How To Remove Calcium Scaling on Your Swimming Pool

It is a fact that Las Vegas’s tap water is extremely hard. Our tap water is loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals. When tap water is used to fill your swimming pool it is usually harder than what is recommended by the swimming pool industry for your swimming pool (200 – 400 parts per million). In our area, it isn’t uncommon for the tap water to register 400 ppm and higher! Yes, that is correct, higher than what is recommended!! This is a challenge for most swimming pool owners because as water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually rise in concentration. When Calcium Hardness (CH) gets into the area of 600 ppm and higher scaling will begin to occur on the water tile line, the interior finish of the swimming pool, pool filtration equipment, spillways, salt chlorinators (if you have one) and decorative water features. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for us to measure Calcium Hardness in swimming pools at 1000 ppm or higher! That is why in Las Vegas, we highly recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years! This will drastically help with scaling and other issues that might arise. This will also help with damage to your swimming pool and filtration equipment that will occur if you don’t!

Typically, if you wait many years like most residential swimming pool customers, the hard water in your swimming pool will scale and you will need to call a professional to come and remove it from the tile/surface of your swimming pool. Depending on how thick it is will determine the price and the more areas affected will cause the price to rise and it is already pretty expensive. But this is only the first step, you must also change out your water because if you don’t it will just come back. One way to do this would be to get in the habit of changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years and at Clark County Pool & Lawn, we recommend recycling your water instead of a typical drain and refill because we can give you better water than tap and we can also conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool. We can do this by offering Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration. RO filtration will lower the following:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Phosphates
  • Nitrates
  • Salts
  • Waterborne Diseases

With our service, we can come to our residential and commercial swimming pool and recycle your pool water onsite. This is an alternative to a drain and refill. This service can be performed all year round and the interior finish of your swimming pool is never exposed. So, if you want to prevent long term damage to your pool and expensive repairs, please consider recycling your pool water regularly to keep your pool looking great!