How Do I Clean A DE Filter?


There are three different types of filters for your swimming pool. Are you familiar with what type of filter your swimming pool uses? The three different types of filters are diatomaceous earth (DE), sand and cartridge. As for types of filters and swimming pool products, we always recommend Jandy! In this blog post, we are going to highlight the pros and cons of a DE Filter, the benefits of them and how to clean them. In regards to residential and commercial swimming pools, sand filters seem to be the most common filter you will find in a backyard due to ease of use. However, DE Filters are pretty close second. If you talk to people in the industry, most people seem to think that DE Filters are more challenging to use but if you get used to them, they work the best for most swimming pools. This is because they filter down to the smallest micron and have the ability to keep pools extremely clear and clean.

Pros of DE Filters –

  • Filters down to 3 microns which are the smallest amount of the filters
  • Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the cleanest out of all of them
  • Best for pools with lots of vegetation/plant life in the backyard. If you have lots of trees, bushes, and plants that blow leaves into the pool this filter is the only choice for you.
  • Will clear up a green pool the fastest (some pool companies will even wheel these filters out to your pool to help clear it up faster)


  • Requires the most amount of maintenance especially after backwashing
  • Must always be aware of pressures as backwashing should occur at set limit to prevent pool from getting cloudy

For the most part, DE Filters are extremely self-sufficient but do require some work when it is time to backwash. Backwashing can be described as cleaning your filter after it’s collected debris and dirt from your swimming pool. It works by sending pool water in the opposite direction through your filter and out the waste or drains port. It is pretty easy to do and we explain that next……

How To Backwash Your DE Filter

  1. Turn off your filter and turn your valve to the backwash position. If you have a top mounted handle, place it in the backwash position.
  2. Turn your filter system back on and let it run for approximately two minutes or until the water is clear and free of debris
  3. Turn the system back off and place backwash valve back in normal filter position
  4. Run the filter for a minute or so and repeat steps 1-3 for about 30-60 seconds or again until the water is clear
  5. Turn your system back on and make sure to add DE powder to the skimmer as soon as possible as filter grids must be coated to prevent other issues.

How Much DE To Add After Backwashing

First and foremost, you will need to determine the square footage of your filter which you can typically find on the label located on the filter. The following is a breakdown of how much DE to add to the skimmer after backwashing:

36 sq ft. —–> 4.5 pounds (roughly 4.5 scoops)

48 sq ft. —–> 6 pounds (roughly 6 scoops)

60 sq ft. —–> 7.5 pounds (roughly 7.5 scoops)

The gauge on the top of the filter will make you aware of when you need to backwash. Typically, you can also check the manual to let you know at what PSI they should be back washed. Please keep in mind you will monitor this regularly as backwashing should occur as soon as possible when the pressure reaches its maximum. Also, if you own a DE Filter please plan on taking the filter apart at least once a year to completely hose down the filter grids and clean the inside of the filter to keep it functioning properly. If you should have any questions on how to operate a DE Filter or if you’re in the need of a filter clean, contact us today and if you are looking to make a switch in filters, Weber Pools can help you with that as well.

Weekly Pool Cleaning Dallas


At Weber Pools, our number one priority is making sure your swimming pool is clean and ready for you to swim in at any time. We are focused solely on you and your satisfaction of us is what makes us continue to perform at the highest level possible when you hire us. We know there are many choices you have when hiring a weekly pool cleaning service and we want to assure you that when you hire us you can rest assured that your pool will always be maintained at the highest level possible. The keys to our service are the following:

One of the biggest keys to our services is through the Performance Pool Group and our other partnership agreements, Weber Pools has the resources to tackle any Dallas pool maintenance project in either a residential or commercial setting, as well as turn-key outdoor environments for our customers from start to finish: one bid; one foreman; and most importantly, one company standing behind the job. We hold all the required licenses, workman’s compensation and general liability insurance for your protection.

Wouldn’t it be great to know that when you hire us to take care of your swimming pool if repairs or upgrades are necessary, we can do it in-house? Our job is to show up on the same day each week, perform all cleaning necessary to make sure your swimming pool is spotless and adjust chlorine, pH as well as all other chemistry needs when we perform a weekly water analysis for you. That’s why we’ve created a variety of service plans so when you sign up, you know exactly what you are paying for and receiving each week. We do this because everyone has different budgets and expectations and we want to meet everyone’s needs and expectations because again if you are happy so are we! Taking care of a swimming pool can be a tedious task but we want our communication to always be on target to prevent issues down the line. That’s why we promise you the following:

  • We work with you directly in maintaining and service your pool and filters throughout the year. A well-maintained pool is the envy of your neighbors and offers the opportunity for relaxation, entertaining and/or exercise. Let Weber Pools help you make the most of your pool with proper care, cleaning, and maintenance.

