Got High Calcium Levels In Your Swimming Pool, You’ve Got Problems

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Don’t Drain Your Swimming Pool, Recycle Instead With Puripool

When it comes to owning a residential or commercial swimming pool, there are many dangers of having high levels of Calcium Hardness (CH) levels in your swimming pool! When it comes to calcium in tap water there are certain places in the country that have much more than others. Dallas and San Antonio are definitely some of them. In those places, the calcium coming out of the tap water is on the higher end of what is recommended for a swimming pool but it’s important to note that swimming pools need a certain amount of calcium to keep the interior finish intact. It is when those levels get too high that challenges occur. For swimming pools, the standard and recommended amount of Calcium Hardness (CH) in the swimming pool industry are between 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) but in our area, the calcium levels coming out of the tap is 300ppm and higher! The challenges for residential and commercial swimming pool owners is when calcium levels get too high in their swimming pool. When these levels continue to climb scaling occurs on the water tile line, the interior finish, filtration equipment, decorative water features, spillways, and salt chlorinators (if you have one). It can also be challenging to manage the water chemistry too! If you happen to have a saltwater chlorinator, high levels of calcium hardness will prevent it from functioning properly and if any of this occurs it can not only be tough to look out but also expensive to remove. So, swimming pool owners should think about changing out the water in their swimming pools every couple of years!

So what happens when calcium levels get too high? The simple answer is it must be lowered from the swimming pool water. At this point you can choose to drain and refill your swimming pool which takes 2-3 days, it can damage your interior finish and you will be filling it back up with Dallas’s hard water or you can recycle it using The Puripool Process.  At Weber Pools, we offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. This service puts drinking quality water back in your swimming pool and you can swim in the pool while it is being filtered. Not to mention, we conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool which is great for water conservation.

As a residential or commercial swimming pool owner, if you want to swim in the best water quality this summer the answer is simple…. Weber Pools is committed to providing you with not only excellent water quality but also water that is more fun to swim in. If you should have any questions about how our service works, please contact us today!

Swimming Pool Auto Fill Installation Can Save You Time and Money!

Pool Auto Fill Installation at Weber Pools

As a residential and commercial swimming pool owner do you still drag a hose out to your swimming pool to fill it up every couple of days? If you live in extremely hot climates it might even need to be done more than that! There are many things that Weber Pools can do to make your job easier and adding an auto-fill is one of them. We’ve heard a lot of swimming pool owners complain about dragging out the house, having to sit around waiting for it to fill up and even mention the dreaded, “what do I do when I’m on vacation?” Well, if you don’t want to bother your family, friends or even your next-door neighbor installing one today will definitely make your life easier!

They are relatively easy to install, they can save you time and prevent your water level from getting too low. They take a headache out of the worry about your water levels when you aren’t around and are relatively inexpensive to install. Here are some of the benefits of owning an auto-fill:

  • Water regulation is optimized through leveler systems
  • Wasted water is kept to a minimum
  • Because it is automatic, it diminishes the need to check water levels weekly
  • Works on its own
  • Leveler systems maximize water usage

Water loss can be detrimental to your pool once it becomes extreme (summer time). First, water loss can shift the balance of pool chemistry and ultimately affect the cleanliness and quality of your water. Additionally, water loss can cause damage to the rest of your pool equipment once it falls below the skimmer inlets and the air is sucked into the system. If this isn’t caught soon enough it can cause damage to your filtration equipment!

Automatic swimming pool water leveler systems are designed to automatically adjust the water level of swimming pools. A pool leveler is a great addition that protects your investment. You can either have one installed or some you can buy in the pool store. Either way, we highly recommend them for peace of mind and to protect your investment. To learn more about them and other installations Weber Pools can do to make your life easier, please click on the link below!

