Inground Swimming Pools Gallery - Swimming pools are regularly attacked by algae. Algae enter in your pool from the blowing wind, rainwater, and even polluted swimsuits. Typically, the standard recommended amounts of chlorine or bromine are able to eliminate algae when it makes contact with water. However, if the pool has been stagnant for an extended period of energy, or if the winterizing process had not been performed properly the algae may take over.
Should this happen, the pool will likely choose a dark dark-colored or renewable color and you will not be able to even see the bottom. The pool will probably require an acid wash to revive it to its past beauty and sanitation. As a general rule of thumb, when you can see the bottom of a pool, you can usually take it back again with chemicals, vacuuming, and filtering. If the ground is not apparent, the cost of chemicals and electricity for filtering will significantly exceed the cost of an acid rinse. Filtering and chemicals will also take a long time to eliminate and remove the algae, thus making an acid wash much more cost and time effective.
If algae seem to be able to grow overnight despite having proper chemical maintenance, changing water and acid cleaning the plaster surface of your pool will provide you with algae free summer. An acid rinse will strip a tiny part of plaster from the swimming pool, thereby exposing the newer, cleaner plaster underneath. It must not be an annual custom since it doing this will strip all of the plaster away and create a need to completely re-plaster the pool. Most plaster jackets of white coat or marcite are more than 1/2 an inch thick, therefore the occasional acid wash isn't bad for the pool.
Acid washes can also be used to draw out a brighter and cleaner finish for your pool, and not automatically due with an algae crisis. A pool always comes out brighter and cleaner from an acid wash. The acid used for acid cleaning is Muriatic acid. Muriatic acid is more commonly known as a Hydrochloric acid with the chemical symbol HCl. It is found in highly concentrated varieties at the average pool stores, and the problems can't be emphasized enough.
Acid is an unhealthy product. Anyone who acid washes their pool must take proper safety measures to assure safe handling of the acid and to decrease visibility. Wear proper protective clothing, with an air purifying respirator designed for acid fumes. Wear protection goggles not protection glasses, rubber gloves, and boots. Pool company personnel are specially been trained in acid request and acid protection.