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How to Clean Your Pools: Complete Maintenance 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.

If you need professional help with cleaning your pool…

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 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 Chlorine in Your Pool Correctly?

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Keeping your pool clean and healthy should be the entire point of regular pool maintenance. And that pool that looks so great week in and out, is an absolute delight to the pool owner.

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

Ceramic tile with a heavy build up

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 the 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 is Not Good for Your Pool

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Calcium is great for your bones but not for your pool.

Here’s why…

When calcium forms on your pool, an effect known as limescale, your pool can look unsightly and even be in danger.

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.

If you want to do it yourself, read the rest of the article.

So how do you know if your pool contains lime deposits?

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.

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.

What if you use well water for your 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.

calcium removal calcium killer

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.

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 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 probably 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.

Here’s a video that summarizes all we’ve said:


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How to Keep Your Pool pH at Healthy Levels

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Maintaining your pool’s pH level—one of the most important measures—doesn’t have to be an extreme sport. Your swimming pool’s pH levels help keep the water quality of your pool at the right level for humans.

If you keep the pH at the right levels, in addition to enjoying healthy water you can keep the water in your pool clean and crystal clear.

The pH is the measure of the acidity or basicity of a solution, in this case, the water in our pool. The optimal values recommended by the experts range between 7.2 and 7.6, so we must pay attention and be alert if the average obtained falls outside the indicated range.

If the pH decreases below 7.2 we have acidic water. If this happens, it will cause irritation to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes, in addition to generating corrosion problems in the pool materials (metal ladders, pumps, valves, and filters).

Person Feet Dipping on Pool

If on the contrary, the pH value rises above 7.6, the water in our pool becomes basic or alkaline. As was the case with acidic water, alkaline water, in addition to previous symptoms such as skin and eye irritation, would also cause dryness in our skin. Due to the basicity of the water, traces of calcium compounds are generated on the surface of the pool, and consequently, the water is seen in a more turbid and less crystalline form, also reducing the desired sterilizing and disinfectant effect with the addition of chlorine, consequently generating algae problems.

Experts recommend that periodic checks be made to maintain good water quality, as well as to maintain pH levels at levels suitable for bathing. It is advisable to perform a pH measurement at least once a week, acting as explained below if the pH parameters are beyond the ranges indicated.

Importance of the pH of the Pool, Why Does it Rise and Fall?

The ideal pH range for our pool water to be healthy ranges from 7.2 to 7.6, but sometimes when we take the measurement with our pH meter we are surprised that this value has risen or fallen.

The reasons why the pool’s pH rises (or falls) are mixed and varied, but commonly the pH of the pools usually gives high values, that is, basic ph’s:

  1. A determining factor has to do with the amount of water in the pool. Weather factors such as wind and sun make the water evaporate over time, and therefore the pH increases as the amount of water decreases. On the other hand, ultraviolet radiation from the sun increases the dissolution rate of chlorine in water, generating a gradual increase in pH values.
  2. A second factor is the bathers themselves. The sunscreens, moisturizers, body lotions, hair cells, dead skin, and even electrolytes from sweat make both chlorine and water acidity to be modified. Generally, bathers also cause pH levels to rise.
  3. Finally, the way to add chlorine to the pool can also change the pH values. The chlorine added in liquid form is nothing more than sodium hypochlorite, that is, bleach. This salt in the form of a solution is a highly alkaline or basic substance and therefore its addition generates significant pH increases. Chlorine added in tablets, on the other hand, includes trichloroisocyanuric acid that acidifies the water, thus reducing the pH of the water. A third modality is a form of granulated chlorine, which is characterized by having a pH close to neutrality (6.7) and the pH levels will be close to 7 therefore.

If for some reason you add more chlorine than you should, you should know how to lower chlorine pool. For this, there are different techniques we will discuss later.

How to keep the pH at optimal values?

Maintaining the pH value at optimal values ​​is of the utmost importance. Failure to do so creates a danger to the health of the users of the pool. The recommended pH values ​​range between 7.2 and 7.6, so a periodic pH measurement is advisable. Broadly speaking, when the pH becomes acidic and falls below 7.2, acidic water can irritate the eyes and skin (it is important to know how to increase the pool). If the pH rises from 7.6 becoming the basic water, there is a loss of effectiveness of the dissolved chlorine and therefore a decrease of the disinfectant power that is pursued. 

The pH meter or pH meter is the scientific instrument specially designed for these tasks. In the market, we have different types of meters, such as digital, pocket, and even the test strips, which although they give us semiquantitative values, we must not neglect their effectiveness, simplicity, and ease of use.

