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.

Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh With Puripool!

Dallas Puripool Commercial Swimming Pool

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

Making Swimming Pools Safe!

At Weber Pools, we are extremely concerned about swimming pool safety and that’s why we want to share a variety of tips on how to make your swimming pool safer. First and foremost, swimming pools can be extremely dangerous for both children and adults and that is why we stress safety to not only our clients but residents of the Dallas Ft. Worth area too! There are many elements of danger that are associated with owning a residential and commercial swimming pool and we want to make sure we stress the tips for making them safer! To be honest, there are few things that are scarier as exposing individuals to unsecured swimming pools. The chance of injury or even death to children and adults increases when they have to live in such an environment. That is why it’s extremely important that you take these tips seriously and consider making any changes necessary to make your swimming pool safer for everyone involved.

  1. Provide constant supervision – This should go without saying… nothing is better than your eyes! Even though children have learned how to swim doesn’t mean they are drown-proof! Minimize all distractions and provide all layers of protection necessary! Supervision should occur with both children and adults. In the end, nobody should ever swim alone!
  2. Install a pool fence or barrier – Barriers and fences are secondary to supervision. Once the pool fence is set in place, it provides high tension that prevents children from finding their way into the swimming pool. As a parent or guardian, you must make sure the pool fence is locked and secure when entering and leaving the swimming pool. Keep any objects away from the fence that kids can climb on or help them get over it. Please note, even though you have a pool fence or barrier you should still be supervising anyone around or in the pool. Your eyes are truly the best defense!
  3. Teach your children how to swim – By the age of four, it is vital you teach your kids how to swim. Swimming lessons are instrumental in instructing the kids’ skills and getting them comfortable in the pool. Again, just because they know how to swim doesn’t mean they aren’t a risk of danger so watching them at all times is vital.
  4. Ensure children adhere to all pool rules – Rules for your pool should be understood by your kids. If you swim in public pools you must seek out posted rules so you are aware of what is expected. Whether this is a residential or commercial swimming pool, children should never run around the pool, and they shouldn’t roughhouse. If diving or jumping occurs, make sure the water is deep enough to prevent injuries.

Pools are fun! The pool should be enjoyable by all those involved but they require work to make them safe. Ultimately, our concern is that all risks are kept to a minimum. Remember, always supervise anyone in the pool and if you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Dangers of Draining A Swimming Pool

In the swimming pool industry, pool professionals will recommend a drain and refill when any of the following occur:

  1. High levels of Calcium Hardness
  2. High levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  3. High levels of Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  4. Presence of a waterborne disease
  5. Your water is “old”
  6. The chemicals aren’t working as efficiently as they could

If you take a water sample into a pool store and haven’t changed out the water in quite some time, chances are they are going to recommend a drain and refill. It’s extremely common and we are writing to blog post for you because it’s dangerous to drain a swimming pool and we want to highlight what those are. In the picture above you can see that this swimming pool floated.

Why do pools float?

The most common types of pools to float are gunite swimming pools. This occurs because any vessel, underneath the ground, can float with enough water pressure pushing on it. Hydrostatic pressure, or water pushing upwards, is the reason why pools can pop up out of the ground. As crazy as this might seems it can happen and is the risk you take by draining your swimming pool. That’s why a gunite pool that might have cost you $40K brand new to construct will now cost $55K or more to replace. So the question we have for you is, “Is it worth it?” Is running the risk of spending fifty-five thousand dollars worth it when there is a much better solution?

Pools get drained all the time and depending on the time of year the risks of damaging the interior finish is higher. That’s why if a pool professional recommends a drain and refill we suggest looking into options and here’s why….

Draining a residential or commercial swimming pool can take days which means unnecessary downtime for your swimming pool as well as disappointed residents or guests if it’s a commercial swimming pool. It means filling the swimming pool back up with Dallas’s moderately hard water (approximately 300 parts per million) and it also means poor water quality. At Weber Pools, we are aware of all of these and want to offer you a much better solution that reduces the risk of floating and other damage. This solution also puts the best quality of water back in your swimming pool and doesn’t require the pool to be drained.

We offer The Puripool Process which is an alternative to a drain and refill that uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, salts and so much more. By using this service we can not only give you and your family the best water to swim in but it also keeps the water in the pool which means NO FLOATING or DOWNTIME.

If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us today and you will have the opportunity to swim in the best water possible!

