Hartsell Pool Renovations
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Vinyl Pool Care

Proper Care Ensures Long Life for Vinyl Pool Liners
Homeowners   with   backyard   swimming   pools   depend   on   vinyl pool    liners    to    keep    their    pools    looking    beautiful    season    after season.   Nearly   70   percent   of   the   residential   pools   in   the   United States   rely   on   durable   and   easy-to-clean   printed   flexible   vinyl   to protect   the   interior   pool   surface   from   environmental   elements   and manmade conditions. From   sunlight   and   temperature   fluctuation   to   chemicals   and careless   cleaning,   this   surface   is   exposed   to   numerous   hazards. The    most    common    causes    of    damage    to    vinyl    pool    liners    are premature    pattern    wear    due    to    abrasive    cleaning    tools    and bleaching   due   to   improper   chemical   balance.   These   two   factors, exclusively   or   in   combination,   can   attack   the   vinyl   liner   and   cause premature aging. If   you're   one   of   the   five   million   North   American   homeowners fortunate   enough   to   have   a   pool   with   a   vinyl   liner,   follow   these simple tips to lengthen its years of service: Prior   to   installation,   read   and   follow   the   chemical   manufacturers' directions. Many liner problems are a result of misuse of chemicals. When   adding   chemicals,   add   one   chemical   at   a   time,   add   each   dissolved   chemical   through   the skimmer   for   best   dispersion   into   the   pool   (through   the   filtration   system).Allow   each   chemical   to circulate    throughout    the    pool    before    adding    a    second    chemical.    Certain    combinations    of chemicals at a high concentration can cause bleaching of the liner. You should test for the   presence   of   dissolved   metals,   because   they   may   directly   stain   the   vinyl   liner   or   combine with calcium hardness to form discolored deposits. Maintain   proper   water   balance:   pH   in   the   range   of   7.2   to   7.6;   total   alkalinity   at   80   ppm   to   100 ppm;   and   calcium   hardness   at   200   ppm   to   300   ppm.   Keep   free   chlorine,   the   most   common   active ingredient   that   sanitizes   the   pool,   at   1.5   ppm   to   2.5   ppm.   If   the   concentration   drifts   below   1.5 ppm,   algae   and   bacterial   growth   can   take   hold   more   easily   and   may   cause   staining   of   the   vinyl liner.   If   the   active   chlorine   concentration   is   maintained   greater   than   2.5   ppm,   liner   wrinkling may   occur.   This   problem   can   be   further   aggravated   if   accompanied   by   pH   levels   that   fall   below 7.0. All   vinyl   pools   must   be   routinely   stabilized   with   cyanuric   acid   in   a   range   between   25   ppm and   100   ppm.   A   level   of   less   than   25   ppm   combined   with   a   pH   level   of   less   than   7.0   can   cause   the liner   to   form   wrinkles.   Avoid   using   hydrochloric   (muriatic)   acid   for   pH   adjustment   because   it   will chemically   attack   the   liner's   print   pattern.   Use   hydrochloric   acid   for   total   alkalinity   reduction only, since much of the acid is consumed in the process. Seasonal Care Avoid   the   use   of   any   abrasive   cleaning   agents   or   cleaning   aids.   Vacuum   and   clean   the   pool with   a   cleaner   designed   for   vinyl   lined   pools.   Never   use   sharp   objects   in   or   around   the   pool,   as they   can   puncture   the   liner.   After   the   chemicals   have   dissipated,   cover   your   pool   when   it's   not   in use.   This   will   decrease   its   exposure   to   damaging   ultraviolet   rays.   Less   chemicals   are   required   if your    pool    is    covered    and/or    not    used.    To    avoid    high    concentrations    of    airborne    chemicals building up between the water and the cover, open or vent the cover every 24 hours.   Do   not   drain   the   pool   completely   for   any   reason   without   consulting   a   pool   professional. The   older   the   liner,   the   higher   the   risk   that   it   will   shrink   and   not   stretch   back   into   its   original shape.Never   close   a   pool   without   circulating   the   pool   water   for   several   hours   after   the   addition of chemicals. Pool   ladders,   make   sure   the   rubber   bumpers   that   protect    the   ends   of   the   ladder   from   the vinyl   liner   are   always   used.   Never   allow   the   use   of   a   ladder   in   your   pool   that   does   not   have   both rubber   bumpers   firmly   in   place.   If   the   bumpers   are   lost   or   worn   through,   then   the   ladder   will   cut the   liner.   Do   not   use   the   ladder,   or   remove   the   ladder   from   the   pool,   until   you   have   new   bumpers on   the   ladder.   Clean   the   vinyl   liner   at   the   water   line   of   all   residue   and   scum   that   will   accumulate as   a   result   of   people   using   the   pool   and   all   substances   floating   at   the   surface   of   the   water   like suntan   oil,   dust,   dirt   etc.   Take   special   care   to   clean   any   area   at   the   water   surface   where   the   sun hits   directly   for   a   long   period   of   the   day.   DO   NOT   USE   ABRASIVE   PADS   OR   ANY   CLEANER   THAT   IS ABRASIVE. Use a dealer-approved vinyl cleaner and apply it with a sponge. Suntan   oil   badly   stains   vinyl   due   to   iodine   and   other   caustic   chemicals   it   contains.   Without proper   removal,   these   chemicals   will   become   baked   on   by   the   sun   and   will   eat   away   the   finish   of the    vinyl.    Ultimately,    the    stains    will    degrade    the    vinyl,    causing    it    to    crack    and    break.    The combination of sunshine, pool chlorine and suntan oil is fatal to vinyl.
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Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
Serving the DFW area since 1989
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
©hartsell pools 2017
Call Today

