If it’s time to re-evaluate the filtration system in your swimming pool, there are many different factors that go into what makes the best filter for your swimming pool. The most common filter that we see and easiest to install is a sand filter but we want to discuss a variety of different factors so you can make a wise decision and get the best filtration for your pool! When making that decision the following factors should go into that decision:
Type of interior finish
The amount of vegetation around your swimming pool
The surface area of the pool
Ease of use
Water conservation factors
With that said, we hope this blog post gives you some insight on the best type of filter for your pool, when they should be cleaned/backwashed and what to look for when they need to be cleaned or replaced. Currently, there are three different types of filters; cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth (D.E.) and we will be evaluating each to help you understand what makes them unique. First, we will highlight the pros and cons of each:
Simple to maintain
Filters down to 10 microns
Since there’s no backwashing, it uses the least amount of water and is the best during drought conditions.
Most expensive out of all the filters to purchase
The cartridge filters can be pretty expensive
Easiest to use
Most common filter for swimming pools and works with most. Most common commercial swimming pool filter as well.
Filters down to 20 microns
Easy to backwash when pressure rises to set backwash number on the gauge
Requires replacements of sand every 5-8 years or when a lateral break (this can be a lengthy process as it takes a while to vacuum out the sand).
Not recommended for pebble tec pools or pools with lots of vegetation due to high micron number. The pebbles from the pool can get stuck in the sand or laterals
If you have a green pool, it can take a very long time with this type of filter to clear up
Filters down to the lowest of microns which is 3
Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the cleanest
Best for pools in backyards with lots of vegetation
After backwashing, it does require the most work
The above factors are key to making a decision on what type of filter you should buy. Most importantly, a D.E. filter is the best filter if your pool is surrounded by lots of vegetation. Keep in mind all of these filters have pressure gauges with recommended numbers as to when they need to be backwashed or cleaned. With 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 (2-4 times a year). 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 there’s a pretty good chance there’s a tear in the grid and it will need to be replaced. With any of these filters, Weber Pools highly recommends Jandy Filters for their reliability, price point, and warranty.
With any of the above, hiring a professional weekly service and maintenance company can make all of this much easier. If you have any questions about filters, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 817-481-7665
Taking care of a swimming pool can be a lot of work but there are a variety of different things one can do to make it simpler. Anytime you have a body of water especially when the water temperature rises it can be challenging to maintain it because algae love warm water. At a minimum, you will need ample amounts of chlorine and the pH needs to be within normal limits (7.4 – 7.8) to maintain a swimming pool free of contaminants. But what happens when Calcium Hardness and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels rise in the swimming pool?
High calcium and TDS levels in a swimming pool can change the chemistry and make it more challenging to maintain a swimming pool. The simplest and easiest rule to remember is to change the water in the swimming pool every two to three years. When that time comes you can drain it and fill it up with our hard water from the tap or you can hire Weber Pools and utilize The Puripool Process. We have a mobile filtration system that not only conserves 85% of the water in the swimming pool but also gives you the best quality of water for your swimming pool. When the Puripool Process is complete it also makes taking care of a swimming pool much easier because it will be lower in Calcium Hardness, TDS, and Cyanuric Acid (CYA).
In the above-referenced pool, we conserved 30,000 gallons in roughly 20 hours. The following will show you before and after chemistry.
Calcium Hardness – 880 ppm
TDS – 3233 ppm
CYA – 150 ppm
After filtering this 22,000-gallon swimming pool for 15 hours we were able to lower the initial chemistry to the following:
Calcium Hardness – 140 ppm
TDS – 780 ppm
CYA – 30 ppm
Our guarantee for you is to provide you with better water than you would get out of the tap. In fact, you can drink the water that is returning to the pool! We also promise to lower your TDS and CYA levels which were high in this swimming pool and one of the main reasons why we were hired to perform the job. So, if your Calcium Hardness, TDS, or CYA levels are high please contact us today so we can recycle your pool water and make it easier to take care of it. Please note, Weber Pools recycles both commercial and residential swimming pools.
