It is likely that you have chosen a PVC liner for your project because of its durability, flexibility, and resistance to chemicals and UV radiation. However, in order to ensure its longevity and optimal performance it requires proper maintenance. Here are our tips for maintaining PVC liners:
1. Conduct regular inspections.
Regular inspections can help identify potential issues early on, allowing them to be fixed before they turn into a much larger issue. During your inspection look for signs of damage, such as punctures, tears, or wrinkles.
2. Regularly clean the PVC liner.
Removing dirt, debris, algae, and other contaminants helps to ensure the durability of the liner. The best way to clean the PVC liner is by using a soft brush or cloth to lightly scrub the surface.
3. Avoid using sharp objects near the liner.
It is important to be cautious when working near or on the liner and ensure that tools, equipment, and other objects with sharp edges do not come into contact with it. The slightest puncture can compromise the liner’s entire integrity.
4. Repair any minor damages.
If during your inspection or when working you notice small punctures or tears, repair them immediately with a compatible PVC liner repair kit.
5. If your PVC liner is being used in a pond or pool, regularly monitor and maintain the appropriate water chemistry levels.
Extreme pH levels and high concentrations of certain chemicals can degrade PVC liners over time. It can be useful to consult with a water chemistry expert about the appropriate levels and care.
6. Protect your liner from chemicals, UV radiation, and/or algae.
Most PVC liners can come with resistant coatings to help protect the liner from these damaging factors. For example, if your liner will be directly exposed to sunlight, you can use a UV-resistant coating to help extend its life. Another useful tactic if your liner is being used with water is to install the correct filtration and circulation system to help limit algae growth.
7. Manage extreme temperature fluctuations.
Significant temperature variations can affect the flexibility and longevity of PVC liners. If your liner is in an environment with significant temperature variations — extreme hot weather or extreme cold or switching from both — consider investing in insulation or protective coverings for your liner. This will help protect it and help make it last longer.
8. If not using your liner, properly store it in a cool, dry place.
Before storing it make sure it is clean and completely dry. Choose a place that is away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures, to help prevent premature degradation.
PVC liners can maintain a high-level performance for a long time if properly maintained. By following the above tips and taking proactive measures to protect your PVC liner, you can ensure it serves its purpose effectively for years to come. Our experts at EPI can also help advise you on the best care and maintenance of your liner so that you are able to save money while also protecting the environment.