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Always maintain your swimming pool water at the proper levels:
pH between 7.2-7.8, ideally at 7.6
Total alkalinity 80-150 ppm, ideally 120 ppm
Calcium Hardness approximately 175-300 ppm, ideally 225 ppm
Free chlorine residual between 1.0-3 ppm
Biguanide level of 30-50ppm
2. Do not let the pH of the water drop below 7.2.
A low pH level can cause the liner to form
wrinkles. Maintaining a proper Total Alkalinity level will help stabilize your pH reading.
3. You should avoid using hydrochloric (muriatic) acid to adjust pH or Total Alkalinity.
Use a pH
Minus (sodium bisulphate) unless an extreme Total Alkalinity would require a muriatic acid to
be recommended by your pool dealer, in which case you would need to follow
recommendations closely to avoid damage to pool liner.
4. Have your water tested by your professional pool dealer for the presence of dissolved metals
or excess minerals that may be present from your water source.
have your water
to adding chemicals as any dissolved metals in the water can cause staining of
the walls and bottom of your pool liner when combined with chemicals.
5. Always follow exact manufacturer’s recommendations when adding chemicals to your pool.
directions require diluting or dissolving a chemical be certain that you follow these directions.
Concentrated chemicals near the waterline or pool floor can cause bleaching of the color or
pattern and or damage to the liner.
Don’t mix chemicals together or add into the pool at the
same time. Combinations of chemicals that alone would not have an affect on your liner can be
detrimental when combined.
Water should be circulating when chemicals are added (unless
otherwise directed).
6. When closing your pool for the season always let the water circulate for several hours (follow
closing chemical directions) after the final addition of chemicals before shutting down the
system. Even liquid chlorine can become concentrated in the water at the deep end of your
pool and this can cause bleaching of the liner’s color.
7. Be sure all organic debris (leaves, worms, etc) are removed from pool bottom prior to closing
to prevent staining of the liner. Always close your pool with a properly sized winter pool cover
that fits tightly around the entire edge of the pool to prevent the accumulation of debris that can
cause staining.
use cinder blocks or other sharp edged, heavy materials to hold down
winter cover- use only water tubes or an anchored safety cover.
8. Do NOT use abrasive cleaners or cleaning tools such as scouring powders, steel wool pads or
sharp bristled brushes on your liner. Use only a recommended tile and vinyl cleaner to clean
the water line.
9. DO NOT drain your pool (other than directed for winter closing).
Your pool should remain filled
with water at all times.
10. TIP: It’s a good idea to always leave your vacuum head or maintenance brush attached to your
vacuum pole. A pole with an open end (nothing attached) can cause a puncture or damage to
the liner if it ends up in the pool.
If you have a small section of beaded liner that pulls out of the receiver track you may reinstall
by pouring very hot water over the liner to make the vinyl supple enough to pull up and snap
into the liner bead receiver track.
In the unlikely event that you would get a small hole or tear in your liner it can easily be
repaired with a patch kit from your pool dealer.
Simply cut a circular patch of vinyl material,
apply adhesive and fold over. Once underneath the water, quickly unfold the patch and place it
over the hole. Apply pressure to the patch for 1 to 2 minutes and the vinyl patch will bond to
the vinyl liner creating a water tight seal.