Most people find it difficult when it comes to choosing an eco-friendly means of keeping their surroundings clean. If you have a swimming pool, then you might have suffered the thought of having to give it a good deep cleaning. That’s when it hit you – soda blasting. Maybe you heard a neighbor talking about it, or you saw something about it online. Still, the dreading question is, how do you soda blast a swimming pool? Let’s find out!
Soda blasting is the world celebrated environmental friendly method for cleaning a swimming pool. If you want to avoid using hazardous chemicals or unsafe techniques, then this is the best choice you have.
What is Soda Blasting?
Soda blasting is a cleaning process that involves the use of baking soda. This baking soda is contained in a specially designed cleaning-tailored hopper which acts as a media that blasts the baking soda mixed with water from a water pressure nozzle at an estimated 400 pounds per square inch of force. The idea is to make sure that you are using an eco-friendly method and baking soda and water don’t get much safer. If you want to clean your pool in a professional way through soda blasting, there are a few steps that you need to know to equip yourself with the right knowledge. These steps are:
1. Turn Off Your Swimming Pool Gadgets
Before soda blasting your pool, turn off your gadgets such as pumps, filters, vacuums, etc. for safety purposes and also to protect them from any corrosive effects.
2. Lower the Water Level in the Swimming Pool
Effectiveness from soda blasting is achieved when the water is lowered to the bottom of the pool, exposing the most surface as possible for cleaning. When the water is lowered, you can use the baking soda to clean the tiles which are contaminated. It also allows you to wash the pool deck. Afterward, be sure to clear the blasting debris out of the pool.
3. Apply Protectant
While most people soda blast their pools and leave them to dry before refilling, the addition of a pool protectant is vital for the prevention of calcium build up. A large number of calcium deposits on your pool’s textured or tiled surfaces will prevent the pool from showing off its shiny glimmering properties as sunlight penetrates the surface of the water. After a good cleaning and applying a protectant to the surface, you can either wait for some time or immediately fill your pool with fresh clean water.
How Long Does Soda Blasting Take?
Most people usually do not take enough time to make sure their pools are thoroughly cleaned. This has led to issues with the growth of water plants or white mold in pools that are supposedly cleaned routinely. Soda blasting is a process that takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to completely remove the nasty pool plants and other surface contaminants. On a side note, depending on the age and type of material used to build your pool, it is recommended that you select an appropriate blasting media to prevent pool etching effects, removal of texture or tiles, and any other damage that may result. If you aren’t sure about this method for cleaning it is advisable that you consult a pool professional to verify the best cleaning method for your specific situation.
What Are the Benefits of Soda Blasting?
To many people, soda blasting looks like a cheap way to clean the pool, or just an eco-friendly method that may or may not even work. Comparing it with other methods, soda blasting benefits it’s users by cleaning up the waterline, removing and preventing calcium build-up, plus giving a thorough cleaning of pool tiles without corrosion.
What’s the Cost Range for Soda Blasting?
The cost of soda blasting will vary based on the size and type of pool you have, the equipment you rent/own, and whether you need to consult a cleaning company to handle the task for you. Most pool maintenance companies can provide a basic soda blasting cleaning service ranging from $200 to $500 depending on the size of your pool. For those with larger pools who want an excellent thorough cleaning with added protectant, the price might range from $2000 to $5000 for the complete service.