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New Year, New Pool: Pool Cleaning Services Near You

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Pool Cleaning Services

Here at the specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we offer a wide range of pool cleaning services! I will first start off by telling you that a clean pool is a lot more enjoyable. When your pool is clean and everything is right, you can expect to swim with your eyes open and not worry!

Pool Tile Cleaning and Replacement

When you get your pool tile repaired or replaced by us, you can expect everything to look as good as new. We can help you if they’re discolored as well!

Pool Makeover Special

Another service that we offer as well would be our pool makeover special. If your pool hasn’t received the care and attention that it requires you can probably start to notice some discoloration going on. How we address this issue is first we have to completely drain the pool, followed by an acid wash to clean the plaster, and then lastly calcium removal on the tiles. But just like any other job, it all depends on the pool size!

Power Washing

The third most popular service that we offer would be power washing. When we power wash you can expect to have your deck completely clear of any old dirt marks. This is usually what people get as well as the pool makeover. These both go together really well, leaving your backyard as you could remember it years ago.

Ceramic tile with heavy build up

Many pool owners know that owning a pool can be difficult at first and very irritating. So why go through all the problems that arise with pool owners when you could have a trusted company like specialty aquatic tile cleaning take care of it for you!

Here at specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we charge by the linear foot. Sometimes very rarely, though, it is by the square foot. Our goal is to satisfy our customers and demolish the competition. We offer free estimates to anyone within 35 miles of us. So why are you waiting?

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate!

Why Should You Work With a Pool Maintenance Professional?

There are several reasons why you should hire a professional to take care of your pool.

The first and most important reason is to maintain the chemical integrity of your pool water.

Chemically treating a swimming pool can be very frustrating for pool owners, at least if you want to maintain a level of quality!

In fact, this is a big reason why people prefer a professional review of their pool, as it can be confusing for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

Most importantly, your swimming pool is a breeding ground for nasty little organisms. Proper chemical treatment can effectively treat water and ensure the health and well-being of your family.

The next big reason for hiring a pool maintenance professional is to properly maintain the pool equipment. Most owners are not good at mechanically and are a little intimidated by the pool equipment.

In addition, there are many moving parts and if anything moved, it could drastically affect the normal operation of your pool and its filtration process.

A pool maintenance professional will not only keep your pool running smoothly, but will also use preventative maintenance techniques to save you time and money.

The last and most important reason to hire professionals is to enjoy your pool! 

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate! Proudly taking care of Covina CA and all of its pool owners!

Also, call us with questions regarding your pool!


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The Secret to Easily Removing Scale and Lime Deposits from Pool Tiles

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Lime stains, sometimes called scale, occur around the upper edge of the pool and resemble deposits of white or gray crusts. They are often caused by hard water or minerals that seep from nearby mortar glue. 

If left in place, they can lead to permanent stains on the tile, as well as causing the pool to look dirty and unattractive. Removal of calcium deposits from tiles in the pool will require some physical work.

Although efflorescence is not harmful to cement, excessive amounts of it can cause fungal or insect problems. Once the calcium deposits harden, they are virtually impossible to remove without acid solutions.

Sometimes they could be soft white scales and in severe cases, thicker and harder. You’ll have to approach cleaning them with different strategies.

Natural stone and glass tile combo

Unfortunately, you must repeat the process periodically, as the spots often return.

How to Clean the Soft White Scales on Your Tiles

  1. Drain the water from the pool at least 6 to 10 inches so you can easily access areas stained with calcium. This also allows you to clean the loosened calcium off without depositing it in the pool water.
  2. Kneel on the edge of the pool, or enter the pool if you do not mind getting wet. Place a stiff brush bristle tiles on top of the calcium deposits and scrub the tiles of the pool using circular motions to loosen the deposits.
  3. Clean the tile of the pool with a cloth or a paper towel to remove the loosened calcium. Examine the area to see if all the deposit came off, and use a pumice stone to scrub gently with circular motions or no calcium is maintained.
  4. Remove the thickness scale from the tile with a razor blade, taking care to keep a low angle and avoid scratching the surface.
  5. Clean the area again with the cloth. Repeat the process to clean around the perimeter of the pool to remove the remaining calcium deposits.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a standard pumice stone available at beauty stores or buy one at a pool store that has a longer handle made specifically for pools.
  • Commercial products are also available to remove tile incrustations from the pool.

How to Remove the Heavy Concrete Calcium Deposits

Stronger acids are required for the heavier calcium deposits.

