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Pollen on Pool Water: How to Clean Your Pool and Get Clear, Clean Swimming Pool

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Do you see a dusty (or cloudy) yellowish hue on the surface of your pool? That’s pollen. One bane of pool owners in spring and summer.

What can you do about it? How can you clean this pollen buildup in your pool water easily?

In this article, we will show you how to clean pollen on your the surface of your pool.

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The most important thing at this stage is to understand the following points. It is not very difficult to get rid of, as long as you work on it a little every day, during the periods when the pollen is abundant.

1. Operate your filtration

Most of the time, it is not necessary to run your filter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But when you have a pollen problem, the filtration system is your best defense in removing it from the surface of the water.

If necessary, put it on forced and continuous, the time to skim the surface. This may not be enough, but it is the first instinct to adopt.

As the pollen deposit is subjected to the sandstones of the wind, it may also be necessary to temporarily modify the direction of the water jet from the discharge nozzles. The idea here is to reach the dead zones of the basin to force the pollens to go towards the skimmers.

Do not forget to open the skimmer valves to 100% and the bottom drain to 50% if there are bottom deposits.

This will greatly reduce the amount of manual labor required to rid the pool of this pollen.

Of course, throughout this phase, check the state of the pressure of the filter (manometer) and the amount of waste in the baskets of the skimmers or the pump pre-filter. Clean them as soon as they are too dirty.

2. Skim the water regularly

Every morning (and maybe the afternoon too), take a very fine-meshed landing net and put it in the water to collect the pollen that has accumulated overnight.

Unfortunately, you will have to repeat this process more than once a day during periods of high pollen distribution.

Remember that an ordinary landing net is generally not as effective as its mesh/braiding is often too large to trap pollen.

At a minimum, you have to push as much pollen as possible into the water flow that goes from the delivery nozzles to the skimmers. Without forgetting to clean the water line if necessary.

3. Aluminum sulphate

Some pollens are simply too small to be captured by a dip net. They will even pass through the filtration system and return to the pool.

To get rid of this type of pollen, you can add aluminum sulfate to your water. It has the effect of clumping the pollens together to form a thicker substrate.

The filter and the landing net can thus capture them more easily. The landing net allowing them to be completely removed from the filtration circuit.

4. Shock the pool

When fighting pollen, it’s a good idea to shock the pool at night, before going to bed.

It will kill whatever has made your pool a good place to call home, because of the pollen floating around in the water.

With the filtration working continuously overnight (if you leave it running – recommended) or restarting it the next morning, you will be able to more easily remove whatever is left in the water.

5. Vacuum if necessary

Sometimes simple surface skimming and continuous filtration are not enough. If the pollen is particularly heavy in your area, you may need to vacuum the pool manually.

Do this as a last resort and only if necessary, so as not to consume water and electricity unnecessarily.

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Remember, pollen is life!

When you have a swimming pool, you want the water to always be clean and clear. And it’s always frustrating to see your pool covered in a yellowish, floating substance.

In the face of pollen, there is no other alternative than action. It doesn’t take much time. The most important thing is to be methodical and regular during periods of pollen proliferation.

Doing nothing will inevitably lead to a degradation of the chemistry and the water balance. It will quickly cloud, turn, and be taken by algae .

It is often at times when one does not bathe yet because the water is too cold. So it doesn’t have too much of an impact. But if it does, your swimmers, and perhaps your allergies, will thank you.

Pollen is unfortunately inevitable. It is also, and fortunately, essential to the renewal of nature and its natural cycle. Our own survival depends on it. You also have to know how to savor and have fun in these little moments. This is also the swimming pool.

And if, despite all your precautions and hard work, you can’t get rid of those pollens or keep your water clear and crystal-clear, get someone to help.


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One Vital Ingredient for Keeping Your Pool Clean All the Time

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A great pool maintenance schedule’s number one goal is to keep your pool clean and healthy. And it keeps the pool looking so great week in and out — an absolute delight to you, the pool owner.

The most common solution to achieve this is a regular treatment of the pool water to remove lime and debris.

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However, the wrong dosage of cleaning products can lead to the accumulation of several layers of limestone on the walls and in the pool’s bottom. To remove this debris, you need to understand everything that can make them appear.

The Importance of Chlorine for the Pool

Chlorine is the first choice for maintaining healthy pool water. Chlorine has been used for years in swimming pools around the world.

It is a highly reactive chemical that reacts with all kinds of biological impurities in water.

If these organic impurities are not treated with care, bacteria can develop algae or even a bio-film.

What Happens if a Swimming Pool is not Well-balanced?

If the pool water has a high calcium hardness or other debris, this can cause technical problems. Like fouling or lime in the pipes and in the pool itself.

As a result, the maintenance and cleaning of the pool will increase. If the supply water is very hard, large amounts of lime can deposit on the sides of the pool.

Even if there is only a little calcium carbonate in the water, and following an unbalanced addition of chlorine and PH, lime will form at the level of the evaporation line of the water as well as on the pool walls. These lime deposits at the edge of the pool are often difficult to remove and involve manual work.

