Pools that feature vinyl liners are some of the more popular choices among homeowners for a variety of reasons. They are less expensive to purchase and less expensive to maintain and repair. When compared to gunite or fiberglass, replacing a ripped vinyl pool liner every few years will still be considerably less than most repairs made on those two types. Here are a few problems you may run into over time with your vinyl pool liner and ways you can make the repairs yourself.
The Liner Bead is Coming Out of the Track
Sometimes, when a pool is constructed with the wrong sized liner, the liner bead can eventually work its way out of the track. To repair this problem, you will have to stretch the liner in order to get it locked back into the track. It is easier said than done, but it can be accomplished. Use a blow dryer to heat up the vinyl where it needs to be stretched. This will help make the vinyl become more pliable and easier to stretch. Use extreme caution; you will be using the dryer near a pool full of water! Also, don’t focus the heat on a specific area of the liner or may just melt a hole right through it. Once the liner is stretched and inserted back into the track, consider using a liner lock to keep it that way.
The Liner is Leaking
Liners are relatively thick and for the most part, they can resist punctures. Unfortunately though, punctures do occur. If you’re lucky, you will be able to find the leak and simply apply a patch (or a wet patch if the hole is under water). Do not drain the pool completely as this will require you to have the liner sucked back into place using a vacuum to remove all of the air that will collect between the liner and the walls and floor of the pool. You will also want to avoid using granular pH decreaser or shock because when the particles reach the pool bottom, they will begin to break down the liner’s resiliency and strength which could lead to an increase in punctures.
Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.