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What does a Liner Pool Refurbishment Look Like?

Are you considering getting a refreshed look and don't know what's involved in having your pool refurbishment? Or are you after a rough guide on the process of doing it yourself so you know what to expect? Then below is a breakdown of our... toughest job of 2021, although we are happy to provide more precise details and support for those looking to undertake the task themselves.


If you're looking for someone to provide a new swimming pool liner, either fitted or with support and guidance for DIY installation, or any other upgrades or services then you can get in touch with us at enquiries@energiseleisure.co.uk, on 0333 577 9692, or via the online form over on our contact page.


This Devon pool was in a fantastic location for many reasons, but had been out of use for a long period of time and was therefore in need of a full refresh. Overall it was a pretty standard set of work phases - filter service, liner replacement, a new light, new cover, and a few small extra bits that come with most jobs. The "tough" part, though, was a consequence of that great location and how leafy it was...



As you can see, it needed a new liner! Extras for this part was all-new white facias on the fittings, fresh gaskets, a new main drain grille, and cleaning up the staining of the steps. We opted to replace the flooded halogen light with a low energy white LED.



Because of all the debris and stagnant water, we began by clearing out all of the debris, hopeful that the liner was still miraculously watertight underneath and therefore protecting the shell. Unfortunately, when we got the very bottom it was like a waterbed, so we popped it and without breathing too deeply (recommended through the whole process in this case) pumped all of the water out. We took the deep end as a loss, but considering the changeable British weather left the liner in place until the last moment to minimise the effort required to prepare and dry out the shell before fitting the replacement liner.



While waiting for the replacement liner to arrive, attention was turned to servicing the filter and it was one of the most extreme we've seen and hope that no one is using a filter in a condition anywhere near this, and as a warning for anyone squeamish: don't expand the second image.



As you can see, it's not the outside that was the problem - a bit of a wipe is enough to clean that up. Overall though, the steps were mostly the same as a normal full filter service:

  1. Remove old media/sand, vacuum, and clean

  2. A full set of new seals and gaskets

  3. Clean up the manifold pipework

  4. Replace the laterals/fingers/grey bits with new

  5. Add new media

  6. Watch closely for leaks when you turn the pump on


Heading back to the liner installation, once the old liner and all of the fittings and gaskets were removed, the shell was cleaned up and dried out ready for the new liner - it's important to have a dry, smooth surface with no debris or pitting, because this will affect and show through the liner. The liner itself was fitted using a liner lock system, so once new gaskets and locating screws were fitted the replacement liner was hung in position.


The odd part that a lot of people new to fitting liners might not realise is a vital step, is using a vacuum to suck the liner tight to the walls and prevent creases. This step, prior to filling with water, also provides a final check that the liner is correctly positioned with the added bonus of clearly displaying the location of all the fittings (and therefore, all of the holes you'll need to cut).



A bit of patience later, installing facias and cutting holes as the water level approached each fitting, we had a full and refurbished pool:



In the background you can see the old roller that just needed a clean and a few plastic parts replacing with the brand new solar cover and leading edge fitted. The LED light provides excellent illumination - better than a halogen - for a fraction of the ongoing electrical costs.



If you're looking for someone to provide a new liner, either fitted or with support and guidance for DIY installation, or any other upgrades or services then you can get in touch with us at enquiries@energiseleisure.co.uk, on 0333 577 9692, or via the online form over on our contact page.

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