San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 28, 2012
Calcium bicarbonate is not a naturally occurring solid, but it does form in water when calcium, carbonate and bicarbonate ions are dissolved with carbon dioxide. Water with high calcium bicarbonate content is often referred to as “hard water” because of the scale it leaves in pipes, sinks and swimming pools. This is a common problem in the southwest because the fill water is from the Colorado River that carves its way through the Grand Canyon, which is loaded with limestone. Calcium, which is relatively harmless to humans, causes numerous problems in swimming pools. As water evaporates in swimming pools the hardness minerals such as calcium remains and builds up over time.
As the calcium hardness increases in swimming pools it damages heat exchangers in pool heaters, pump shafts and pool plumbing, not to mention the appearance on waterline tile, spillways and colored plaster. Bruce Wettstein – President of Black Sand Pools says “When individuals build pools this is typically something that they’re unaware of and he states that before someone spends thousands of dollars on elaborate water features and tile they should be educated on what could happen.” In the southwest it’s recommended that pool owners drain their pools every 2-3 years because of increased calcium hardness but normally these individuals find out after staining has occurred. As a general rule of thumb, Wettstein says, “pool owners should not allow calcium to get over 500 parts per million (ppm).”
Since most of the entire southern U.S. is having water shortage issues, pool owners have two options when deciding what to do with old hard water. They can drain the pool and fill it up with water that can be as high as 500 or more ppm or they can recycle the water. Ken Scheer – Director of Marketing for Pool Services Technologies says, “why drain the pool when you can conserve almost 85% of the water and be left with a much better end product.” Pool Services Technologies has been recycling swimming pool water in the greater San Diego area and just conserved over 7 million gallons of water last week from individuals not draining their pools.
Pool Services Technologies, Inc., founded in 2008 and headquartered in Escondido, California, provides an alternative to draining and refilling swimming pools-a necessary part of pool ownership. Recovering nearly 85% of the existing water in a swimming pool, this service realizes huge water conservation results. Additionally, the company strives to enable swimming pool owners with the knowledge needed to always provide a safe, healthy swim environment for their loved ones and guests by offering free water analysis and explanation of how to maintain their water. Discounted water test kits and water chemistry tools are explained and offered, should the pool owner wish to take it to the next level. The company preaches water conservation, and prudent water chemistry levels, providing the best quality water and swim experience for all swimming pools, residential and commercial.