Apart from floating debris that you might accidentally ingest while you’re in the pool, another concern for pool owners is the calcium buildup that just sticks persistently along the linings.
The unnatural scaling of white to white-gray stains is a recurring problem for pools with imbalanced pH and calcium levels. And in the Texas climate, where almost everyone just wants to enjoy a nice dip in the water, this scaling pretty much spoils the fun.
This kind of problem calls for both household solutions and professional commercial pool cleaning services to keep your pool hygienic with fewer maintenance costs.
Vinegar is a strong agent that removes almost all of the stains in a household. Its reputable usage is also proven effective in removing calcium deposits. Diluting it with water in a 1-to-1 solution may help with persistent scaling. For tough buildups, descalers are the next option for you.
Calcium buildup removal requires the pool owner’s full understanding of what type of calcium scaling they are dealing with.
Calcium carbonate’s flaky characteristic, for example, can be resolved easily with a pumice stone. But pumice is only effective on hard surfaces like tiles and concrete. To ensure that it does not leave any unwanted scratches on the surface, it would be ideal to wet both the stone and the tiles before scratching thoroughly.
For meticulous pool owners, a scale eraser would render higher satisfaction. But this does not ensure adequate results for pools with calcium silicate deposits. This type of buildup is more persistent and is difficult to remove. In this case, it might be better to use a pumice stone.
As it is risky for fiberglass pools to use pumice, pool owners may use an additive, which takes months to work. Professional pool service might be necessary for faster, more efficient results.
Calcium deposits can be addressed ahead of time through water testing kits. You also have the option of having an expert do the work for you. Either way, there must be an appropriate ratio between alkalinity and calcium hardness. Most pools require an alkalinity level of 80 to 100 parts per million.
Low alkalinity demands sodium bicarbonate. Higher alkalinity levels can be minimized with muriatic acid.
Another viable option is a pH testing strip, which indicates the current pH level of the water. An ideal level falls between 7.2 and 7.4. Anything higher or lower than this range already calls for a pH balancer.
Pool Cover Installation
Evaporation is one of the most common reasons calcium develops along pool linings. So, pools in typically warm states like Texas are more susceptible to calcium than in any other state with a damp climate. You can effectively resolve this problem by investing in an automatic pool cover.
Additionally, pool covers are substantial ways to minimize energy loss.
Contact Professional Pool Services Today
Having a swimming pool demands high maintenance, but it does not have to be a taxing chore.