Common things people get wrong with a pool liner

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Published on March 14, 2014

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Pool liners are a great choice for rejuvenating a pool, there are however several points that people overlook, stopping them from getting the most from their pool.

Common things people get wrong with a pool liner Pool liners are a great choice for rejuvenating a pool, there are however several points that people overlook, stopping them from getting the most from their pool. Ignoring Pool Chemistry. Vinyl pool liners are made with a high chemical resistance; however prolonged contact to high levels of chlorine will still bleach the liner. To avoid this make sure only diluted chlorine is added (or chlorine is not just added in one spot, but spread over an area) and that tablets are not allowed to rest on the liner. Also watch the pH levels, too low and the water becomes acidic, weakening the liner and too high, you get calcium deposits. Of course most modern pools today are salt pools and rarely require chlorine to be added. Letting Dogs 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 into a pool, but if you must, make sure the dog’s 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. Algae, leaves and other debris stain the sides. We all know that cleaning a pool is not the most fun thing you can be doing, but letting organic matter build up can stain a pool liner if left for too long. Any regular pool maintenance will include a quick skim to remove leaves and debris, plus a quick brush down of any algae or calcium build up. Non Use of a Pool Cover or Blanket 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!). 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. So What is a Pool Covers? Most pool covers are essentially the same, in that they are some sort of plastic cover in which the primary function is to reduce water evaporating and stopping debris from entering the pool. They are typically made with bubble in them, so as to help trap heat and act as an insulator. Pool covers also come in a range of thicknesses, typically ranging from 400 micron to 600 micron. Generally the thicker the blanket, the better it will perform in terms of heat retention and longevity. Safety Covers One other type of pool cover is a safety cover made from either a mesh or a solid material. Both are stretched taut over the pool and anchored firmly around the edges. These are designed to stop people accidentally falling in. Mesh covers are porous and will stop leaves, twigs etc, but still allow water through. Solid covers will block absolutely everything, but may accumulate water on the surface that could pose a safety hazard and should be removed. Make Sure You Get The Right Product When looking for a pool blanket, like many of the things we buy these days, you get what you paid for. So when looking for value for money, look for products with the Smart Approved Watermark. Smart Approved WaterMark is Australia’s water saving labelling program for products and services that are helping reduce water use around the home. By choosing products with the distinctive Smart Approved WaterMark label you can be confident you’re doing your bit to reduce water use around your pool. For More Information Visit: - Dam Liner

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