The Beginner's Guide to Pool Acid Washing
There's nothing better than taking a deep dive into crystal clear water. For a lot of pool owners, it's the whole point. But it's inevitable that, over time, algae and debris may settle on your pool's surface, causing the water to appear murky and... unappealing. So, what do you do when the sides of your pool start to become discolored, dirty, or stained?
You get your pool acid washed.
In this blog post, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about acid washing for pools. Read on to learn more!
What Is Pool Acid Washing?
Acid washing is a process in which a mix of muriatic acid, acid washing soap, and water is sprayed onto the walls of a pool to clean stains caused by algae and other debris. The problem with algae is that the spores can get deep into the plaster walls. Scrubbing with regular soap and water won't get the algae stains out. Acid washing penetrates the plaster and will give your pool the deep cleaning it needs.
Because muriatic acid is dangerous, it should be performed by a professional.
When Should You Acid Wash a Pool?
The question is: do you want to swim in a pool or pond? Keep your pool clean and healthy by getting it acid-washed at regular intervals.
We generally recommend acid washing your pool at least once a year. However, if the water in your pool is starting to get cloudy, and it becomes hard to see the bottom, it's likely time to acid wash your pool.
How Do You Acid Wash a Pool?
Step 1: The first step is to drain it. Local laws are stipulating exactly how to drain your pool so that heavily chlorinated water doesn't get into the water system. The Palm Beach Pool Doctor follows all the legal requirements necessary for draining and cleaning pools.
Step 2. Once we have drained the pool, we'll begin by pressure washing the surfaces. The important thing is to make sure the surfaces are completely free of algae, mold, and other debris that may have settled there. To ensure that the pool walls are completely cleaned, we often use a scrubber brush. If the pool is in particularly bad condition, we may combine this with a chlorine wash that will ensure the effectiveness of the acid washing.
Step 3: Then, we'll mix a solution of muriatic acid and other cleaning supplies. We create the perfect acid washing mix based on the severity of the stains. Getting the solution right is a delicate balancing act that requires professional attention. Too much acid, and you could damage the plaster walls. Too little, and you won't see the results you want.
Step 4: We will treat the top of the plaster walls first, distributing it evenly across the surface. It will sit there for about thirty seconds, and then we'll spray it off with water. We will repeat this process for the rest of the pool until the entire surface has been treated.
In cases with extreme staining, it may be necessary to treat it multiple times. We are careful not to damage the plaster surface of the wall by over-treating. The result will be a pool that looks as good as it did on the day it was built!
What Are the Benefits of Acid Washing for Swimming Pools?
Acid washing is the only way to clean the stains on your pool's surface completely. Here are five benefits of acid washing:
1. Extends the Lifespan of Your Pool
Frequent cleaning keeps mold, algae, and other organic material from penetrating the walls of your pool, causing it to age prematurely. If you want to enjoy your pool for many summers to come, it's important to get your pool acid washed every year.
2. Removes Unsightly Stains Caused by Algae
As a pool owner, you are constantly fighting against the growth of algae. While the chlorine in your pool will do a good job of that, algae spores can still penetrate your pool walls and cause the water to appear green, brown, and murky.
3. Reduces the Build-Up of Calcium and other Minerals
In addition to removing organic material like algae and mold, acid wash also prevents the build-up of minerals like calcium. These minerals are already in the water, and you'll find them building up just as much in your kettle as you will in your pool. Acid wash is a great way to stop them from collecting on your pool walls.
4. Lower the Amount of Chemicals Used
Although the process makes use of muriatic acid, acid washing once a year does reduce the amount of chemicals required to keep the pool clean in the long term.
5. No One Wants to Swim in a Dirty Pool
Most important of all - if you want to enjoy your pool in the company of friends and family, you better keep your pool clean! Every pool owner knows that pool parties are fun for everyone. But if your pool looks like a pond, no one will want to go near it. Except maybe some local frogs, fish, and ducks.
Take our advice: if your only barbecue guests are frogs, fish, and ducks, it's probably time to consider having your pool acid washed.
Need Your Palm Beach Pool Acid Washed? Call the Doctor!
The Palm Beach Pool Doctor is at your service!
Our team of pool professionals will carefully and meticulously drain, clean, and acid wash your pool. By the end, you won't even recognize it. Good as new.
The results of a proper acid wash are incredible. Enjoy the feeling of diving into cool crystal-clear water on a steamy summer day by hiring the region's leading pool team. You'll love our quick turnaround times and affordable pool services.
Call us today to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!