How Do I Lower Calcium Hardness In A Swimming Pool?

If you have a swimming pool and live in the Texas and Oklahoma area you’re going to deal with high calcium and total dissolved solid (TDS) levels in your swimming pool. Over the years we’ve learned that high calcium levels are also extremely common in many other places in the United States and world. As water evaporates in a swimming pool, calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and start to stain the tile, liner of the swimming pool and equipment. If you have decorative tile, fountains or other water features this can make looking at them extremely frustrating because the staining gets worse and worse and it can make your backyard paradise look like an eyesore. In the swimming pool industry it’s recommended to have your calcium levels between 200-400 parts per million (ppm). In parts of Oklahoma and Texas, the water coming out of the tap is 400ppm and above. When calcium levels get high, we recommend recycling your swimming pool using the “Puripool Process” in our mobile filtration system. It conserves 85% of the water in the swimming pool, gives you much better water than a drain and refill and prevents damage to your swimming pool when you drain it.

Last week we discussed the water quality issue in Oklahoma because we were about to head out to a swimming pool to recycle their swimming pool water again. This is the second time we’ve worked with this customer and want to share the results with you.

Recently, we were called out to a 21,000 gallon residential swimming pool because they know the importance of having their water changed every two years. Since the TDS and calcium hardness coming out of their tap is too high they opt to use us to conserve the water, get a better end product and reduce the risk of damaging their swimming pool by not draining it.

Results From 2 Years Ago

Total Dissolved Solids – 9000ppm

Calcium Hardness – 800ppm

After filtering the water we were able to lower these to 2400ppm TDS and 200ppm calcium hardness. The water coming out of their tap is 2500ppm TDS and 300ppm calcium hardness.

This past week we rolled up to the swimming pool again with the following results

Total Dissolved Solids – 3500ppm

Calcium Hardness – 600ppm

After filtering this swimming pool again we were able to lower calcium hardness to 250ppm and the TDS to 860ppm. Once again we were able to conserve 85% of the water in the swimming pool and give our customer much better water than tap. The ending chemistry is perfect when dealing with a swimming pool. The residents lost no time with their swimming pool and we also lowered cyanuric acid too! If you should have any questions in regards to our Puripool Process please give us a call 1-817-481-7665.

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Public Swimming Pool Safety

In a recent article titled, “Many Public Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs Overwhelmingly Fail Health Checks, thousands of pools, hot tubs, and splash parks are shut down every year due to health and safety violations, according to a new report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 80 percent of public pools and water playgrounds had at least one violation during inspection.” The research was performed in nearly 50,000 swimming pools in Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas where findings showed that 80% of the swimming pools had at least one violation. The biggest culprits were found in kiddie pools and water playgrounds and the findings were mainly Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that can live in water even with adequate amounts of chorine. Due to the fact that kids and even adults urinate in swimming pools, as well as, even the most unfortunate could happen which is a child could defecate in the swimming pool. Symptoms of cryptosporidium are diarrhea, stomach cramps, upset stomach and slight fever.

This is becoming a major issue and most individuals who swim in commercial pools aren’t concerned because the water is clear and blue. At Weber Pools, we offer a pool service 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 are also aware of all the current and ever-changing health department swimming pool requirements and processes. Our biggest concern is you and to make sure you are swimming in a pool that is safe for not only the adults but kids too. These type of outbreaks increase around the time of swim season, which is now. Unfortunately, unless you ask to see the health report you are always taking a risk.

As for commercial properties that fail inspections, the biggest question is what to do now? The typical solution is to drain and refill a swimming pool because as stated above even with adequate amounts of chlorine these waterborne diseases won’t go away. This means downtime for the commercial property, as well as, the risk of damaging the surface of the swimming pool. This is why Weber Pools is your complete swimming pool company. As stated above we are on top of the health department changes but we can also help if there is a waterborne disease. We offer a mobile filtration service that comes to the property and recycles the swimming pool without draining it. This process will remove Cryptosporidium, will allow swimmers to swim while the process is done and most importantly we will make sure the water is in safe shape to swim. If you have any questions on how we can help you, please call us today!

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Oklahoma Water Quality

Water quality has been in the news quite a bit lately and it’s becoming more and more of an issue. Most people are familiar with the issues in Flint, Michigan and most recently San Diego came into the picture because of their drought conditions. Ultimately water quality can refer to a variety of different things but for this blog post we want to focus in on swimming pools and how the poor water quality in Oklahoma can cause major issues with them. If you own a swimming pool most people are familiar with total dissolved solids (TDS) and calcium hardness. These are two of the most prominent factors as to why changing out the water in your swimming pool is recommended. According to Google’s knowledge graph, “Dissolved solids refer to any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) comprise inorganic salts (principally calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates) and some small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water. Whereas, calcium hardness is of an issue because the fill water in Oklahoma is loaded with limestone and other hardness minerals.

If you walk into any pool store or talk to any pool professional they will warn you that your water should be changed when the TDS and calcium hardness get too high in your swimming pool. Some pool stores will even tell you to drain your swimming pool water when the TDS rises above 2,500 parts per million (ppm). The interesting phenomenon here is the water coming out of the tap in Oklahoma is 2,500 ppm! So what does that mean you ask? It means that since our water is already hard a typical drain and refill isn’t your smartest decision. The reason why calcium hardness and total dissolved solids levels rise in your swimming pool is because when water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in solution. As the temperature rises and evaporation increases, the levels get to the point where managing your swimming pool becomes problematic and it also causes calcium staining on the tile, liner and equipment of the pool.


