Object Under Pool Liner
The pool was installed this March. Last night I felt something very pointy under the liner about 3 ft. from the wall. I called the pool place and they said take a baseball bat and push down on the object to try to push it back down in the sand.
Won't that cause it to poke through the liner? Besides emptying the pool to get to the object do you have any ideas, or do you think I should try the bat? The pool is 24'x 54" deep. thank you
Hi Debbie That's not exactly the advice I would give, but close. I prefer the rubber end of a vacuum pole, but I'm sure a bat would work.
A stone should settle back into the sand, if the stone is small enough and the sand thick enough. It is also important to check the area once the stone has been pushed down. It is possible to put a small hole in the liner doing this. This requires a small patch.
I prefer doing this kind of thing myself. That way I can check the liner to make sure it was not damaged. If it was, I can patch with the same vinyl making the patch invisible. I do believe a small patch is much better than the cost of draining and refilling a pool. A patch will last the life of the liner.
Stones usually show up pretty quickly, it's very possible you have some growth ready to pop through the liner. Normally this happens within a few feet of the outer edge. If you have any vegetation growing within a couple feet of the edge you should consider getting rid of it. Saturate the outside of the pool with weed killer and you might take care of the problem.
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Sharp Object Poking Through Bottom of Vinyl Liner
Hi, thank you for your help. Last spring I had the vinyl replaced and a few weeks later we felt what feels like a rock or something poking through but now I opened pool and that bump got bigger and sharper to the point that it hurts if stepped on. No surprise the installer is no longer in reachable. Please help. Thank you
Hi Isreal A sharp point in the bottom of your pool that is growing is usually a weed or a piece of nut grass. If so it will pop through the liner soon and you can pull it out and patch the hole.
One way for grass to be growing up through the liner is if you have grass growing around the pool. If that is the case I would kill the grass back leaving a two foot grass free zone around the pool.
If it is a rock you have a couple of options. One, you can drain the pool, pull the liner back and remove it. This option will cost you the water and chemicals. It also needs to be done properly so as not to disturb the set of the liner. You do not want to drain the pool dry. Leave enough water in the pool to hold the liner down. You would want to drain, repair and refill fast. Don't let the pool sit empty for days.
The second option is to tap the pointy object back into the pool base. The blunt end of a vacuum pole works well for this. If the rock is sitting in a sand base a little tapping will usually settle it down.
If that does not work I usually go under water with a rubber mallet. Once I settle the rock back where it came from I check closely for holes in the liner. It is possible when doing this that you will put a hole in the liner. It will be just a small, easily patched pinhole. Be sure to have some Boxer vinyl repair glue on hand before trying this. A small patch on the floor of the pool is better than a pointy object. That pointy thing will eventually become a hole on it's own, you might as well just take care of it.
When installing liners this does happen, no matter how good and careful you are. I would give my customers the option of draining the pool or leaving it full. Either way I would take care of it at no charge.