Owning a swimming pool undoubtedly comes with plenty of perks! At the same time, though, owning a pool does come with some responsibilities. One of those includes necessary repairs. Just like anything else, when you watch for problems and make sure repairs are done before an issue gets out of control, you can save money — and ensure the ability to continue using your pool and enjoying all those wonderful pool perks!
Performing regular pool cleaning and maintenance will go a long way toward reducing the need for repairs, but no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to avoid the need for some repairs. By knowing the kinds of repairs pools tend to regularly require, you can look out for beginning signs and then budget for the inevitable. Vinyl liner swimming pools have some particular areas of repairs that can come up, so we’ll take a look at those issues first.
Vinyl Liner Pool Problems: Tears in Vinyl Liners
If you have a vinyl liner swimming pool, that thin vinyl can easily become torn. We’ve previously discussed ways to hopefully help you avoid the issue — like keeping toenails clipped and keeping pets out of your pool — but it may still occur. Minor snags in your pool’s vinyl liner can be a DIY project that costs only $20 or so. (Just purchase a standard vinyl liner patch and follow the directions.) More significant tears, however, will cost you $200 or more to get professionally fixed, and if you have to replace the entire liner, you could be adding another “0” to the amount.
Vinyl Liner Pool Problems: Popped Beads
In addition to rips or tears in the liner, vinyl liner swimming pools can require repairs for a popped bead. This can occur when the liner has not been properly fitted, but it can also happen due to fluctuations in temperature that cause the bead to weaken. When the liner pops out of the bead, a replacement bead often needs to be purchased and installed. The replacement bead will cost less than $1 per foot, which is often the only cost since this project is fairly easy to DIY.
Vinyl Liner Pool Problems: Failure of Exposed Liner
A third problem that presents a need for repair and is associated exclusively with vinyl liner swimming pools is failure of the exposed portion of the liner. What happens is that sunlight reflects off the water, causing premature aging of the portion of the liner that’s above the water line and, as a result, failure of the liner. This same kind of problem can result from chemical imbalances in the water, when they’re left untreated. To help reduce the chances of premature aging by extending your liner’s lifespan, you can purchase a protective shield. For 150 feet, you can expect to pay somewhere around $600.
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Alice Carroll says
Thanks for the explaining that tears are often one of the most common kinds of damages on swimming pool liners. I’d like to look for contractors that could work on inground swimming pool liner renovation because I’d like to start being able to swim more regularly again. I think that will help me slim down much faster.