Give us a call today at 817-481-7665 to schedule your complimentary pool evaluation to determine the right, most affordable maintenance program for you.

We proudly service Dallas, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Grapevine, Plano, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Hurst, Bedford, Trophy Club, Euless, Frisco, Coppell, Valley Ranch, Irving, North Richland Hills, Argyle, and Castle Hills!

Inground & Above Ground Swimming Pool Construction and Supplies

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Whether you are looking to refinish your pool, do a complete remodel or new addition, Weber Pools can help. We can put together and implement a plan from start to finish no matter what the scope and size of the project is.

  • Outdoor Kitchen – no problem
  • Hot Tub – no problem
  • Cedar Arbor – no problem
  • Commercial Swimming Pool New Construction – no problem
  • Residential Swimming Pool New Construction – no problem
  • Water Features – no problem
  • So much more – usually no problem with those too!

Because of our sister companies and business affiliations, we can cover all of the trades and keep it under one roof, with one payee and one supervisor. This makes your life easier and ours too. We are uniquely situated to complete your entire outdoor living project in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Residential Swimming Pools 

Is your backyard big enough for a swimming pool? Have you been thinking about increasing the value of your home and for ways that you and your family can entertain others? Well, installing a new swimming pool is one way of doing that. Because of our sister companies and other affiliations, we have the ability to build any size pool depending on what you are looking for.

Whereas, if you currently have a swimming pool and are looking to upgrade with water features, new tile, a spa addition or with repairs, we can help you with that too.

Please take a look at our online gallery to see more of our residential swimming pool work and construction.


Commercial Swimming Pools

Weber Pools is a Greater Dallas/Fort Worth pool service company that specializes in working with commercial properties. We work well with numerous management companies of some of the largest luxury developments in the DFW area. Weber Pools is familiar with the property management process, and we carry all 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.


Downtime with a commercial swimming pool especially during swim season is always a big concern. We are aware of that and never want this to happen. That’s why at Weber Pools we are always available when you need us. When problems inevitably arise, the Weber Difference is that we are always easy to reach and ready to respond when you need us.

Please take a look at our online gallery to see more of our commercial swimming pool work and construction.

As for any repairs you might need with you swimming pool, please keep Weber Pools in mind because we have office staff and highly qualified pool service technicians and repair technicians that cover the Great Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you’re outside of the Dallas Ft. Worth area and are looking for pool supplies or parts to do work on your own, contact PST Pool Supplies for all of your Inground & Above Ground Swimming Pool Supplies.

What Is The Best Filter For My Swimming Pool?

As a swimming pool owner, you have three different choices when it comes to filters for your swimming pool. Each of them has their differences and benefits depending on what you are looking for and we want this blog post to be informative on the differences of each. We will be discussing the types of filters, what makes them unique, when they should be cleaned as well as price points for each. As we have stated in the past, Weber Pools will always choose Jandy first. As an authorized dealer we like Jandy for their price points, reliability, warranty and of course functionality. As for the filters for your swimming pool, you can choose sand, cartridge or diatomaceous earth (DE). Each one of these filters can be further broken down into the following categories to help us decide on which best fits your needs:

  • Type of liner
  • How much vegetation you have around your swimming pool
  • Surface area of the pool
  • Water conservation factors
  • Ease of use
Jandy Sand Filter

Jandy Sand Filter

Sand Filter  


  • Easiest filter to use
  • The most common filter you will find for swimming pools
  • Filters down to 20 microns
  • Easy to backwash when pressure rises to set backwash number


  • Requires replacements of sand every 5-8 years or when laterals break
  • Not recommended for pebble tec pools or pools with lots of vegetation due to high micron number
  • Can take much longer to clean up a green pool with this type of filter
  • Can be the hardest filter to work with when parts break because you usually will need to vacuum out the sand if it’s on the inside.
Jandy Cartridge Filter

