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

 

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!

Prepping Your Swimming Pool For Swim Season

Prepping your swimming pool for swim season is extremely important and we hope this blog post helps to answer any questions you might have on changes you need to make when the water is warmer!

With springtime temperatures within site, Weber Pools would like to make sure your swimming pool is ready for the upcoming season We understand that when you spend a lot of your hard earned money on a swimming pool, it’s extremely important to keep it clean and clear and. Ultimately, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company should be at the forefront of your mind but we know that some people want to do it on their own. Pools come in various shapes and sizes and some have fancy decorative tile, negative edges, water features and raised hot tubs with spillways so it’s vital to be aware of ways to keeping it look like brand new. First and foremost, chemistry is extremely important and we recommend the using the reliable Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and phosphates. Now with spring around the corner, checking chlorine, pH, CYA and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the tile line, the interior finish and steps, and benches. Netting out debris as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is also extremely important to prevent chlorine loss in the pool. You will also want to make sure to empty out the skimmer and pump baskets to allow for proper filtration in and out of the filter. Depending on the time of the year, the following are appropriate values to remember when it comes to chemistry:

Chlorine – 1-2ppm (winter) and 3-5ppm (summer)

pH – 7.4 – 7.8

TA – 80-120ppm

CYA – 30 – 80 ppm

When levels of chlorine fall below recommendations or filtration are compromised algae can begin to grow. Please note, the warmer the water the faster it will grow! If the pH climbs above 7.8 the water can become cloudy and scaling can occur on the tile.  To prevent possible algae growth now is the time to increase your chlorine levels along with your filtration run times.

Finally, CYA which is also known as stabilizer and conditioner for your swimming pool is something that is necessary to help retain chlorine in your swimming pool but the key is knowing what happens when the levels go over what is recommended?  CYA protects the free chlorine from being destroyed by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It helps reduce the chlorine loss by protecting the free chlorine in the pool from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which in turn reduces the amount of chlorine needed to maintain proper sanitizer levels.  Because of this, Cyanuric Acid can help reduce the cost of maintaining a safe and clean swimming pool. Depending on whether or not you have a salt system, the normal ranges for CYA in your swimming pool is 30 to 80 parts per million (ppm). But, what happens when those levels are higher than 80ppm? The biggest issue would be the effectiveness of the chlorine to act as a disinfectant.  When you have higher levels of CYA it will bind with the chlorine, making it slower acting to kill bacteria and microorganisms, and prevent algae from growing.  Higher levels will also increase cloudiness in the pool water; making it very susceptible to algae growth and challenges with taking care of your swimming pool. It could also increase the amount of chlorine you will need to use to keep it clear and free of algae growth.

Now is the time to get your water tested and to make sure you start making changes to the way you take care of your swimming pool.  Contact us today if you need help with preparing your residential or commercial pool for a great swim season and preventing you from losing swim time due to a dirty or unbalanced water chemistry.

How Do I Clean A DE Filter?

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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)

Cons

  • 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.

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.

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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.

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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  

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

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

 

Jandy DE Filter

Jandy DE Filter

D.E. Filter

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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!

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!

How To Take Care Of Your Swimming Pool

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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.

Weekly Pool Service in Dallas

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If you own a swimming pool most people prefer to swim in it, relax in it, host barbecues, and show it off rather than clean it. Properly balancing the chemicals regularly along with cleaning it is definitely a weekly need and sometimes even more but due to our busy schedules most people just don’t have the time. We completely understand this and are writing this blog post to help you in what you need to do to research, find and hire the right company for you. Ultimately, when it’s time for you to jump in your pool you want it ready and properly sanitized. At Weber Pools, we offer many different services and want to inform you on why we will be the best hire for you.

Taking care of a swimming pool goes far beyond just brushing the steps and removing the debris from the top of the swimming pool. Determining proper amounts of chlorine and acid are just some of the other things that you need to worry about but what happens when the cleaner stops working or when the plumbing starts leaking? Any of these things can cause issues with your swimming pool that you will want to fix quickly. When hiring a weekly service company here are some of the questions you will want to ask them:

  1. Will I have the same person cleaning my pool each week?
  2. Do they come on the same day each week?
  3. How long has this person been servicing swimming pools?
  4. Are there any hidden costs associated with my service?
  5. What should I expect each week?
  6. What is the cost per month?
  7. Do you have any reviews we can see?

There are many service companies out there today and we want you to be comfortable with who you hire. We offer the following services to residential customers:

  • Residential Pool Cleaning Services
  • Janitorial & Porter Services
  • Equipment Repair & Retrofit
  • Custom Pools and Spas
  • Plaster, Coping and Tile work
  • Code compliance work
  • UV Water Treatment
  • Stain Removal
  • Deck repair & Decoseal
  • Chemical Automation
  • Control Systems
  • Salt Systems
  • Chemical and Equipment Sales
  • Energy Efficient Upgrades
  • Leak detection & Crack repair
  • Clear plumbing blockages
  • and much more……

Weber Pools Cleaning Service has many years of experience in servicing pools in and around the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. We offer everything from chemical servicing to filter cleaning, and we offer a combined full-service pool cleaning package.

We work with our clients directly in maintaining and servicing their 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.

Contact us today to learn more, we also offer commercial pool service and so much more. We look forward to working with you and showing you the Weber Pool difference!

 

Importance of Keeping Your Hot Tub Clean!

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As we are now into fall season and cooler temps are just around the corner, if you’re fortunate to have a hot tub most people will migrate away from their swimming pool and spend more time in their hot tub. Hot tubs are great for relaxation, therapy with sore muscles, sore joints and of course for keeping warm when it’s cold outside. As much enjoyment that individuals can get out of using their hot tub, it is extremely important to take care of the water and filters. The following are a few of the necessary things to keeping your hot tub clean and ready to use:

  1. Change out the water regularly
  2. Clean your filters
  3. Monitor the chemicals and add what’s necessary at least once a week

Change Out The Water Regularly

Since you are dealing with somewhat of a small body of water, it’s best to always have fresher water when you can. With that said, we do recommend changing out the water every 4 months. It’s extremely easy to pump out the water and fill it up with fresh water. Keep in mind that as soon as you add the water, you should add whatever chemicals are necessary to keep it sanitary.

Clean Your Filters

All hot tubs are installed with a number of different kinds of filters to ensure that your water is always clean and safe for your use. These filters will remove any debris and other substances from your water. Everyone should monitor the filters for dirt and debris and the filters should be rinsed whenever necessary. This could be as much as a couple times a month, once a month or every couple of months. This is going to be dependent on what trees are near the hot tub and how much you use it.

Monitor The Chemicals And Add What’s Necessary At Least Once A Week

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.

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.

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 have any questions, feel free to contact us today!