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 In-Ground Liner Replacement Safety Covers  Installation and More

   A-Pro Services is a swimming pool, spa, and hot tub repair company based in Oklahoma City.  Our primary business is the sale, installation, and replacement of swimming pool safety covers and  in-ground vinyl liners.   Our goal is to provide the finest products of their kind in the world, and excellent professional installation by people who care about the end result.  Because it's not just a pool..

                                        It's Your pool!

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

   We get a lot of the same questions asked repeatedly, and we don't mind answering them one bit!   Sometimes, though, you might be wondering about it at 3am. Here are some of the most common questions we get and I'll post more when I can because

 

                                                          It's not just a pool....  It's Your pool!

 

Q:  My pool is leaking. Does that mean I need a new liner?

No, A leak does not necessarily mean you need a new liner.  First, there are many other things on a pool that can cause a leak.  Eliminate those things, first.  Don't overlook the obvious, for example, evaporation or leaks in the plumbing or equipment.  If there are no leaks in the plumbing or equipment, and no visible standing water, then check the fittings and gaskets. But if you do find a leak in your liner, it is pretty easy to fix.  Vinyl liner repair kits are available in just about any pool store, and many retail stores.  The best part is - They work under water!

 

 Q:  Besides patterns, what other differences are there in in-ground liners?

There are a number of different options, or "upgrades" available.

Thickness:  The standard thickness is 20 mil, meaning 20 thousandths of an inch.  (Foreign  manufacturers refer to thickness by "gauge", but this is the U.S.A., so let's stick with that.)  There are commonly upgrades to 25, 28, and 30 mil liners, but thicker doesn't necessarily mean better.  Dealers like to sell upgrades, but really, sometimes thicker is worse!  Just about anything normally found around the pool, if it will cut a hole in a 20 mil liner, it will cut a 30 mil liner, as well.  Heavier liners do tend to stand up to abrasion a little better, when the pool surface is rough, and can't be corrected. But for the most part, save your money.  In Oklahoma, a thicker liner can sometimes work against you.  The heat, cold, and wind tend to dry and shrink vinyl.  Thicker vinyl shrinks more aggressively, and is actually more likely to develop hollow areas in tight radiuses corners and steps. 

Some manufacturers offer protectants, for example, Plastimayd's Ultramayd, is sold as an upgrade, because the manufacturer says that it lasts longer and resists chemicals and UV better.  But for me, the cost of the upgrade (about 30%) does not pay off in true longevity.  To make your liner last longer, take proper care of the chemicals, don't let it turn green, and cover it in the winter.  In my opinion, the same goes for most liner upgrades, most of the time.  I wouldn't be much of a salesman, now, would I??

Texture:  One upgrade that I do recommend is textured tread on walk-in steps.  The material is thicker, of a different color, has traction to help prevent falls, and the up charge is reasonable.

 

Q:  How Long should A pool liner last?

A number of factors determine the life of a pool liner.  The average life of an in-ground pool liner is about 8-10 years.  With good care, They can last much longer, even 20 years or more.  Assuming that the liner fits and was installed correctly, the most important factor is water chemistry.  Keep the water in balance and properly sanitized.  It might sound simple, but keep the pool clean!  Usually, you pool only needs a few minutes per day, but it is an important few minutes.  Winterize the pool properly, and don't let it turn green!

 

Q:  How important is it for the liner to fit?

Proper liner fit, along with proper proper preparation, installation and care, is one of the most important factors that determine the longevity of the liner, as well as it's appearance.   When an in-ground pool liner is properly fitted and installed, it not only lasts longer, it is also more attractive, and easier to clean.  For more about Why a liner needs to fit properly, visit:

 

Q:  What types of above ground liners are there, and how do I know what type I need?

For information on above ground pool liners, please visit this page:  [ Above Ground Liners ] 

 

Q:  Do I have to buy my pool chemicals from a pool store?

