Pool maintenance is hard. Many things can go wrong, and just making your pool habitable can take a lot of your time. Under these circumstances, you might be tempted to ignore that weird white crust that forms at the waterline of your pool. There are reasons that you should not give in to this temptation.
Sign Of Chemistry Being Out Of Whack
Calcium deposits, or scale, doesn’t appear out of nowhere. Alkaline water, chemical imbalances, and hard water cause your pool water to have more than 400 ppm of calcium. This excess is what causes scratchy pimples of calcium to pop up on metal and corners where the water line meets surfaces.
Most people would find this build-up of calcium around the pool unsightly. If you have colored tiles or colored plaster, the calcium will cloud the colors and dull the details. It also makes the wall of your pool rough and that detracts from one of the greatest joys of pool ownership: leaning against the wall of the pool on a hot day and chilling with friends.
The scale itself can hurt the machinery of your pool. It can collect on the inside of your filter and combine with oil to clog up your filter, reducing how efficiently it cleans and making you clean it more often.
What To Do?
The best thing to do is to prevent the problem in the first place by managing the pool water’s chemistry. Keeping the pH at the right level and softening the water will check the calcium levels before it becomes noticeable. If the scale has already cropped up, bead blasting the walls of your pool will take it off. It can also be scrubbed off with chemical washes, too. A pool maintenance expert can decide which would be the best plan of attack and have the equipment to clear it out.
If you think you have a scale problem, know that you are not alone. Aquanomics Pool has plenty of experience in maintaining and cleaning pools, and we would be happy to lend a hand.