Should I Repair or Replace My Pool Liner?
Following a long summer of pool use, it is normal for your pool to experience some degree of damage. That is one of the reasons it is important to properly close your pool in the winter: it gives you a chance to inspect your equipment and accessories in detail and ensure everything is damage-free. Unfortunately, you might notice your pool liner looks faded, warped, or damaged after being used all summer long. So, how do you know if your pool liner needs to be replaced or repaired? In this blog post, we have helped outline everything your need to know about pool liner repair and replacement and the swimming pool supplies you need to protect your liner from further damage.
Faded or Stained Liner
Unfortunately, pool liners will become faded after years of exposure to the sun and chlorine. Sadly, no paint exists to touch up a faded pool liner. However, if the fading is concentrated at the waterline, you can easily repair the liner’s look by adding an adhesive strip that covers its top six inches.
Many liners become stained when water chemistry is unbalanced. Once your water is balanced, many stains will naturally disappear. Otherwise, you can purchase a stain removal chemical for use on vinyl liners.
Most leaking liners can be repaired with a simple vinyl patch depending on the size and location of the leak. However, if you are experiencing multiple leaks due to ice or animal damage, you may need to replace the entire liner. Your pool and spa store can help you determine whether your pool liner can be repaired.
The good news is that small tears (1 to 2 inches in length) can be easily repaired with a vinyl patch, similar to a leak. Larger tears up to several feet can also be repaired with a large vinyl patch, but they often do not have great longevity. If you want to afford a patchwork liner, it might be worth fully replacing the liner to avoid a headache down the road.
Unfortunately, most wrinkles cannot be easily repaired. Over time, wrinkles are natural due to erosion of the underlying pool structure or puckering from water conditions. These wrinkles will eventually harden and become close to impossible to remove. Although they are not strictly dangerous, they can make it difficult to properly clean your pool.
At Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs, we sell a wide range of swimming pool supplies to help you maintain your pool water, equipment, and liner. Our expert team can help with pool liner repair and replacement, including help with everything from small leaks to massive damage. We also offer free water quality testing to help you make sure your water pH and chemicals are properly balanced. For more information on any of Seaway’s services or to purchase swimming pool supplies, contact us today at 905-294-8030 (Markham) or 905-853-8500 (Newmarket).