Over the past several months, our pools have remained dormant under winter tarps and safety covers, so we haven’t been giving them much thought.
But spring is nearly here in the Okanagan, which mean swimming season is quickly approaching. And springtime in Kelowna means it’s time to start thinking about your pool to get it summer ready.
For those of you with vinyl liner swimming pools, it’s important to start considering the state of your liner—whether it can last another season, or if it needs to be replaced.
Typically, a pool liner in a vinyl swimming pool will last you approximately 10 to 15 years.
Many factors will affect its lifespan, including water chemistry, sunlight, and general wear and tear.
If you don’t really know if it’s time to change your liner or not, here are telltale signs that it
Tears and Cracks
Typically, Vinyl pool liners deteriorate over the years due to pool chemicals and the sun’s strong UV rays. The usual sign of UV or chemical damage is tearing and cracking in your liner.
Although a tear or crack here and there can be temporarily repaired, if they are all over your liner, you will definitely need to replace it.
Tears can lead to leakage and water damage, which can be a very costly repair.
Fading and Stains
It’s normal for liners to fade over time because of the water and the sun. But extreme fading can be a sign of the true age of the liner. And of course, if the liner gets too old, it must be changed.
You should monitor your liner for rust stains and algae buildup as well. These types of stains are sometimes impossible to remove. So, if you want to brighten up your liner and give new life to your pool, it’s time to change the liner.
Wrinkles, Slippage, and Stretching
After a few years, vinyl liners will lose their elasticity.
You can see this as loose fittings around the return jets and skimmers.
So, if you see this in your pool, it’s a good sign that your liner has aged quite a bit and needs to be replaced.
Leaking / Water Loss
If you notice that your pool has been losing quite a bit of water, it may be because of a failing liner.
An old liner can cause seeping water to corrode the pool walls and wash away the dirt beneath.
Although this is an extreme scenario, it’s important to get your liner checked out before something bad happens. It’s always easier (and cheaper) to prevent an issue before it even happens.
Are you still not sure if you need a new liner or not? Contact Valley Pool and Spa for more information. We can help you determine what is best for you and your pool.
We also offer a wide selection of high-quality pool liners. Come into the store to browse through all the beautiful patterns and designs.