Instructions

  1. Dress appropriately for security purposes. Wear protective clothing, goggles, acid-resistant gloves, and a mask equipped with an acid-grade filter.
  2. Set a portable fan nearby and open the windows to provide adequate air circulation. Fill a spray bottle with acetic acid.
  3. Spray the acetic acid generously on the calcium deposits. Allow the acid to penetrate the cement for the recommended amount of time. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product label.
  4. Scrub the cement with a hard bristle brush to dissolve the calcium deposits. Continue to apply acetic acid and scrub the cement until all calcium deposits are removed.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda generously over clean cement to neutralize the acid. While the acid neutralizes, fill a plastic bucket with water.6 Clean the affected surfaces promptly to restore the appearance of the cement and prevent future problems. To do this, cement thoroughly rinsed with water, using a coarse sponge. Allow the cement to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute hydrochloric acid for acetic acid. However, never use hydrochloric acid inside or mix it with any chemical.
  • Be very careful when using acetic acid; It is highly corrosive to the skin.

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How to Clean Your Pool and Tiles with Harmless Products

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A dirty swimming pool can ruin the purpose of your pool. It is very difficult to relax and swim in a pool with stained and dirty tiles. It’s an eyesore and will make you feel dirty after swimming in the pool like you just stepped out of floodwaters.

It is not supposed to be that way. So in this article, we will show you how you can easily clean your pool tiles. You can do this on a calm Saturday morning and be done in a couple of hours.

So, get your rubber gloves ready. This may impress you better than you imagine it could.

Cleaning Your Pool with Everyday Household Items

For cleaning your tile joints, mix 1/3 liter of dishwashing liquid in a liter of hot water. Rub vigorously and rinse.

Besides commercially available household cleaning products, there are several natural and affordable solutions to whiten your tile joints.

Bathroom, kitchen… Over time, grease residues, mold, and yellow stains can appear on the tile joints. To overcome this dirt and restore its shine to your joints without getting tired, there are natural tips to test without hesitation.

How to clean the tile joints?

Before cleaning the joints, first, wash the tiles around them. If they are dirty, the seals will be too. Then, to clean the tile joints you can recycle an old toothbrush which you will use as a joint brush. On the product side, you have many possibilities: white vinegar works miracles in the house, claystone, and Meudon white are very effective at cleaning joints. Black soap cleans thoroughly.

To use these natural products, soak a sponge of warm water and do not hesitate to scrub the dirtiest parts well.

What products should I avoid when cleaning tile joints?

To properly clean the tile joints, avoid using a steam cleaner repeatedly. This could take off the tiles. In the same way, forget about bleach and acid, these products toxic to health and the environment, wear out the seals, and can damage the seal. Water could then infiltrate and cause the tiles to peel off.

Which product should you use to whiten tile joints?

Weather and humidity damage the tile joints, which will then be stained and blackened. This is quite unsightly and gives the impression that the tiles are dirty and old. To whiten the joints, a miracle and natural product can be used: baking soda! Add with white vinegar and washing up liquid, the baking soda will allow you to whiten the tile joints naturally.

Let this mixture sit for a few minutes on the joints before rubbing it with a brush. They will then be white as on the first day!

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Using Baking Soda in Your Pool

Do you know what harsh chemicals do to your skin and pool?

Chlorine and other chemicals have adverse effects on your skin. Continuous exposure to these chemicals leads to a lot of serious health issues. You could get asthma, cancer, or other respiratory issues.

These chemicals could react with other chemicals in the water and the air around your pool and increase the chances of you getting affected.

Fortunately, there is a natural tip for cleaning the pool liner without chemicals, even if the pool is full. The simple and effective thing is to clean it with baking soda.

Steps

1. Take baking soda

2. Sprinkle it on a sponge

3. Put yourself in the swimsuit

4. Rub the dirty mark with the sponge

5. Put baking soda back on the sponge

6. Continue around the pool.

And now, your pool is now perfectly clean without using chemicals

Easy, fast, and efficient, right?

Not to mention that it is 100% natural. Products sold commercially are so harmful that it is forbidden to bathe for 12 to 24 hours after use! It is scary, right?

With baking soda, you risk absolutely nothing. You can enjoy your pool immediately and cool off immediately. Even a baby can bathe without risk for its fragile skin.

Why does it work?

Baking soda is a great product that has incredible cleaning, stain removing, and antiseptic properties. It eliminates the dirt that forms on the waterline easily. Thanks to its grainy appearance, bicarbonate also has abrasive properties to gently loosen dirt without damaging the liner.

