Tips for Removing Wrinkles from In-Ground Pool Liners

What You'll Need
Pool brush

Swimming pools that have in-ground pool liners have many good points and are much cheaper than concrete lined ones. However, they are prone to their own unique problems. Wrinkles in the lining of a pool are unsightly and uncomfortable under foot. If your pool has wrinkles in its lining you’ll know that it’s not perfect and you’ll probably want to remove them as soon as possible.

One danger of having wrinkles in the lining of a pool is that the material will be liable to tear. Protruding material can easily catch on pool toys or cleaning equipment if it’s not used with extreme care. Vacuuming the bottom of the pool after you’ve drained it can be particularly hazardous if there are wrinkles.

Wrinkles on in-ground pool liners vary in severity and it’s perfectly reasonable to attempt to remove them without consulting a professional. You might just find that a simple method gets good results.

Step 1 – Gauge the Severity of the Wrinkles

The first thing to do when attempting to remove wrinkles from an in-ground pool liner is to get into the pool and test the wrinkles to see how easily they might be removed. Use your feet to detect wrinkles and to tread on them. Test to see if any will easily be moved to the sides of the pool and ultimately out of the lining. When you have a good idea of how many stubborn wrinkles there are at the bottom of your pool you can move on.

Step 2 – Use a Plunger on the Worst Wrinkles

Take a plunger into your pool and position it to the side of one of the worst wrinkles. Press it down onto the lining with the handle to create a vacuum and then slowly raise it. You’ll find that the plunger lifts some of the lining with it, thus affecting the wrinkle. Repeat this process for the other side of the wrinkle, and for all other big ones on the bottom of the pool.

Step 3 – Heat the Water and Feed a Hose into the Pool

Increase the heat level of your pool to help soften the lining. Now that the largest wrinkles have been reduced, get a long hose and connect it to the water supply. Turn on the water and feel it into the pool. Direct the flow of water onto the wrinkles and attempt to move as many as you can away from the affected areas of your pool. Work methodically from the center toward the outside edges. Be patient and observe how many of the wrinkles are reduced through using this technique. Try to avoid allowing the wrinkles to merge into larger ones, such as the ones you reduced by using the plunger. Be patient and persistent. With time, most if not all of the wrinkles should move. Use a pool brush with a soft head if necessary to encourage difficult wrinkles to move.

If the wrinkles in your pool can’t be removed by this simple method, it’s probably best to call in the experts.