Acid Wash

Acid wash

What is an Acid Wash? An acid wash, also known as a drain and clean, is a process used to remove stubborn stains, algae, and mineral deposits from the surface of a swimming pool. This procedure involves draining the pool and applying a diluted acid solution to clean the interior surfaces, particularly plaster or concrete pools.

Why Perform an Acid Wash?

  1. Stain Removal: Acid washing effectively removes unsightly stains caused by algae, minerals, and chemical imbalances.
  2. Algae Elimination: Persistent algae blooms that are resistant to standard treatments can be eradicated with an acid wash.
  3. Surface Renewal: It restores the bright, clean appearance of the pool surface, making it look almost new.
  4. Increased Hygiene: Eliminating algae and mineral deposits improves overall pool hygiene and safety.

When to Consider an Acid Wash:

  1. Severe Staining: When regular cleaning methods fail to remove stains.
  2. Persistent Algae: When algae growth recurs despite chemical treatments and regular maintenance.
  3. Maintenance Neglect: If the pool has been neglected for an extended period and requires deep cleaning.
  4. Aesthetic Improvement: Before selling a property or at the start of a new swimming season to enhance the pool’s appearance.

The Acid Wash Process:

  1. Drain the Pool: The pool is completely drained to expose the surface.
  2. Preparation: Loose debris and dirt are swept away, and the pool surface is prepped.
  3. Acid Application: A diluted muriatic acid solution is carefully applied to the pool surface.
  4. Scrubbing: The acid loosens stains and deposits, which are then scrubbed away.
  5. Rinsing: The acid solution and loosened debris are thoroughly rinsed off.
  6. Neutralizing: A neutralizing solution is applied to counteract any remaining acid.
  7. Refilling: The pool is refilled with water, and chemicals are balanced to ensure safe swimming conditions.

Safety Precautions:

  1. Protective Gear: Technicians wear protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear to prevent acid exposure.
  2. Ventilation: Adequate ventilation is ensured to avoid inhaling harmful fumes.
  3. Environmental Concerns: Wastewater is disposed of according to local regulations to protect the environment.

A licensed Contractor, Certified Pool Operator, Certified Pool Inspector, Certified Start Up Technician by the National Plaster Counsel, and a life long native of Pleasanton, CA.

Ryan Steele

Owner, NorCal Pool Service

About NorCal Pool Service

We have a pool maintenance package that suites each type of client. From starter packages that just keep the pool chemistry balanced and baskets emptied each week, to Full Service pool maintenance that allows you to kick your feet up and let us do all the work, we have a package right for you!

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