Jandy Cartridge Filter

Cartridge Filter


  • Simple and easy to maintain
  • Filters down to 10 microns
  • Since there is no backwashing it is the best filter if you are looking for water conservation.
  • Filters better in large surface area pools


  • More expensive filter out of the three
  • Cartridge replacement can be more expensive


Jandy DE Filter

Jandy DE Filter

D.E. Filter


  • Filters down to 3 microns. This will keep your pool the cleanest
  • Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the cleanest
  • Best for pools with lots of vegetation in the backyard
  • If you happen to get a green pool, this filter will clean it up the quickest


  • Requires the most amount of maintenance especially after backwashing

The key to picking out which type of filter for your swimming pool is ultimately dependent on you but the above factors should help you make a decision. Most importantly, if your swimming pool is surrounded by a lot of trees, plants, soil and other types of vegetation, the clearest cut choice for you to keep your pool the cleanest is going to be a D.E. filter. Other than that, if you’re in an area where there are drought conditions we would recommend a cartridge filter because there is no backwashing and it does a great job of keeping your swimming pool clean. When it comes to 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 (typically quarterly). Make sure to open up the pleats of the filter to thoroughly clean them. Finally, a D.E. filter should be taken apart 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, that’s a sign there’s a tear in the grid and it will need to be replaced.

At Weber Pools, we are very familiar with each type of filter and can keep track of backwashing, cleaning and replacing if necessary. If you should have any questions in regards to filters, contact us today!

Benefits of Owning a Hot Tub


Have you been thinking about installing a hot tub/spa in your backyard? During the long, dreary cold winter months this isn’t uncommon. Hot tubs are great for relaxation, relieving sore muscles and of course warming up too. They are also a great place to entertain friends and family or perfect when you are looking to add a little charm to your backyard paradise. With hot tubs, they do require work because of the higher temperatures so we hope this blog post informs you on what you will need to do or why hiring us will make your life a lot easier.

If you do not have the proper balance of chemical levels in your hot tub, it will never be truly clean, and it could be potentially harmful to you and your family. Keeping the appropriate levels of chemicals in the water will make it easier for you when it comes time to clean your hot tub – so we recommend investing in an inexpensive water testing kit from your local pool supply store, home center, or hiring us to maintain the appropriate chemicals to maintain proper sanitation. Since there are various types of scum that are found in the water it is best diagnosed by testing with the kit mentioned above, or by taking a sample of the hot tub water to your local pool supply store, so that they can diagnose any problems with the water, and they can point you to the right chemicals for your particular situation.

The next important step in maintaining a clean and healthy spa is to regularly check and clean the filters. You can do this in a variety of different ways:

The Quick Rinse

Most hot tubs use cartridge filters that can easily be removed and washed down with a garden hose. This type of rinse is recommended at least once a week if you use your hot tub regularly.

Chemical Soaking

You can buy chemicals in a pool store to soak your filters in overnight. Please be sure to read the directions and this type of cleaning should occur about 2-3 times a year or times when your hot tub is in heavy use mode.

Please be sure to inspect the filter pleats each time you clean them for tears. If this happens, you must replace the filter. To prevent downtime, having a second set of filters for you hot tub would be a good idea.

Ultimately, you will want to make sure you do all of the above to keep your hot tub functioning at all times. Keeping it clean can be among the least favored chores around your home. Weber Pools can keep your hot tub looking good and performing at optimal levels for your continued enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more!

Pool Construction In Dallas

Come springtime, being outdoors is something everyone is pretty excited about especially after a long fall and winter season where temperatures prevent this. If you enjoy swimming for recreation, hosting parties with friends or just showing off your backyard you are going to want to make sure you hire a reputable company to build your pool and other various backyard needs. At Weber Pools, we have a lot of experience building swimming pools and other necessities for your backyard. We want this blog post to inform you on how you should do your due diligence when hiring a company to build your backyard paradise as well as showcase a variety of work we have performed.

When spending money on your home, the goal is to increase the value of your property. This means hiring companies with a track record of success. When hiring a company to build your swimming pool you should look at and ask the following questions:

  • Online galleries of their work
    • Social Media
    • Website
  • Ask them for testimonials from other customers or contact info from previous customers so you can call them
  • Reviews
    • Yelp
    • Better Business Bureau
  • Check to make sure they are fully licensed, bonded and insured
  • Check their credentials
  • If you aren’t sure what you backyard needs are, feel free to ask them for ideas

Whether building a swimming pool, installing new filtration equipment, performing tile work, installing new decks or barbecues you will want to make sure you check into the company you hire. Our staff has an abundance of knowledge, and most of our staff have been with us for ten years or longer. We, however, train our technicians well and pay our technicians at the top of the industry scale, which in turn provides our customers with superior service. If you give us a try, you will notice the Weber difference.

