Lowering High Calcium From Your Swimming Pool
Have you ever walked into a Las Vegas pool store and they told you your pool water is too hard and you should drain it? If you have a swimming pool chances are they probably have. We say this because we have some of the hardest pool water in the country! In the swimming pool industry, your levels of Calcium Hardness and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are what the swimming pool industry refers to when they tell you your pool water is hard. This is going to happen to you and we want to use this blog post as an educational piece to help you with the steps you will need to take to prevent it from happening. First and foremost, our tap water is loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals that make it hard. Most homeowners are familiar with this because it scales their showerheads, countertops, and faucets. But have you ever thought about what it is doing to your swimming pool? It is actually a much bigger problem because of the cost involved, and most swimming pool owners are not familiar with what they are.
Calcium and magnesium are in our tap water and as the water in your swimming pool evaporates the calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. When this happens, the calcium will scale your water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, decorative water features, spillways, and your salt chlorinator if you have one. It literally destroys your swimming pool and filtration equipment. Once this happens, it begins to take life off your swimming pool and can be extremely expensive to remove if you choose to go that route. Just to give you an example, in the swimming pool industry the normal levels of Calcium Hardness are between 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) and the tap water in our area normally comes out at 400 ppm. Please keep that in mind as we discuss the options you have………
If your water is hard, you have two options….. You can perform a drain and refill which is extremely dangerous when temperatures are above 80 degrees and only fills the pool up again with Las Vegas’s hard water again or choose to recycle the water instead. At Clark County Pool & Lawn we offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration that comes to your residential or commercial swimming pool and recycles the water on site. RO filtration will lower the following issues:
- Calcium Hardness
- Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
- Waterborne Diseases like Crypto
This process conserves up to 85% of the existing water and doesn’t expose the interior finish of the swimming pool. Since we use RO filtration we are able to bring your water down to calcium levels far below tap water (normally around 200 ppm). This is actually the best water quality you and your family can swim in because you can drink the water coming back into your pool! Not to mention, if you choose to use our process every two years (or sooner for salt pools) you can prevent excess calcium scaling from occurring and expensive repairs.