Guide written by:
Tess, painting & decorating consultant, Brighton
Is the level of your pool water dropping on a regular basis? Your first step should be to check if your liner for damage. While pool liners have a service life of about 10 years – or up to 20 years for a reinforced liner – small tears or holes are not uncommon. These types of problems are usually caused by a liner that is too tight or too loose, sharp objects or even water that is too warm.
Luckily, it is often possible to patch up the liner without having to change the whole thing. All you need is a special glue and a patch of liner or a full repairs kit. That said, this method can only be used if the tear is relatively small. If it is too large, the patch will likely not last very long and you may eventually end up having to replace the whole liner.
No particular skills are required. You will simply have to be able to locate the leak, clean the liner, cut and glue on the patch. It's also important to read and follow all instructions carefully.
1 hour or more for a complicated leak.
Please note: this is a non-exhaustive list; be sure to match your personal protective equipment to the job at hand.
Inspect your pool liner carefully to find out where it is leaking.
The leak may be above or below the water line.
A dye test can be used to locate a leak if you are having trouble finding it or if you believe that the leak is under the water. To use a dye kit, start by turning off the filtration system. Next, pour the dye around where you think the tear or hole might be. If there is a leak, the dye will work its way towards it.
If you have a deep pool, it's also possible to use pool leak detection equipment, such as inspection cameras or thermal imaging cameras, to locate a tear. But beware: underwater cameras can be quite expensive.
Once you've located the leak, don't forget to mark out its position to be sure to find it again easily. You can use water-resistant tape that you can remove later on.
It is essential to clean the surface thoroughly before attempting to repair the liner. If you fail to do so, the glue may not adhere properly to the liner.
Be sure to use a specially designed pool liner cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge.
Use scissors to cut the piece of pool liner down to size ensuring it is at least 2 cm larger on all sides than the tear itself.
Don't forget to round off the corners to stop the patch from peeling and letting in water.
The process of gluing on your pool liner patch will differ depending on whether the tear is above or below the water line.
In either case, make sure to follow the glue or repair kit instructions to the letter.
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