Pool Service - Acid Washing

by Pool Builders on 06-05-2012 in Articles

Pool service is very crucial to make sure that pool remains healthy and clean for swimming. Acid washing is one of those ways to make sure that your pool is perfectly sanitized. Sometimes pool turned into the "black lagoon"; if it has been stagnant for a period of a time or "winterization process" is not done properly. Thus If you would observe a scaly, man-phibian creatures start to splash around in the pool or it has turned into "black lagoon", you should be fully convinced that it's a time to do an acid washing which is also known as drain & clean process.

In a standard acid wash process, purposeful stripping of a tiny layer of plaster is necessary to expose the fresh plaster beneath. As a result, it is ill-advised to get it done annually which can accelerate the requirement for re-plastering but most plaster coats are excessive of half-inch, so a few careful acid washes would do no harm to it.

Some people prefer to get it done just to bring out a brighter whiter finish rather than deciding on swamp condition of a pool. However, it is recommended to go for it unless it is necessarily required such as you have years of algae blooms issue and you want to get rid of it for good.

In order to determine the need for this drain & clean process, the general rule of thumb is to see the bottom of the pool. If you can see it without much effort, there is no need for acid washing as it can be cleaned with chemicals, labor and filtering. On the other hand, if the floor is not visible it is recommended to go for acid washing process as the cost of the chemicals and labor will increase in this case. This way, you can make sure that your pool service budget would stay within the limits.

Pool service professionals are specifically trained to deal with acid washing by wearing protective clothing and breathing apparatus as it is a dangerous substance.Therefore, it is highly recommended not to try it by yourself unless you have a proper training and all the apparatuses required to deal with acid washing of your pool.

In order to make sure that you are protecting the environment, it is always advisable to neutralize its waste with soda ash before you would pump it out to a safe place.

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