Owning a swimming pool is fun. It can be one of the most enjoyable places to be when the weather is warm and you are looking to relax. However, it isn’t always easy to deal with swimming pools and one of the biggest concerns occurs when it is time to change out the water. In the Dallas area, our water is full of calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals which means every couple of years you should change out the water in your swimming pool because as water evaporates, the calcium and other hardness remain in solution and start scaling the tile, the interior finish of the swimming pool and equipment. When this happens or when there is structural damage to the pool it will become necessary to change out the water. This is when a variety of issues can occur which we want to highlight in our latest blog post.
Cracking The Liner
Whenever the temperatures climb above 80 degrees you run the risk of cracking the foundation of the swimming pool. No matter the surface, the heat and lack of moisture on the surface when you drain it can cause it to crack, split or completely breakdown. The only way this can be prevented is doing it at night and constantly wetting the surface of the swimming pool but the risk is still high when you remove the water.
Vinyl pools are extremely common in Dallas and the risk increases with this type of liner. It is even considered the most dangerous to drain. Typically, they weren’t built to hold back the weight of the dirt against it when the pool is drained. When the water is removed, this can cause the walls to collapse and in turn, you will need a new liner which is extremely expensive to replace.
Another common type of swimming pool in the Dallas area is fiberglass and concrete pools. Any vessel, especially concrete pools and fiberglass pools that are underneath the ground, can float with enough water pressure pushing on it. This happens because of hydrostatic pressure, or water pushing upwards. The vessel literally pops out of the ground.
In the United States there has been a major shift in thinking over the last several years. This shift has been in the ways people are thinking about installing more energy efficient appliances on their houses. There’s no question that homeowners are definitely looking for ways to increase their dollar especially when energy rates continue to climb. At Weber Pools we can’t blame them and we have noticed a large increase in sales and installation over the last couple of years of energy efficiency pumps and with summer just around the corner, do you want to save money on your utility bill?
It is possible to save energy and maintain an enjoyable swimming pool by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less. Typically, an energy efficient pump will use anywhere from 35-45% less energy than that of a standard pump. With savings like that, the difference between a standard pump and an energy efficient pump can be quite drastic. These pumps now come in a variety of speeds so you have full control over how much turnover you need depending on time of year and cleanliness of your swimming pool. Depending on where you live and if you own a swimming pool we definitely suggest looking into an energy efficient pump to help you save money. You can also use the following residential pool pump savings calculator to see approximately what switching can save you.
At Weber Pools we can install a variety of energy efficient pumps but our favorite is the Jandy ePump. It has eight variable speeds along with a high-efficiency motor which makes it one of the quietest pumps available. We feel that its longevity, name brand and the fact that it moves more water per horsepower makes it a smart buy. The following features are another reason why its the brand we recommend first….
Uses 90% less energy than single speed pumps
Easy to read indicators
1.5 and 2.0 HP models available
The Dallas area is becoming more and more energy efficient each year and at Weber Pools we are aware of it and want to provide you with any energy efficient upgrades you might need. Stay tuned to our blog as in the upcoming weeks we will be highlighting other options for your swimming pool to save you money and if you’re interested in learning more about installing this pump at your home or commercial property, call us today at 817-481-7665.
Did you know we specialize in hot tub service in the Dallas area? Many hot tub owners love to use them but if you ask them about cleaning they would either prefer not to do or even how to do it correctly. Due to the extremely warm water and body oils etc. hot tubs can be more challenging to maintain. That is why at Weber Pools we offer excellent hot tub service and sales.
Proper Hot Tub Chemical Balance
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.
Hot Tub Sales
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. So if you’re looking to upgrade your backyard let us know!
About Weber Pools
Weber Pools is a certified pool operator and holds all required licenses. We work with HOA boards, property managers, city inspectors, and individual homeowners on a daily basis. Because we have such a broad base of experience and have affiliated relationships around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, we can do just about everything to keep your pool safe, clean and ready for fun.