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 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!

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.

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!

Warranty Concerns With PebbleTec Swimming Pools

When installing a new pool there are many different interior finishes that you can choose from. If you decide to go with PebbleTec or PebbleSheen it is vital you familiarize yourself with their warranty guidelines. They are strict with them and your warranty will be voided if you don’t follow the directions carefully! Specifically, following the recommended startup procedures is extremely important because that’s where the biggest mistakes are made. In the end, this could be the difference between the warranty covering damage or not. The interior finish in the first month is extremely sensitive to water chemistry and falling outside the guidelines could void any warranty. That’s why we hope this blog post helps to inform you of the following:

  • The break-in period
  • Startup procedures
  • Full up
  • Proper water chemistry

Break-In Period

This is the time period directly after the interior finish was installed. This period ends as soon as the enhancing process is complete and builder turns it over to you for startup.

Start-Up Procedures

The startup process includes following all directions extremely close. In this period you will need to test your water chemistry frequently, brush the interior finish every day, and add all chemicals necessary to keep it chemically balanced. Since the interior finish develops most of its durability in the first month that is approximately how long the startup process will last.

Fill Up

This process includes filling the pool all the way up to mid tile line with no stoppage. YOU MUST FILL UP THE POOL WITH TAP WATER….. DO NOT FILL UP THE POOL WITH SOFT WATER AND DON’T STOP THE FLOW OF WATER BECAUSE THIS CAN CAUSE A “WATERLINE” MARK ON THE INTERIOR FINISH. At which time the pool is filled, you will also want to turn on the filtration equipment and run it for a minimum of five (5) days.

Proper Water Chemistry

After you fill up the swimming pool you will want to make sure the water chemistry falls within the acceptable ranges listed below for the first month:

  • pH – 7.0-7.4
  • Total Alkalinity – 70-100ppm
  • Calcium Hardness – 150-250ppm (this can be challenging in certain areas)
  • Chlorine – 1-3ppm
  • CYA – 30-50ppm

During this time you will also want to brush the interior finish three times a day for the first three days and twice a day for the next ten days! You also don’t want to use any pool cleaner with wheels because it can leave tracks. Do your best to adhere to the above values and recommendations because failure to do so will void the warranty and in the end burn a huge hole in your wallet!

If you should have any questions about this or pool construction, please let us know!

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.