Three Ways to Tell You Need a New Pool Liner
Each pool comes with its own set of maintenance needs: clearing debris, covering, and prepping for the changing seasons may top the list. One thing common to some inground pools: the liners need to be replaced. On average, a pool liner lasts between eight and 12 years, and many don’t show ostensible wear and tear. Having a professional inspect your pool liner can help you determine its current state, and whether it’s time to consider a replacement.
Why Should I Replace My Pool Liner?
A liner is a critical component to the health and longevity of your pool. Why? It forms a barrier between your pool wall and the water inside. Some inground pools may require liners, though tiling generally eliminates the need for them.
When Is It Time for a Replacement?
Pool liners are constantly exposed to water and the elements, so they do need to be replaced, albeit infrequently. Keep your eye out for these signs of wear and tear:
You notice cracks. Pool liners are most often made of vinyl, which deteriorates in the sun and pool chemicals over time. If you notice several cracks in the lining, it’s likely you’re losing water, as well. Fading is a precursor to cracks, as brittle vinyl is more prone to tearing. Monitor faded spots for signs of cracking, and if you spot several cracks, call a pool company for a replacement liner.
You’re losing water. Vinyl cracked in several places leads to leaking water, which can rust or otherwise damage the shell of your pool. Water loss is normal for any pool, but more than an inch a week is likely due to a reason other than splashing. Patching a small crack or two may fix the problem, but larger holes call for a complete replacement.
Your liner wrinkles or stretches. Have you noticed places where your liner is bunched, wrinkled, or slipping out of its track? It’s likely because your liner has lost its elasticity. Over time, we can expect our liners to stretch and eventually become brittle, making it impossible to slide back into the track when it comes out. Once a liner stretches to the point it can’t fit back on the frame, it can’t be repaired. Wrinkled liners call for a full replacement.
Need to inspect your liner or order a replacement? Contact Pools of Fun, and we’d be happy to help.