With the summer months just around the corner it is the perfect time to give your pool a little TLC and make sure it can handle a season full of backyard barbecues, swimming laps and late night dips. If you’re facing the task of repairing a punctured, torn or stretched pool liner this year, be sure to follow these easy DIY repair steps to get your pool back in working order in no time! Owning a pool comes with plenty of responsibilities, but once you have a regular care and maintenance routine down you can enjoy your pool all summer long.
Repair Your Pool Liner and Enjoy a Summer Full of Fun!
If you can’t wait to get out in your own pool, playing pool games, drinking cocktails and just enjoying friends and family. But unfortunately, sagging, punctured or torn pool liners are an all-too familiar sight for many homeowners at the beginning of the summer season. While your pool liner should be changed every 7 to 10 years, in most cases stretched, punctured or sagging liners can be fixed in just minutes.
3 Easy DIY Pool Repair Options
Option 1: Boil Your Pool Liner
For this method you’ll need to boil a kettle of water beforehand. Depending on how large your liner is, several kettles of boiling water may be needed to complete the task.
Step 1: Use your kettle or a long-necked watering can to pour the hot water directly on to the sagging vinyl, just below the top edge, in a slow back and forth motion. Be careful not to pour directly onto the topmost part of the vinyl.
Step 2: Carefully grasp the top edge of the vinyl, after the hot water has softened it. Pull the vinyl up above the track, so that when you let go it stays just above the track itself. Remember that it may take several kettles of hot water before the liner is warm enough to become pliable.
If necessary, lower the water level to help increase the amount of vinyl that you can stretch. This job is easier to complete with 2 people so one can pull while the other pours, but it can be slowly completed by 1 person if needed.
Step 3: Once the liner is sufficiently stretched, begin to twist the top edge and push it back into the metal track. You should be able to feel the V-shaped groove on the liner easily slip into the groove in the metal track.
Step 4: Keep the liner in place with the help of wooden paint stirrers or plastic jamming pieces from your local pool supply, being careful not to tear the liner.
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Option 2: Blow Dry Your Liner
For this method you’ll need an extension chord and heat gun or hair dryer. Exercise extreme caution when using electrical appliances near the pool.
Step 1: Carefully heat the sagging area of the liner by using your blow dryer to heat the vinyl. Aim the heat about 2 to 3 inches away from the liner and keep it moving in a back and forth motion to keep from over-heating a specific spot on the liner.
Step 2: Once the vinyl is pliable, slowly pull it up over the track so that it stays above the track after you let go. Beginning at one end of the liner,. slowly push the liner back into the track. Take special care to feel for the V-shaped groove on the liner to connect with the track itself.
Step 3: Secure the liner with the help of wooden paint stirrers or plastic jamming pieces. Jam the pieces between the top of the plastic and the underside of your metal pool rim.
Option 3: Patch It Up
Small holes and tears are very common when using vinyl pool liners.Luckily, these minor issues can easily be prepared before you hit the pool this summer. To repair, simply purchase a vinyl patch kit that is made specifically for use on swimming pools and follow the directions accordingly.
Pro Tip 1: Instead of using a common square or rectangular patch, cut your patch to size in the shape of a circle. This will help to avoid sharp edges that can peel off over time.
Pro Tip 2: If you can’t find a patch kit that will match your pool liners existing design you can place the patch on the underside to help keep your pool looking good all summer long.