Protecting a New Vinyl In-Ground Pool Liner: Important Dos and Don'ts

Posted on: 9 October 2015

Whether you just had a brand new in-ground pool installed or even just a new vinyl liner in your existing pool, you'll want to do your part to protect that liner from tears, holes, and other damage. After all, vinyl liners aren't cheap to replace. Specifically, there are some important dos and don'ts you'll want to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your vinyl pool liner.

DO Control the Pool's pH Balance

Keeping your pool water's pH balance in check is important not only for keeping your pool safe for swimming, but for protecting your liner, as well. Specifically, you'll want to make sure to test your pool water for pH (using a test strip) daily to ensure it's balanced; if the water becomes too acidic, it will become corrosive to your pool liner and make it more prone to holes and tears over time.

DON'T Use Chlorine Pucks or Floaters

When it comes to chlorinating a pool with a vinyl liner, it's typically best to use liquid chlorine as opposed to chlorine pucks or floaters. After all, a chlorine puck or tablet, when thrown into the pool, will sink to the bottom and sit directly on the vinyl liner itself. This could potentially cause damage to the liner in addition to discoloration. If you must use a tablet or puck for chlorination (such as when you're out-of-town), place it in your pool's skimmer instead.

DO Repair Leaks as Soon as Possible

Any time your pool springs a leak—even a small one—it's important to have it repaired as soon as possible. As your pool leaks, the vinyl liner may begin to sag away from the perimeter of the pool. As a result, it may need to be completely replaced once you have the leak repaired. Always be aware of the signs of a leak on an in-ground pool, such as an unusually low water line or pooling of water elsewhere on your property.

DON'T Overlook Sharp Dog Claws

If you have a dog that you let use your pool, consider getting your dog a floating ramp that it can use to enter and exit the pool. Otherwise, as your dog tries to exit your pool, its claws could scrape along the liner, causing tears and rips. You can find floating pool ramps for these purposes at most pool supply stores, and your dog will likely appreciate having one.

For further advice or to repair your vinyl pool liner, contact a representative from a company like Budget Pool & Spa Tech Inc.