Acid washing a pool is not something that needs to be done regularly. Acid washing should only be used in certain circumstances and is a very tough process to pull off correctly. If you have recently bought a house that has a pool in it, but the pool has not been taken care, acid washing is probably a great idea. Likewise, if you own a pool, but somehow the winterization process wasn’t as effective as it should have been, you also may need an acid wash to bring your pool back to normal.
When to Acid Wash
If your pool has water in it and that water looks putrid, draining and acid washing is something that should absolutely happen. When bacteria can breed in the water, it can cause growths to form on your pool lining which, over time, will break down that pool lining; causing issues. While an old pool may need to have its liner replaced completly, a good rule is: If you can see the bottom of the pool in the shallow end, acid washing is likely a great solution.
What is Acid Washing
Acid washing is the purposeful stripping of a very thin top layer of your pool liner, using strong chemicals that are meant to eat bacteria and growth. This process is meant to expose a brighter, cleaner undercoat of liner; making your pool feel and look new. Because excessive acid washing can damage your pool, it is only recommended to do an acid wash once every five years. Excessive acid washing, or doing it incorrectly, can lead to the need to re-plaster your pool, which is a massive expense. For this reason, we recommend always letting professionals, like us, do your acid washing for you.
Danger of Acid Washing
Aside from the danger of taking off too much plaster with repeated acid washing attempts, there are other dangers that can come from this process. Muriatic acid, which is the acid usually used for pool washing is incredibly dangerous. This type of acid will absolutely burn your skin and, if inhaled, can cause major breathing complications. If you decide to do this process by yourself, please educate yourself on what to do so that you don’t put yourself, or anyone else, in danger. Of course, we always recommend that you used professionals, like us, to do this kind of thing because we know exactly what we are doing.
Acid Washing Process
The acid washing process goes a little something like this: the first step is that we have to clean and drain the pool. Acid washing is going to effect every surface of your pool, so it is important to not have water in it. After this, we add the acid compound and water in to a spray machine, which is used to blast the top layer off of your pool. When this is done, we neutralize the acid with a soda compound and, lastly, pump out all of the waste water before filling your pool back up.