Is The Liner Too Small For The Pool?

by Angela
(St. Joseph, MI)

We are looking to purchase a home that has what looks like a Grecian style inground pool. The liner was replaced in the fall of 2012 and is still under warranty per the homeowner.

The homeowner just had the corners fixed with liner lock because we told him the liner was coming loose in a few places. Plus the pool inspector suggested that. We went to take a look at the pool since it was fixed and we noticed that along one side about half way down the pool there was a big bubble in the lining.

Also one of the corners that was fixed looked stretched. The main problem we are having is that the liner all around the corners especially in the deep end is not even touching the wall. I did not take a picture of it but should have.

Do you think that the liner was not measured correctly and the liner is too small. What can we do about this?

Thanks for the question Angela

It sounds to me like the liner was installed improperly. You shouldn't be getting air pockets and/or lifting not even a year into it. I'd call the contractor and have him come back and check out the problem. It doesn't seem correct.

They may tell you that stretching is normal and the liner needs to finish stretching and that could take up to a year. You may also hear it may never stretch out sufficiently against the walls and
floor. This is unacceptable. The liner should be flat against the walls and floor as soon as water is put into it. A liner should be 100% flat and no final stretching is needed.

I'd encourage you to get the contractor out there and admit, in writing, the improper installation and to pay for the new water and start up chemicals. Remember, if it's not in writing, it didn't happen. Period. No exceptions. Check to see if the warranty is transferable.

Be very careful with the affected areas. The liner is under tremendous pressure and can rip easily. Don't allow anyone walk on the areas and be very careful when your brushing and/or vacuuming. Keep an eye on the water level and don't allow it to go below the skimmer. You don't want to do anything that might upset it.

They can use anything against you to say you did this and that so the warranty is void. I'm not saying they will, and let's hope everyone can be honest in this, but it's just a case of covering all your bases.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for $35 per hour. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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Jul 08, 2013
Vinyl Liner Is Too small
by: Anonymous


Thank you so much for your insight in this matter. I have already had my realtor contact the homeowners realtor to set up appt. with the pool liner installer and homeowner.

I will take your advice about getting things in writing, getting copy of warranty, and making sure it is transferable. Thank you so much and I will keep in touch. I will let you know what happens and I hope it is o.k to contact you if need be.

Thanks again,


Sep 15, 2013
Patchwork For Vinyl Liner
by: Cathy

I had a hole in my vinyl above ground pool. Was wondering how long do I need to let the patch and cement set, before refilling it?

There was no time frame on the package nor on the cement.

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