A pool liner is a flexible plastic cover that is stretched along the sides of a swimming pool. For in-ground pools, the liners take on the exact shape of the pool since it overlays the surface of the walls. In above-ground pools, the liners are more like a hanging pocket, overlapping/draping over the side of the pool’s wall. The primary purpose of liners is to retain water within the swimming pool.
The average lifespan of a pool liner is between 10 to 12 years, or even longer, depending on the quality of the coating, its installation and maintenance. However, some signs of premature wear may also show up. Here are some of the signs that your pool liner needs repair!
You should think about repairing your pool liner when you notice:
1) A Change in Colour
The liner can be stained or whiten over time, especially under the effect of UV, excessive use of chemicals and irregular or incomplete maintenance. A liner that changes colour is a liner that requires a repair!
2) Wrinkles and Stretching
Another sign that your pool liner requires a change is stretching and the presence of wrinkles. When wrinkles start appearing on the walls, the bottom, in the corners or even near fittings like the drains, skimmers, skimmers etc., this indicates that it is losing its elasticity. No matter the cause or spot of the wrinkles, they are more severe than you think and require immediate repair!
The formation of cracks and holes in the liner are also signs of deterioration. Although liner repair kits exist, after several cracks, it is advisable to change it due to the risks they pose. Over time the present cracks may cause water leaks which can alter the structure of the pool itself. Moreover, all kinds of dirt and impurities can also get into the water.
4) A Service Life Largely Exceeded
As you probably know, the pool liner does not last forever. The average lifespan of a liner is 10 years. But there are other factors also that reduce its durability:
- The quality of your liner: the thinner it is, the less resistant it will be.
- Maintaining your liner: If not properly maintained, it will last for a shorter period.
- Your pool treatment: The abuse of chemical treatment can cause damage to liners in an instant.
- The number of swimmers: the more frequented your pool, the faster the liner will wear out.
If you’re planning to change your pool liner soon and need professional help, do not hesitate to contact Leakinc. Their team will be there to help you find the solution that suits your needs and provide you with valuable advice and tips!