Liner Wrinkled On The Bottom
I have read where a liner shrinks when pool is empty. Wish I would have known sooner. Mine is empty and has wrinkles on the bottom.
I am going to wait for the hottest time to try filling the pool and hopefully the liner will stretch, but will the wrinkles come out in the bottom of the pool when it is being filled?
Hi Barry. That's a tough question to answer. I see you are in Florida, that helps, at least as for as temps go. You do need a hot sunny day to make this work. But don't wait too long. The longer you wait the harder it will be.
The liner has shrunk, so how much is the question. The wrinkles on the bottom need to be worked out to the edges, that provides a little extra liner where you need it.
The only way to get the wrinkles to the outer edges is by hand. They will not go away without a lot of manual labor. You will need to be on your hands and knees pushing as the first few inches of water are filling
If this is going to work, timing is everything. The pool cannot sit empty for any length of time. The longer it does the less chance you have of salvaging it.
I would get in the pool, during the hottest part of the day, and push my foot to the wall near the bottom, in several places around the pool. As soon as the liner softens so that your foot can go to the wall at the top of the cove, it's time.
As you start the water filling, start pushing the wrinkles to the edges. Some liners will work out smooth, some will not. Some liners will stretch out OK, but the wrinkles will remain. Some liners will do neither, the wrinkles will not come out and the liner will not re-stretch. It all depends on the age of the liner and the length of time it has been empty.
Get on it as soon as possible and see what happens. Normally if the liner is over 5 years old your chances are slim. But that does not mean you can't try.