In addition, this trick also works very well for maintaining the pool throughout the season. Don’t worry, the bicarbonate is safe for the cover, the paint, or the walls of the pool, whether it is a shell or cement pool, whether in-ground or above ground. And you can even clean the children’s plastic pool, a freestanding pool or a tubular pool this way.

Ceramic tile with heavy build up

Bonus tip

Baking soda has another property. It also has a regulating action on the pH of water.

It increases the pH of the pool water when it is too acidic (between 0 and 6) and decreases it if it is too basic (between 8 and 14).

This allows you to regulate the water and obtain a neutral pH, around 7.
To test the pH of the pool water, just use test strips. It’s super easy! Soak it in water and you will immediately see the result.

If the result is not good, pour a full cup of baking soda into the water. Then leave on overnight. Test the pH of the pool water again with a new strip. If the result is still not good, start putting bicarbonate in the water again and wait overnight.

The amount of bicarbonate needed will depend on the volume of water, but also on the pH of the water before treatment.

Your turn…

Have you tested this natural trick for easy pool maintenance? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to read yours!

These are simple tips you can start implementing today and see impressive results on your pool tiles. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself and will love a professional to step in with industry-standard materials to give you a perfect swimming pool tile cleaning job, contact us.

We will love to help you bring your pool back to its former glory, looking good as new.


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Everything You Should Know About Cleaning Calcium Deposits in Your Pool

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You can spot calcium deposits from the line and spots they leave on the waterline of your pool. These calcium deposits are extremely difficult to clean. But in this article, we’ll give you some pointers to get rid of them.

There are some reasons why you may start to notice these spots around the waterline.

The first reason is hard water, which can leave a calcium residue over time. If you live in an area of the country with hard water, it is likely that you have already noticed this accumulation in your faucets, sinks, and even bathtubs.

The second reason is the heat. The high summer temperatures cause the water in the pool to evaporate more and also raise the water temperature.

When combined with the third reason, the chemical composition of your pool, these conditions can cause calcium deposits.

Specifically, if your pool has a high pH, high alkalinity and hotter water, the calcium scale will begin to form.

Lime stains in pool

The reason why this situation occurs so often in the water line is due to evaporation. These calcium crystals can appear as nodules that dot the metal and plaster, or they can become scabby deposits that live in the corners of the pool.

Technically, these are two different things. Calcium carbonate, which tends to manifest as a scaly substance on the surface of the pool, and calcium silicate, which is grayish-white and harder. Either way, they are not exactly aesthetically pleasing.

What does lime do to your pool?

Obstructed filters

Pool filters are designed to treat water or other types of waste typical of the pool: insects, leaves, etc. But they are not designed for hard calcium deposits.

As more and more hardened calcium passes through the filter, the system will slow down and not work as well due to clogging.

Damage to the Plaster

If left untreated, calcium deposits will continue to grow and spread to other areas of the pool, including, in the background. This can result in the creation of clumps in the plaster that you will have to eliminate if you do not want the finish to be damaged.

Irritation of eyes and skin

If people swim in a pool with excess calcium, which is causing deposits, there is a great chance that there will be skin and eye irritation.

Calcium deposits and scaling are unattractive, make swimming pools uncomfortable for swimming and can cause serious and costly long-term damage.

Steps to Remove Lime

Limescale deposits can form along the waterline of your pool. This is usually caused by a high pH, high alkalinity or a high concentration of calcium. Constant temperature changes along with rapid evaporation will cause the deposits to settle along the side of the pool wall. If the deposits are not removed soon, it can cause permanent damage to the surface of the pool.

Cleaning with vinegar

Baking soda, borax, dish soap, toothpaste, and vinegar can be used in much the same way to clean calcium deposits, so you can use most of the information related to the vinegar and apply it also to cleaning agents.

What you need for cleaning with vinegar:

  • A cleaning brush. With soft bristles, not metallic.
  • A bottle of spray.
  • Vinegar, a 5% solution.

Once you have these items, you can start cleaning.

  1. The first step is to stop all use of the pool until a water test can be performed. If the test reveals that the levels are within range, you can use a stain remover to remove deposits from the waterline. If the pH, alkalinity or calcium levels are too high, they should be reduced before using a scale and scale cleaner.
  2. It is recommended to start first by lowering the hardness of the water. The hardness can only be lowered by partially draining and then filling the pool. Your pool needs a hardness level of 200 ppm to 400 ppm. A level of hardness above 400 ppm can lead to scale formation on the surface of the pool and equipment and can also cause cloudy water.
  3. Once the pool has drained, and filled again, check that the hardness is within range. If it is not, you must repeat step 2 until you normalize the hardness. Only in that case can you adjust the alkalinity. You should retest before doing so because the alkalinity should be lower than before. To reduce alkalinity, you can use dry acid or muriatic acid. The necessary amount of any of the chemical products will vary according to the size and volume of the pool and the reading of alkalinity.
  4. Once the alkalinity is within the range, the pH can be adjusted. For this, a negative pH is used, in case of a high pH. Once the pH is balanced, we can move on to the final step.
  5. The final step will be to use the vinegar. Before adding the product, (following the package instructions), make sure you have a pool brush handy to brush the walls as needed. There are no special tricks. You can put the vinegar in the bottle and spray the solution on the calcium deposits or simply pour it from your own bottle, then use the brush to scrub.

