Water Quality In Swimming Pools

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Are you concerned about what you’re swimming in when you go to friend’s houses or swim in commercial pools, water parks or community pools? Well, we think you should be and we hope this blog post gives you some insight on the reasons why you should be and what you can do about it. Unfortunately, just because a swimming pool is clear and blue doesn’t mean that it’s always safe to swim in. There are a variety of waterborne diseases that can be present in swimming pool water and we want to make sure you’re safe as well as give you valuable information to think about before you swim in commercial pools. First and foremost, for kids it’s easy to swallow water and as a parent this needs to be your biggest concern. Educating your kids about this is extremely important because in large bodies of water, the following are the most common waterborne diseases:

  • Campylobacteriosis is a bacterium with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever.
  • Cholera is a bacterium with symptoms of muscle cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Cryptosporidium is a bacterium with symptoms of diarrhea, stomach cramps, upset stomach and slight fever.
  • Shigellosis is a bacterium with symptoms of bloody stool, diarrhea and fever.
  • Typhoid fever is a bacterium with symptoms of fever, headache, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and an abdominal rash.

These waterborne diseases most commonly get into the water because of urination or defecation. As parents, when swimming in commercial pools this should be of a concern because even with high amounts of chlorine these waterborne diseases will not be killed. So, any type of oral contact could cause one of the above so we ask you to keep those symptoms in mind and if your children exhibit any of them, you will want to contact your doctor, urgent care or head to the emergency room.

Due to the fact that waterborne diseases and water quality issues have been on the news not only in Texas but other parts of the country, commercial swimming pools are highly regulated. To make sure your swimming pool water is of the highest quality and free of any waterborne diseases, Weber Pools exclusively offers The Puripool Process, which lowers the following:

  • Calcium hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Salts
  • Phosphates
  • Algaecides
  • Removes waterborne diseases

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It’s a mobile filtration system that is equipped with Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to provide you with drinking quality water. Since the filtration system is mobile, it comes to you. You will never have to worry about exposing the liner of the swimming pool nor will you have to deal with any downtime because you can swim in the pool while the process is being performed. So, if you like to swim in commercial pools, make you sure you educate your kids and ask them to call us today to make sure you’re swimming in the highest quality of water possible!

 

Why We Chose To Be A Puripool Service Provider

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About three years ago we gave serious consideration to expanding our weekly service and maintenance business in the Dallas area. We specialize in wide variety of backyard needs but due to the drought and water quality issues we felt the need to expand our business so we bought our first mobile filtration trailer from Pure Water Industries in San Diego. The mobile trailer is equipped with a large Reverse Osmosis (RO) machine that has the ability to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), cyanuric acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, waterborne diseases and so much more. It runs on its own power and can filter residential or commercial swimming pools day or night because it’s insulated and no louder than an AC unit when it is running. We can finish most residential jobs in less than a day and you can swim in the pool while the process is being performed.

As a Puripool Service Provider, we felt it was a good addition to the Dallas/Oklahoma market because we have had drought issues and due to the high number of fiberglass and vinyl liner pools (which are dangerous to drain) we knew this was a smart choice. Our water coming out of the tap is well over 300 parts per million (ppm) and most swimming pool technicians and pool stores will start recommending draining your swimming pool when it gets to be 600ppm and higher. As your pool water evaporates, the calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution. When they build up, calcium will stain the tile, liner of your pool and your filtration equipment. At this point, you can drain it and refill it with moderately hard water or Weber Pools can come to your residence or commercial property and recycle it. If you choose to recycle your swimming pool, we will conserve up to 85% of the water and will leave you with drinking quality water in your swimming pool. Keep in mind, this process can be performed all year round, it never exposes the liner, which prevents possible collapse or cracking of the plaster, and the water quality will be much more enjoyable to swim in.

There has also been numerous issues with public pools and water quality. Specifically, the issue of waterborne diseases because individuals will urinate or defecate in the swimming pool. If this were to happen, it would be possible to filter our the most common waterborne disease cryptosporidium with our mobile filtration trailer, which not only saves the water but also time and money. For us, having the opportunity to provide swimming pool owners with a smart alternative and working with a great group of Service Providers all over the country made this an easy decision for us. So next time it’s time to change out the water in your swimming pool, call us instead so we can provide you with a much better service!

Reverse Osmosis for Your Swimming Pool Water?