Expert recommendations tell us that pH measurements must be made periodically or after special episodes, such as a storm. The rain and the pollution that drags in its precipitation tend to acidify the water and raise the pH. It is also advisable to measure it after the use of the pool by many bathers since the use of lotions, sun creams, and the bathers’ own sweat can cause the pH to rise and become more basic.


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How to Treat Your Salt Pool Safely

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Let’s show you a treatment that is getting popular among pool owners: salt electrolysis.

Among the swimming pool water treatment crowd, electrolyzers have been successfully equipping many swimming pools for many years.

We will first explain how it works and the advantages of salt treatment… and what to plan if you want to treat your swimming pool with this system. The electrolyzer also allows you to automate your swimming pool and take full advantage of your swimming moments.

Two Women in Swimming Pool

How electrolysis works in your salt pool treatment

The electrolyzer diffuses a weak direct electric current at low voltage in a saline solution, thus producing sodium hypochlorite (active chlorine).

Then the electrolysis of saltwater separates the salt molecule (NaCl) into chlorine and sodium ions. Combined with water, this chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) allows the permanent destruction of pathogenic germs or algae, as well as organic matter and nitrogen residue from swimmers (sweat, urea, etc.).

Once this disinfecting action is complete, this natural chlorine recombines with the sodium present in the water and naturally reforms the salt, under the action of UV rays from the sun. This process is continuous.

Swimming Pool Under Blue Sky

The advantages of salt treatment

The salt chlorinator provides instant and persistent disinfection of swimming pools, while effectively protecting them from algae. Unlike organic chlorine (long-lasting pebbles, shock tablets, etc.), sodium hypochlorite is chlorine that is produced without a stabilizer, thus eliminating any risk of over-stabilization.

People who blindly treat with organic chlorine without knowing it, each time, add stabilizer to the pool. However, unlike chlorine itself, the chlorine stabilizer (cyanuric acid) is added to the water without degrading. In excess (rate greater than 75 g/l), this stabilizer blocks the action of chlorine. The electrolyzer therefore spares us this problem.

Moreover, since the active chlorine turns back into salt after its disinfecting action, this prevents the formation of the famous irritating and odorous chloramines, which are encountered in the poorly balanced chlorine treatment of swimming pools. The pool is therefore always ready for swimming.

Thanks to this automatic treatment which disinfects continuously, swimming pools are no longer subjected to the jolts of manual treatments, or even to certain omissions. This linear production of chlorine—just enough—offers bathing comfort that is pleasant to the skin and mucous membranes.

As the electrolyzer continuously produces chlorine, there is no more risk of running out of products and storage is no longer necessary. This system allows prolonged absences from home, with complete peace of mind without any major risk of finding a green swimming pool on your return.

White Metal Railings Near Swimming Pool

In addition, today it is possible to optimize the salt treatment of your swimming pool with devices that will control the chlorine level in your swimming pool. This device will then control your electrolyzer and its production. We are no longer on continuous “all or nothing” production but on optimized production to obtain perfectly balanced water. This has the advantage of less strain on your electrodes and therefore greater longevity.

What to expect

Saltwater compatible equipment

First of all, make sure that all of your installation, filtration pump, swimming pool heater, booster, scale (ASI 316 L marine stainless steel), are “electrolyzer” compatible so as not to be subject to corrosion. While new swimming pools generally incorporate this specific equipment, older ones must be checked beforehand to ensure that the electrolyzer is connected without additional modification. In addition, the installation in the technical room of an “earth pool” allows stray currents, sometimes present in the water, to be diverted to the earth, which contributes to natural oxidation.

With hard water

The electrolyzer is composed of a cell with electrodes, these become scaled. Unless you have a self-cleaning electrolyzer with reverse polarity, which automatically descales the electrodes, they must be soaked several times during the season in an acid solution.

However, it is clear that users are not very quick to this maintenance, with the consequence of this negligence: a reduction in the life of the electrodes. Hence the interest in a self-cleaning model.

Rest assured, most of today’s cars have self-cleaning cells by reverse polarity.

Blue Lounger Beside Swimming Pool

An essential point: the pH

We recommend you use an electrolyzer alongside an automatic pH regulator. The production of sodium hypochlorite by the electrolyzer modifies the pH upwards. It is therefore difficult to regulate the pH of your swimming pool yourself when you treat your swimming pool with salt.

Installation of the electrolyzer

The electrolyzer is installed in the technical room of the swimming pool. It consists of a control box, connected by a cable to a cell containing electrodes. The box is fixed to the wall, and the cell is hydraulically connected to the discharge pipe, respecting its position after heating, after pH measurement electrode and/or after automatic cleaning booster, if applicable.

Depending on the electrolyzer, the cell can be installed horizontally or vertically, which may be necessary in certain cramped technical rooms in order to be able to install the device without difficulty.