So with all that said, if draining a swimming pool isn’t the solution, what is? Weber Pools offers mobile filtration using the Puripool Process which comes to your home or commercial property and recycles the swimming pool water using Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes. The process conserves 85% of the water in the swimming pool, lowers calcium hardness, lowers TDS, it never exposes the liner of the swimming pool and our guarantee is to give you much better water than what you would get out of the tap. Typically, the service can be performed in less than a day and you can swim in the pool the entire time which means NO DOWNTIME! If you are interested in learning more about how this service can help you, call us today! Also, stay tuned as in next week’s blog we will be highlighting a swimming that we will be recycling in Oklahoma this week.

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How Do I Lower CYA in My Swimming Pool?

When it comes to keeping your pool sanitized, clear and blue, chlorine is the most important chemical that you will use in your swimming pool. Whereas, cyanuric acid (CYA) is the conditioner and/or stabilizer that helps prevent chlorine loss in swimming pools. As much as this chemical is vital in your swimming pool, it can also be a nightmare when the levels get too high! During the long, hot and muggy summer months the sun’s ultraviolet rays destroy free chlorine but having the proper amount of CYA in the swimming pool can prevent that and we hope that this post helps explain why CYA is necessary for your swimming pool and how to get rid of it when the levels get higher than what is considered normal.

Typically, the ideal amount of CYA in your pool is between 30 and 50 parts per million (ppm). If your swimming pool gets more direct sunlight, that number could be a little higher. Again, this is ideal but what happens when the number gets much higher? Why does this happen? When CYA levels rise above 100ppm, it can cause a fair amount of problems. It can actually “bind” up the chlorine and reduce its effectiveness thus making it harder to kill algae and other bacteria in your swimming pool. The most common reason why CYA increases is because stabilizer is one of the main ingredients in chlorine tabs. Tabs are typically way overused and cause CYA to increase. When this happens you can do numerous backwashes in your swimming pool if you have a sand filter or DE filter but that can be extremely time consuming and also a huge waste of water. Another option, which we highly recommend is using mobile filtration to recycle your swimming pool water instead of draining it.

Our mobile filtration trailer will lower the following issues:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • And so much more

Draining a swimming pool is extremely dangerous and when you fill it back up, the tap water is already moderately hard. With our mobile filtration trailer, we provide you with drinking quality water in your swimming pool and guarantee that our end product is lower in hardness minerals than tap water. We can filter the water in most cases in less than a day, you can swim in the pool while the process is being done, we conserve approximately 85% of the water in your pool and we promise to lower the CYA levels too!

If you maintain proper CYA levels, it can reduce the cost of operating your pool because it prevents chlorine loss and reduces the amount of chlorine needed to properly sanitize your swimming pool. Remember to always check the water chemistry in your swimming pool for adequate levels of chlorine, pH, CYA and calcium hardness. It is vital that all of these levels are within normal ranges to prevent algae growth in your swimming pool.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our mobile filtration trailer can help you, call us today!

Pool Building in Dallas

Is your swimming pool in need of a remodel? Are you looking to build a new pool? Does the finish of your swimming pool need repair? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Weber Pools can help you! We want to take your vision and turn it into a reality. Whether you need a residential or commercial swimming pool, we can put together and implement a plan from start to finish no matter what the scope or size of the project is.

  • New pool – consider it done
  • Remodel of your existing pool – consider it done
  • Hot tub – consider it done
  • New fountain – consider it done
  • New finish – consider it done
  • New deck or deck repair – yeah we can do that too and so much more!

Because of our sister companies and different affiliations, we can cover all of the trades and keep it under one roof, with one payee and one supervisor. This is key because our job is to make this an easy process for you with one person to talk to that will be handling the project no matter the size. Weber Pools is also extremely environmentally conscious and primarily works with Jandy Pool Products for motors and pumps, lighting, heating and so much more. We chose Jandy because of price, customer service and overall reliability. Here is a sampling of some of our work…..

New construction of a swimming pool built by sister company Pool Visions

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New plaster on a commercial swimming pool

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Pressure washed and sealed flagstone deck

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New spray deck with decorative lines

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New equipment set installed with Waterway DE Filter and variable speed pump including new Jandy valves and plumbing from the ground up.

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At Weber Pools we also know that equipment can break which is definitely something we can help you with too. Our goal is to become your one stop pool company for all your needs. Our staff has an abundance of knowledge, and most of our staff have been with us for ten years or longer! We believe that by having technicians for that long along with paying them at the top of the industry scale, it in turn provides you with superior service. We also keep an eye on new technologies and beta test them when possible before offering them to our customers. There are many technologies out there now that are worthy of our customers dollars and can make their pools safer and more cost efficient.

We would love to talk to you about your pool needs, offer you real solutions to meet those needs, while also saving you money. You will be pleasantly surprised as we have a different philosophy than most; we want you as a longtime customer, and we want to maintain, repair and take care of all of your swimming pool needs!