How to Deal With Scaling

When having a fun day in your pool, have you looked at the sides and noticed some unsightly scaling? This is caused by calcium deposits that are left on pool surfaces after your pool water has evaporated. The calcium deposits create a white or gray scale line around the edges of your pool that can be difficult to remove. It can also be caused when calcium deposits come out of suspension and can be seen actually floating in the water of your pool. There are two different types of scaling pool owners come across: calcium carbonate and calcium silicate. How to deal with them depends on which type you have.

How to Deal With Scaling

Two Types of Scaling

Calcium carbonate is white, flaky, and relatively easy to remove. To remove calcium carbonate, you can use a pumice stone, stain eraser products, or acid washing. To determine if your pool is lined with calcium carbonate scaling, apply a small amount of muriatic acid on the scale. If the acid begins to bubble or foam on contact, then your pool scaling is calcium carbonate.

Calcium silicate is grayish-white and is much harder to remove than calcium carbonate. It’s harder to remove because this type has been present in your pool for a longer period of time. You can use the same method mentioned above to determine if it is calcium silicate, the reaction between the acid and scaling will just be different. If it is calcium silicate, the muriatic acid will have little to no reaction, unlike the bubbling of the calcium carbonate. Since this type of scaling has been present longer, the only way to remove it is either with a pumice stone and a lot of hard work, or call a professional to deal with it.

How to Deal with Scaling: Call Pink Dolphin

No matter which type of scaling you have, whether it’s easy or hard to remove yourself, you don’t want to deal with it. In this hot Arizona summer, all you want to do is have a good time in your pool and that does not include scrubbing all around your pool’s surface. The simplest solution on how to deal with scaling is to call Pink Dolphin Pool Care. We can handle any situation with ease because we are pool care experts. One call and a couple hours of work will get your pool looking great and ready for your next summer barbeque. Give us a call today at (602) 688-7465.

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