The Dangers of High Calcium In Your Swimming Pool

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High Levels of Calcium Hardness is Dangerous In Your Swimming Pool

There are many dangers of having high Calcium Hardness (CH) levels in your swimming pool! When it comes to calcium in tap water there are certain places in the country that have much more than others and Dallas, Texas is one of them. In our area, the calcium coming out of the tap water is 300 parts per million which are right in the middle of what is recommended for your swimming pool (200-400ppm). With that said, it’s important to note that swimming pools need a certain amount of calcium to keep the interior finish intact but when those levels get too high, a variety of problems can occur. The challenges for residential and commercial swimming pool owners is when calcium levels get too high in their swimming pool. When these levels continue to climb scaling occurs on the water tile line, the interior finish, filtration equipment, decorative water features, spillways, and salt chlorinators (if you have one). It can also be challenging to manage the water chemistry too! If you happen to have a saltwater chlorinator, high levels of calcium hardness will prevent it from functioning properly. Calcium levels rise in your swimming pool when evaporation occurs. When there’s evaporation, the hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. Over time a period of time (usually two years) scaling will occur and by now, your pool water should have been drained!

So what happens when calcium levels get too high? The simple answer is it must be lowered from the swimming pool water. At this point, you can choose to drain and refill your swimming pool (standard pool professional recommendation) which takes 2-3 days and could damage your interior finish or you can recycle it using The Puripool Process. At Weber Pools, we offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. This service puts drinking quality water back in your swimming pool and you can swim in the pool while it is being filtered. Not to mention, we conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool which is great for water conservation.

For residential and commercial swimming pool this should be your first choice because of the following:

  • Excellent water quality
  • The water feels better
  • Water conservation
  • No possible damage to the interior finish (the water level never changes)
  • No downtime
  • The water will be easier to manage
  • Less scaling (f you change out the water in your pool every two years)

Please note, our mobile filtration trailers will come to your residential or commercial swimming pool water and recycle it on site. Depending on the size of the swimming pool, most residential jobs can be done in less than a day. For commercial swimming pools, we offer a variety of services even a refresh.

If you are curious about how this service can help you, please contact us today!

Your Swimming Pool Water Quality Is Important

Swimming Pool Water Quality

Let’s face it, swimming pools are a luxury, and if you own a swimming pool there are numerous benefits that can be enjoyed. Simply put, whether you are exercising, hosting a barbecue with friends and family or lounging in the pool, it is extremely important you know how to keep it clean and sanitized. Typically, most people think that by brushing the water tile line and interior finish, skimming and keeping proper chemistry is enough but it goes far beyond that. Swimming pools should be maintained at least once a week to keep them clean but depending on weather conditions sometimes maintenance will need to occur more than that. An example of this is if you live in an area with lots of trees and other vegetation you might need to maintain it more to keep leaves and other debris out of the pool. Honestly, on windy days we aren’t afraid to let you know we skim out leaves every day. We do this to prevent issues and phosphate buildup. But, on a weekly basis, the water tile line and the interior finish of the swimming pool should be brushed to prevent buildup and dirt. Debris should also be skimmed out of the swimming pool as soon as possible as it can change the chemistry in the swimming pool and could cause excess chlorine usage or an increase in phosphates.

One major benefit to having in your swimming pool is an automatic swimming pool cleaner. This will help remove debris from the bottom of the swimming pool and drastically reduce the amount of work that you need to do. Regularly check all equipment for leaks because this can not only waste water but it can also cause poor filtration which can lead to inadequate movement of water and the possibility of algae growth.

On top of all this, keeping adequate amounts of chlorine in the swimming pool, monitoring your pH, Total Alkalinity and keeping your CYA levels within a normal range is also essential for keeping your swimming pool clean and the water clear and free of contaminants. Depending on where you live, you are also going to need to consider Calcium Hardness (CH) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) as well.

On the other hand, due to bather load, if you own a commercial swimming pool or like to swim in them, proper maintenance is extremely important along with adequate filtration. Water quality especially when it comes to commercial swimming pools has been in the news a lot. Weber Pools works with a variety of commercial swimming pool to keep them clean and ready to swim in. We also offer The Puripool Process which uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Cyanuric Acid, and waterborne diseases.

