Many pool owners are familiar with the term “acid wash.” However, not all pool owners understand what it means to acid wash a pool. If you fall into this category, don’t worry! The explanation is simple; acid washing refers to the process of cleaning away the top layer of grime that accumulates on your pool liner.
Over time, pool liners can have algae spores and other types of debris build up on them, which can make the pool look dingy and dirty. As you might imagine, this is less than desirable for most pool owners. With acid washing, a diluted acid solution is applied to the surface of the pool and then removed. This acid eats through the top layer of grime on your pool liner, as well as a very thin layer of the plaster or Pebble-Tec to reveal a cleaner, newer-looking surface.
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A majority of all new in-ground pools that are installed in the U.S. use a salt system. So why the switch? Here are just a few of the benefits of installing a saltwater pool vs. a chlorine pool:
Salt water pools can be easier to maintain
Let us first preface by saying no matter what kind of pool you choose, there will always be required maintenance. However, salt water pools are much more convenient than chlorine pools because you won’t need to worry about constantly adding chemicals on your own. When you install a salt system in your pool, that system will automatically convert salt to chlorine and add the necessary amount to your water. Since you won’t need to stock up on the chemicals needed to chlorinate your pool, you’ll also cut your pool maintenance costs significantly.
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You might spend hours every week vacuuming the bottom of your pool, skimming the surface, and keeping the water balanced. Despite your best efforts, however, you may still find calcium buildup on your pool tiles. Hard water, heat from the sun, and the pH and alkalinity levels in your pool can all cause calcium buildup to form. When it does, it’s important that you try to remove it as quickly as you can. If calcium deposits are left to fester, they can not only make your pool look dirty and uninviting, but they can actually cause damage to your pool and essential equipment, such as the filter.
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If you own a pool, you probably know first-hand how frustrating it can be to discover the presence of algae just as you’re about to take a dive. One day, your pool is clear and inviting, and the next it has green, yellow, or even black algae could be creeping into place. It can prove to be a real inconvenience on the days where it’s just too hot not to take a dip and, can be very problematic if left untreated over time.
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