One of the most frustrating things that a pool owner has to deal with is vinyl pool liner color fading. On day one the pool liner is beautiful and vibrant. By the end of year two, it is dull and white. 99% of pool liner color fading is caused by chlorine or salt generated chlorine in the pool water. The chlorine in the water essentially attacks the vinyl 24/7 for years and very quickly causes the color on the vinyl liner’s surface to bleach out. But color fading is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the damage caused to the pool liner. This is because the color fading is a visual indicator that the vinyl itself is breaking down chemically. Over time the chlorine generated by the salt system on your pool is robbing the vinyl of its elasticity and elasticity (or stretchiness) is what makes vinyl so good at holding water! As the color of the pool liner fades the liner becomes more and more brittle and as a result, the liner becomes more and more likely to fail due to cracking or shredding. Chlorine also shortens the lifespan of pool equipment such as pumps, heaters, and filters.
So what can be done to prevent the horribly destructive power of chlorine in pool water? The only way in 2018 to completely prevent pool liner color fading is to remove chlorine and salt from the pool water completely. This is accomplished with a high tech pool sanitation system known as The Drinkable Pool Water System. This system is relatively expensive at $5600 but it is quickly becoming the preferred sanitation system for pool builders in order to prevent damage to the new pool components. However, some pool builders whose main source of profit is repairing damaged pool components will not like the system at all.