A swimming pool can bring a whole new look to your backyard and it tends to be the center of attention. You should be proud to show it off at your next BBQ with the neighbors or family gathering. However, a pool with a stained surface can throw off the whole aesthetic. It can make your pool appear dirty, worn, and uninviting to swimmers. This can put a damper on a good time and keep you from fully enjoying your pool. Fortunately, we can help.
Generally, pool stains are caused by a lack of pool maintenance, metals from equipment, algae, or an imbalance in chemicals. If you find that your pool has developed stains due to any of these causes, an Acid Wash might be a great way to remove them.
What is an Acid Wash?
If you own a pool or spa, you’ve probably heard of an acid wash before. However, many people don’t fully understand what an acid wash entails. Acid washing is meant to remove stubborn stain and deposits from the interior of your pool. When a pool is acid washed, a thin layer is actually removed from your pool’s surface. This results in a clean and refreshed looking pool surface. This process can help make the surface look like new again without having to fully resurface the pool.
Types of Surfaces That Can Be Acid Washed:
It’s important to know that not all pool surfaces can be acid washed. Those that shouldn’t be acid washed are vinyl, fiber-glass, acrylic, and painted surfaces. Those that can be acid washed are in-ground plaster, pebble tec, and quartz surfaces. You should also make sure there are no obvious cracks or damages to the surface as this can make your pool unsuitable for acid washing. It’s highly advised to have a professional inspect your pool prior to an acid wash to see if you should follow through or not.
When Do I Need an Acid Wash?
If you follow a regular pool maintenance routine, you should be able to avoid needing an acid wash. However, we know things can happen that are out of your control which may keep you from caring for your pool. As a result, your pool may end up developing some surface stains or deposits. If you find that these stains are stubborn and not easily removed, an acid wash is most likely your best bet. You should note that acid washing should be done no more than once every 5 years. If done too often, you’ll find a need for resurfacing more often than you should.
Can I Acid Wash My Pool My Self?
We do not recommend making an acid wash your next DIY project. The process includes dangerous chemicals that require use of specific equipment and procedures. Luckily, our technicians are properly trained and knowledgeable in everything regarding pools. They will take every step necessary to ensure your acid wash is done safely and effectively. And don’t forget to keep up with regular maintenance once the acid wash is complete to prevent future stains.