There are a number of good reasons to frequent a pool store, if the staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and honest. But to answer your question, no.  I strongly recommend that anyone who owns a pool or spa needs to know how to take care of it, and the basics of how it works.  One part of that is Chemistry.  Some pool stores have computer programs, written for chemical manufacturers and resellers, to maximize sales.  Not good.  Take time to learn water chemistry, and other aspects of pool care.  Then, even if you subscribe to a weekly pool service, you will be able to know whether they are doing their job - They are now a convenience, not a necessity!   Once you know how to use chemicals properly, you can buy them anywhere.  FYI - A-pro Services is (slowly) building an online store, A-ProShop.net, where we should be able to cut costs through collective buying.   We will also be opening a new retail outlet soon.

 

 Q:  How do you install an in-ground pool liner?  Can I do it myself?

Well, I can't exactly answer that in one sentence, or even in a paragraph!  Perhaps in a word - Carefully!  As for the second part, I honestly don't know. You can read about how it's done by following this link to our page entitled     [ Inground liner installation ]

 

 Q:  Are salt pools better than chlorine?

That depends on who you ask.  One thing to remember is that a salt pool still uses chlorine, it simply derives it from salt.  Many people like salt systems, because on the surface, they are lower maintenance.  This is true, in the sense that you don't handle a lot of chlorine tablets.  But you still have to maintain proper levels of salt, as well as all of the other chemicals to keep the water in balance.  The cheap salt systems aren't too good, and the good ones are fairly expensive.  If you move into a house where the pool is already on salt, and has a fairly new system, you will save a lot of money on chlorine.  But if you have to convert to salt, considering the cost and life expectancy of the unit, it is pretty much a wash, perhaps slightly in favor of chlorine,  in long term cost.  The better units have a built-in, automatic super chlorination  feature, and will tell you if you salt level is getting too low.   As a service company, I would be expected to sell you on salt, but, as I say, it depends on who you ask.

 

 

Q:  How warm does it have to be to install an in-ground pool liner?

   Here in Oklahoma, we install in-ground pool liners almost all year around, although it does require some planning.  While thinner liners are easier to install, especially in cool weather, most of the liners we install are the heavier 28 mil  We prefer to have a day that is at least 55 degrees, preceded and followed by nights that don't go below 40 degrees.  Vinyl liners recommend not installing in extremely cold weather, so that the vinyl can stretch evenly.  Also, in cold weather, the liner must be stored at household room temperature until it is time to install.

For more about in-ground liner installation, visit PoolLinerOKC related page 

PoolLinerOKC.com - inground_liner_installation

 

Busted Hose

Above Ground - My hose broke, It's Ten O'clock  Saturday Night!  

    STEP 1 - Turn off the pump and unplug it

    PLAN A:  Find your winterizing plugs, put them in, then address the problem.

    PLAN B:  If winter plugs are not handy - tie or affix hoses so that the ends are above the water level in the pool., put filter valve (and all other valves) in closed position.

                    If it is the hose between pump and filter,  put filter in closed position, and if there is no valve before the pump, disconnect hose from front of pump and affix above water level in pool.

                    If it is the hose between skimmer and pump, temporarily plug skimmer with washcloth, put filter in closed, loosen clamps at skimmer and on the filter discharge (marked RETURN - other end goes to pool )  Remove hose from skimmer, take the loosened end of the return hose, attach it to skimmer and tighten.  You have now stopped the water flow

Mor info about pool repair at PoolRepairOKC.com

 

 

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Swimming Pool, Liners and Covers in the OKC Area

Central Oklahoma, including OKC,  Bethany, Edmond, El Reno, Del City, Midwest City, Moore, Mustang, and Yukon

A-Pro Services is Your swimming pool, spa, and hot tub service and repair company in the Oklahoma City area. Our areas of expertise include in-ground swimming pool liner replacement,  swimming pool safety covers, and repair of pool and spa equipment including pool and spa heaters, pumps, filters, motors, controls and other equipment.  We have expert spa and hot tub service and repair technicians, and we repair and service most major brands of pools, spas, and hot tubs, pumps, motors, heaters, controls and equipment.  including Balboa, Jandy, Hayward, Pentair, Pac-fab, Rheem Sta-Rite, Sundance, Superior Spas, and Waterway.