Damaged Replacement Liner

by Lynne
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Installing Beaded Liner

Installing Beaded Liner

We just purchased a new replacement liner from Pool City, a 21'x52", and waited till the rains have stopped to put it in.

This round we also did the cove and the 4'x8' styro underneath, the previous (original liner, we also purchased this pool new 10 yrs ago- from Pool City) we had the gorilla pad underneath.

We finally had a nice day to put the liner in, all was nice and dry, as the liner was being put in, my husband noticed, close to a molded seam on the bottom, a hole, looked like a melted hold and a slit about a 1.5".

At that time of day pool city was closed. Our intent was to get the liner in that day as the next day it was going to rain. So, since we couldn't do anything since Pool City was closed, we put a piece of duct tape over the hole and let it rest till the next day.

It rained again over night, the pool bottom was covered with water from the rain, and then it rained and rained for 3 more days. Pool City suggested, wait till you have yet another good day and we'll exchange it and knock $50.00 off. Well, here it is a nice day, my husband goes to suck up the water on the bottom of the liner, to take the replacement liner out to exchange it, only to find the bottom, styro, cove and sand is

filled with water.

There must of been yet another leak somewhere. So today we are trying to suck the water out of the styro pad and let it dry out somewhat. We have today and 1/2 day Sunday before the rains come again.

Can we put the new liner in over the wet base, but the dried out styro, and what about the cove?

We are just so frustrated with this situation, and what in this case do you think Pool City should do to rectify this besides the $50.00 off....HELP!

Hi Lynne.

It all sounds very frustrating. The sand should be at least fairly dry, at least no standing water. The same with the cove and base foam. If you step on any of it and water oozes out, think what the weight of all the water you are about to put in the pool will do to it.

It sounds like Pool City is being generous since they are probably not the manufacturer of the liner. I’ve know people who pay several hundred dollars to have a liner installed, another couple hundred to have water hauled in, and then fifty or so in start up chemicals, only to find they have a bad seam in the liner. Do you know what they were told? Cut out the bad section of liner and send it to the liner manufacturer and they will send you a new liner. A new liner and that’s it, that’s all they owe you, it says so in the warranty.

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May 21, 2011
by: Lynne

I agree with you regarding Pool City's offer, it was just so frustrating and a lot of very hard dedicated work. The new replacement (replacement) liner is in and hose is flowing. The water on the base was sucked up with an old carpet cleaner and the base when we walked on it did not have any squisy water coming up from the stro sheet duct tapped seams, but was fairly wet, the cove still adhered to the wall.there were no puddles of water, there is not one wrinkle in the bottom of the pool liner, it looks beautiful, we realize the weight of the water, but,,out of curiosity, what would happen if there was puddles left on the bottom before the liner went in? I thank you so much for your input.


Standing water under a new liner causes funny looking pockets on the floor of the pool. They look like air pockets. When the water finally leaves the liner is loose and saggy in that area. The other issue with water left in the pool is rust and mold. That moisture tends to stay in the pool and can cause trouble down the road.

Jun 04, 2011
Damaged Replacement Liner
by: Lilly

You've been a great asset and help to us..thanks for being there. The liner went in beautifully, no big wrinkles at all, the only thing is that now when you walk in the pool some of the duct tape has separated, not too bad though, (again, there is landscapers paper under that and then sand under the paper), you can feel on your feel where some of the separation between the styro is and in walking around it feels smooth however, like if your hands were left in water a tight wrinkly feeling...it is perfectly level...over nite we can see where some of the styro has separation in the some of the seams cause the dirt settled in the slightly separation...when we replacement this liner we made sure all the tracks was good and did patch and spray rustoleum paint on the walls and put cove in...the bottom was slightly wet but no puddles....this is gonna be okay, right...also, we had an over the wall steps and now we would like to get wedding steps or grand entrance steps but are concerned about what are the best since we don't want the new steps rammed up against the coving, and concerned about the bottom now that we have styro on the bottom any suggestions?

Hi Lilly.

Any of the manufactured pool steps should work just fine. They should all allow for the cove. You might consider putting a step pad under the steps, I think this helps to protect the liner.

Oct 01, 2011
Wedding Cake Steps
by: Anonymous

Wedding cake steps seem like a good idea,but after having them I advise not to get them unless you don't mind removing then to clean them about once a month. They are very heavy with the stone filled braces on them. We took ours out and are much happier. Plus they made divots in the bottoms.

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