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Most individuals are very aware of what Reverse Osmosis (RO) is used for. Typically, the most common application is for drinking water and this application is usually installed under the sink in your home. According to Wikipedia, “reverse osmosis is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. In reverse osmosis, an applied pressure is used to overcome osmotic pressure, a colligative property that is driven by chemical potential differences of the solvent, a thermodynamic parameter. Reverse osmosis can remove many types of dissolved and suspended species from water, including bacteria, and is used in both industrial processes and the production of potable water. The result is that the solute is retained on the pressurized side of the membrane and the pure solvents allowed to pass to the other side. To be “selective”, this membrane should not allow large molecules or ions through the pores (holes), but should allow smaller components of the solution (such as solvent molecules) to pass freely.” Quite simply, it is a process that removes calcium, salts, waterborne diseases, phosphates and so much more to provide you with the best quality of water!

Recently, this form of filtration has also been applied to swimming pools because of water quality issues, drought conditions and pool safety. In many areas of the country, including Dallas, the water coming out of our tap is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. Depending on where you live in Texas and even Oklahoma the water coming out of the tap is at a minimum of 300 parts per million (ppm). The most optimal range for swimming pools is between 200 and 400 ppm but as water evaporates those hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually increase over time. As this happens, calcium will deposit on filtration equipment, stain the water tile line, stain the liner and ruin water features. When this happens (typically after 2-3 years) homeowners and commercial property swimming pool owners will need to change out the water in the pool. If you choose to do a typical drain and refill, this process can take up to 2-3 days, the chance of ruining your liner increases and the water is moderately hard from the tap. Whereas, Weber Pools offers RO Mobile Filtration using the Puripool Process, which comes to your house or commercial property.

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This form of filtration lowers calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, phosphates, salts, waterborne diseases, cyanuric acid and so much more without draining the swimming pool. This takes the risk of ruining your liner out of the question, it puts drinking quality water back in your swimming pool, it conserves 85% of the existing water in the pool and you can swim in the pool while the process is being done. The form of filtration is completely safe for your swimming pool, can be performed all year round and when it is performed every couple of years it can prolong the lifespan of your swimming pool!

Interested in learning how this form of filtration can help you? Call us today to book an appointment. 817-481-7665!

 

How Do I Get Rid of Calcium In My Swimming Pool?

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Calcium in our fill water in Texas and Oklahoma is pretty much the norm and even though swimming pools need a certain amount of it, depending on the liner, what happens when you have too much? If you are concerned about your investment then this blog post is definitely for you because as calcium levels rise in your swimming pool so do the number of problems. Most pool professionals and websites will say that the optimal amount of calcium in a swimming pool is between 200 and 400 parts per million (ppm). In some parts of the country this is possible but with calcium coming out of our tap at a minimum of 300 ppm it’s literally impossible here. That’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every 2 years.

As water evaporates, calcium and other hardness minerals will remain in solution and those levels will rise. Over time, this will become an issue for the following reasons:

  • Staining of your decorative tile
  • Staining of your liner
  • Calcium deposits on your filtration equipment causing a decreased lifetime
  • Calcium staining on your water features and spillways
  • Potential increase in chemical demand

When any of the above happens it can be an expensive proposition to clean this, not to mention, being an eyesore to look at. At Weber Pools, we are committed to providing you with a variety of services to make your swimming experience more enjoyable, that’s why we offer you The Puripool Process. This is an alternative to draining a swimming pool and we want to educate you on why it will be your best decision. As calcium levels rise in a swimming pool you can either drain and refill your swimming pool or choose to recycle the water instead. If you choose a drain and refill, please note that this process can take 2-3 days, you will be filling your swimming pool up with moderately hard water again and causing structural damage to your liner is always a possibility. Whereas, if you choose to have us recycle your swimming pool water instead, we can lower all of the following without draining the pool:

  • Calcium hardness
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Borates
  • Salt
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Algaecides
  • Phosphates
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

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The benefits of using the Puripool Process are numerous. Since the water level never changes in the swimming pool, the potential for structural damage is non-existent, we can conserve up to 85% of the water in the pool, we guarantee calcium levels lower than tap water and since you can swim in the pool while the pool is being filtered, there’s no downtime! We can achieve this by bringing our mobile filtration trailer to your home or commercial property. The trailer is equipped with Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes that have the ability to give you the best quality of water to swim in. It also helps with itchy eyes, dry skin and overall it is a much more fun swim experience because the water is softer.

If you’re interested in learning more how Weber Pools can help you with water chemistry issues, call us today at 817-481-7665. We proudly offer the Puripool Process to swimming pool owners in the Dallas area, Austin, San Antonio and parts of Oklahoma!