There is some confusion in the swimming pool industry in regards to how much calcium is necessary for your swimming pool. If you have a new swimming pool having some calcium in the water is vital for the integrity of the liner (about 200 parts per million) but the challenge arises when calcium levels get too high. The latter is one of the biggest problems you will face as a swimming pool owner because too much calcium will destroy your swimming pool. When you first build a swimming pool, the liner needs to cure and calcium is necessary for that but after that, it becomes for problematic when the levels rise. Our fill water in the Dallas area is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. The levels coming out of the tap is about 300 parts per million (ppm) and recommended levels for a swimming pool are between 200 and 400 ppm. But, what happens when those levels get above 600ppm? In our latest blog post, we want to highlight why keeping track of your calcium hardness levels is crucial to protecting the lifespan of your investment.
As your water evaporates (up to an inch a day during the summer time) the hardness minerals (calcium, magnesium, and others) remain in solution and rise in concentration. As this happens calcium will begin scaling your tile, the liner of the pool, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. You will notice a thick white chalk looking substance everywhere. This isn’t easy to remove and once it starts it will only increase and become more challenging to remove. This scaling will take life off of your swimming pool, your filtration equipment and be a nightmare to look at. If the scaling is visible chances are you will need to hire a company to come out and remove it. This can be a costly procedure and that’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years. This can keep calcium hardness levels to a minimum, it can prevent calcium buildup and it will increase the lifespan of your investment.
At Weber Pools, we recommend recycling your swimming pool water using our mobile filtration system. It’s a mobile trailer that is equipped with Reverse Osmosis filtration to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid and so much more to give you the best water quality in your pool. It will conserve up to 85% of the existing water in your swimming pool. You will have no downtime with your swimming pool and if you use this service every two years you will keep calcium levels low but enough to maintain the integrity of your liner. Your swimming pool water will be more fun to swim in and your filtration equipment will thank you. If you’re interested in learning more as to why this is a service you will want to use, contact us today!