If you have had your pool for any length of time, you may have noticed an increase in stains on the sides and bottom as well as possible buildup of algae. And if your water has begun to look greenish or even black, then this is a sure sign that your pool needs an acid wash. This is best done by experienced professional pool cleaners to ensure the best results. We often find that this is needed if a pool has been left unused or not maintained for a longer period of time, for example, if you have a second or holiday home and are only there at certain times of the year.
What is an Acid Wash?
An acid wash – which is sometimes called a ‘drain and clean’ – is the deliberate stripping away of a very thin layer of plaster to expose the fresh surface below it. Because the process removes part of your original surface, it should only be done every five years or so except when the pool has not been used or maintained and needs the process to make it usable again. We usually advise that if you are considering an acid wash, then a complete makeover or replacement of other pool components is a good idea.
The main substance used in acid washes is called muriatic acid. This is another name for hydrochloric as acid and can be very dangerous if not used properly. While there are some less dangerous alternatives, this substance is the most effective. It also produces noxious fumes, so anyone applying it should wear both breathing masks and protective clothing. Our team have undergone specialized training to carry out acid washes and we operate according to strict safety rules. Once the job has been completed, the resultant mix of acid ad water needs to be neutralized before being safely disposed of according to environmental regulations.
How Will I Know if My Pool Needs an Acid Wash?
The first signs may be your water looking green or black colors, or of algae building up. As a general rule if you can’t see the bottom of the pool because of the water colors, then you likely need an acid wash to restore it to its best condition. But sometimes, people decide on an acid wash for pools just to restore brightness to the surfaces and make it look great. While this is, of course, a perfectly acceptable reason for doing an acid wash, you should be careful of doing it too often or you will erode a large percentage of the plaster.
Safe and Efficient
As this is such a specialized part of pool maintenance, our team ensures that every stage of the process is carefully done, with all required safety regulations adhered to. By using quality materials and the best safety equipment, we guarantee that the job will be done safely and efficiently, and that no potentially hazardous waste will be left behind. If your pool is looking a little tired and dirty, book an acid wash with Coral Springs Pool Cleaners today.