This service is available for both residential and commercial swimming pool owners. If you have any other questions about the importance of swimming pool water quality or The Puripool Process, please contact us today!

 

Salt Water vs. Chlorine For Sanitation in Swimming Pools!

 

When it comes to keeping your residential or commercial swimming pool sanitized to keep algae and bacteria out the two most popular methods are either using salt or chlorine. If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool there has been many discussions about Salt Water vs. Chlorine Swimming Pools. Depending on where you live there can be many benefits to owning a saltwater swimming pool but as a company that discusses and has written about the challenges of saltwater and high levels of Calcium Hardness, this should go into your discussion before you purchase one.

If you want a blue and clear swimming pool, they must not only be sanitized but also balanced chemically. To swim in bacteria-free water, you must swim in either a saltwater pool or chlorine pool. The question is, which one is better for you? There are many pros and cons of each and we hope this blog post helps to inform you on making a wise decision.

Pros to owning a chlorine pool

  • Doesn’t damage pool features
  • No installation necessary
  • Uses no electricity
  • Minimal initial investment

Cons of owning a chlorine pool

  • Can cause skin dryness, itchiness and the possibility of red eyes
  • Can fade your swimwear overtime
  • Can increase health risks
  • Higher chemical cost

Pros of owning a saltwater pool

  • Minimal chlorine consumption
  • Softer on skin, nails, and hair
  • Doesn’t fade your swimwear
  • Lower chemical costs
  • Poses no health risks

Cons of owning a saltwater pool

  • Higher initial installation costs
  • Uses more electricity
  • Harder to operate in areas where Calcium Hardness levels are high

In the Dallas area, we see a lot of saltwater swimming pools because our water is hard and many bathers enjoy the soft water swim experience. They are extremely popular because most brands sell consumers on the fact that they are maintenance free. But, they aren’t maintenance free in Dallas because the electrode plates will scale with our hard water and prevent them from generating chlorine.

With that being said, if you own one you’re going to need to keep your Calcium Hardness levels low. That’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years with The Puripool Process. If you should have any questions about saltwater vs. chlorine please let us know. We recommend both types of sanitation and if you keep your hardness levels lower and pH within normal ranges it will definitely allow the salt system to work much better.

Removing Calcium From Your Swimming Pool

If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool in Dallas, high levels of calcium in your swimming pool are going to be one of the most challenging situations you might have to deal with. It’s challenging because most swimming pool owners aren’t aware of it, don’t know much about it and most importantly have no clue what to do when the levels get higher than what is recommended (200-400 parts per million). We hope this blog post gives you some insight on what to do if you own a swimming pool and live in the Dallas Ft. Worth area where the fill water is loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals. Specifically in Dallas, the amount of calcium in our tap water measures around 300 parts per million (ppm). Due to the fact that it comes out that hard, it can cause numerous problems to faucets, shower heads, countertops, sinks and so much more. These are issues that most homeowners are aware of because they see it and deal with it all the time, but what about your swimming pool? Have you ever thought about what these high levels of calcium in your water do to your swimming pool?

As water evaporates, the calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually increase in concentration. As these levels get higher and higher, you will start to notice calcium scaling on the water tile line, the interior finish of the swimming pool, your filtration equipment, decorative water features, salt chlorinator (if you have one) and so much more. If you spent a lot of money on decorative tile and water features, they will soon be loaded with thick white calcium that is extremely difficult and expensive to remove!

Another issue that high calcium levels cause challenges with maintaining the chemistry in your swimming pool. That’s why most pool professionals will tell you that changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years to prevent this problem is a smart idea. At Weber Pools, we offer The Puripool Process. This service uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and so much more without draining the swimming pool. It conserves 85% of the water that’s in the pool which is great for water conservation, it never exposes the interior which prevents cracking and our promise is to give you better water than you’d get out of the tap. So, if calcium, TDS, or CYA is high in your swimming pool, call us today to get drinking quality water back in your pool and conserve nature’s most precious resource, WATER!!

Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh With Puripool!

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In Dallas, commercial swimming pool water is highly regulated. It’s regulated for your safety and to keep Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) from getting too high and to make sure you are swimming in the best water quality. Trust us when we say, these regulations are for your safety especially with the number of bathers and high risk for waterborne diseases like crypto! So at Weber Pools, we would like to introduce you to Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh! It literally is exactly what it sounds like, we come to your commercial swimming pool and refresh the water!

How Do We Do This?

Well, we use a service we have already been providing in a slightly different way. We will come to your commercial swimming pool with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer and we recycle the pool water for 12 hours. During this time we will lower Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases to keep your pool looking great. The price of this service is $250.00 and we will lower all those levels as much as they will come down in a total of 12 hours.

Why Do You Need This Service?

As a commercial swimming pool owner, you will need this service because it will help you stay in compliance, it will keep your calcium levels down. It will also help prevent your TDS and CYA levels getting to a point where the city would shut you down. It will also keep better quality water in your swimming pool at all times.

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The Puripool Process is more convenient, less wasteful, and puts cleaner, safer recycled pool water in your pool without exposing your plaster or pool shell to air and potential damage and this process is normally complete in less than 24 hours. The Puripool purification process pulls water from your pool and uses reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light and ozone to scrub your water clean and returns pure bottled quality water to your pool. Our Puripool process removes chemicals and impurities like cyanuric acid, phosphates, TDS, viruses, bacteria, allergens, calcium and other hard water minerals without the use of harsh chemicals that could be dangerous to pets and children and hard on pool components. Our process is so safe you can swim while we clean and polish your water and it saves about 85% of the water.

If you should have any questions about the commercial swimming pool water refresh, contact us today!

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 Draining A Swimming Pool

In the swimming pool industry, pool professionals will recommend a drain and refill when any of the following occur:

  1. High levels of Calcium Hardness
  2. High levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  3. High levels of Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  4. Presence of a waterborne disease
  5. Your water is “old”
  6. The chemicals aren’t working as efficiently as they could

If you take a water sample into a pool store and haven’t changed out the water in quite some time, chances are they are going to recommend a drain and refill. It’s extremely common and we are writing to blog post for you because it’s dangerous to drain a swimming pool and we want to highlight what those are. In the picture above you can see that this swimming pool floated.

Why do pools float?

The most common types of pools to float are gunite swimming pools. This occurs because any vessel, underneath the ground, can float with enough water pressure pushing on it. Hydrostatic pressure, or water pushing upwards, is the reason why pools can pop up out of the ground. As crazy as this might seems it can happen and is the risk you take by draining your swimming pool. That’s why a gunite pool that might have cost you $40K brand new to construct will now cost $55K or more to replace. So the question we have for you is, “Is it worth it?” Is running the risk of spending fifty-five thousand dollars worth it when there is a much better solution?

Pools get drained all the time and depending on the time of year the risks of damaging the interior finish is higher. That’s why if a pool professional recommends a drain and refill we suggest looking into options and here’s why….

Draining a residential or commercial swimming pool can take days which means unnecessary downtime for your swimming pool as well as disappointed residents or guests if it’s a commercial swimming pool. It means filling the swimming pool back up with Dallas’s moderately hard water (approximately 300 parts per million) and it also means poor water quality. At Weber Pools, we are aware of all of these and want to offer you a much better solution that reduces the risk of floating and other damage. This solution also puts the best quality of water back in your swimming pool and doesn’t require the pool to be drained.

We offer The Puripool Process which is an alternative to a drain and refill that uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, salts and so much more. By using this service we can not only give you and your family the best water to swim in but it also keeps the water in the pool which means NO FLOATING or DOWNTIME.

If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us today and you will have the opportunity to swim in the best water possible!