Salt Water vs. Chlorine For Sanitation in Swimming Pools!

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When it comes to keeping your residential or commercial swimming pool sanitized to keep algae and bacteria out the two most popular methods are either using salt or chlorine. If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool there has been many discussions about Salt Water vs. Chlorine Swimming Pools. Depending on where you live there can be many benefits to owning a saltwater swimming pool but as a company that discusses and has written about the challenges of saltwater and high levels of Calcium Hardness, this should go into your discussion before you purchase one.

If you want a blue and clear swimming pool, they must not only be sanitized but also balanced chemically. To swim in bacteria-free water, you must swim in either a saltwater pool or chlorine pool. The question is, which one is better for you? There are many pros and cons of each and we hope this blog post helps to inform you on making a wise decision.

Pros to owning a chlorine pool

  • Doesn’t damage pool features
  • No installation necessary
  • Uses no electricity
  • Minimal initial investment

Cons of owning a chlorine pool

  • Can cause skin dryness, itchiness and the possibility of red eyes
  • Can fade your swimwear overtime
  • Can increase health risks
  • Higher chemical cost

Pros of owning a saltwater pool

  • Minimal chlorine consumption
  • Softer on skin, nails, and hair
  • Doesn’t fade your swimwear
  • Lower chemical costs
  • Poses no health risks

Cons of owning a saltwater pool

  • Higher initial installation costs
  • Uses more electricity
  • Harder to operate in areas where Calcium Hardness levels are high

In the Dallas area, we see a lot of saltwater swimming pools because our water is hard and many bathers enjoy the soft water swim experience. They are extremely popular because most brands sell consumers on the fact that they are maintenance free. But, they aren’t maintenance free in Dallas because the electrode plates will scale with our hard water and prevent them from generating chlorine.

With that being said, if you own one you’re going to need to keep your Calcium Hardness levels low. That’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years with The Puripool Process. If you should have any questions about saltwater vs. chlorine please let us know. We recommend both types of sanitation and if you keep your hardness levels lower and pH within normal ranges it will definitely allow the salt system to work much better.

Removing Calcium From Your Swimming Pool

If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool in Dallas, high levels of calcium in your swimming pool are going to be one of the most challenging situations you might have to deal with. It’s challenging because most swimming pool owners aren’t aware of it, don’t know much about it and most importantly have no clue what to do when the levels get higher than what is recommended (200-400 parts per million). We hope this blog post gives you some insight on what to do if you own a swimming pool and live in the Dallas Ft. Worth area where the fill water is loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals. Specifically in Dallas, the amount of calcium in our tap water measures around 300 parts per million (ppm). Due to the fact that it comes out that hard, it can cause numerous problems to faucets, shower heads, countertops, sinks and so much more. These are issues that most homeowners are aware of because they see it and deal with it all the time, but what about your swimming pool? Have you ever thought about what these high levels of calcium in your water do to your swimming pool?

As water evaporates, the calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually increase in concentration. As these levels get higher and higher, you will start to notice calcium scaling on the water tile line, the interior finish of the swimming pool, your filtration equipment, decorative water features, salt chlorinator (if you have one) and so much more. If you spent a lot of money on decorative tile and water features, they will soon be loaded with thick white calcium that is extremely difficult and expensive to remove!

Another issue that high calcium levels cause challenges with maintaining the chemistry in your swimming pool. That’s why most pool professionals will tell you that changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years to prevent this problem is a smart idea. At Weber Pools, we offer The Puripool Process. This service uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and so much more without draining the swimming pool. It conserves 85% of the water that’s in the pool which is great for water conservation, it never exposes the interior which prevents cracking and our promise is to give you better water than you’d get out of the tap. So, if calcium, TDS, or CYA is high in your swimming pool, call us today to get drinking quality water back in your pool and conserve nature’s most precious resource, WATER!!

Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh With Puripool!

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In Dallas, commercial swimming pool water is highly regulated. It’s regulated for your safety and to keep Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) from getting too high and to make sure you are swimming in the best water quality. Trust us when we say, these regulations are for your safety especially with the number of bathers and high risk for waterborne diseases like crypto! So at Weber Pools, we would like to introduce you to Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh! It literally is exactly what it sounds like, we come to your commercial swimming pool and refresh the water!

How Do We Do This?

Well, we use a service we have already been providing in a slightly different way. We will come to your commercial swimming pool with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer and we recycle the pool water for 12 hours. During this time we will lower Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases to keep your pool looking great. The price of this service is $250.00 and we will lower all those levels as much as they will come down in a total of 12 hours.

Why Do You Need This Service?

As a commercial swimming pool owner, you will need this service because it will help you stay in compliance, it will keep your calcium levels down. It will also help prevent your TDS and CYA levels getting to a point where the city would shut you down. It will also keep better quality water in your swimming pool at all times.

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About Weber Pools Puripool Service

The Puripool Process is more convenient, less wasteful, and puts cleaner, safer recycled pool water in your pool without exposing your plaster or pool shell to air and potential damage and this process is normally complete in less than 24 hours. The Puripool purification process pulls water from your pool and uses reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light and ozone to scrub your water clean and returns pure bottled quality water to your pool. Our Puripool process removes chemicals and impurities like cyanuric acid, phosphates, TDS, viruses, bacteria, allergens, calcium and other hard water minerals without the use of harsh chemicals that could be dangerous to pets and children and hard on pool components. Our process is so safe you can swim while we clean and polish your water and it saves about 85% of the water.

If you should have any questions about the commercial swimming pool water refresh, contact us today!

The Proper Way to Test Water Chemistry In Your Pool

If you enjoy taking care of your own swimming pool, are you testing the water chemistry correctly and accurately? The two major choices you have when it comes to testing your water are either test strips or using the drop test method. At Weber Pools, we recommend Taylor swimming pool test kits for the best accuracy. Whether or not you take care of your swimming pool, you should familiarize yourself with Taylor test kits! In today’s swimming pool industry there are a variety of ways to test chemistry levels in your swimming pool and we highly recommend Taylor swimming pool test kits first. Taylor test kits are going to be the most reliable and frankly, the only way to go. With that said, we hope that this blog post gives you some understanding of why buying a Taylor pool test kit will always be the way to go. Not to mention, making sure your weekly pool service uses this type of test equipment too!

Taking a water sample into a pool store will always be the easiest but there are so many variables that can make that more challenging. For example, it takes time out of your day to drive there, depending on where you go the person testing your water might not be very well educated and it has been proven that if you go to a variety of different pool stores, you are most definitely going to get a variety of answers. That’s why we feel it’s extremely important that you know how to test the water.  Using Taylor swimming pool test kits will make your life a lot easier, you are going to get the most accurate results, and those results will equate to a much better pool experience. With Taylor test kits you can test for Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), and so much more!

Do to the wide range of colors and numbers it will allow for the highest level of inaccuracy.

Taylor test kits for swimming pools have been around since the late 1960’s, but the company has been around since 1930. They are extremely popular in the industry and have a wide range of testing products. One of the biggest benefits of using these test kits is they use titration for testing accuracy. This is where you will count the drops used, instead of relying on a visual color comparison which provides a larger range of miscalculation. This will give you the most accuracy when it comes to reading numbers.

 

Keep in mind, you will have options when it comes to testing kits and we want to help you find what is best for you and your swimming pool needs! If you have any questions on why we choose Tayor swimming pool test kits, contact us today at 800-535-0778