These types of cleaners tend to work quite well if you detect and solve the problem from the beginning, and of course, you should use them fairly regularly to avoid accumulation.

If you do all these steps, and still have lime deposits that are difficult to remove, try the following.

Cleaning with muriatic acid

With the vinegar and the other mild cleansers that we have already mentioned, you can enter the pool while you are cleaning. With muriatic acid, however, this is not recommended.

Muriatic acid is more powerful and more dangerous when handling. You can find this chemical in a home improvement store or pool supply store.

What you need for cleaning with muriatic acid:

  • Muriatic acid container.
  • Safety glasses.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Respirator.
  • Plastic cube.
  • Measuring cup of plastic.
  • Plastic spoon
  • Plastic spray bottle.
  • Marker.
  • Non-abrasive scourer

This list of materials is enough for you to realize that this goes beyond the maintenance of the pool for beginners. We want to remind you that muriatic acid is dangerous.

  1. Put on goggles, gloves and the respirator. Then head outside with all your ingredients to start mixing. Absolutely do not attempt to mix in a closed area.
  2. Fill your bucket with four liters of water. Pour 230 grams of muriatic acid with the measuring cup slowly into the water. Always pour the acid in the water instead of the other way round, as the acid is more likely to splash. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should pour slowly since this mixture produces heat.
  3. With the plastic spoon mix the water and the acid. Again, do it slowly, because you do not want it to boil.
  4. Carefully fill the plastic bottle with a mixture of water and acid.
  5. Use the marker to label the measuring cup, spoon and spray bottle with “Muriatic acid”. Do not try to use the chemical for anything else. If you are worried that this may happen, leave the bottle aside for proper disposal.
  6. You should always stay out of the pool, use the spray bottle to spray the waterline of the pool and rub with the non-abrasive scouring pad.

Get in touch with your local pool supply company or with the municipality to learn how to get rid of any unused muriatic acid. Do not simply discard it or pour it down the drain.

Because muriatic acid is much stronger than vinegar or other cleaning products mentioned above, you can eliminate calcium deposits that are much more advanced. That said, with deposits that have been growing and hardening for a long time, sometimes even muriatic acid is not enough.

If that is your situation, you have a remaining option. Pressure washing.

Cleaning with a pressure washer

Cleaning with a pressure washer is something that professional pool cleaners use, called “blasting accounts”. This process uses compressors to “blow up” pearls, sand and other materials (depending on the specific tool used) on your tile at a high speed to basically blow or scrape the calcium deposits.

It works surprisingly well, and it’s fast. And best of all, you are not doing the work yourself. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive, especially if you need to call them to do it regularly.


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2 Major Items in Your Weekly Pool Cleaning Routine

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There are 2 main cornerstones of your weekly pool maintenance routine that’ll keep your pool waters clean, sparkling, and healthy. It’s easy to ignore your pool but it gets hard when the water changes to green. Avid this by incorporating a healthy routine to keep your pool always clean. That way each swim is refreshing and not harmful for your skin.

Pool Maintenance Tips to Get Rid of Calcium Deposits

This must be one of the many questions on the mind of a pool owner. And here I will be giving 5 ways on how to remove calcium deposits from your pool! And not only will it look better, but it will also allow you to enjoy your pool like you once did!

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.

Pool Cleaning Tips for General Pool Health

You often do the same when it comes to cleaning your pool. In doing so, you limit cleaning your pool to a series of standard tasks.

While this does not pose any problem in the short term, we nevertheless recommend that you regularly perform the following tasks when cleaning your pool.

1. Clean the edge of the pool

Cleaning the edge of the pool is a tedious task that is often postponed. However, we recommend that you regularly clean the edge of your pool.

You will thus eliminate the lime at the height of the waterline. If you put off this task over and over, you will have a hard time removing the scale deposit.

Therefore, take the time to meticulously clean the edge of your pool on a regular basis. You will thus obtain an impeccable water line, without the slightest trace of lime on the interior coating.