 

Dangers Of High Calcium Hardness Levels In Your Swimming Pool

If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool in the Dallas area, you’re going to need to deal with calcium in your swimming pool. In our area, Calcium Hardness (CH) can be measured coming out of the tap at 300 parts per million (ppm) and higher. In the swimming pool industry, your pool is recommended to have between 200 and 400ppm. With that said, when you fill up your swimming pool with our tap water you are already close to the upper edge of what is recommended and since this number will only climb we feel it is important to discuss what the dangers of high Calcium Hardness levels in your swimming pool!

In the swimming pool industry, pool professionals will recommend draining and refilling your swimming pool every two to three years to prevent excess levels of calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals from scaling your interior finish and filtration equipment. So, how does this happen? Well, when pool water evaporates, the calcium will remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. When this happens, calcium will eventually scale your water tile line, decorative water features, the interior finish, and your filtration equipment. This is not only visibly unappealing when it happens but can also be extremely costly to remove. At Weber Pools, we are committed to providing you with not only the best-looking swimming pool but one that also has the best water quality too! That is why we offer a revolutionary filtration process that not only lowers CH but also gives you the best water quality to swim in!

As a Service Provider of Pure Water Industries, we proudly offer The Puripool Process. This is a mobile filtration service that comes to your residential or commercial swimming pool and recycles your pool water onsite with Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration. RO will lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), salts, phosphates, waterborne diseases, and so much more without draining the swimming pool. Not only do we conserve 85% of the existing water (which is great during the drought) but we also put drinking quality water back in your swimming pool. This will make it easier to manage your swimming pool and if is performed every couple of years, it will make it easier to manage your water chemistry too!

Please keep in mind a standard drain and refill will not only waste the water but put moderately hard water back in your swimming pool. By using RO filtration we can easily take your calcium down to 150ppm which will give you better water quality and comfortability. Please keep in mind, RO filtration can be performed on most pools including saltwater. If you should have any questions about this service, please contact us today to learn more!

Importance of Hiring A Weekly Pool Service

With spring officially here and temperatures warming up, swim season is just around the corner. Hiring a great weekly pool service company is extremely important and we hope this blog post helps explain why hiring Weber Pools will be your smartest choice! If you happen to own a residential or commercial swimming pool there’s a lot more that goes into it than just swimming in it. Many people love having a swimming pool but taking care of it is something they don’t love equally. That’s why at Weber Pools we have a variety of different service options to appeal to you. When it comes to taking care of your swimming pool we find the following types of characteristics….

  1. I don’t want to touch it, and I will only hire a weekly service and maintenance company
  2. I don’t mind cleaning it but I need help with handling the chemistry
  3. I don’t mind taking care of it during the winter time but I need help in the summer
  4. I can do it all and don’t need any help.

That’s why at Weber Pools we can either help you with a variety of service options. When it comes to cleaning the pool, we come weekly to brush the steps, benches, and interior finish of the swimming pool. We also skim the entire pool’s surface to remove debris and vacuum as necessary. In addition, we empty out the skimmer basket, pump basket check filtration equipment for leaks and backwash as necessary. Those steps are fairly easy for those that want to take care of their own swimming pool but keeping track of water chemistry and knowing what to add typically causes problems.

Many residential swimming pool owners want to clean their own pools but they have challenges managing the water chemistry. This is why many will hire a weekly service and maintenance company because handling large bodies of water with warm water can cause challenges.

In addition to cleaning the swimming pool you will need to do the following weekly:

  • Check chlorine levels, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salt (salt pools only), phosphates, and Calcium Hardness (CH).
  • Balance chemistry with additions of chlorine, acid, phosphate removers etc.
  • Monitor your Calcium Hardness levels and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and know when it is time to change out the water in your swimming pool.

At Weber Pools, we are committed to offering you the highest quality level of service. We are committed to you and want to service your pool giving you the peace of mind that it is always cared for knowing it’s always ready for you to swim in. If you should have any questions in regards to our service, please contact us today

 

My Pool Water Feels Gross!

I don’t like the way I feel when I get out of the pool. Frankly, my pool water feels gross, why is that?

Now that spring is here, many people are looking for ways to get their swimming pool ready for the season! While you were swimming last year, if you noticed that your water felt old or disgusting it is now time to do something about it! First, we want you to think about everything that happens in a swimming pool….. Keep in mind, just because your pool water is clear and blue doesn’t mean it’s going to be great to swim in. Honestly, if you haven’t changed out the water in your pool for a while, you’re going to deal with any of the following in excess in your water….

