As a swimming pool owner in the Las Vegas area, high calcium levels in pools is a bad thing! Our tap water as most of you know is extremely “hard.” When describing water as being hard that basically means it’s loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals which over time can cause all sorts of issues to your swimming pool. As many of you know when you park your car near sprinklers it leaves hard water spots just like it does to your countertops, water features, showerheads etc. Knowing this, could you imagine what it is doing to your swimming pool? Well, it isn’t good and that is why having high calcium levels in your pool is bad. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to help with the tap water when it comes to your pool but we want to use this blog post to inform you on ways you can prevent it from causing major problems to your pool which it will if left untreated!
As far as pools go, the recommended calcium hardness levels are between 200-400 parts per million (ppm). For most parts of the country this is doable but in the Las Vegas, Nevada area it will climb to levels much higher than what is recommended. This happens because as water evaporates in your swimming pool the calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and build up in concentration. When the levels of calcium climb above 600ppm it can begin to scale your water tile line, interior finish and filtration equipment. If you have decorative water features, spillways or a negative edge pool this scaling can occur much faster. Please keep in mind rising calcium levels will happen but you should get into the habit of changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years to prevent high levels of scaling that will be expensive to remove.
You can achieve lower calcium levels by either a drain and refill which will fill up your pool with moderately hard water (some areas in Las Vegas it comes out of the tap at 400ppm) or choose to use our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration to lower the following issues:
- Calcium Hardness
- Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
- Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
- Waterborne Diseases
This service is mobile which means we come to your house. It conserves up to 85% of the existing water in your swimming pool. We can typically lower Calcium Hardness levels to 150ppm which is much better than tap water and you can swim in the pool while it is being filtered. By choosing to change out the water in your swimming pool every couple of years you can prevent long-term damage to your interior finish and equipment. Our water not only looks great but feels great too! For more information on why high calcium levels in your pool are bad, contact us today!