The Dangers of Draining Swimming Pools

Owning a swimming pool is fun. It can be one of the most relaxing places to be when the weather is warm and you are looking to relax. However, it isn’t always easy to deal with swimming pools and one of the biggest concerns occurs when it is time to change out the water. In the Dallas area, our water is full of calcium and other hardness minerals which means every couple of years you should change out the water in your swimming pool because as water evaporates, the calcium and other hardness stay behind and start staining the tile, liner of the swimming pool and equipment. When this happens or when there is structural damage to the pool it will become necessary to change out the water. This is when a variety of issues can occur which we want to highlight in our latest blog post.

Cracking The Liner

Whenever the temperatures climb above 80 degrees you run the risk of cracking the foundation of the swimming pool. No matter the surface, the heat and lack of moisture on the surface when you drain it can cause it to crack, split or completely breakdown. The only way this can be prevented is doing it at night and constantly wetting the surface of the swimming pool but the risk is still high when you remove the water.

Vinyl Pools

Vinyl pools are extremely common in Dallas and the risk increases with this type of liner. It is even considered the most dangerous to drain. Typically, they weren’t built to hold back the weight of the dirt against it when the pool is drained. When the water is removed, this can cause the walls to collapse and in turn you will need a new liner.

Fiberglass Pools

Another common type of swimming pool in the Dallas area are fiberglass and concrete pools. Any vessel, especially concrete pools and fiberglass pools that are underneath the ground, can float with enough water pressure pushing on it. This happens because of hydrostatic pressure, or water pushing upwards. The vessel literally pops out of the ground.

Our Promise

In future posts we are going to highlight more of the reasons as to why swimming pools float and the dangers in emptying them but we want to make sure you understand that even when calcium hardness and total dissolved solids levels increase in the water you don’t have to drain your swimming pool. At Weber Pools we offer a mobile filtration system that can recycle your swimming pool water without draining it. By doing this, we eliminate any risk of exposing the liner of the swimming pool or changing the level of the water. With that said, we can typically recycle the water in less than a day, you won’t have to worry about cracking the foundation or floating the swimming pool and we promise to leave you with better water than you would get out of your tap.

How Do You Lower Calcium Hardness In Swimming Pools?

Owning a swimming pool takes a lot more work than just swimming in it for enjoyment. Yes, those backyard barbecues, summer pool parties and cooling off in the water is a blast but what happens when the pool gets dirty? What happens when calcium hardness levels rise in the swimming pool? Are you prepared to use more chemicals to keep it clean? Owning a swimming pool can be a lot of fun but as the water ages in the swimming pool it can be harder to take care of and hiring a professional to take care of it is always a good idea. In the Dallas area, the water coming out of our tap is on average 300 parts per million (ppm) calcium hardness. It is recommended to have anywhere between 200-400 ppm. As we start to approach spring and summer and the temperatures heat up, evaporation in pools also increases. When this occurs calcium and other hardness minerals stay behind in solution and gradually increase.

As calcium hardness levels increase in the swimming pool you are going to notice staining on the tile line, decorative water features, the liner of the pool and the equipment. Unfortunately, simple brushing will not remove it and investing in a pumice stone is going to leave you frustrated, with tore up fingers and more of a mess than what you started with. Others will invest in sequestering agents but if you don’t remove the calcium from the water it’s not going anywhere……

The only way to properly lower calcium hardness in swimming pools is with Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes. With RO you can lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, phosphates, salts and so much more. With our mobile filtration trailer, we can come to your house or commercial property and recycle the existing water in the swimming pool without draining it. The “Puripool Process” uses RO filtration to lower all solid levels in the swimming pool and leave the owners with the best quality of water in their swimming pool. Instead of the normal hassle drain and refill, we can filter most pools in less than a day, conserve 85% of the water in the swimming pool and give you a much better product than normal tap water. Not to mention, if you have this service performed every 2 years you can prevent high levels of calcium from building up on the tile and water features.

This is truly a great way to increase the lifespan of your investment. At Weber Pools we want to give you the best possible service. Not only can we help you with this but we also offer weekly service, maintenance and repair work as well. Call us today to learn more!

Maintain and Drain Your Pool Wisely in Dallas

Indications of Hard Water in Dallas

Are you tired of dealing with hard water? Washing clothes in hard water can look dingy and feel scratchy. Dishes and glasses end up spotty when they dry. Hard water can cause a layer of film on glass shower doors, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, the water tile line in your swimming pool, water features and your hair could look dull and feel sticky. Not to mention water flow can be severely reduced by calcium deposits in pipes. This is a nuisance to deal with and can cost thousands of dollars to replace water features, faucets and removing it from the tile in your swimming pool. Unfortunately, when people buy these things they don’t think of the hard water that we deal with in Dallas. Calcium deposits can start to form when the water is above 250 parts per million (ppm). In Dallas, the water coming out of our tap averages 300ppm.

How Does Hard Water Affect Your Swimming Pool?

