t protect your pool from leakage and the elements simply isn’t doing its job. If this is the case, it’s necessary to replace the liner before damage occurs.
Loose Fitting and Stretched Out Shape
Aged pool liners may lose their shape after years of use. A loose fitting liner will allow water to leak from the pool. The actual vinyl may become misshapen. Unfortunately, this is one of those instances that definitely indicate a new liner is needed.
Water Loss and Leakage
Sometimes pool liners look perfectly fine but begin leaking water. You may choose to repair some leaks yourself or have it done professionally. However, if they continue, it will be necessary to replace the liner entirely. Leakage is not only a waste; it also damages the walls and erodes the bottom of the pool.
Sun exposure is a common problem with older liners. Over the time, the sun’s rays will weaken the actual liner. As it wears down, cracks, tears and leakage may become an issue. When the elasticity is gone, it cannot be replaced. A new liner is the best option.
With the proper care, a pool liner can last over 10 years. While purchasing a new liner isn’t cheap, consider it an investment in the life of your swimming pool.