This is certainly not a problem everywhere in the United States but for many of us in the Southwest United States, dealing with hardness in our swimming pools is commonplace. Even though there are many places in the country where they actually have to add calcium to swimming pools this is certainly not the case in California. For starters, every swimming pool needs to have a certain amount of calcium in the water to help cure the liner and keep it from leaching the plaster. Typically, you will want to achieve about 200 parts per million (ppm) to maintain the integrity of the liner. As we stated before, in some parts of the country that isn’t possible so adding calcium is necessary but in our area, we deal with having too much calcium in our swimming pools. In this blog post, we want to explain more about why this happens and what you can do to prevent it and prolong the lifespan of your investment.
In California, especially the Southern portion of the state, our fill water is loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals. As swimming pool water evaporates (up to an inch per day in the summer time) the hardness minerals remain in solution. Basically what that means is the concentration of calcium increases unless you change out the water. As that occurs, calcium will begin to stain your water tile line, the liner of the swimming pool, filtration equipment, spillways and any decorative water features you might have. Unfortunately, this isn’t something you can prevent unless you change out the water in your swimming pool every two years. This is highly recommended because if calcium staining occurs it can be quite pricey to remove. This is why it is important to know that hardness in your swimming pool water is commonplace but you should always change out the water every two years to help prevent expensive repairs and cleanups down the line.
At Pool Water Recycling, we offer a mobile filtration trailer that comes to your residence or commercial property and recycles the water instead. This is critical especially with our current drought situation. With our Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology, we are able to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), cyanuric acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, waterborne diseases and so much more while conserving up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool. Using RO filtration also allows us to provide you with drinking quality water in your swimming pool. Recycling swimming pool water has been around for about 8 years in the California area and we are heading into our second year providing this service. When you swim in the pool after the process has occurred you can feel a difference in the water and know that you are protecting the lifespan of your investment along with saving precious water makes this service a no-brainer. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today!