If you think dealing with hard water in your house is an issue, it’s a completely different situation in your swimming pool. In Dallas, our summers are long and hot. Water evaporates rapidly but the hardness minerals remain in solution. Overtime, calcium hardness levels continue to rise and cause the following issues….

  • Stains the water tile line
  • Stains the surface of the swimming pool
  • Deposits in the plumbing
  • Ruins pool equipment
  • Stains decorative fountains and water features
  • Prevents salt systems from working correctly
  • Increases chemical usage

It’s recommended that the calcium hardness levels in your swimming pool be between 200-400ppm. In some areas of Dallas, you will be above 400ppm as soon as you fill up your swimming pool. When this happens you can either drain your swimming pool or recycle the water. In Dallas, they have regulations about draining swimming pools…..

  • Pools that are highly chorinated are toxic to fish and wildlife
  • Algecides in pool water can hinder normal plant growth
  • If the pH is below 6 or above 9 it can be detrimental to freshwater aquatic life

Draining a swimming pool can be a pain staking task. It can take 2-3 days to do, you can potentially crack the foundation of the swimming pool and you end up filling the pool with hard water again. Instead, Weber Pools offers the “Puripool Process” which lowers calcium and other hardness minerals without draining the swimming pool. We use Reverse Osmosis filtration in our mobile trailers which allows us to come to your house and recycle your swimming pool water without draining the pool. We will leave you with much better water than what comes out of the tap, you never have to worry about exposing the surface of the swimming pool or contaminating local water via storm drains because we only lose a minimal amount of water.

Premium Pool Service in Dallas

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Having a swimming pool can definitely be a luxury but taking care of it isn’t always fun. Finding a reputable pool service can also be challenging that’s why we want to introduce to you the difference at Weber Pools. We are certified pool operators that hold all required licenses. Weber Pools has been servicing the Dallas Ft. Worth area for over 15 years and has a combined 75 plus years delivering high quality and excellent pool service to you so you can enjoy a nice, clean and fun swimming pool. We offer the following services….

  • Pool Service
  • Pool Repair
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Puripool Process

We pay all of our technicians extremely well and at the top of the industry scale. This prevents a lot of turnover which in turn leads to a high quality of service to YOU our customer. We work with home owners, commercial properties managers, HOA boards, and city inspectors on a daily basis which gives us a lot of areas to service. If you personally own a swimming pool and are tired of the unwanted chore of cleaning it, Weber Pools can help you with the following….

  • Pool Cleaning
    • Netting the swimming pool
    • Brushing the tile line, steps and benches
    • Brushing the sides of the pool
    • Emptying all skimmer and motor baskets
    • Vacuuming swimming pool as necessary
    • Adjusting all chemical levels
    • Checking equipment for leaks
    • Backwashing as necessary
  • Equipment Repair
  • Custom Pools and Spas
  • Plaster and tile work
  • Code compliance work
  • UV water treatment
  • Stain removal
  • Deck repair
  • Control systems
  • Salt systems
  • Equipment sales
  • Energy efficiency upgrades
  • Leak detection and crack repair

Whereas, if you have a commercial property in the Dallas/Ft Worth and Plano area, we carry all the licenses and insurance necessary to work with commercial properties. We pride ourselves on always being available when the need arises and we offer the following services to commercial properties…

  • Pool Cleaning
    • Netting the swimming pool
    • Brushing the tile line, steps and benches
    • Brushing the sides of the pool
    • Emptying all skimmer and motor baskets
    • Vacuuming swimming pool as necessary
    • Adjusting all chemical levels
    • Checking equipment for leaks
    • Backwashing as necessary
  • Equipment repair
  • Custom pools and spas
  • Plaster and tile work
  • Code compliance work
  • UV water treatment
  • Stain removal
  • Deck repair
  • Chemical automation
  • Control systems
  • Salt systems
  • Chemical sales
  • Energy efficiency upgrades
  • Leak detection
  • Clear plumbing blockages
  • And so much more

In addition to our service company, we’ve also started offering the “Puripool Process” to residential and commercial pool owners. We purchased our mobile filtration trailers from Pure Water Industries in San Diego. It’s an alternative to draining a swimming pool by recycling the water instead. The process has the following benefits…

  • Lowers calcium hardness
  • Lowers total dissolved solids
  • Lowers cyanuric acid levels
  • Lowers salts
  • Lowers phosphates
  • Water conservation
  • Removes waterborne diseases
  • Increases water quality and clarity
  • Decreases the chances of cracking the foundation of the pool because the water level doesn’t change
  • And many more…

At Weber Pools our service team has many years of experience servicing the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. We work directly with you in maintaining and servicing your pool and filters throughout the year. A well-maintained swimming pool is the envy of your neighbors and offers you the chance to truly enjoy your swimming pool. We truly believe that with our expertise and knowledge, that our service far exceeds expectations and we look forward to having the opportunity to working with you!