Swimming Pool Acid Wash Dunedin FL
The acid wash is a classic move in pool maintenance.
When would you want to do an acid wash service on your pool?
Why would you want to do an acid wash service on your pool?
We're glad you asked! Here's some basic information about the acid wash practice and why we do it.
Due to total dissolved solids (TDS for short), algae, and other random micro-debris that build up in your pool, a certain phenomenon occurs where these solid particles in the water eventually begin to stick to the plaster and tile of the pool. This is very common. It's just like in your shower or bath tub, water with lots of minerals and high tds levels stick to the tile and grout of the shower and cause discoloration and in some cases damage the tile. One trick is to wash it with an acid based solution.
Pools, above ground or in ground, are the same way! After months or years of high TDS levels (which can be prevented by the way with an occasional drain) a pool's plaster can form layers of build up that causes discoloration and damage to the plaster itself. In extreme cases, a pool might need to be re-plastered altogether, but this is only in the case that there is severe structural damage and there is no other option. In the vast majority of cases, the practice of the acid wash is a perfectly suitable solution (literally!) to the buildup of hard minerals and other micro debris.
The practice involves pouring a strongly acidic solution into the pool water and letting it sit for several days. At this point, nobody should enter the pool, whatsoever. An acid wash during this phase, is dangerous to the touch. We are a well trained crew of professionals who have been practicing for years, so we have precautions for interacting with the water.
Once the acid has set in the pool for a designated length of time (depending on the levels of build up and damage) the pool cleaning service technician then scrubs the pool mechanically with a set of brushes so that the debris is physically loosened from the plaster wall, floor, and tile.
Once this second phase is over, the pool is neutralized in its pH once again by adding a strong base chemical. One the pool is neutral and no longer acidic on the pH scale, we are free to release the water via the pool drain. Then we can come in with a pressure washer and break off the rest of the remaining debris from the walls and floors. Once all that is set, we can refill the pool with clean water.
You would be amazed at how much life a simple acid wash can create for a pool. Truly, it makes it look brand new again. An acid wash essentially removes the stains and build up of calcium and algae (mostly) and then removes them altogether. Acid washing is a very affordable practice, compared to completely replastering a pool (that sounds expensive, doesn't it?!).
If you are interested in having us do an acid wash for your pool. Contact us today for a free quote!
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