Water Conservation In Texas

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In the last couple of months, Texas has been in the news for not only water quality but potential drought conditions again! As most people already know, Texas isn’t new to drought conditions and if it wasn’t for a large amount of rain last year this would still be an issue. According to recent reports, it appears that parts of Texas are headed back in that direction and it wouldn’t surprise us to see this trend continue. “It may not sound like much but in this week’s drought monitor, moderate drought conditions have returned to close to 2 percent of Texas. The percent of the state listed as abnormally dry has more than doubled to 13 percent. The dry conditions are forcing many to flock to stores like Home Depot to try to conserve water. Aside from yesterday’s one-one-hundredth of an inch of rain, San Antonio hasn’t seen a significant amount of measurable rainfall since early June. That lack of rain is starting to take its toll on the area water supply, possibly bringing back drought conditions.”

About 2.5 years ago, Weber Pools contacted Pure Water Industries because we knew they had something we believed in and knew could make a major impact to help our drought conditions. Did you know that one of the largest water conservation acts that a homeowner can do is not drain their swimming pool? Yes, that is correct using our water conservation technology, a homeowner or commercial swimming pool owner can save on average 20,000 gallons of water in a 24-hour period by not draining their swimming pool. Weber Pools uses the Puripool Process and gives swimming pool owners the opportunity to recycle their swimming pool water instead.

There are a variety of reasons as to why swimming pool water should be changed every couple of years. Here are a list of a few that would require a water change:

  • High calcium hardness
  • High total dissolved solids (TDS)
  • Waterborne diseases
  • High cyanuric acid levels (CYA)

One of the biggest issues that swimming pool owners will face are rising calcium levels in their swimming pools. Calcium comes from our fill water and as water evaporates in the swimming pool, calcium remains in solution. As these levels rise, calcium will stain the water tile line, the liner of the swimming pool and begin to scale filtration equipment. It will also make taking care of your swimming pool more challenging. That’s why we offer the Puripool Process because it lowers calcium hardness, TDS, waterborne diseases, CYA and much more while conserving 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool. It uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to filter out contaminates while providing our customers with water that is much better than tap. So we ask all of Texas to start thinking ahead and make an impact to help prevent the drought from continuing. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you!

Weber Pools is located in the Dallas area but will recycle swimming pool water in parts of Oklahoma, San Antonio and Austin as well!

How To Get Rid of Your Green Pool

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In the summertime, green pools become more and more common everyday. You can find them in vacant homes, residential swimming pools or in any pool that isn’t properly maintained. We think it is extremely important to tackle this issue in a variety of different ways so we hope this blog post gives you a better understanding of why this happens and all the different factors that go into turning that green pool blue again! Typically, you will see a direct correlation to green algae filled pools with lack of sanitizer or poor filtration/circulation. Whenever you have warm water, algae loves to grow and if you don’t have the proper amount of chlorine in the water, algae will grow rapidly! The same goes for filtration, if you’re not filtering your swimming pool long enough your chances for algae growth increase. With that said, we also want to focus on other reasons why your swimming pool can be taken over by algae.

  • High calcium hardness
  • High phosphates
  • High cyanuric acid (CYA/stabilizer) levels

When it comes to water chemistry, checking your calcium hardness levels should be done regularly because high levels of calcium hardness can impede the normal function of chlorine thus making it more challenging to take care of your swimming pool. Phosphates come from vegetation, soils and fertilizers which is a food for algae. When phosphate levels increase in the swimming pool they must be removed because no matter how much chlorine you use, algae will still spread. Typically, with high phosphates you will need to purchase a phosphate remover if all your other chemistry levels are within normal ranges. Other factors could be high CYA levels. CYA helps reduce chlorine loss by protecting the free chlorine in the pool from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, reducing the amount of chlorine needed to maintain proper sanitizer levels. When these levels get too high, it lessens the effectiveness of chlorine to act as a disinfectant.  Higher levels will bind with the chlorine, making it slower acting to kill bacteria and micro-organisms, and prevent algae from growing! This typically occurs because chlorine tabs have stabilizer in them.

How To Treat Algae

When you’ve determined where the growth is coming from, Weber Pools recommends the following steps to help remove the algae:

  • Identify the type of algae
  • Check chlorine, pH and phosphate levels
  • Check all pool equipment for leaks
  • Check filtration equipment for tears in the filter grids or old sand
  • Check calcium hardness levels
  • Check run times for your filter equipment

If any of the above are the issue, the addition of more chlorine or increasing your filter run times should help. If you’re dealing with high CYA levels or calcium levels then a water change is necessary. Weber Pools has the ability to make your green pool blue quickly. We can help with all filter equipment repairs or pool maintenance. We can also help you with high calcium and CYA levels too! We have a mobile filtration trailer that recycles swimming pool water instead of draining it. The Puripool Process uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, salts, phosphates and cyanuric acid without draining the swimming pool. This past week we took care of a swimming pool that was loaded with algae. If you notice in the picture above, the water in the swimming pool was foaming because the algae was dying and we used our mobile filtration trailer to filter out all the contaminants. Notice the difference in water clarity in the spa compared to the swimming pool? This is how we can make sure your swimming pool is functioning at all times wth also the best water quality!!

