Having a pool can be an expensive commodity and being able to repair the beaded pool liner yourself can save a lot of money down the road. Here's how to do your own pool liner repair, on a myriad of common problems that may occur with your above-ground pool.
Liner Popped Out of Track
The liner of a pool is supposed to be snug against the wall. Sometimes, if the liner was installed off-center, or if it's too large or too small, it can pop off from the side.
The fix is relatively easy but it requires that the pool is drained first. Once the pool is empty of water dry it off with a towel. The trick is to heat the vinyl liner so that it becomes pliable. You can either use a hairdryer, heat gun or boiling water.
Once the vinyl is heated use all of your strength to stretch the vinyl toward the side of the pool until it pops back on track. You will be doing a lot of pulling and pushing in order to get the liner back in place.
If this is a problem that you have often, you may want to invest in a liner-lock. This is an item that's meant to solve this kind of problem. If you don't want to incur the expense you can try the cheap fix of jamming pennies along the frame once you have it in place.
Since the pool is outside and filled with water, the sun can discolor the liner. While it doesn't harm the liner, it can give the pool a dated and weathered look.
While there is no real fix other than buying a new liner, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid this. Though you have to use chemicals to treat your water, try to not use too many. Getting a cover for your pool when not in use will also help against the effects of the sun. You may also upgrade to a newer liner which is treated to prevent fading.
Despite being made to withstand a lot of attacks, the vinyl can tear and puncture. This is more likely to happen as the years go by and the liner ages.
If you see the hole then you can simply purchase a liner patch kit and seal it. If the hole happens to be underwater, you can purchase a wet patch kit. If there is a leak and you can't find it, then you have to play detective to try and locate it. In many circumstances the problem is in the plumbing hoses, which are easily found.
Once you've patched the leak you can take preventative measures to make sure it doesn't happen again. Never allow rocks in the pool, nor should you use granulated chemicals. These granules will sink to the floor of the pool and the bleach in them will release and corrode the vinyl.