Tips on Caring for your Pool and Pool Liner

Here you will find useful tips and frequently asked questions on getting the most from your Acqua Di Lusso pool liner.

Pool Liners

Can I install an above ground pool liner myself?

While we will always recommend a liner be installed by a professional installer, above ground pool liners are usually very straight forward designs and hence with care can be installed by the DIY person. We have an above ground pool liner installation guide  just for this. We do recommend that you read the installation guide throughly before attempting to install.

Can I install an inground pool liner myself?

Inground pool liners are very complex and require specialist knowledge to not only measure but to fit. Preparation is as important as the fitting process, and to get that perfect finish we can only recommend that an experienced pool builder fits your liner.

Can I let Animals into The Pool?

A quality pool liner can withstand some rough punishment, even from dogs. If you are not too sure, just try and push a fork through a piece of quality vinyl, it’s not easy! Ideally you won’t let a dog or any other animal into a pool, but if you must, make sure the claws are clipped, that way sharp claws are less likely to slice into the vinyl.

Also consider fibreglass or tile covered steps at pool entry points, these are more durable for animals. If you can’t cover the steps, you might also try a small animal ladder to help assist smaller animals to getting in and out. Always discourage animals from going near the sides and never let them exit from the sides. Lastly, common sense says NEVER let a dog or any other animal into a pool unsupervised.

After the dog has been in your pool, ensure to run the pool pump and remove hair that will accumulate. Make sure to wash your dog down afterwards too, they are just like people and can get skin irritations from prolonged contact to chlorine.

How do I maintain my new pool liner?

Generally there are only a few things you need to do to make sure you get the maximum life from your pool liner. Most are common sense and all will let you enjoy your pool to its maximum:

  • always maintain good water balance
  • never allow chlorine to come into direct contact with the pool liner. Always dilute first before adding or add and agitate so that the chlorine disperses quickly
  • keep your filtration system in good working order
  • never drain the pool so there is less than 300 mm in the shallow end. Removal of water for even short periods of time can allow the pool liner to shrink.
  • over time a “bathtub ring” will appear around the edge of the waterline. This is an accumulation of oils etc overtime. Always use a specially formulated cleaner from a pool shop to ensure the cleaner is suitable for pool liners. Always avoid abrasive cleaning methods such as scouring pads, as these can damage the liner.

should you have any questions, always consult your local pool shop, they can advise you properly on pool maintenance and care.

How do I measure my pool for a new liner?

Measuring your pool for a new liner will depend on the type of pool it is. For most above ground pools, it can be as simple as specifying the model and make of the pool as the majority of pools are made in standard sizes. For inground pool liners, the pool liner is custom made to fit and should be measured by a professional. For very complex pools a special 3D measuring tool is utilised to ensure an exacting fit.

Using A Pool Cover

Apart from regular maintenance, the next best thing you can do for your pool is to buy a pool cover, even a cheap one (although try not to buy too cheap, look for ones with at least a 2 year warranty). A properly fitted pool cover will save you a lot of time in maintenance and a lot of money in chemicals, and who doesn’t like that!

To fit a pool cover properly, it must be at least 75 mm wider all around the edge. This means the cover will fold up along the edges, forming a barrier. This can stop up to 95% of debris from entering the pool, plus it greatly reduces water evaporation. Chemical usage is also reduced but always consult with a local pool shop on the best chemical balance. For more information on pool covers visit http://www.fabricsolutions.com.au/swimming-pool-covers/

What are the advantages of a pool liner?

There are three main ways to build a pool – concrete, fibreglass and vinyl lined. While each has its own advantages and drawbacks, vinyl lined pools are an excellent choice due to:

  • the low initial cost
  • can be customised to any pool design. There are no limitations on width, depth, length and shape.
  • a vinyl liner is very smooth to the touch and is non-abrasive
  • a vinyl liner will not crack or peel like concrete or fibreglass
  • the vinyl is treated to resist algae and fungus. Also the vinyl liner will naturally inhibit algae growth because it is relatively non-porous.

Vinyl liners are also an excellent and economical way to refurbish or restore previously cracked pools.