Q: Should I acid wash my pool? Should I just drain it?
A: Both of these must be performed at temperatures below 94 degrees. Otherwise the surface of your pool will crack due to heat. If during peak summer you were experiencing an issue balancing chemistry. It's possible the stabilizer is to high in the water.
As previously stated on the website. When the stabilizer rises too high it inhibits the other property's in the water from being balanced. Water becomes locked out and can causes algae, green pool, or just zero chlorine readings weekly. To remove the stabilizer from the water it must be drained and refilled to start water chemistry balancing over again.
Now, a pools water should be drained and refilled every 3 to 5 years. Sometimes sooner depending on chemistry balancing over time. In those 3 to 5 years as the pool is used, phosphates begin to pollute the water. Phosphates come from vegetation, urine, pets, skin oils and various other sources. These phosphates live in the water as well as the surface of the pool.
In order to remove the contaminates completely we drain and use muriatic acid, water mixture to treat the surface to kill them completely. Just draining the pool will fix a stabilizer issue, but phosphates will still continue to live in the surface. Performing both will insure the stabilizer can be Maintained as well as phosphates removed.
Please seek professional advise to properly perform these actions. A professional should be able to add the proper amount of start up chemicals to balance the water chemistry with the fresh source.
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