Keeping your above ground pool in top shape condition doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There may be a lot of things you need to consider and look out for such as calcium buildup but if you know the rules and play by the rules, you are good to go.
Calcium is a natural mineral found in water mostly in high concentrations. Water with high calcium levels is known as “hard” water. Calcium buildup or scale deposits occur when there are high calcium levels in the pool water. High levels of calcium can cause a lot of problems to swimming pools and so do low levels. Scale buildup and other pool problems brought about by calcium buildup can damage your pool liners. Hence, maintaining pool water balance and keeping the allowed or required number of calcium deposits in the pool is important.
Here are 4 ways to overcome calcium buildup in above ground pools.
1. Test water weekly
Maintaining your pool’s water balance is highly important. By testing your pool water in a weekly basis will let you maintain the required number of calcium in your pool. The ideal number is between 200 to 250 ppm for concrete pools and 175 to 225 ppm for vinyl pools.
2. Brush the pool
By regularly cleaning your pool, you can avoid calcium deposits building up in your pool liner. It is best to brush the walls or tiles of your pool to remove unnecessary calcium buildup. You can also use a stain and scale remover for easier cleaning.
3. Partial draining
If your pool water has high concentration of calcium, it would be best to partially drain the pool and then refill with fresh water. After refill, test the water again for calcium hardness.
4. Maintain water balance
Other elements can affect the calcium buildup in the pool. Maintaining other elements such as pH level and alkalinity can greatly help maintaining or controlling calcium buildup in water.
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