Pools are an exciting way to liven up a property, providing not only entertainment but also exercise options and an oasis in which to relax and unwind. Vinyl inground pools can last for many years when properly cared for, making it important to clean and maintain your pool regularly.
Pool maintenance and upkeep should be done on a regular basis; creating a schedule prevents a backup of debris and algae and can help prevent service calls. Here’s how to clean and maintain your vinyl inground pool to get the most enjoyment from your oasis for as long as possible.
How Often to Clean Your Vinyl Inground Pool
Basic cleaning, such as skimming out debris, should be scheduled according to your pool’s environment. Those who live in an open area with minimal exposure to debris should plan to clean a vinyl inground pool once per week. If the area is surrounded by trees that drop leaves, seed pods and attract bugs, you may need to clean your pool every few days.
Brushing your pool should be included in your weekly routine. Staying on top of this maintenance will make it easy to do and provides an ideal time to check on areas of the pool, such as drains and filter baskets, to make sure all are working properly.
How to Clean a Vinyl Pool
For the two most frequent cleaning tasks, brushing and skimming, be sure to have the right tools and methods. Your pool brush should have soft bristles, or you may use a sponge that is wiped across the liner both vertically and horizontally.
Be sure to pass the brush or sponge in both directions to avoid leaving streaks of uncleaned debris or buildup. Each time you use the skimmer, check the frame of the net to make sure it has no rough spots or edges that can scratch your liner. Other maintenance that should be a regular part of your routine include:
- Water chemistry balancing – The right chemicals in the correct concentrations are important in all pools, including inground vinyl pools. Check the water chemistry when you do your weekly brushing, or sooner if you notice increased algae growth or water change. Proper level can prevent both bacteria and scaling.
- Purge the waterline – When the water in your pool consistently stays at the same level, the oils, dirt and other detritus that sit on top of the water can begin to stain your pool in a line. A cleaning solution made for vinyl liners can protect against this while simultaneously helping to shield your pool from UV rays.
- Avoid chemical contact – Keep your vinyl liner safe as you rebalance the chemicals in your pool. Never allow chlorine crystals to rest on the liner while they dissolve. Instead, dissolve them first in a bucket, then evenly distribute it into the pool. If you must pour crystals directly into the pool, keep the water agitated to ensure that they do not rest undisturbed on the vinyl liner until they dissolve.
Removing Stains and Wrinkles
If your pool is suffering from minor stains or wrinkles, there are some steps you can take. Stain removers created for vinyl liners are available and a good place to start. A chlorine shock treatment can also be effective in removing pool stains if they are caused by algae or bacteria.
Tougher stains that require refurbishing are best left to a professional. For wrinkles, walk along the bottom of the pool in bare feet, spreading out the wrinkles toward the walls. Alternatively, a plunger may be used to pull the vinyl liner to drag the wrinkle out.
For assistance identifying the cause of and correcting major wrinkles and stains, contact a professional.
Implementing regular maintenance and preventative measures regularly will help keep your vinyl inground pool in good condition. Purchasing a pool cover can prevent multiple issues, including UV deterioration, filter clogging and the need for scooping debris every few days. Vinyl pool covers are available in mesh options or as a solid cover.
Additionally, never drain your pool completely. The vinyl liner of your inground pool is meant to stay wet even when being cleaned; if it dries, it can wrinkle, tear or stretch in ways that shorten the lifespan of your pool. If a repair requires full draining, enlist the services of a professional.
For Vinyl Inground Pool Repair, Trust the Pros
Whether you want to install a new pool for the first time or need help with a substantial refurbishing project on your existing pool, always feel confident in reaching out to the experts.
The professionals at Masten Pools have more than 30 years of experience installing, renovating and repairing vinyl inground pools for in Maryland and Delaware. Contact our team of professionals to schedule an appointment or for more information.