Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
©hartsell pools 2017
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Vinyl Pool Care

Proper Care Ensures Long Life for Vinyl Pool Liners
Homeowners with backyard swimming pools depend on vinyl pool liners to keep their pools looking beautiful season after season. Nearly 70 percent of the residential pools in the United States rely on durable and easy-to-clean printed flexible vinyl to protect the interior pool surface from environmental elements and manmade conditions. From sunlight and temperature fluctuation to chemicals and careless cleaning, this surface is exposed to numerous hazards. The most common causes of damage to vinyl pool liners are premature pattern wear due to abrasive cleaning tools and bleaching due to improper chemical balance. These two factors, exclusively or in combination, can attack the vinyl liner and cause premature aging. If you're one of the five million North American homeowners fortunate enough to have a pool with a vinyl liner, follow these simple tips to lengthen its years of service: Prior to installation, read and follow the chemical manufacturers' directions. Many liner problems are a result of misuse of chemicals. When adding chemicals, add one chemical at a time, add each dissolved chemical through the skimmer for best dispersion into the pool (through the filtration system).Allow each chemical to circulate throughout the pool before adding a second chemical. Certain combinations of chemicals at a high concentration can cause bleaching of the liner. You should test for the presence of dissolved metals, because they may directly stain the vinyl liner or combine with calcium hardness to form discolored deposits. Maintain proper water balance: pH in the range of 7.2 to 7.6; total alkalinity at 80 ppm to 100 ppm; and calcium hardness at 200 ppm to 300 ppm. Keep free chlorine, the most common active ingredient that sanitizes the pool, at 1.5 ppm to 2.5 ppm. If the concentration drifts below 1.5 ppm, algae and bacterial growth can take hold more easily and may cause staining of the vinyl liner. If the active chlorine concentration is maintained greater than 2.5 ppm, liner wrinkling may occur. This problem can be further aggravated if accompanied by pH levels that fall below 7.0. All vinyl pools must be routinely stabilized with cyanuric acid in a range between 25 ppm and 100 ppm. A level of less than 25 ppm combined with a pH level of less than 7.0 can cause the liner to form wrinkles. Avoid using hydrochloric (muriatic) acid for pH adjustment because it will chemically attack the liner's print pattern. Use hydrochloric acid for total alkalinity reduction only, since much of the acid is consumed in the process. Seasonal Care Avoid the use of any abrasive cleaning agents or cleaning aids. Vacuum and clean the pool with a cleaner designed for vinyl lined pools. Never use sharp objects in or around the pool, as they can puncture the liner. After the chemicals have dissipated, cover your pool when it's not in use. This will decrease its exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. Less chemicals are required if your pool is covered and/or not used. To avoid high concentrations of airborne chemicals building up between the water and the cover, open or vent the cover every 24 hours. Do not drain the pool completely for any reason without consulting a pool professional. The older the liner, the higher the risk that it will shrink and not stretch back into its original shape.Never close a pool without circulating the pool water for several hours after the addition of chemicals. Pool ladders, make sure the rubber bumpers that protect the ends of the ladder from the vinyl liner are always used. Never allow the use of a ladder in your pool that does not have both rubber bumpers firmly in place. If the bumpers are lost or worn through, then the ladder will cut the liner. Do not use the ladder, or remove the ladder from the pool, until you have new bumpers on the ladder. Clean the vinyl liner at the water line of all residue and scum that will accumulate as a result of people using the pool and all substances floating at the surface of the water like suntan oil, dust, dirt etc. Take special care to clean any area at the water surface where the sun hits directly for a long period of the day. DO NOT USE ABRASIVE PADS OR ANY CLEANER THAT IS ABRASIVE. Use a dealer-approved vinyl cleaner and apply it with a sponge. Suntan oil badly stains vinyl due to iodine and other caustic chemicals it contains. Without proper removal, these chemicals will become baked on by the sun and will eat away the finish of the vinyl. Ultimately, the stains will degrade the vinyl, causing it to crack and break. The combination of sunshine, pool chlorine and suntan oil is fatal to vinyl.
Chemical Maintenance
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
Serving the DFW area since 1989
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
©hartsell pools 2017
Call Today

