No homeowner loves the word “repair”, and that certainly goes for aboveground pool liner repair, as well. Pool repairs of any kind can not only be costly, but they can stand in the way of you fully enjoying your backyard oasis. In order to keep your liner in the best shape for as long as possible, we recommend:
1. Maintaining good water balance. As long as this is being done on a regular basis, you’ll substantially increase the life of your liner.
- The best pool pH typically ranges between 7.4 to 7.6
- Alkalinity should be between 80 and 120ppm
- Calcium hardness should stay between 200 and 400ppm
2. Watch your use of chlorine. Chlorine shouldn’t come in contact with the liner before it has been fully dissolved in water. With granular and tableted chlorine, dissolve in water first then disperse throughout the water. If you use liquid chlorine, add to the water and agitate it to disperse.
3. Never drain the pool completely. Always keep about one foot of water in the shallow end because the liner can shrink if the water pressure is too low.
4. Repair small tears immediately with a special patching glue that can be used underwater. It’s not necessary to have to drain the pool.