Is Your Pool Liner Toast? Find Out!
Good morning everyone! As I sit here in my favorite coffee shop, it occurs to me that not everyone REALLY knows how to tell if their pool liner has "given up the ghost". Here are a few practical tips to figure out if a liner replacement is right for you.
(For those of you who have fiberglass, gunnite, or some sort of magical alien coating, and think this has nothing to do with you - KEEP READING because there is still some useful information that will apply to you folks as well!)
Lets start with the basics: as we've discussed before, maintaining proper water chemistry is the best way to make your pool last, however all good things must come to an end at some point. But how do you know when that is, exactly? Well, there's no reason to "overthink the salad bar" here; it's actually pretty simple. There are a lot of different symptoms your liner could be issuing that it's getting close to needing a replacement:
1) Your liner looks like 3 year old has taken a white paint pen to your liner - there are what look like scratch marks and streaks all over the place in random directions.
2) The color of the liner is all but what it used to be - it's pretty obvious when you look at you liner and think, "I remember it looking more vibrant than that". Every person that I install a liner for tells me that they had forgotten just how good the liner used to look.
3) Probably most noticeable symptom is the corners have begun to tear - usually it's in the corners just above or right at the water level. This can be a huge eyesore and what's more is that if you forget to turn off the water, or get a huge rain that raises the water level above the tear, it can allow water to flow in behind the liner, causing damage to the infrastructure of the pool if left alone and unchecked.
3a) You are having to patch it every time you turn around - even the most careful individual will have some patching to do every now and then because life happens. But if you have tears in random places that are occurring for seemingly no reason ALL the time, that's a problem.
I'm sure there are many issues that I have not mentioned in this post, but the point is to always be aware of your pool and keep a close eye on it. The more you are aware of the idiosyncrasies of your pool, the better off you AND your pool will be. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!