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How-to Pool Liners: How to Install a Swimming Pool Liner

How to Install an Inground Pool Liner

You have finally decided on what type of pool you would like to install in your backyard. You’ve opted for the inground pool over the above ground pool. Now, you need to decide what type of material you would like your pool walls to be (vinyl, fiberglass, and/or gunite) it might be a good idea to either ask one of our Pool Supply Specialists directly what type of pool material is popular in your region. Geographically speaking, what is the most popular is the best choice to go with overall. This takes certain factors in to account such as: temperature (colder climates tend to stretch and shrink the pool walls), area (size of your backyard, front yard, etc.), and/or seasonal changes throughout the year.

Once you have obtained all of this information now comes the fun part! Installing your inground pool liner! You can certainly go ahead and do it yourself with Doheny’s Pool Supplies Fast inground pool liners at your disposal. Check out our selection to see which style works for you. We have over 30 patterns for you to choose from. Read on to find out how to set up your pool liner today.

1. Talk to us about your pool measurements. We have that information directly on our site when you select the size and type of pool you have. This allows our pool specialists to customize the right liner for your pool.

2. Please select the liner color and pattern- depending on your location and what you are looking for as far as décor is concerned, you can select either darker liner patterns or light liner patterns. Keep in mind, a darker liner pattern helps to heat up your pool naturally with the sun’s rays.

3. You will need to measure your swimming pool before you place the order with us. Use tape measures that are as long as the measurement in the pool (basically anything from corner to corner) should suffice.

4. Once you have measured your pool and filled out the customized pool liner forms on our site, you can drain your pool before the liner is delivered directly to your home.

5. Before you place the liner along your pool, you might want to check if there is any damage to your pool walls such as rust, damage, and/or kinks along the way that could cause problems when installing the liner.

6. Examine the floors for cracks or damage closely. If you find any, feel free to either email us or give us a call and we will guide you through the repair process.

7. It is very important to make sure your pool is completely clean before you install the liner. Wash and use a broom to scrub everything from top to bottom. Make sure there is no water at the bottom; if there is moisture simply vacuum it out to get rid of it.

8. Install any screws to keep the liner in place.

9. Now, tape in the seams in the walls to be sure nothing folds or bubbles out.

10. Your liner has finally arrived! You are just a few steps closer to summer time fun. Hang your liner around the edge of your pool.

11. Prepare your pool vacuum through the skimmer and place it directly behind the liner.

12. Make sure the liner is positioned correctly in front of the pool vacuum. Your goal is to get rid of obvious kinks and folds as you turn the vacuum on. If it is necessary, shift the liner to remove any wrinkles.

13. You have vacuumed out the unnecessary air pockets; your liner looks flat and perfect! Add water to your pool. You might want to cut out the main drains when you see 12’’ of water at the bottom of the pool. Fill the pool up to 18’’ of water towards the shallow end then work your way up from there.

14. If you want to add stairs to your pool it is advised to wait until the liner is completely installed. There should be at least 12’’ of water towards the shallow end before you consider the stairs as an option.

15. Place your pool vacuum in a clean, dry, area and fill all the returns.

16. Install the gaskets and plates to keep your liner flat and kink free.

17. Continue filling your pool all the way up to the skimmer.

18. Install your skimmer and the necessary plates.

19. Fill your pool to the halfway mark on the mouth of the skimmer and start your pool pump system.

20. Once you have a clean, water filled pool in front of you, talk to one of our Doheny’s Pool Supplies Fast specialists about adding and balancing your sanitizers and clarifiers directly to the water supply (This will become an important routine to adhere to from here on out.)

Your pool liner is installed, the water is full to your inground pool’s capacity, and the weather is just right for a swim. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors over and show off your handiwork. Installing your inground swimming pool liner has never been easier.