The pool liner protects your pool's structure and helps contain leaks. Since pool liners can be expensive to replace prematurely, here are some steps that you can take to protect them—and have a cleaner and healthier pool overall.
Keep Proper Chemical Levels
There is a fine balance of pool chemicals that helps keep the pool healthy. For one, the chlorine in the pool helps to kill bacteria and prevent the growth of algae. But if it isn't balanced with the other pool chemicals to create a balanced pH, the effectiveness of your chemical system can become much lower. When bacteria and algae are allowed to thrive in a pool, they can start to break down the pool liner quickly.
Speak with your pool contractor about ways to maintain the pH in your pool more easily. It may be to install a device that allows you to easily read the pH of your pool. There are also systems that automatically monitor the pH of your pool and dispense chemicals as needed to keep the chemical levels balanced. Of course, regular visits from a pool contractor are key to making sure this equipment continues to function correctly and ensures that the chemicals aren't depleted.
As mentioned, debris and bacteria in the pool can break down the liner. So, regular cleanings are another key to protecting your pool liner. Clean at least once a week to prevent build up of debris, even more if you are using the pool frequently. Again, there are varying levels of equipment that require different degrees of input from you; some pool cleaning tools are handheld, while others skim the pool and pick up debris as they go along.
Keep Water Levels Consistent
Your pool liner may break down more quickly when it's exposed to the elements, rather than being kept submerged under chlorinated water. If you've ever let the water levels get too low, you may have noticed a sludge buildup along the liner where the water level used to be. You may want to invest in equipment to automate the water levels.
Have Regular Replacements
Even with regular care, the pool liner does need to be replaced every several years. Monitor the condition of your liner and speak with a pool contractor to determine the appropriate intervals for swimming pool liner replacement based on the amount that you use the pool, the type of liner, and your particular climate. A swimming pool liner replacement is key for your own health as well as the longevity of your pool.