Alternatives To Draining Swimming Pools
In the Orange County area, we have hard water! It’s hard because it’s loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals that will scale the water tile line, interior finish, and your filtration equipment if you don’t change out your water on a regular basis. That’s why in this blog post we want to talk to you about why the water gets hard, the damage it can do to your swimming pool, and what options you have to remove it.
First off, as stated above, our water is hard in the Orange County area. It is loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals that destroy swimming pools if you don’t handle them correctly. In the swimming pool industry, the standard levels of Calcium Hardness (CH) is between 200-400 parts per million (ppm). Unfortunately, in our area, it is extremely hard to keep it within those numbers because our tap water is hard and when the water evaporates in the pool the hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. When this happens, scaling will occur to your water features, spillways, and salt chlorinators if you have one. Literally, calcium will destroy your swimming pool and filtration equipment if left untreated. That’s why we want to educate you on what you need to do when levels get high!
When your levels get high (typically 600 ppm and higher) it’s time to change out the water. A pool in Southern California should be drained once every 2-3 years, but there is an alternative….. Filter and Purify the Water with Pool Water Recycling.
With normal use and maintenance, your pool water accumulates particles that are so small they cannot be filtered or removed from the water by the normal pool filter. These are referred to as dissolved solids. Dissolved solids include dirt, bacteria, calcium, and other mineral hardness, residual chemicals, as well as human by-products. As more of these solids build up in your water, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain water chemistry, keep pool water clear, and keep algae under control. High calcium levels can even void your pool equipment warranty and leave unsightly white stains on your pool deck and tile.
Just this past week we filtered a residential swimming pool with the following initial water chemistry:
Calcium Hardness – 1300 ppm
TDS – 5442 ppm
CYA – 80 ppm
After filtering this 14,000-gallon swimming pool with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration we were able to lower the above water chemistry to the following:
Calcium Hardness – 160 ppm
TDS – 812 ppm
CYA – 0 ppm
Please keep in mind you could choose to drain your swimming pool which takes 2-3 days compared to 10 hours on this pool not to mention you will not be able to achieve water this great with our fill water.
Pool Water Recycling will remove these dissolved solids, conserve around 85% of the existing water and leaves the water as pure as bottled drinking water. This service is mobile which means it comes to your residential or commercial swimming pool. By using our service every 2-3 years it can help prevent heavy scaling which is expensive to remove.
To learn more about our service and how we can help you, please contact us today!