Pool Acid Wash

Posted By: March 12, 2013

Remove oxidized metals, algae stains, and foreign particles from the surface of your pool.

What is Acid Washing

With our great climate, beautiful water, sunlight, and warm summer days, how lucky are you to have a pool In Arizona. Of course having the elements and exposure to the sun adds complexity to pool care. Many people neglect pools for repeated periods of time and others multiple days or weeks in a row. For whatever the reason: the home seller stops pool care once under contract, transient owners, foreclosures, lack of care, an acid wash can be a useful part of the steps to bring the pool back into proper balance.


Done With Care

Acid washing is a big deal and should only be done in certain pool care situations. When it is necessary to acid wash your swimming pool investment, it must be done in a proper and safe manner. We have seen many pools that were incorrectly acid washed. The process is dangerous to the pool care individuals performing the task, can be damaging to the pool surface if done incorrectly, and can be harmful to your home environment.


Why Use Acid Washing?

The reason to perform acid washing to a swimming pool, spa, or Jacuzzi is to exfoliate and remove oxidized metals, algae stains, and foreign particles. In less common circumstances it is used to remove harmful chemicals that have built up on the aggregate (for example, you can only acid wash concrete pools). In this era of the foreclosure home it will be difficult for the banks to fix so many damaged pools for lack of care in a timely matter. With the power of our acid wash solution, we can bring it back-to-life! An acid wash becomes necessary if the pool has been stagnant for a period of time so that the algae has taken over.

A general rule of thumb for determining the need for an acid wash is: if you can see the bottom of the pool (the floor) then you can bring it back with chemicals, labor and filtering. If the floor is not visible, the cost of the chemicals and labor will generally be greater than the acid wash charge, and take much, much longer. Also, extensive algae blooms will stain plastered pools, making an acid wash desirable.

You may also decide on an acid wash not because of swamp conditions, but just to bring out a brighter, whiter finish. Mineral stains and/or deposits, chlorine stains, even dirt stains…an acid wash can make a dramatic aesthetic improvement.

Acid is a dangerous substance. We at Waterdog Pools are specially trained in its application and wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus during the acid wash. It is not recommended to do an acid was on your own. Water Dog Pool Service can handle such procedures.

Some pools may also have calcium nodules built up on their plaster (that resemble bird droppings) these can normally be sanded off while pool is still drained.


Call us to Handle Your Acid Washing 602-290-1230