How To Extend Your Swim Season


It is always that dreaded time of year when swim season is coming to an end. Depending on where you are, fall can be an exciting time for football season, cooler temps, holidays and so much more but if you’re a fan of summer and your swimming pool those days are pretty much numbered. It doesn’t take that much of a decrease in night temperatures to make a drastic change in how cool the water is to your comfort level. So with the upcoming fall season if you love to swim laps in your pool, have friends and family over for barbecues, or just enjoy relaxing in your pool we want to share a couple of ideas with you on how you can extend your swim season!

First and foremost, you can install a pool/spa heater or pool/spa heat pump. There are some distinct differences between each, which we will highlight for you. When it comes to pool heaters, they are the most popular option when it comes to heating your pool. They typically use natural gas or propane that heats the water that returns to the pool. The upfront cost is normally less but they will require the cost of propane or natural gas, which varies depending on where you live.

Pool/Spa Heater Pros and Cons


  • Lower upfront cost
  • Heats the water quickly
  • Can work in any water temperature


  • Higher run cost

Whereas with pool heat pumps, they deliver maximum energy efficiency and reliability. Heat pumps absorb free heat from the air and transfer it to the water, making the heating process ecological and cost-effective. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular with pool owners. This process doesn’t require natural gas or propane which lowers run cost drastically.

Pool/Spa Heat Pump Pros and Cons


  • Lower run cost
  • Energy efficient


  • Higher upfront cost

Another option for you would be to purchase a solar pool cover. To keep your swimming pool warm without using gas, electricity or spending a lot of money this might be the best option for you. Please keep in mind that they must be used while the air temperature is still warm because they can keep the water warm longer but they will not raise the temperature. So, if the water is already cold and the temperatures are too, this will not be an option. During the day when the sun is hot and air is warm, this allows the pool water to get warmer. But, at night when the temperatures drop, so does the heat of the water. By having a solar pool cover this stops the heat from escaping your pool.

All of these options can help extend your swim season but it is ultimately up to you to look at costs associated with each. If you end up choosing a heater or heat pump we highly recommend going with Jandy Pro Series for reliability, price point, great customer service and warranty. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!!


Alternatives To Draining Your Swimming Pool

Calcium staining on the water tile line

Calcium staining on the water tile line

As fall is quickly approaching, it means football is in the air, cooler temps, holidays and so much more. It also means swim season is coming to an end unless you have a solar pool cover or a heated pool! This is also the most common time to change out the water in your swimming pool if you need to do so. This fall season we ask that if it is time to change out the water in your swimming pool that you recycle it instead of draining it and we hope this blog post helps explain why.

In the Dallas area, our tap water is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. This calcium, over time will gradually build up because as water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in solution. As the calcium content increases, it will begin to build up on the water tile line, the liner of the swimming pool and your swimming pool filtration equipment. If you have water features and spillways it can be an eyesore to look at. It can even cause an increase in chlorine usage, which makes swimming in these pools a lot less fun because of burning eyes and itchy skin. When the water gets to this point, most pool professionals will recommend a water change in your swimming pool. As a swimming pool owner you can either drain it and refill it with our moderately hard tap water or you can call us to recycle the water using our mobile filtration instead. We use The Puripool Process and this service comes to you. This is a great service for both residential and commercial customers. We use Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower the following issues:

  • Calcium hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Phosphates
  • Salts
  • Waterborne diseases
  • And so much more

Calcium staining on the spa/pool spillway

We are able to conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool, the process is completely self-contained, which means we run on our own power, we give you a much better end product because you can drink the filtered water and you can swim in the pool while the process is being performed. This service will give you the best quality of water in your pool (better than tap) and since the liner of the swimming pool is never exposed, there’s absolutely no risk of cracking the foundation of the swimming pool. 

Weber Pools is committed to offering you the best quality of service in everything we do. We have a variety of services available for all of your backyard needs. In conclusion, we ask you to think twice this fall and winter before you drain your swimming pool. We guarantee you a great product that will make swimming in your pool much more enjoyable. If you’re interested in learning more, contact us today at 1-817-481-7665.

What Type Of Filter Is Best For My Swimming Pool?

If it’s time to re-evaluate the filtration system in your swimming pool, there are many different factors that go into what makes the best filter for your swimming pool. The most common filter that we see and easiest to install is a sand filter but we want to discuss a variety of different factors so you can make a wise decision and get the best filtration for your pool! When making that decision the following factors should go into that decision:

  • Type of liner
  • The amount of vegetation around your swimming pool
  • The surface area of the pool
  • Ease of use
  • Water conservation factors

With that said, we hope this blog post gives you some insight on the best type of filter for your pool, when they should be cleaned/backwashed and what to look for when they need to be cleaned or replaced. Currently, there are three different types of filters; cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth (D.E.) and we will be evaluating each to help you understand what makes them unique. First, we will highlight the pros and cons of each:

Jandy Cartridge Filter

Jandy Cartridge Filter

Cartridge Filter:


  • Simple to maintain
  • Filters down to 10 microns
  • Since there’s no backwashing, it uses the least amount of water and is the best during drought conditions.


  • Most expensive out of all the filters to purchase
  • The cartridge filters can be pretty expensive
Jandy Sand Filter

Jandy Sand Filter

Sand Filter:


  • Easiest to use
  • Most common filter for swimming pools and works with most. Most common commercial swimming pool filter as well.
  • Filters down to 20 microns
  • Easy to backwash when pressure rises to set backwash number on guage


  • Requires replacements of sand every 5-8 years or when a lateral breaks (this can be a lengthy process as it takes awhile to vacuum out the sand).
  • Not recommended for pebble tec pools or pools with lots of vegetation due to high micron number. The pebbles from the pool can get stuck in the sand or laterals
  • If you have a green pool, it can take a very long time with this type of filter to clear up
Jandy DE Filter

Jandy DE Filter

D.E. Filter


  • Filters down to the lowest of microns which is 3
  • Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the most clean
  • Best for pools in backyards with lots of vegetation


  • After backwashing, it does require the most work

The above factors are key to making a decision on what type of filter you should buy. Most importantly, a D.E. filter is the best filter if your pool is surrounded by lots of vegetation.  Keep in mind all of these filters have pressure gauges with recommended numbers as to when they need to be backwashed or cleaned. With a sand filter, all that is necessary is a backwash but always be on the lookout for sand in your pool. When that happens, you might have a cracked lateral, which is the main filtration mechanism in a sand filter. At this point, a sand change will be necessary. As for cartridge filters, when the pressure rises to the maximum, they will need to be hosed down and cleaned (2-4 times a year). Finally, a D.E. filter should be taken a part at a minimum of one time a year. You will need to hose down the grids to get the excess D.E. off of them and then recharge the filter when you put it back together. Please note, that if you see D.E. blowing back into the pool there’s a pretty good chance there’s a tear in the grid and it will need to be replaced. With any of these filters, Weber Pools highly recommends Jandy Filters for their reliability, price point and warranty.

With any of the above, hiring a professional weekly service and maintenance company can make all of this much easier. If you have any questions about filters, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 817-481-7665