Vinyl Pool Care

Proper Care Ensures Long Life for Vinyl Pool Liners
Homeowners with backyard swimming pools depend on vinyl pool liners to keep their pools looking beautiful season after season. Nearly 70 percent of the residential pools in the United States rely on durable and easy-to-clean printed flexible vinyl to protect the interior pool surface from environmental elements and manmade conditions. From sunlight and temperature fluctuation to chemicals and careless cleaning, this surface is exposed to numerous hazards. The most common causes of damage to vinyl pool liners are premature pattern wear due to abrasive cleaning tools and bleaching due to improper chemical balance. These two factors, exclusively or in combination, can attack the vinyl liner and cause premature aging. If you're one of the five million North American homeowners fortunate enough to have a pool with a vinyl liner, follow these simple tips to lengthen its years of service: Prior to installation, read and follow the chemical manufacturers' directions. Many liner problems are a result of misuse of chemicals. When adding chemicals, add one chemical at a time, add each dissolved chemical through the skimmer for best dispersion into the pool (through the filtration system).Allow each chemical to circulate throughout the pool before adding a second chemical. Certain combinations of chemicals at a high concentration can cause bleaching of the liner. You should test for the presence of dissolved metals, because they may directly stain the vinyl liner or combine with calcium hardness to form discolored deposits. Maintain proper water balance: pH in the range of 7.2 to 7.6; total alkalinity at 80 ppm to 100 ppm; and calcium hardness at 200 ppm to 300 ppm. Keep free chlorine, the most common active ingredient that sanitizes the pool, at 1.5 ppm to 2.5 ppm. If the concentration drifts below 1.5 ppm, algae and bacterial growth can take hold more easily and may cause staining of the vinyl liner. If the active chlorine concentration is maintained greater than 2.5 ppm, liner wrinkling may occur. This problem can be further aggravated if accompanied by pH levels that fall below 7.0. All vinyl pools must be routinely stabilized with cyanuric acid in a range between 25 ppm and 100 ppm. A level of less than 25 ppm combined with a pH level of less than 7.0 can cause the liner to form wrinkles. Avoid using hydrochloric (muriatic) acid for pH adjustment because it will chemically attack the liner's print pattern. Use hydrochloric acid for total alkalinity reduction only, since much of the acid is consumed in the process. Seasonal Care Avoid the use of any abrasive cleaning agents or cleaning aids. Vacuum and clean the pool with a cleaner designed for vinyl lined pools. Never use sharp objects in or around the pool, as they can puncture the liner. After the chemicals have dissipated, cover your pool when it's not in use. This will decrease its exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. Less chemicals are required if your pool is covered and/or not used. To avoid high concentrations of airborne chemicals building up between the water and the cover, open or vent the cover every 24 hours. Do not drain the pool completely for any reason without consulting a pool professional. The older the liner, the higher the risk that it will shrink and not stretch back into its original shape.Never close a pool without circulating the pool water for several hours after the addition of chemicals. Pool ladders, make sure the rubber bumpers that protect the ends of the ladder from the vinyl liner are always used. Never allow the use of a ladder in your pool that does not have both rubber bumpers firmly in place. If the bumpers are lost or worn through, then the ladder will cut the liner. Do not use the ladder, or remove the ladder from the pool, until you have new bumpers on the ladder. Clean the vinyl liner at the water line of all residue and scum that will accumulate as a result of people using the pool and all substances floating at the surface of the water like suntan oil, dust, dirt etc. Take special care to clean any area at the water surface where the sun hits directly for a long period of the day. DO NOT USE ABRASIVE PADS OR ANY CLEANER THAT IS ABRASIVE. Use a dealer-approved vinyl cleaner and apply it with a sponge. Suntan oil badly stains vinyl due to iodine and other caustic chemicals it contains. Without proper removal, these chemicals will become baked on by the sun and will eat away the finish of the vinyl. Ultimately, the stains will degrade the vinyl, causing it to crack and break. The combination of sunshine, pool chlorine and suntan oil is fatal to vinyl.
Chemical Maintenance