Vinyl Pool Care

Proper Care Ensures Long Life for Vinyl Pool Liners
Homeowners     with     backyard     swimming pools   depend   on   vinyl   pool   liners   to   keep   their pools    looking    beautiful    season    after    season. Nearly   70   percent   of   the   residential   pools   in the   United   States   rely   on   durable   and   easy-to- clean    printed    flexible    vinyl    to    protect    the interior     pool     surface     from     environmental elements and manmade conditions. From          sunlight          and          temperature fluctuation   to   chemicals   and   careless   cleaning, this   surface   is   exposed   to   numerous   hazards. The   most   common   causes   of   damage   to   vinyl pool   liners   are   premature   pattern   wear   due   to abrasive   cleaning   tools   and   bleaching   due   to improper   chemical   balance.   These   two   factors, exclusively   or   in   combination,   can   attack   the vinyl liner and cause premature aging. If    you're    one    of    the    five    million    North American    homeowners    fortunate    enough    to have    a    pool    with    a    vinyl    liner,    follow    these simple tips to lengthen its years of service: Prior     to     installation,     read     and     follow     the chemical      manufacturers'      directions.      Many liner     problems     are     a     result     of     misuse     of chemicals. When   adding   chemicals,   add   one   chemical   at   a time,   add   each   dissolved   chemical   through   the skimmer    for    best    dispersion    into    the    pool (through     the     filtration     system).Allow     each chemical     to     circulate     throughout     the     pool before     adding     a     second     chemical.     Certain combinations       of       chemicals       at       a       high concentration   can   cause   bleaching   of   the   liner. You should test for the    presence    of    dissolved    metals,    because they    may    directly    stain    the    vinyl    liner    or combine     with     calcium     hardness     to     form discolored deposits. Maintain   proper   water   balance:   pH   in   the range   of   7.2   to   7.6;   total   alkalinity   at   80   ppm   to 100   ppm;   and   calcium   hardness   at   200   ppm   to 300   ppm.   Keep   free   chlorine,   the   most   common active   ingredient   that   sanitizes   the   pool,   at   1.5 ppm    to    2.5    ppm.    If    the    concentration    drifts below   1.5   ppm,   algae   and   bacterial   growth   can take   hold   more   easily   and   may   cause   staining of     the     vinyl     liner.     If     the     active     chlorine concentration   is   maintained   greater   than   2.5 ppm,   liner   wrinkling   may   occur.   This   problem can   be   further   aggravated   if   accompanied   by pH levels that fall below 7.0. All   vinyl   pools   must   be   routinely   stabilized with   cyanuric   acid   in   a   range   between   25   ppm and    100    ppm.    A    level    of    less    than    25    ppm combined   with   a   pH   level   of   less   than   7.0   can cause   the   liner   to   form   wrinkles.   Avoid   using hydrochloric   (muriatic)   acid   for   pH   adjustment because    it    will    chemically    attack    the    liner's print   pattern.   Use   hydrochloric   acid   for   total alkalinity    reduction    only,    since    much    of    the acid is consumed in the process. Seasonal Care Avoid    the    use    of    any    abrasive    cleaning agents   or   cleaning   aids.   Vacuum   and   clean   the pool    with    a    cleaner    designed    for    vinyl    lined pools.    Never    use    sharp    objects    in    or    around the   pool,   as   they   can   puncture   the   liner.   After the   chemicals   have   dissipated,   cover   your   pool when    it's    not    in    use.    This    will    decrease    its exposure    to    damaging    ultraviolet    rays.    Less chemicals   are   required   if   your   pool   is   covered and/or   not   used.   To   avoid   high   concentrations of   airborne   chemicals   building   up   between   the water   and   the   cover,   open   or   vent   the   cover every 24 hours.    Do    not    drain    the    pool    completely    for any      reason      without      consulting      a      pool professional.    The    older    the    liner,    the    higher the   risk   that   it   will   shrink   and   not   stretch   back into     its     original     shape.Never     close     a     pool without   circulating   the   pool   water   for   several hours after the addition of chemicals. Pool      ladders,      make      sure      the      rubber bumpers   that   protect    the   ends   of   the   ladder from    the    vinyl    liner    are    always    used.    Never allow   the   use   of   a   ladder   in   your   pool   that   does not   have   both   rubber   bumpers   firmly   in   place. If   the   bumpers   are   lost   or   worn   through,   then the   ladder   will   cut   the   liner.   Do   not   use   the ladder,    or    remove    the    ladder    from    the    pool, until    you    have    new    bumpers    on    the    ladder. Clean   the   vinyl   liner   at   the   water   line   of   all residue    and    scum    that    will    accumulate    as    a result     of     people     using     the     pool     and     all substances     floating     at     the     surface     of     the water    like    suntan    oil,    dust,    dirt    etc.    Take special    care    to    clean    any    area    at    the    water surface   where   the   sun   hits   directly   for   a   long period   of   the   day.   DO   NOT   USE   ABRASIVE   PADS OR    ANY    CLEANER    THAT    IS    ABRASIVE.    Use    a dealer-approved    vinyl    cleaner    and    apply    it with a sponge. Suntan   oil   badly   stains   vinyl   due   to   iodine and     other     caustic     chemicals     it     contains. Without   proper   removal,   these   chemicals   will become   baked   on   by   the   sun   and   will   eat   away the   finish   of   the   vinyl.   Ultimately,   the   stains will   degrade   the   vinyl,   causing   it   to   crack   and break.     The     combination     of     sunshine,     pool chlorine and suntan oil is fatal to vinyl.
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