The following is some of the work we have performed…..


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Tile Repair In Fountain







Travertine Deck









Stone Grill area with Bull Grill and door/drawer combo










We also showcase some of our work on Facebook where you can look at Unique Pool Builds and New Pool Construction.

If you should have any questions about work you are looking to do in your backyard, contact us today.

What Is Calcium Hardness In Your Swimming Pool?


There is some confusion in the swimming pool industry in regards to how much calcium is necessary for your swimming pool. If you have a new swimming pool having some calcium in the water is vital for the integrity of the liner (about 200 parts per million) but the challenge arises when calcium levels get too high. The latter is one of the biggest problems you will face as a swimming pool owner because too much calcium will destroy your swimming pool. When you first build a swimming pool, the liner needs to cure and calcium is necessary for that but after that, it becomes for problematic when the levels rise. Our fill water in the Dallas area is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. The levels coming out of the tap is about 300 parts per million (ppm) and recommended levels for a swimming pool are between 200 and 400 ppm. But, what happens when those levels get above 600ppm? In our latest blog post, we want to highlight why keeping track of your calcium hardness levels is crucial to protecting the lifespan of your investment.

As your water evaporates (up to an inch a day during the summer time) the hardness minerals (calcium, magnesium, and others) remain in solution and rise in concentration. As this happens calcium will begin scaling your tile, the liner of the pool, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. You will notice a thick white chalk looking substance everywhere. This isn’t easy to remove and once it starts it will only increase and become more challenging to remove. This scaling will take life off of your swimming pool, your filtration equipment and be a nightmare to look at. If the scaling is visible chances are you will need to hire a company to come out and remove it. This can be a costly procedure and that’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years. This can keep calcium hardness levels to a minimum, it can prevent calcium buildup and it will increase the lifespan of your investment.

At Weber Pools, we recommend recycling your swimming pool water using our mobile filtration system. It’s a mobile trailer that is equipped with Reverse Osmosis filtration to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid and so much more to give you the best water quality in your pool. It will conserve up to 85% of the existing water in your swimming pool. You will have no downtime with your swimming pool and if you use this service every two years you will keep calcium levels low but enough to maintain the integrity of your liner. Your swimming pool water will be more fun to swim in and your filtration equipment will thank you. If you’re interested in learning more as to why this is a service you will want to use, contact us today!

Water Quality In Swimming Pools


Swimming in quality water is always critical but just because the water is clear and blue doesn’t mean it’s always safe to swim in. This thinking should always be more of a concern when you swim in commercial/public swimming pools. Weber Pools is a premier Dallas pool service administered by a staff with decades of experience in the industry. We are a Certified Pool Operator that serves the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area. We are literally a one-stop shop for all your pool needs — whether that consists of pool cleaning, repair or general pool maintenance. We specialize in both residential and commercial swimming pools. As for commercial pools, we work well with numerous management companies of 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.

When it comes to quality, that word can go far beyond just the work that is performed. Everyone who hires a service company always wants quality but this also pertains to the water as well. We are committed to our service and to make sure your steps, benches and walls of your swimming pool are brushed and free of debris. Emptying the skimmer basket and pump basket along with skimming the surface of the pool to make it look clean always happens. Making sure there are adequate amounts of chlorine is always a must. We also make sure the pH is balanced too. But even when all of these are done, it doesn’t mean that the water is safe to swim in. This is where things can get confusing because even when the pool looks great and the chemistry is correct, there still can be issues and they might not be detectable with standard water tests.

Tap/fill water has been an issue in the past in California, Arizona, Texas and other states. The possibility of people urinating and defecating in the swimming pool is always a possibility. With that said, here are some precautions you should always take when you are ready to swim:

  • Rinse off before and after you swim
  • Never drink the water
  • If you see someone urinating or defecating in the pool, let someone know and exit the pool immediately
  • If you feel sick after swimming (intestinal) call your doctor and get tested for waterborne diseases

Another way you can make sure you are swimming in the best quality of water is by having Weber Pools recycle your swimming pool water with our mobile filtration system. We offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration for swimming pools. This process lowers calcium hardness, TDS, cyanuric acid and removes waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. The Puripool Process provides your swimming pool with drinking quality water for swimming in. If you’re interested in knowing more or having us test your water, contact us today!

