Lowering Calcium Hardness in Swimming Pools, Las Vegas
If you own a residential swimming pool with water features and live in the Las Vegas area where high levels of Calcium Hardness (CH) is coming out of the tap, calcium scaling is going to be a major problem. Any time you deal with splashing, evaporation and the sun, calcium will scale water features, your tile, spillways, and it is challenging to deal with. Many people have visions of building gorgeous swimming pools with slides, decorative water features and more but if you live in the Las Vegas area you might want to think about what our hard water will do. Our water comes out of the tap extremely hard (400 parts per million and higher). It will scale your tile, interior finish, filtration equipment, salt chlorinators, and your decorative water features. It will actually scale your water features faster. So, what can you do? Well, when scaling occurs you have two options:
- Remove the scale by calling a professional which can be expensive
- Change out the water in your swimming pool
Removing the scaling is costly and should be done by a professional but you must also change out the water in your swimming pool or it will come back quickly. Keep in mind, at Clark County Pool & Lawn we recommend recycling your swimming pool water on average every two years because we have the ability to use Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration on your swimming pool and bring your calcium levels much lower than our tap water. Just this past week, we recycled a 12,000-gallon swimming pool that had a massive spillway that was dealing with high levels of calcium.
Calcium Hardness – 860 ppm
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) – 4125 ppm
Cyanuric Acid (CYA) – 200 ppm
After filtering this swimming pool for 8 hours we were able to lower the above levels to the following:
Calcium Hardness – 140 ppm (much lower than our tap water)
Total Dissolved Solids – 765 ppm
Cyanuric Acid – 30 ppm
Using RO filtration will give residential swimming pool owners the best water quality to swim in. Bringing your calcium levels down to 140 ppm is only possible with our service and will give you the best chance to prevent scaling from occurring but keep in mind if you have water features this is a service you should consider having done regularly (every 1-2 years) In the end, we can’t guarantee future scaling from occurring but using our service will prevent it from coming back quicker when comparing it to a drain and refill.