  • Body Oils
  • Soap
  • Suntan oils
  • Suntan lotions
  • Dirt
  • Soils
  • Salt
  • Urine
  • Sweat
  • So much more

So, even though swimming can be a great form of relaxation, exercise, cooling off or entertaining friends and family you must realize your water will age! This means it isn’t going to feel great if you don’t change it out at least every two years. This is one of the main reasons why you might smell like chlorine when you get out, your skin will be dry, itchiness occurs and the dreaded red/stinging eyes occur. With that said, we want to examine why eyes turn red and it has nothing to do with high amounts of chlorine which most people think!

This might not be as common in residential swimming pools but If you choose to swim in a public (commercial) pool and you notice you have bloodshot eyes, it’s not because of the chlorine, rather URINE is what is causing them to sting and turn red!

The nitrogen in the urine combines with chlorine and it forms what’s known as chloramines and it’s the chloramine that causes your eyes to turn red! With this being said, an important tip would be not to swim in a pool with if you can smell high levels of chlorine because chances are it’s filled with high levels of urine! Bottom line, if you can smell the chlorine, stay out of it!

Chlorines main purpose is to clean out and prevent bacteria, E-coli, and algae from forming in the pool. It’s not meant to deal with urine.

That’s why with as many bathers as swimming pools have, it’s vital to change out the water in your swimming every two years (sooner for commercial pools). At Weber Pools, we highly recommend using our Puripool Mobile Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system to combat this issue. It will lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid.  Using RO filtration will also give you and your family the best quality of water to swim in which is much better than our tap. If your pool water feels old or disgusting we promise it will feel much better or even softer using our service! Remember, just because your pool water is clear and blue doesn’t mean it’s always the best to swim in. Remember, your best sign to change out the water is If you are always getting out of the of water feeling dry or itchy, IT IS TIME!

If you have questions about water quality or our service, let us know!

 

We Service Hot Tubs Too!

Many people are familiar with Weber Pools as a weekly service and maintenance company. However, with 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. But, did you know we also service hot tubs too?

Hot tubs are extremely popular and great for relaxation, staying warm and relieving sore muscles! The challenges many homeowners have with them is because the water is so warm they can be more challenging to take care of! To be honest, keeping it clean can be among the least favored chores around your home. 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 on 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 or home center. But, please be careful about adding chemicals because damage can occur if you add too much and that is easy to do with such a small body of water!

Cleaning your hot tub means buying the appropriate chemicals, and the type of chemicals that you will need will depend on the levels of chemicals already in your hot tub. The various types of scum that are found in the water 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.

That’s why, at Weber Pools, we can ease any concerns about the care of your hot tub from keeping it clean to handling any repairs that might be needed. In addition, by appointment, we also sell and install portable hot tubs and all maintenance products needed.

If you’re curious to know more about our hot tubs sales and service division, please contact us today to learn more!

Calcium Hardness and Swimming Pools

Even though calcium is great for a lot of things, the same can’t be said about your swimming pool. You might choose to take a variety of supplements and drink all forms of milk to increase your calcium levels because it can be extremely beneficial to us as humans but as for your swimming pool…the same can’t be said. If you live in many areas of the country and especially Texas, our fill water is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals which can destroy a lot of things that you use in your household. Over time, calcium ruins your decorative faucets, scales your shower heads and leaves stains/water spots on the sinks and surfaces of your house. It can be extremely difficult to get rid of and a nightmare on your pocketbook when it comes time to replace things in the house.

In Texas. our water is hard! It is loaded with calcium, magnesium and many other hardness minerals which means that over time you will have to deal with hard water issues everywhere including your swimming pool. As the warmer weather approaches, evaporation occurs but as that occurs the hardness minerals remain in solution and build up in concentration. Over time, the calcium levels in the swimming pool continue to rise and become visible on the tile, liner of the pool and equipment. As the calcium continues to scale itself on the surfaces of the swimming pool it will inevitably cause more and more damages, not to mention, destroys the lifespan of your investment. With that being said, it is highly recommended that swimming pool owners change our their water every two years to prevent major damage to the swimming pool’s interior finish, til, and equipment.

Weber Pools in Dallas, Texas uses The Puripool Process Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer that can recycle your swimming pool water using RO filtration membranes. We know this a great alternative to draining a swimming pool because we can lower the calcium levels in the swimming pool to levels that are lower than tap water and we conserve 85% of the water in the swimming pool. As of Texas is back in a drought so conserving on average 20,000 gallons of water per pool can make a huge difference. If you’re interested in learning how you and your family can be swimming in drinking quality water today, please contact us!

Weber Pools is located in Grapevine, Texas and offers RO filtration to both residential and commercial swimming pool owners!