Scaling will keep your pool from looking good throughout the year. Scaling happens when calcium deposits are left on the pool’s surfaces after any of its water has evaporated. This leaves a white or grey scale line around the edges of the pool and can be very difficult to remove. Additionally, once that scaling comes loose, it can be seen floating around your pool making it look and feel dirty.
The Two Most Common Types of Scaling
- Calcium Carbonate
This type of scaling is white and flaky and can be easily removed using some basic pool supplies such as a pumice stone, acid washing, or a scale and stain remover.
- Calcium Silicate
This type of scaling is a grayish white color and is extremely hard to remove. There is only one way to effectively remove this type of scaling and that is by using a pumice stone and a lot of elbow grease. Or, you could call your local pool professional to remove it for you.
The Most Effective Pool Supplies for Scale Removal
Scaling is caused by either a high water pH, high alkalinity, or a high calcium concentration. Additionally, continual temperature changes and rapid evaporation will also cause these deposits to build up on your pool wall. Unfortunately, if you don’t remove them quickly enough, they will cause permanent damage to your pool’s surface.
Here are the most commonly used pool supplies for removing scaling and staining from your pool’s surface.
- Pumice stone
- Muriatic acid
- Stain erasers
- Scale and stain removers
Five Steps for Removing Calcium Scaling From Your Pool
- Stop Using Your Pool
Stop using your pool until you’ve performed a water test.
- Lower the Calcium Hardness
The only way to lower the calcium is by partially draining and refilling your pool.
- Adjust the Alkalinity
After your pool has been refilled and the calcium is back within range, then you can adjust the alkalinity as needed.
- Adjust the pH
Now that you have the alkalinity within the proper range, you can adjust the pH. Once the pH has been balanced, you can move on to the next step.
- Clean the Pool’s Surface
At this point, you will need to clean the pool’s surface so you can remove all the calcium buildup. This can be done using the surface cleaner of your choice and a pool brush to scrub down the walls.
After you have completed all the above cleaning steps, you can test the pH once again and perform any other adjustments your pool might need. Now your pool should look better, be back to normal, and ready for swimming once again.
If you are in need of pool supplies or would like to hire someone to maintain your pool for you, please Contact Us today. Poolwerx is one of the world’s largest pool and spa maintenance networks servicing six states in the Sun Belt region and is here to help ensure you have a healthy pool you can enjoy year round.