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!!

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!

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!

 

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!

Benefits of Using Reverse Osmosis Filtration On Your Swimming Pool

With major drought news hitting the headlines in Texas again, homeowners with swimming pools need to start thinking about how they can save water. One of the biggest ways to make an impact on our current drought is by not draining your swimming pool. A residential swimming pool can save on average 20,000-gallons of water in a 24-hour period and a commercial swimming pool owner can save so much more!

That’s why at Weber Pools we use Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration on your swimming pool water and we want this blog post to help explain to you how it works and why it’s the best solution for your swimming pool.

RO filtration might seem complicated, but it’s really quite a simple water filtration process. Reverse Osmosis has been used for numerous years to desalinate water and convert it to drinking water. Most commonly, people are familiar with the under the sink RO systems. They are extremely common but are also extremely inefficient when it comes to water conservation. Typically, an under the sink RO will waste seven gallons of water before it produces one good gallon of drinking water. The reason for this is due to water pressure. Simply put, the more water pressure, the less water loss.

Reverse Osmosis is a process in which dissolved inorganic solids (such as salts) are removed from a solution (such as water). This is accomplished by water pressure pushing the water through a semi-permeable membrane. The membrane only allows the water to pass through, not the impurities or contaminates (like calcium, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid, waterborne diseases and salts). These contaminants are removed from the water as both of them are channeled into two separate systems. Ultimately, these contaminates go out a separate waste stream.

Our mobile trailers are completely insulated, they run twenty-four hours a day because they are no louder than an A/C unit.  They are equipped with a 3-Phase, 480V diesel generator, and we guarantee that the quality of water returning to your pool is better than tap. The way we do that is, you can actually drink the water returning to the pool!! Due to the fact that we have booster pumps in our trailer, the water pressure as it hits the membranes is around 200psi which equates to conserving on average 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool.

The need for this service has never been greater than now. The drought in Texas is the worst it has been in three years! The concept of mobile filtration has been around for decades and using it to purify swimming pool water is relatively new. When temperatures warm up, the risks of draining a swimming pool are high.  With our mobile filtration trailer, we can lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Cyanuric Acid and so much more in your swimming pool without exposing the interior finish!

So, why hassle with pumping the water from your pool, paying for the refill and then trying to figure out the complicated chemicals needed to re­balance your pool water, when Weber Pools can take care of it for you? In less than a day, we can filter your existing pool water and lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salt, bacteria, waterborne diseases and provide you with the best quality of water for you and your family to swim in!

Got questions on how Reverse Osmosis can work for your swimming pool? Please let us know!

Reverse Osmosis Mobile Filtration For Commercial Swimming Pools!

A commercial swimming pool that is being used while the filtration process is being performed!

A commercial swimming pool that is being used while the filtration process is being performed!

Last year, we recycled numerous different commercial swimming pools with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer for a variety of reasons. We’ve noticed an increase in these types of requests because, in Texas, commercial swimming pools are highly regulated due to the number of bathers. Not to mention, the cities have a lot more strict regulations when it comes to water chemistry in their swimming pools. Typically the following are reasons why a commercial swimming pool would be out of compliance:

  • High Cyanuric Acid (CYA) levels
  • High Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels
  • High Calcium Hardness levels
  • Presence of waterborne diseases

If any of the above issues are present, commercial swimming pools could be shut down until they are handled. Unfortunately, if it is in the middle of swim season it could mean downtime for the swimming pool, which is never great for the establishment or for those that want to swim in the pool!

Just because the water is blue and clear and is reading adequate levels of chlorine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to swim in. So, how do commercial swimming pools deal with increases in calcium hardness, TDS, and CYA? What happens when there is a waterborne disease present? Our fill water in Texas is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. As water in the swimming pool evaporates, these hardness levels will increase in the swimming pool fairly rapidly because they don’t dissolve and they do remain in solution. For commercial swimming pools, the most common delivery of chlorine is by liquid injection. This liquid is loaded with salt, which causes the TDS levels to rise as well in the swimming pool. At this point, the commercial property will need to change out the water in their swimming pool. When this time comes around (could be once per year) Weber Pools can come with our RO mobile filtration trailer to recycle the existing water in the swimming pool. This is extremely beneficial to your commercial property because of the following factors:

  • No downtime – swimmers can swim in the pool while it is being purified.
  • The interior finish is never exposed
  • The water after purification is much better than tap. It’s actually drinking quality water!
  • Water Conservation – we can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool.
  • Lowers the chances of calcium buildup on the swimming pool if the process is performed regularly.
  • Removes waterborne diseases
  • Water quality is the best
  • Keeps your water within city and state regulations

About Weber 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 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.

For a short video on how this process works, CLICK HERE!

If you should have any questions or if you’re looking to schedule an appointment to have the best quality of water in your swimming pool, call us now! 1-817-481-7665

 

What Is Calcium Hardness In Your Swimming Pool?

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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

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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!