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.
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!
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.
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:
- Try reducing evaporation in your pool, by installing a pool cover, because when water evaporates, calcium becomes concentrated.
- 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.
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!