Just because you have a hole in your liner doesn't mean it's the end of your swimming pool days. This may be something you can repair with a swimming pool liner patch kit. There may be times when that hole or tear in your liner is not repairable though. Read on for tips to help you repair your pool liner and when you should just invest in a new liner instead.
When Can A Liner Be Repaired?
Pool liners can be repaired if the tear is not too large. Minor holes and tears can be repaired, but if your liner tear is so large that when you attempt to repair it, it just rips more, it's best to just get your liner replaced instead. If your liner just has a small tear or a minor hole, you can use a vinyl patch repair kit to repair your pool. This is something you can do all on your own, and is fairly simple to do. You can find a repair kit at your local swimming pool supply store.
How Do You Repair A Liner?
To repair your pool liner, you just need to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the repair kit. You should drain the water from your pool below where the hole or tear is in your liner so you can have a dry space to work with. When you drain the water from your pool, you need to do it when the sun is not at its peak time. The sun shining down on your pool liner can cause your liner to shrink further and leave you with more than a minor tear to deal with. Once the water level is down, you can dry the area thoroughly, then inspect the hole/tear. Cut the patch so it's at least 6 inches larger than the hole/tear itself all the way around. Apply the adhesive that came with your kit to the patch and to the liner itself. Apply the patch to the area and smooth it out. Allow the patch to dry and adhere properly before you add water to your pool again. If your tear was at the bottom of your pool, this can be a tricky repair to do, as you'll have to empty nearly all of the water from your pool.
If you have a major tear or a hole that you aren't able to repair yourself, you should have your liner replaced instead or repaired. If you don't think you can repair a hole in your liner yourself, hire a pool repair professional to repair your liner for you. Reach out to a local company like All-American Pools.