As a rule, the airframe is easy to install, even afterward, because it often has a small wheelbase. It is advisable to place the cell in bypass.

Regarding the electrical connection, some electrolyzers must be slaved to the pool box, while others, provided with an electrical plug, must be plugged into a wall outlet.

Special salt

An electrolyzer works with a quantity of salt generally between 3 and 5g per liter, sometimes more. Today, technology allows us to have electrolyzers with salt levels of around 1.5 g/l, which makes swimming even more pleasant.

Thus, for example, a 50 m³ swimming pool receives between 150 and 250 kg, depending on the model. This salt is poured directly into the swimming pool, filtration on, electrolyzer off, while it dissolves.

This salt is a refined salt of high purity, with an optimal content of calcium and reduced magnesium. The excess of magnesium progressively destroys the protective layers of ruthenium and iridium applied to the electrodes, which reduces the life of the latter. As for ordinary salt, its anti-clumping treatment causes brown spots on liners or reinforced membranes. Finally, some salt tablets for swimming pools incorporate chlorine stabilizers and there is even one with a 4 in 1 function, which also provides an anti-lime and anti-corrosion role.

Swimming Pool Near Palm Tree

Replacement of electrodes or cell

The lifespan of the electrodes varies from 4 to 7 years, sometimes more, depending on the care taken and the amount of stress on the device. When the time comes, some people inevitably find the cost of the replacement to be high. Obviously! They compare it to a manual chlorine treatment, but without taking into account the comfort of bathing and the freedom of maneuver that this type of treatment provides.

The electrodes are easy to order, by providing the device references, along with some practical information such as the number of plates or grids, type of connection.


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How to Improve the Quality of Your Pool Water and Enjoy Your Swim Better

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The quality of the water depends on the filtration system. To check the filtration system, you will need to check the good simmering of the water at the outlet of the delivery nozzles: a sign of good water circulation in the filtration system.

Check the clogging of the filter. To clean a cartridge filter, simply remove the cartridge and rinse it with a water jet. To clean the other filters, backwash systems exist.

Regular Maintenance is a Prerequisite for Quality Swimming Pool Water

To have quality bathing water and not to resort to shock treatments, it is preferable to maintain your swimming pool regularly.

The pool water should be pure, clear, and the pH should be neutral; slightly basic water is however accepted – the ideal rate of 7.4. To avoid any imbalance of your water source of green water, cloudy water, and the appearance of water lines, the maintenance of swimming pool water is mandatory.

This maintenance concerns the use of a swimming pool disinfectant, the occasional application of products to maintain the pH level stable as well as the filtration of the water. Inflatable pools, tubular pools, above-ground pools, and in-ground pools are subject to regular and periodic maintenance: all pool water must be maintained and analyzed regularly using water control kits.

The analysis of swimming pool water measures the level of disinfectant, the pH, the stabilizer, and the alkalinity. As a reminder, water with a pH (potential of hydrogen) greater than 7 is said to be basic and acidic if it is less than 7.

How to Clean Your Pool in 5 Easy Steps

You need different equipment to ensure periodic and daily cleaning of your swimming pool. Cleaning your pool naturally is recommended, and cleaning your pool with acid is strongly discouraged. Hydrochloric acid is not to be used in a swimming pool, even in skimmers!

Here is How to Clean an Above-ground or In-ground Pool in 5 Steps

  • Clean the surface pool water of any external pollution using a dip net.
  • Suck up dirt from the bottom of the pool with a vacuum broom or with an automatic or semi-automatic pool robot, more practical because it is autonomous.
  • Use a water line brush, a kind of sponge to gently rub the waterline, formed by residues marking the limit of water on the liner (be careful not to damage it). The use of special coating/liner cleaning products makes the task easier. The walls and the bottom can also be cleaned with a brush.
  • Remove the residues present and pass a sponge on the skimmers, filters which are also to be cleaned. The skimmers clean the surface of the water by skimming them, the impurities sucked up are then sent to the pump which, after filtration, pushes the water back into the basin.
  • Wash cover, curtain, tarpaulin, pool enclosure, and coping; the use of a high-pressure cleaner facilitates the removal of dirt. Using a low abrasive product is necessary to preserve the equipment.

Pool maintenance must be regular to be effective. If you are not there or do not have the energy necessary to maintain your pool, contact a pool specialist near you. Most of them provide maintenance contracts. And when your pool tiles and wall get overgrown with lime deposits and calcium deposits, call the Calcium killers to help you get rid of those ugly white deposits on your pool tiles.


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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.

Yellow Flower Field Under Blue Cloudy Sky during Daytime

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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