How To Take Care Of Your Swimming Pool


Owning a swimming pool is great but sometimes taking care of it can be the exact opposite. Even though we are currently in the swim offseason, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start thinking about your swimming pool and who should be taking care of it. At Weber Pools, we have decades of experience in the industry. We are Certified Pool Operators that serve the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area. We are literally a one-stop shop for all your pool needs — whether that consists of pool cleaning, repair or general pool maintenance.

We offer the following services for your convenience:

  • Pool cleaning: Keeping a pool clean is a weekly fight. With our Dallas pool cleaning service, you do not have to devote so much of your time to this nagging chore. We offer weekly packages that include netting, vacuuming and brushing your pool, in addition to adjusting the chemical balance of the water to ensure it is safe and sanitary. Our weekly service is available for under $100 a month.
  • Pool maintenance: There is more to maintaining a pool than just cleaning it. Our Dallas pool service makes sure everything is accounted for. From cleaning and replacing filters to adjusting water levels, our team can ensure everything is running smoothly with your pool.
  • Pool repair: You will be happy that you have a relationship with Weber Pools when you end up needing pool repair in Dallas, Texas. Problems can emerge without warning. Many pool owners know how paralyzing a broken pump or heater can be. We can repair everything from your pump to chips in your pool deck.

As for pool cleaning, we understand that everyone’s needs and budget are different. That’s why we offer three different levels of service which you can find HERE! The consistency with our service options include the following:

  • Testing your pool water along with chemical balance to keep your water clear and in optimal condition
  • Emptying the pool skimmer and pump baskets
  • Backwashing as necessary
  • Cleaning your automatic pool cleaner
  • Brushing the steps, benches, and liner of the swimming pool
  • Verifying that your pool cleaner is operational
  • Checking pool equipment for leaks

With our basic service which is listed above, we guarantee to show up each week, clean the swimming pool and monitor all equipment for leaks. In addition to our basic service, we also offer a gold and platinum service as well. With these additional services, we vacuum your pool, clean your salt cell and so much more. The key with any of our services is to keep you satisfied, your swimming pool clean and all equipment operating at peak condition. If you are looking to experience the Weber Pools Difference, which includes working with our clients directly in maintaining and servicing your pool and filters throughout the year then contact us today! We will make sure you are always swimming in your pool with less worry and many for fun memories.

Can You Recycle Swimming Pool Water?


The simple answer to this question is yes! The other question would be why would you need to recycle swimming pool water? The answer to these questions and how we do it will be answered in this blog post. If you have a swimming pool this is a service you will definitely want to know more about. It will save you time, money and swimming in pools with recycled swimming pool water are a lot more fun.

As a swimming pool owner, due to evaporation, you will need to add water to your swimming pool from time to time. During the long hot summer months, the amount of water you will be adding will increase due to increased evaporation. Our water in the Dallas area is loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals. When you introduce this water into your swimming pool, the hardness content in the water will increase. It increases because as water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up. Unfortunately, as these minerals build up they will start scaling your tile, the liner of the swimming pool, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. Soon, your backyard paradise will be covered with calcium flakes that can be extremely hard to remove. With that being said, to help combat this problem, we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years at a minimum. This will help prevent excess calcium buildup, struggles with maintaining proper chemistry in your swimming pool and most importantly your swim experience will be much better because of the feel of the water.

At Weber Pools, we offer a mobile filtration trailer that is equipped with six sets of Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes that can filter calcium, magnesium, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid, phosphates, salts and waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. There are two hoses that come out of the trailer which continually feeds the swimming pool water into the trailer while the RO membranes lower the hardness. This process will return drinking quality water back to the swimming pool, the liner will never be exposed and you can swim in the pool while the process is being performed. This process will conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool and will give you the best water quality to swim in. The benefits of using this process will help extend the lifespan of your investment, will allow you to conserve much-needed water and give you a much better end product than a drain and refill. Not to mention, we can filter most residential swimming pools in less than a day.

If you’re curious to know more and how this service can help you, contact us today!