2. Add a flocculant

When using the same water for a long time, some concentrations may increase. Too high concentrations of calcium, iron, copper, etc. can cause problems and even cause the appearance of brown spots in the pool. To avoid this inconvenience, a flocculant should be used.

This product precipitates all the impurities and makes them fall to the bottom of the swimming pool. All you have to do is vacuum to remove them from the pool. All you have to do is place the flocculant sachets in the skimmers. Through filtration, the product spreads into the water and takes effect.

This product also makes it possible to obtain perfectly clear water. It is therefore in your best interest to follow this advice.

3. Vacuum the pool

Small impurities precipitated by means of the flocculant must then be removed with a swimming pool vacuum cleaner. There are dozens of models.

Manual vacuum cleaners are relatively inexpensive, although there are also different price categories here. Our general finding is that a more expensive vacuum cleaner, like the Fairlocks, provides more efficient and significantly faster cleaning than a cheaper model.

But cleaning a swimming pool with a manual vacuum cleaner is very laborious and time-consuming. The ideal alternative is the robotic pool cleaner. In this case, the vacuum does all the work for you.

The purchase price is higher than that of a manual vacuum cleaner. But one thing is certain: a robot makes your job much easier and limits the number of products you need to maintain your pool.

4. Remove the leaves

The leaves have a bad influence on the quality of the water since they absorb a lot of chlorine. It is therefore essential to remove them using a landing net.

Don’t forget to empty the skimmer baskets regularly. These are indeed often filled with leaves.

5. Clean the roller shutter

Many impurities clump together on the surface of the roller shutter and inside it. To remove these impurities and preserve the appearance of your roller shutter, you should take the time to clean the shutter completely.

An effective product is Roldeck descaling agent. With the help of a good sponge, you can clean the roller shutter in the blink of an eye. It is not recommended to bathe directly after cleaning. It is better to wait until the product is fully assimilated. So wait a short day before going into the water.

6. Perform a backwash

The backwash (or backwash) of the swimming pool filter is an essential task. Without backwash, your filter can indeed become clogged. Under the most extreme conditions, it could even explode.

To avoid this inconvenience, the solution could not be simpler: perform a backwash once a week in order to permanently remove the impurities from the filter. This will prevent an increase in pressure inside the filter.

7. Add fresh water regularly

Our last tip should only apply a few times a year. Adding new water to the pool reduces certain concentrations of salts and metals, such as chlorides, iron, copper, etc.

These concentrations must be reduced in order to guarantee good disinfection of the swimming pool water. In addition, high concentrations of metals can cause brown spots to appear in the pool.

To avoid this inconvenience, add 3 to 5% of the total water volume in your pool at least 3 times a year. Warning: do not use well water in particular. This indeed contains too high concentrations of these metals. You could therefore make the situation worse.

Do you have more questions about cleaning your pool? Please do not hesitate to contact us.


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How a Calcium Releaser Can Help You Remove Calcium Deposits in Your Pool

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“How to get rid of calcium deposits in your pool”

This must be one of the many questions on the mind of a pool owner.

And here I will be giving 5 ways on how to remove calcium deposits from your pool! And not only will it look better, but it will also allow you to enjoy your pool like you once did!

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.

Be careful when using these products. Even though it says “acid-free”, it still contains substances that aren’t great for the human skin or lungs. Make sure to wear protective equipment when working with calcium releasers in removing calcium deposits in your pool.

2. Use scaling treatment

If your pool is made of fiber glass, 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.

How to Remove Lime Deposits

If lime develops in your pool, you should hire pool maintenance professionals to inspect and clean up debris from its surfaces. Most pool cleaning services make a diagnosis for the localization as well as the elimination of limescale.

So how do you know if your pool contains limestone?

Look for white or light gray spots on the sides and bottom of the pool, as well as the edges of the pool deck. Limestone forms scaly spots or streaks when the pH of the pool water and the calcium levels in the water are out of balance.

Although this build-up of lime can be removed, it can be difficult to do so. This article provides homeowners with tips that any pool maintenance company wouldn’t want you to know to remove lime deposits from the pool walls and prevent their return.

Types of Calcium that Leave Deposits

There are 2 common types of calcium that form lime in a pool: calcium carbonate and calcium silicate. It is important to understand which type harms the walls of your pool.

The calcium carbonate is white, scaly and easily detached. Calcium silicate is slightly gray and more solid, which makes it more difficult to remove.

If the walls of your pool contain calcium silicate, the scale on the walls of your pool is a symptom of a more serious problem: calcium scale in the plumbing and filtration system. This is a problem that only a professional pool maintenance company can deal with.

