Having a swimming pool in your backyard is a great way to cool off during the summer months, however, if you are finding that your pool is turning into a mud pool from all the water droplets that are leaving your pool area and freezing on the surface, you might be experiencing a few problems. The main one being the dreaded calcium build up on your pool tiles. Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of this problem once and for all without having to replace your pool tile.
Get Rid Of Calcium Buildup
The calcium that accumulates on your pool tiles is mainly from two sources, one being dissolved in water droplets as they bounce around on the surface, and the other being that minerals in the pool water are making their way to the tile surfaces to be deposited there. Knowing this, you can start by changing the filters in your pool to remove the excess minerals. To be on the safe side, you should also be changing the water in your pool every month or so, and performing a water test every six months.
Clean The Tile Surfaces
After you have changed the pool filter and removed the excess minerals from the water, it’s time to work on cleaning the tile surfaces. You can use the same brush or just dip it into a mixture of vinegar and water. To avoid the danger of ingesting too much chlorine, make sure that you change the water after using this mixture to prevent the calcium build up from returning. Most importantly, be sure to clean all the areas around and under your pool that water can possibly reach, including your deck area and the areas under your pool where the tile meets the ground. We know it’s difficult to keep an eye on everything all the time, that’s why it’s best to clean it regularly so you don’t have to worry about it whenever you use the pool.
Use A Product On The Surface
If all else fails and you are still finding excessive amounts of calcium buildup even after you’ve cleaned the tiles with vigor, it’s time to resort to harsher measures. There are several products on the market designed to remove calcium deposits from surfaces, like vinyl and tile, and many pools have started using them as a last resort to keep their pool water crystal clear. One of the most popular products is called Clear Pooling which is a non-toxic, environmentally-safe alternative to chlorine-based cleaners. It is designed to work like a charm for all pool owners regardless of whether they have fiberglass or tile surfaces, and can be purchased in a convenient liquid form that you can apply with a watering can. It will not leave a sticky or messy film behind like many other cleaners, and it has an advantage of being easy to apply in the morning before you use the pool, which means you can start using it any time after that without any concerns.
Vary Your Pool’s Bather Activity
The last thing you want is to become stagnant in your pool activities, especially during the hot summer months when you are longing to be outside soaking up some rays. If you are finding that your pool is solely being used for relaxing and cooling off, it might be a good idea to consider having some fun activities for your bathers. You can start by setting up a game of paintball for your kids, or maybe even for yourself, since it is a lot of fun. Alternatively, you can put a pool noodle in the water and have the bathers hunt each other while trying to keep their noodles intact. The options are endless, just make sure you keep it varied so that the novelty of the game stays with your kids (and you) throughout the season.
Monitoring Chlorine Levels
As we stated previously, excessive amounts of chlorine are very dangerous to your health, which is why it’s such a bad idea to put it in your pool in the first place. Since there is no specific way of knowing how much chlorine is in your pool at any given moment, it is advised by the EPA that you should test for it at least once a month and adjust the amount according to the levels as indicated by the test. If this is something that you simply cannot do because you are either too busy or because it’s too much effort, there are several easy ways for you to become healthier, including replacing some of the chlorine with other safe chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or bromine. In addition, the use of a UV sterilizer in your pool can help eliminate bacteria and other living organisms in the water which in turn will make your pool safer for swimming and floating around in.
Hopefully, none of these tips will ever become necessary because your pool will never have enough hours in the day to enjoy itself if it’s not cleaned at least once a week and maintained at all times. However, if you are finding that any of these tips are proving difficult or you are simply not comfortable following them, it might be a good idea to consult with a professional pool cleaner who can come in and give your pool a once-over to ensure that all of its corners are clean and that no debris has settled at the bottom of it.