If you live in an area like ours where the water coming out of the tap is extremely “hard” it is going to be extremely challenging to manage and keep your swimming pool looking as great is it did when you first got it. In the Los Angeles area, water coming out of the tap is about 400 parts per million (ppm) and the normal range for a swimming pool is between 200 and 400 ppm. With that said, this is going to lead to all sorts of problems if you’re not familiar with what you should do and how you can keep the calcium levels lower in your swimming pool. Please know that all swimming pool owners are going to deal with this problem and you are not alone. In this blog post, we want to highlight what calcium hardness is, why you need to deal with it and what you can do to keep the levels lower in your swimming pool.
As water evaporates in your pool and you add fresh tap water you will be adding more calcium hardness to a swimming pool. Many people think that since the hardness is at a specific level, it will always stay there which isn’t correct. As the water evaporates, the hardness minerals (calcium, magnesium and much more) remain in solution and gradually build up over time. It isn’t uncommon to see levels at 800 ppm or higher after a couple of years without changing out the water. When this happens, calcium will start staining the water tile line, the liner of your swimming pool, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. If you have dark tile or decorative water features, the calcium flakes will stain them and look horrible. When this happens, it can be an expensive proposition to have it removed because you will need to have a professional come in. Please don’t buy the products from the store or a pumice stone to remove the calcium because that will only cause you more aggravation.
The only way to prevent the calcium buildup and to keep your swimming pool looking great is changing out the water every two years. In the long run, this will save you money down the line and keep your water quality great and your swim experience even better. At Pool Water Recycling we offer a mobile filtration system that comes to your home or commercial property and recycles the existing water using Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration. Using this type of filtration will lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), cyanuric acid, phosphates, salts and waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. Since we put drinking quality water back in your swimming pool, it’s possible to start your calcium hardness levels in your swimming pool much lower than tap water (typically 150 ppm) which not only gives you a feeling of softer water but also better water. By using this service every two years it can lower the chances of calcium buildup in your swimming pool, you will conserve up to 85% of the existing water in your swimming pool (great during the drought) and your swim experience will be much better.
Please note that our service caters to you because we come to you. The recycling process takes less than a day for residential swimming pools and once you have the process done once, you will want your water to feel this great all the time. Protecting the lifespan of your investment and equipment is extremely important and we want you to have the opportunity to try it. If you’re curious to know more, please contact us today to learn more!