If you own a swimming pool in Southern California dealing with rising calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS) and cyanuric acid (CYA) levels are going to be commonplace. Our fill water in the Orange County area is loaded with calcium (usually 400 parts per million or higher) and as your pool water evaporates these levels will gradually increase. Calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and increase as the water evaporates and as it continues managing your swimming pool becomes more challenging. Typically, you will notice that the levels increase at a rate where changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years will prevent a lot of what we are going to discuss in this blog post. Our goal is to help you understand what happens when these levels increase and what you need to do to prevent issues with your swimming pool.
The bottom line is when calcium levels rise in your swimming pool it causes a variety of problems. Most prominently these problems are visual and they can cost a lot of money to remove. Typically, as these levels rise, calcium will begin to scale the water tile line, the interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. If you have a salt system, calcium will also scale your salt water chlorinator forcing it to be cleaned just to work. This is important to know because even though we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years, you might need to do it more often if you have a salt water pool because high calcium levels will prevent them from working.
With that said, California is currently experiencing drought conditions that’s why it is important to find an alternative to a drain and refill of your swimming pool. At Pool Water Recycling we offer a service that uses Reverse Osmosis in our mobile filtration trailer that comes to your residential or commercial swimming pool and recycles instead of drains your swimming pool. To be honest, draining a swimming pool solves nothing other than lowering your calcium hardness but it wastes on average 20,000-gallons of water, the water you fill up your pool with is moderately hard and it takes 2-3 days to complete the job. Whereas with the mobile filtration “Puripool Process” we can complete most residential jobs in less than a day, you can swim in the pool while it is being filtered, we can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool and we put drinking quality water back in your pool. Pool Water Recycling is heading into our second year of recycling swimming pool water in Orange County area and want you to think twice the next time someone tells you to drain your swimming pool. Once you swim in a pool that we filtered you will notice a difference in the feel of the water and it will also prevent calcium buildup on your tile and interior finish of the swimming pool if you use our service regularly. If you are looking to prolong the lifespan of your investment, contact us today to schedule an appointment.