If you don’t know what type you have on your pool , use a dropper to pour muriatic acid on the deposits. Calcium carbonate will foam in reaction to acids. Calcium silicate, being a more solid substance with a robust construction, will remain unchanged.

Removing Calcium Carbonate

If your pool contains calcium carbonate, removing it is easy, but takes time.

You can use a rough but harmless object for tiles such as a wet pumice stone or an eraser to flake off deposits.

You can also get calcium descaling treatment solutions from a pool service company or a pool supply store. Follow the product instructions to avoid damaging the pool water or injuring yourself.

Removal of Calcium Silicate

Calcium silicate is incredibly difficult to remove on your own. You can try using a pumice stone, but it will take a ton of elbow grease and time to complete the process successfully.

If you have a vinyl or fiberglass pool , this will not work at all. Even some descaling treatments can take months to break down the lasting calcium silicate.

You will likely need to hire pool maintenance professionals to remove lime build-up if you cannot do it yourself. They can also adjust the quality of your pool water, including pH and calcium levels, to prevent future buildup.

Remove limestone with a blowtorch and a polishing machine

If you have emptied your pool to clean it and you notice traces of lime, there are two methods that can get rid of this debris. These methods are effective but can take a long time depending on the size of your pool.

To remove the lime that is in the walls of your pool, just use a blowtorch to make the tartar less robust and then rub it with a wire brush. With the effect of heat, the tartar will be easily removed.

If you have limestone at the bottom of the pool, simply clean the pool thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner, then sand it with a sanding and polishing machine.

Once descaling and polishing are finished, rinse your pool with a karcher to remove debris. Then evacuate your pool, let it dry, and fill it again if you want to reuse it.

If you do not want to fill it immediately, choose a tarpaulin or a protective cover. Your pool will therefore remain intact and ready to be filled at any time you wish.

Good to know

The disadvantage of chlorine is that it makes no difference between organic impurities and the human body. The consequences after a long stay in the water are red eyes, caused by chlorine. This is the reason why most people wear swimming goggles.

Bottomline

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.


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How to Clean Your Pool and 100% Remove Calcium Deposits

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This must be one of the many questions on the mind of a pool owner. And here I will be giving 5 ways on how to remove calcium deposits from your pool! And not only will it look better, it will allow you to enjoy your pool like you once did!

1. Use a calcium releaser

These products makes 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 fiber glass, 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.

6. Hire a professional pool cleaner to help

There are several reasons why you should hire a professional to take care of your pool.

The first and most important reason is to maintain the chemical integrity of your pool water.

Chemically treating a swimming pool can be very frustrating for pool owners, at least if you want to maintain a level of quality!

In fact, this is a big reason why people prefer a professional review of their pool, as it can be confusing for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

Most importantly, your swimming pool is a breeding ground for nasty little organisms. Proper chemical treatment can effectively treat water and ensure the health and well-being of your family.

The next big reason for hiring a pool maintenance professional is to properly maintain the pool equipment. Most owners are not good at mechanically and are a little intimidated by the pool equipment.

In addition, there are a large number of moving parts and if anything moved, it could drastically affect the normal operation of your pool and its filtration process.

A pool maintenance professional will not only keep your pool running smoothly, but will also use preventative maintenance techniques to save you time and money.

The last and most important reason to hire professionals is to enjoy your pool! 

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate! Proudly taking care of Covina CA and all of its pool owners! Feel free to also give us a call with any other questions or concerns regarding your pool!

Bottomline

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.



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How We Can Help You With Your Pool Today

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Types of Services We Offer?

Here at the specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we offer a wide range of pool cleaning services! I will first start off by telling you that a clean pool is a lot more enjoyable. When your pool is clean and everything is right, you can expect to swim with your eyes open and not worry!

Pool Tile Cleaning and Replacement

When you get your pool tile repaired or replaced by us, you can expect everything to look as good as new. We can help you if they’re discolored as well!

Pool Makeover Special

Another service that we offer as well would be our pool makeover special. If your pool hasn’t received the care and attention that it requires you can probably start to notice some discoloration going on. How we address this issue is first we have to completely drain the pool, followed by an acid wash to clean the plaster, and then lastly calcium removal on the tiles. But just like any other job, it all depends on the pool size!

Power Washing

The third most popular service that we offer would be power washing. When we power wash you can expect to have your deck completely clear of any old dirt marks. This is usually what people get as well as the pool makeover. These both go together really well, leaving your backyard as you could remember it years ago.