Remember If you keep your pool in good shape, you will not only avoid the hassle of having to use various additional chemicals in the swimming pool but also dealing with the unnecessary algae bloom in your swimming pool!

Calcium Hardness and Salt Systems

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When calcium builds up on the cell it will no longer generate chlorine!

Do you own a salt system or have you thought about purchasing a salt system for your swimming pool? If you’ve said yes to either one of these questions and own a swimming pool in the Southwest U.S., Texas or Oklahoma you might want to think twice before you purchase it. Salt systems are typically sold because they claim they are easy to use and make your swimming experience much more fun. There’s no doubt that you can feel a difference in the water but they aren’t always easy to maintain. Depending on the salt system you buy, it is essential that you maintain adequate salt levels, a baseline of a certain amount of CYA (conditioner) and most importantly your calcium hardness must be within a specific range or the system won’t function properly. Unfortunately, these are not always discussed when you buy the system!

Calcium hardness is by far one of the biggest issues we deal with in Oklahoma and Texas. Most salt systems can only handle 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) calcium hardness and the minimum we see in our areas coming out of the tap is already at 300 ppm or higher! The challenges that occur when calcium levels get higher than 400ppm is the calcium starts scaling the electrode plates, causing the cells to no longer work, which means no chlorine in the swimming pool. This isn’t something that most people are aware of when they purchase the salt systems but is something that you should know about because at Weber Pools we have a few suggestions for you:

Since our water is harder, these two things will help you the most if you want your salt water system to function properly. Our mobile filtration system can come to your home or commercial property and recycle the swimming pool water instead of draining it. The system lowers the following:

  • Calcium hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Salts
  • Phosphates
  • CYA
  • Waterborne diseases
  • So much more

The reason why this is essential if you own a salt water system is we can bring down the calcium hardness in the swimming pool much lower than tap water, which means the system will function longer and more effectively. Using this service every two years will also increase the lifespan of your liner, pumps and filters too! So, if you’re looking to have a salt system in your swimming pool, call us today so we can help make sure it works properly!

Commercial Swimming Pool Regulations In Dallas

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Weber Pools is a Greater Dallas/Fort Worth pool service company that specializes in working with commercial properties. We work with numerous management companies in some of the largest luxury developments in the DFW area. Weber Pools is familiar with the property management process, and we carry the current pool service licenses and insurances required by most commercial facilities. In addition, we also are aware of all the current and ever-changing health department swimming pool requirements and processes.

There are very few pool service companies that offer the professional service that Weber Pools provides and that all commercial properties demand. We have office staff and highly qualified pool service technicians and repair technicians that cover the Great Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are committed to providing and being available for not only regular everyday needs but for crisis situations as well. Commercial swimming pools are highly regulated and there can be many different reasons why they could be shut down. Nobody wants swimming pools to be shut down especially during the summer time but we can be available to help out when needed! We want to highlight a recent situation that many commercial swimming pool owners face and that is high cyanuric acid (CYA) levels. Just last week we got called out to a job on a 25,000 gallon commercial swimming pool that had levels of 100 parts per million (ppm) CYA. They were having an inspection the next day and with levels that high, they would’ve been shut down.

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So, we showed up with our 40,000 gallon per day mobile filtration Reverse Osmosis unit to help them. With mobile filtration we can help with the following issues without draining the swimming pool:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Cyanuric Acid
  • Borates
  • Salt
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Algaecides
  • Sequestering Agents
  • Phosphates
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • Total Dissolved Solids

Cyanuric acid helps reduce the chlorine loss by protecting the free chlorine in the pool from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, reducing the amount of chlorine needed to maintain proper sanitizer levels.  The reason why in Dallas the regulations are set at 100ppm as a maximum is the effectiveness of the chlorine to act as a disinfectant.  Higher levels will bind with the chlorine, making it slower acting to kill bacteria and micro-organisms, and prevent algae.  When this happens, a water change is recommended but they didn’t have enough time so we rolled up with our mobile filtration trailer instead to purify the water using the Puripool Process in less than a day. The end result was conserving 85% of the water in the swimming pool, increasing the effectiveness of the disinfecting agents and most importantly getting their CYA back into a normal range.

If you have any questions on how this mobile trailer can help you, contact us today to learn more!