Water Filtration Rings: Less Effort, Less Cost

Compared to the maintenance consequences described above, the solutions seem incredibly simple.

The main configuration of a swimming pool is always the same. There is a filter system, a pump, and maybe a heating element, that’s all.

In accordance with the size of the pool, you must install a ring at the freshwater supply line and another ring in the circulation line. In the case of a large public swimming pool, install in the circulation line of each swimming pool, to get the same results in all swimming pools.

What’s the result?

In case of calcium hardness, the ring keeps the dissolved calcium in the pool water, which will have a more fluid texture. Over time, the pool water will be much softer, despite the calcium.

Less crust will form on the evaporation line. And limestone debris will be much easier to remove. When you use these filters and rings, you are also fighting the growth of algae in the pool.

Many owners have stopped using chemicals since the installation of these rings.

No chlorine or other pool chemicals. Without having problems with water quality.

I would not recommend such a thing for a public pool. If countless visitors use this pool, the risk would be too great. I am sure the regulatory authorities would not agree.

However, it is preferable to use these rings even for public swimming pools in order to reduce maintenance costs for protecting pipes or walls of the swimming pool. By doing this, you will need a lot less chlorine to disinfect the water than before while maintaining the same quality of water.


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Why Calcium Deposits Form and What to Do About It

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering what causes calcium scales in pools?

Well, the chances are with your pool you were taking no precautions to help avoid calcium scales. Calcium carbonate typically forms where the water line is in the pool.

As the evaporation increases during the summer with warm heat, the scale itself tends to become a white color. But more than 9 times out of 10 it is mixed with dirt algae to make it look darker.

The most common cause for this is when the ppm of your water is over 400 and gets triggered by alkalinity. With a high pH in high temperatures, this is the result.

Things to help your calcium epidemic

One common thing that almost every pool owner does is use calcium hydrochloric shock. Putting this into your pool does nothing but add calcium. Using a non-chlorine oxidizer will help you solve that one simple problem. You can also try to lower your pH and alkalinity to make it harder for calcium pieces to form.

Removal

The typical way that calcium scale is first scraping off all the heavy deposits. Then pour small amounts of any type of acid shock that you use such as acid magic or muriatic acid.

You then one to quickly rinse it off and repeat it as needed. But this can vary depending on how long it’s been. If you can’t remove it within the first few times, then that when I would recommend reaching out to our professionals and letting us handle the job!

We will give you your old pool back without breaking your wallet, it’s what we love to do!

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5 Ways to Remove Calcium Deposits From Your Pool

This must be one of the many questions on the mind of a pool owner.I would be giving 5 ways on how to remove calcium deposits from your pool.

1. Use a calcium releaser

These products make it easy to remove calcium deposits. While selecting your product, select acid free calcium releasers, as these products are left a long time on your pool tile before scrubbing off, and the acid could destroy your pool finish.

2. Use scaling treatment

If your pool is made of fiberglass, scaling treatment is advised because other methods would scratch the glass since they involve brushing.

3. Use a pumice

This rock is also effective in removing calcium deposits in pools, make sure the surface of both the rock and the pool is wet, and do not scrub too hard in order not to deface your pool.

4. Use white vinegar and a scrub brush

Fill a water bottle spray with half water and half vinegar solution, spray on your pool tile and leave for some minutes before rubbing gently with a scrub brush.

5. Use muriatic acid

This is also known as Hydrochloric acid. This acid has high strength in removing mineral deposits, calcium deposits inclusive. While using it, you should be fully clothed with your google and gloves in order to avoid safety hazards. Make sure not to leave the acid too long because you do not want to destroy the finish of your pool.

Bottomline

You can always try:

Calcium deposits are caused by an imbalance between the calcium levels and the Ph of your pool.Before we go into removing these calcium deposits, to prevent future deposits you might want to do the following:

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  1. Try reducing evaporation in your pool, by installing a pool cover, because when water evaporates, calcium becomes concentrated.
  2. Try draining your pool and lowering the PH of the new water, this is done so if the pool is exposed to sunlight, there won’t be an imbalance between the PH and the calcium level.

Calcium deposits in pools can have side effects on people who use the pool. These effects can range from eye irritation to whole body irritation. They are also irritating to look at and would reduce the interest of people in your pool.

When removing these deposits, make sure you are dressed properly to avoid safety hazards and also try as much as possible not to destroy the finish of your pool.

With this guide, we are sure you will bring your pool to its former glory.

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If you feel this job is too much or will take you too long, feel free to give the experts at Specialty Aquatic Tile Cleaning a call. We can help you solve any of your questions regarding your pool.

Our phone number is 626-275-8959. We serve all of Covina CA and neighboring cities. What are you waiting for, give your pool its life back, and enjoy what you paid for!


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4 Important Questions to Ask When Building Your Pool

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Before you start building your dream pool to spice up your home or summer relaxation, there are important questions to answer.

We’ll help you figure those out so you can walk into your project 10 times smarter.

