How To Make Repairs To Your Vinyl Liner

A vinyl pool liner can last upwards of over 10 years, some can last even longer than that if taken care of properly. Vinyl liners are not invincible, they can shrink in the sun, fade, stain, and tear. If your pool liner has a rip in it or a small hole, it can be repaired. The good news is that it can be repaired. See below for repair tips for your vinyl liner:

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Pool liner repair kit
  • Submersible pump
  • Hose
  • Scissors


  1. To start, you'll need to find the hole or tear in your liner. If you have a water leak, chances are you have a hole in your pool liner. Take a close look around your pool liner for a hole or tear. If you have noticed water coming from your pool, you may be able to narrow down where the hole may be. Once you find the hole you can move forward.
  2. If the hole is below your water line, you may need to drain the water from your pool depending on your pool liner repair kit. Read the manufacturer's directions to be sure. To drain the water, use a submersible pump to pump out the water from your pool until it's below the hole/tear.
  3. Cut a patch from the repair kit about two to three inches larger than the hole/tear itself.
  4. Use the adhesive that came with the patch kit and rubs the adhesive on the patch and on your pool liner.
  5. Apply the patch and rub it to help the adhesive set and to remove any wrinkles in the patch.
  6. Allow the patch to set for a few minutes (read the manufacturer's directions for an exact time), then fill the water back up in your pool. 
  7. Keep an eye on the patch, and make any repairs as needed if you notice it is falling off or peeling away.

A vinyl liner doesn't last as long as the pool itself will, and you may need to replace it over the years of owning your pool. Take good care of your liner in the meantime to extend its life. see below for some care tips to lengthen the life of your liner.

  • Winterize your pool. Winterizing your pool by covering it with a tarp or winter cover will help protect your vinyl liner when it isn't in use.
  • Keep water level up. Keep up with the water level in your pool to prevent shrinking. 
  • Add chemicals. Add chemicals to your pool to prevent algae from growing in your pool, which can stain your liner and eventually weaken and eat through your liner.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuum your pool often to remove debris from the floor of your pool. Debris can also stain your liner and weaken the liner over time.
  • Keep sharp items out. Keep items out of your pool that doesn't belong there. Only pool toys should ever go inside your pool.

If you have any issues with your pool liner or with other areas of your swimming pool, call a professional pool repair company for help if needed. Contact a company like All-American Pools for more information and assistance.