Do you remember that great feeling of having a brand new pool in your backyard? The vibrant colors and patterns of the liner shining in the sun, waiting for you to jump in? The vinyl liner in your pool can last from 10 to 15 years, if properly maintained. However, there are factors that can affect its lifespan, such as not keeping the water balanced. Even if you do everything in your power to protect your liner, there comes a time when you need to replace it. Here are some signs that indicate when the time has come.
Fades and Stains
You can’t keep the vibrant colors and patterns forever. Over time, exposure to chemicals and UV rays will make your vinyl liner fade, as well as the patterns. Keep an eye out for algae, stains, and rust buildup. These are very difficult to remove. But the problem isn’t just the aesthetics here. With fading comes a loss of plasticizers, which keep the vinyl liner flexible. Therefore, the liner becomes brittle and doesn’t expand and contract as easily as before.
Has the water level inside your pool gotten smaller? Use a simple bucket test to determine if the water loss is due to natural evaporation or from a leak. Leaks that are below the water surface are not easy to spot. This is why you should monitor your water levels, to catch a problem before it becomes a serious issue. Although some leaks can be fixed individually, more often than not you will need to get a liner replacement.
Tearing and Cracking
If you are experiencing water loss, you could be dealing with cracks or tears in the liner. When the liner becomes brittle, it can easily tear. These cracks will continue to grow in size, which will result in even higher water loss. But that’s not all. If water leaks under the liner, the pool base will get damaged. This will lead to even higher expenses, if you don’t take care of it soon.
Stretching and Wrinkles
A new, properly installed vinyl liner fits your pool’s surfaces like a glove. However, as the liner ages, wrinkles will start to appear. This is because it loses elasticity and plasticity. Once it begins stretching, wrinkles will form. Wrinkles can appear on the corners, on the bottom, or near fittings, such as drains. Although this can be due to age, damaged under-floor or under-wall spots can be the cause as well.
Liner Bead Problems
If the bead of the liner has popped out, and it doesn’t want to go back in, you might need professional help or a liner replacement. Most often, this problem appears at the corners of the pool, but it can happen anywhere along the walls.
Get in Touch with DMG Pool Builders
DMG Pool Builders offers professional vinyl pool services in Houston and surrounding areas. Our expert team can handle any pool project that comes our way. We install, repair, replace, remove, and provide maintenance to your vinyl pool. If your vinyl liner needs to be replaced, give us a call. We offer affordable and timely services, and our number one priority is your satisfaction. Let’s keep your pool looking brand new!