Let’s dive in.

An in-ground or above-ground swimming pool?

The in-ground swimming pool is the option to go for to have a custom-made swimming pool, with your desired dimensions and shape.

A shell pool is a monohull built in a single block, which will give the shape of the pool. As for waterproofing, it is an integral part of the hull. Quick and easy to install, it offers various options of shapes, sizes, and layouts which are however limited to the conditions of access and delivery.

Usually available as a kit, they can be installed by swimming pool experts or by individuals with good knowledge of masonry.

Above-ground swimming pools are a more economical alternative and simpler and faster to install.

How to access the pool?

You have to consider how to get to your pool before constructing it. Having a staircase connected to the pool is still common, but the trend is to opt for interior stairs. People can sit around the width of the pool to chat while sipping fruit juice.

The interior stairs are particularly comfortable for entering and exiting the water. Another option is a submerged beach on a gentle slope, with a very natural feel.

Which liner to use?

The liner is the flexible coating that seals the pool. It also gives its color to the water: white liner is for a sparkling water effect, for example, sand for natural water, green for lagoon-colored water, light gray for a contemporary look, etc.

It comes in several thicknesses. You can find 75/100th thick (the most common for a domestic swimming pool) and 150/100th (or reinforced membrane) for pools with high traffic or for swimming pool renovation.

Which filtration system to use?

There are different filtration systems: sand, cartridge, pockets, diatoms, or glass, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Your filtration system can be installed next to the pool structure and connected to it. It can be in the form of a filtering box/section or integrated into the structure.

The water is sucked in by the skimmer, filtered, and then re-injected into the pool via the delivery nozzle(s).

After building your desired swimming pool, whether it is for your relaxation or to add amenities to your home that beautify your life, you’ll have to maintain it regularly to keep your pool in tip-top condition.

Usually, this could be a strenuous activity that requires long hours of effort under the hot sun and sweating profusely. But companies exist for that so you don’t have to do it.

But even if you want to handle the job yourself, there is an easier way to maintain your pool. And when you want to get the job done in perfect condition, work with Calcium Killers. We not only help you prevent and clean the white deposits on your pool tile, we can also help you clean your pool generally to perfect condition.


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5 Long-Lasting Methods for Keeping Your Pool Waterline Clean

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If you notice the appearance of white spots or white bands, this is because of the lime present in your water. In fact, depending on the region, the water in your swimming pool may be more likely to create these calcium deposits.

The sudden change in temperature, atmospheric pressure, or the pH of your water can speed up the deposit of scale in your swimming pool. The major disadvantage is that they are difficult to erase, you cannot prevent their appearance but only slow down their progress.

Cleaning your pool waterline by hand

We can never say it enough, but the most effective solution is often the simplest. Indeed, a little elbow grease combined with accessories and cleaning products will not only give you an athletic shape but also optimal results!

The different types of water line maintenance equipment

A classic sponge or a special swimming pool brush: For effective cleaning, they must be combined with products specially designed to remove dirt from the walls. For the sponges avoid using the recurring part which could damage the waterline.

Microfiber cloths: Simpler and more effective than a sponge or a brush, they do not necessarily require the use of additional products.

The magic sponge: This material is designed with a patented plastic foam which makes it possible to erase traces or stains encrusted on a plastic surface (liner, shutters, staircase, etc.). No need for additional cleaning products.

Cleaning the waterline with a swimming pool robot

Less tiring and less expensive in the long term, the use of a pool robot can be a good alternative. Indeed, more and more electric robots can not only clean the bottom but also the walls of swimming pools which can save you considerable time thanks to its automatic mode but also save money because no need to use special water line cleaning products.

However, the only drawback, as you can imagine, is that human work remains more efficient, this is due to the fact that the robot will not be able to insist on priority areas where the deposit of dirt is more important and to rub like it is necessary.

Cleaning the waterline with a grease residue absorbent

The fatty residues which result from the fallout from hydrocarbon combustion (transport, industry, agriculture, etc.) play a major role in the clogging of the walls at the level of the waterline. To avoid this, there is a solution: put in your swimming pool a product specially designed to absorb fatty residues.

Dressing your waterline: Use of decorative friezes

A real remedy against the aging of your waterline: The use of decorative friezes which allow you to decorate and/or renovate your waterline.

The main advantage of this technique is that dirt does not adhere to the material of the frieze, so you benefit from simple and effective maintenance while personalizing your pool. A method that allows you to make two hits with one stone!

Waterline cleaning solutions to avoid

Obviously, there are solutions and things not to do or to avoid when cleaning the waterline.

The first rule is not to rub too hard because this can cause irreversible degradation of your wall and give the opposite result: the dirt will become encrusted more easily and especially durably!

Related to the first, the second rule is to ban sponge patterns with a scraper or just don’t use the recurring part. In addition, products considered “abrasive” are not recommended.

And finally, try to use anti-UV products (sunscreen, sun oil, etc.) in moderation. To avoid excess take a shower before swimming.


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