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Many pool owners know that owning a pool can be difficult at first and very irritating. So why go through all of the problems that arise with pool owners when you could have a trusted company like specialty aquatic tile cleaning take care of it for you!

Here at specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we charge by the linear foot. In some cases very rarely though, it is by the square foot. Our goal is to satisfy our customers and demolish the competition. We offer free estimates to anyone within 35 miles of us. So why are you waiting?

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate!

Why Should You Work With a Pool Maintenance Professional?

There are several reasons why you should hire a professional to take care of your pool.

The first and most important reason is to maintain the chemical integrity of your pool water.

Chemically treating a swimming pool can be very frustrating for pool owners, at least if you want to maintain a level of quality!

In fact, this is a big reason why people prefer a professional review of their pool, as it can be confusing for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

Most importantly, your swimming pool is a breeding ground for nasty little organisms. Proper chemical treatment can effectively treat water and ensure the health and well-being of your family.

The next big reason for hiring a pool maintenance professional is to properly maintain the pool equipment. Most owners are not good at mechanically and are a little intimidated by the pool equipment.

In addition, there are a large number of moving parts and if anything moved, it could drastically affect the normal operation of your pool and its filtration process.

A pool maintenance professional will not only keep your pool running smoothly, but will also use preventative maintenance techniques to save you time and money.

The last and most important reason to hire professionals is to enjoy your pool! 

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate! Proudly taking care of Covina CA and all of its pool owners! Feel free to also give us a call with any other questions or concerns regarding your pool!


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How to Use Well Water for Swimming Pools: Trick to Purify It

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When you want to install a salt chlorinator in a pool with well water, we recommend that you empty it and fill it with water from the water supply grid.

What are the drawbacks of well water

The reason is that lime and other minerals often cause problems in the chlorinator electrode.

During electrolysis, lime and other elements precipitate and end up being embedded in the plates of the chlorinator cell.

The performance of the electrode decreases, because the plates are electrically isolated, due to the layer of lime, which acts as an insulator.
To clean the electrode plates, the electrode must be immersed in acid, which also attacks metal.

After many washes, the electrode ends up having serious corrosion problems.

In addition, there are other salts and metals present in well water that cause other problems, both due to the sediments they cause and due to the electrochemical effects that are produced.

Lime stains in the pool

If you have ever noticed, you will have seen that there is a white line on the walls, at the height of the surface. This is caused by lime deposits.

In pools with well water, these lime deposits form in a short time, and if they are not removed, the layer becomes thicker and difficult to clean.
Another problem is the roughness that is noticeable on the walls, when passing the hand the touch is rough.

Over time, this texture favors the accumulation of dirt and makes cleaning more difficult.

In addition, if you apply acid to dilute the lime, you are also diluting the cement in the joints, damaging the lining, until you have to empty the pool to repair it.

How to use well water for the pool

On many occasions, especially in pools installed in rural areas, there is no access to running water, so there is no choice but to use well water to fill the pool.

Well, I have a trick to remove lime from the pool with well water.

Well water treatment

This trick is not for everyone. It is not difficult to apply, but you have to be careful to follow the steps correctly.

If the pool is already affected by the remains of lime, you should lower the pH as much as possible, adding a lot of acid, or liquid pH-.

With a pH lower than 6, the lime will start to thin, but so will the cement joints.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that no one takes a bath during the process. The acidity of the water will be very aggressive for people.

After a few days in this state, empty the pool completely, clean the surfaces well with acid (better to use a specific liquid or pH reducer based on sulfuric acid, because hydrochloric acid or sulfonate emits a lot of vapors).
Finally, you will have to re-grout (apply Borada or seal with cement) all the joints.

As you can see, it is slow and hard work, and it is better to do it out of season, to avoid the effects of heat on the empty pool.

With the pool empty, the next step is filling (you probably already guessed that).

Start filling it by adding shock bleach.

The well water contains a lot of organic matter, is very “alive”, and then the plant matter, such as algae, begin to react to the light of the sun. Water can go bad in a matter of hours. Sometimes the same water is already green. Don’t worry about adding more chlorine than necessary, while no one takes a bath.

How to purify well water

Now comes the secret.

Add flocculant to the water. Yes, it’s that easy, but wait, this is just the beginning.

The flocculant causes all elements other than water to stick together, forming solid “flakes” (flocs) that settle to the bottom of the pool or remain stuck in the sand filter.

Be very careful not to overdo the dose of flocculant, because the sand can stick, and you will have to replace it.

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You will have to do sand washes every few hours so that the sediment is expelled.

