Lowering Calcium Hardness and TDS in Your Pool Water

If you own a swimming pool and live in an area with high levels of calcium, magnesium, or other hardness minerals in your tap water as we have in the Dallas Ft. Worth area, we hope this blog post is going to be extremely informative for you. In the Southern United States especially Texas, we deal with high levels of Calcium Hardness coming out of our tap water. People will refer to their water as being “hard” because these minerals build up in the pool water and begin to cause problems. These levels will vary depending on where you live and depending on who you talk to but it doesn’t take long for these numbers to increase especially in the summertime. Every single day that your water evaporates and new tap water is added these numbers will increase in parts per million (ppm). This is common in our area and that is why we offer services to both residential and commercial swimming pool owners to combat it.

As water evaporates in your swimming pool (up to an inch a day during the summer) the hardness minerals remain in the solution and gradually increase in concentration. As these levels increase, the calcium and other hardness minerals will scale on the water tile line, the interior finish, the water features, and the filtration equipment of the swimming pool. You won’t be able to see it on the filtration equipment but trust us when we say it takes life off of your equipment and scales it because we see it when we replace them. As for the pool, it is not only hard to look at but it can and will cause major damage to your swimming pool if you don’t take care of it. At this point, if you take a water sample into a store or test it yourself at home most people will recommend a drain and refill which we aren’t a fan of. The following are some pros and cons of a drain and refill:

Pros –

  • Relatively inexpensive especially if you do it all on your own and don’t hire a pool company
  • The water will be better than what you have now but you’re still filling it with moderately hard tap water because in Dallas our tap water averages 300 ppm coming out of the tap which is right in the middle of what is recommended (200 – 400ppm).

Cons –

  • The water is still hard coming out of the tap
  • The interior finish is exposed which can cause other problems
  • 2-3 day process

Whereas, if you consider recycling your swimming pool water with The Puripool Process we guarantee a much better end product. We can take calcium levels below 200 ppm. At Weber Pools, we offer a mobile filtration system that comes to your residential or commercial property and recycles the water onsite. The mobile filtration trailer is equipped with Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration that returns drinking quality water to the swimming pool. The process is completely self-contained which means we run on our own power and we guarantee you better water than tap. The following are some of the benefits of The Puripool Process

  • Water conservation – we conserve up to 85% of the existing water
  • No downtime – you can swim in the pool while the process is being performed
  • Drinking quality water in your swimming pool
  • The interior finish is never exposed
  • Soft water
  • Removal of waterborne diseases

Ultimately, this is a service that we provide in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. Our water is extremely hard and you will deal with this problem every couple of years. We would like to have the opportunity to help you out by providing you with a better product than a drain and refill and help you to conserve water along the way. If you’re interested in learning more as to how this service can help you, contact us today!

Please note, a lot of the problems we mentioned above can and will be taken out of the equation if you choose to use this service every two years.