Benefits of Correct Calcium Hardness on Pools

by Pool Builders on 05-10-2011 in Articles

Perhaps you have once heard a pool professional saying that the beauty it is not only on its design but on the correct chemistry of the pool water. Most amateur pool owners put emphasis only to the pool infrastructure and its surrounding, leaving the most vital part of it which is its water unmanaged. For most parts, the pool water chemistry is considered as the main player for a clean and healthy pool.

Good pool water chemistry will not only give you healthy and visually appealing swimming pool water, but it will also cut the cost of weekly pool maintenance, lets you save on pool chemicals and will keep your pool infrastructure intact. The same thing goes with calcium and the other elements present and needed by your pool water. Ideally, your calcium hardness level should maintain around 150 to 250 ppm only and should never be lower or higher than that to avoid future water problems. Incorrect balancing of this element will lead to the feeding of the water from the plaster as water itself needs to be fed with calcium as it is naturally hungry for this substance. A good idea for getting information on the level of the calcium hardness of the tap water in your area is by calling your local water company. With this information, you will have a good judgment as to how much tweaking on the level of calcium hardness is needed.

The correct level of calcium hardness has many benefits including the preservation of the pool and its facilities which includes the pipe lines, pump, filtration system, its surface, tiles as well as the furniture around the swimming area. Corrosion usually occurs when the level of calcium hardness drops significantly than its required level for a stable and appropriate nature on the pool water. This water problem is the reason why swimming pools are constantly maintained through repairs and replacements all year-round. It is also responsible for leaving stains including rust on metals and in between tiles all over the swimming pool. These stains are usually hard to remove with brushing alone which means additional expenses in pool maintenance as pool cleansers are necessary just to remove them from your tiles. Irritations are also caused by the wrong proportion and adjustment of any chemical used on swimming pools. Basically, when the calcium hardness on the pool water begins to climb up out of its desired level, scale formations are noticed floating on top of your pool water as an early sign that the water chemistry is out of its line. In case bathers didn't notice these buildups on the pool surface, skin irritations as well as on their eyes will eventually result from getting in contact with this chemical residue. The best thing to do in case the level of calcium soars higher than the standard is to quickly replace the water with new one and avoid letting bathers in the pool until the pool chemistry is corrected.

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