These remains will include lime, algae, metals, and other elements.
The water will be practically pure. You will also have to help by sweeping the bottom so that the dirt does not stay there.

You can increase the effectiveness by adding a layer of diatomaceous earth, or diatomaceous sand over the filter sand, to retain a greater amount of debris.

Anyway, think that diatomite is difficult to find and somewhat expensive, so it is not necessary to use it unless you want to do a cleaning worthy of an operating room.

Most of it will go down the drain when doing a sand wash, so this is disposable.

The process time will depend on the type of water you are treating, so you will have to experiment and observe.

You can also repeat the process after a few days. However, it is better to do it before adding salt, in salt chlorination systems.

Prevent stains on the pool tile

I am not a fan of adding chemicals to the water, so once the pool is filled with purified water, I would try to avoid adding other products. For that, it is important that the chlorine level and the pH are perfect. There is nothing else to do.

When adding water, after washing, or simply to compensate for evaporation, we must bear in mind that we have also added lime, so we can repeat the process from time to time.

It should be done as a shock treatment. We do not recommend using maintenance flocculant, because it is still a chemical product which in large quantities is unhealthy, as you can see in this post.

If you’ve done enough washes to remove most of the lime, you’ll see that the water is crystal clear and the walls shiny.

Run your hand over the walls periodically, to make sure that the touch is smooth (but not slippery, which would be a sign of algae formation).
If you notice that they become rough, you should lower the pH a little and do another anti-limescale treatment.

Try to have these treatments done on the days that the pool is not used, to avoid exposure to bathers, especially with low pH.

Use of anti-scale products for swimming pools

There are products that keep lime in suspension, so they don’t really remove it, they just keep it from sticking to the walls.

This is an ineffective solution because it forces you to continually add chemical products, with the risks that they entail, and it also does not completely prevent lime from becoming embedded in the chlorinator electrodes.

The flocculant and sand wash trick works better, because you’re actually getting a lot of the lime out of the pool.

Other options to reduce pool limescale

In facilities with intensive use, such as spas and hotels, a tank can be installed to flocculate the water before adding it to the pool. In addition, filters or osmosis systems can be installed, which can purify the water, leaving it almost as if it were distilled.

These systems are not justified in domestic swimming pools, because with good flocculation the water quality is already very good.


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How to easily clean my above-ground pool: the ultimate guide!

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To have unparalleled bathing comfort throughout this summer, your above ground pool needs to be cleaned regularly. Simple actions, a little equipment, a little time and you make sure to keep the water clean and the equipment efficient.

Treatment and filtration products help clean water from impurities and keep it clean. However, dirt is also deposited in the bottom, on the walls and in the equipment, which is why it is necessary to clean your swimming pool regularly.

Step by step cleaning

1. Remove debris from the surface of the water

Using a landing net, remove any debris floating on the surface of the water, blown by the wind: insects, plants and others.

Redo this as soon as debris is present on the pool water.

2. Empty the baskets

If your pool contains a skimmer, empty the basket which contains large debris such as insects and plants.

Check the skimmer regularly and empty the basket if it contains debris.

The filtration of your pool is initiated by a pump. It has a transparent cover in order to control the pre-filter basket which may contain debris passed through the skimmer. As well as the skimmer basket, empty the pump basket when it is not in operation.

Check the pump regularly and empty the basket if it contains debris.

Be sure to increase the frequency of checks during the high season.

3. Vacuum the bottom and sides

Once a week, clean the bottom and sides. This can be done using a manual or automatic vacuum cleaner, or an automatic robot, both connected to the filtration. Be careful to have a pump powerful enough to connect a vacuum cleaner or a robot.

Clean the debris from the bottom of the pool once a week using a vacuum cleaner or robot. If, before the season, the pool is used less, reduce the frequency of cleaning.

4. Clean the water line

Dirt clings and the water line becomes greasy, which is why it is important to clean it once a week, before or after vacuuming the basin. The water line is cleaned manually using special sponges. Note that some automatic robots make the waterline.

5. Wash the filter

  • Sand filter

Wash the sand from the sand filter once a month when the pool is not used a lot to once a week in high season. To know when to wash the filter, look on the manometer (if your filter has one), if the needle is in the red, you must backwash the filter.

Regularly check the pressure gauge and backwash when the filter is not in the filtration phase.

  • Cartridge filter

In high season, the filter cartridge must be changed every 2 to 3 weeks. For regular filter maintenance, clean the filter cartridge with clean water twice a week.

Follow this advice and you will enjoy your above ground pool even better this summer. Plus, it is a healthy way to maintain your pool cleanliness.


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