If you have a pool on your property, then you must look after it regularly by yourself. Especially if you have a built-in pool, you will have a few types of machinery set up in the pool, and the machines must be looked after as well. We all know that the machines can get a little rusty after staying so long in the water. And rust is a form of iron oxide which produces calcium.
When the machines come in contact with pool water, the calcium level of the water rises, and this makes the pool water dirty and disables for swimming. That is why it is necessary to remove the calcium scale regularly from your pool.
Calcium in pool
Calcium level in pool is also known as ‘limescale.’ You can be sure if the ‘limescale of your pool is imbalanced if the water starts becoming a bit hard. It will look like a white chalky constituent on the pool machinery, and the waterline of your pool will become like white foam. The increased limescale in the plaster or tile surfaces of the pool can end up making your pool water hard. The increased limescale might also leave an ugly and unremovable stain on the pool’s tile surfaces.
You may also find pinholes, which will cause water leaks in the pool, permanently damaging it. And if you do not take immediate action, the white foam will increase and cover the whole pool water making the water hard and impossible to use and recover from it. Eventually, your whole pool will be ruined if you do not clean and maintain your precious pool.
What causes high calcium in pool water?
Pool water should contain calcium up to a range of 100-400 parts per million. Any lower level or upper level can cause the end of your pool. The causes of increased calcium levels are, of course, scientific. With regular maintenance, you can easily control the science of keeping the calcium level of your pool water. Chemical imbalance and alkalinity (the ability to neutralize acids to maintain a stable pH level) are the main reasons for increasing calcium levels in your pool. However, these are not the only reasons. The causes which work behind the increasing level of calcium in the pool water are-
- Pool water’s pH being off-the balance
- If your pool water’s alkalinity is too high or too low
- Not maintaining the accurate temperature of pool water
- Not cleaning the pool for a long time
- Pouring or dispatching polluted water in the pool
So, just maintaining regular routine maintenance and setting up the heater equipment in your pool can be helpful to reduce the increasing calcium in the pool.
How to Remove Calcium from Your Pool?
There are two types of calcium that are found in a pool, Calcium carbonate, and calcium silicate. Among them, calcium silicate takes more time to be removed, and if not removed in time, it can stay permanent. If you do not want to permanently damage your pool, you need to take quick actions against it as fast as you can. For that, you would need some ingredients and some steps to follow. You might also need the help of an expert.
Equipment Needed to Remove Calcium From a Pool
- A plaster on the swimming pool surface,
- A pumice stone
- A scrub brush and vinegar to scrub the calcium stain off your pool tile
- Stain eraser or a scale remover
- Elbow grease, vinegar, acid, etc.
Steps to remove calcium from pool
- Use some stain pool calcium remover in the pool in the early stage, making sure the stain remover is not harmful to the machines and other materials of your pool
- If the calcium affects only a small area of your pool, then use a bit of elbow grease or acid. Then wipe away the area with a brush or pumice stone
- Maintain the pH level properly
- You can give an osmosis water treatment to your pool
- You can get professional help
- You can install automatic pool evaporation preventing machine which will reduce evaporation, and that will decrease the chance of producing calcium
Owning a swimming pool is surely fun, but to enjoy the fun for a long time, you must regularly maintain the calcium level and the temperature of the pool. If not, then the pool will be impossible to repair, and it will cost you a loss of huge money. It is not that tough to maintain if you follow the instructions given in the article.