Calcium is a mineral which is found naturally in water. When calcium levels are too high, the water is considered hard water, just as water with too little calcium levels is considered soft water—which can actually lead to corrosive water conditions. Learn how you can maintain pool calcium hardness by reading over the topics discussed in this article.
Test Your Pool
Every pool owner should invest in a good test kit to help assess the calcium hardness of the pool water . These kits will also come in useful as they will allow you to also test the pH and alkalinity levels of your pool. When you test your pool, the preferred amount of dissolved calcium in a vinyl pool should be 80 to 150 parts per million, or PPM.
Altering the Levels
Most pools with an elevated amount of calcium will need to be adjusted to lower the PPM, which can easily be done by adding water to your pool. This is an important step to take as calcium levels over 150 PPM can result in scaling and rough spots due to the buildup of white, crystallized deposits. In the event that your calcium levels need to be increased, this can be accomplished by adding calcium chloride chemicals obtained from your swimming pool dealer. In most cases, however, low calcium levels are not an issue for vinyl pool and will therefore not need to be raised.
When following these steps is not enough to balance your pool’s calcium, pH, and alkalinity levels, it may be time to consult with your swimming pool repair or pool spa service company. Make sure your pool is getting the care it needs this summer by contacting Paradise Pools And Spas at (888) 928-0360 today! You can also visit us online for more information on our pool design services.