Calcium Will Destroy Your Swimming Pool

Recycling pool water in Dallas

Removing Calcium From Pools in Dallas

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.

Initial 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.

There Are Many Risks When Draining A Swimming Pool

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The Dangers of Draining A Swimming Pool

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

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.

Fiberglass Pools

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.

Our Promise

At Weber Pools, we offer a Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration that can recycle your swimming pool water without draining it. By doing this, we eliminate any risk of exposing the liner of the swimming pool or changing the level of the water. With that said, we can typically recycle the water in less than a day (for residential swimming pools), you won’t have to worry about cracking the foundation or floating the swimming pool and we promise to leave you with better water than you would get out of your tap. To learn more about this type of filtration and to book your appointment, please contact us today!

Energy Efficient Pumps For Your Swimming Pool

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Zodiac Energy Efficient Pumps

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
  • Completely programmable
  • Quieter operation
  • 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.

 

Is Your Hot Tub Clean?

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Hot Tub Sales and Service in Dallas, Texas

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.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) For Swimming Pools

Puripool in Dallas

The Best Filtration for Pools is Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a special type of filtration that uses a semi-permeable, thin membrane with pores small enough to pass pure water through while rejecting larger molecules such as dissolved salts (ions) and other impurities such as bacteria. RO is used to produce highly purified water for drinking water systems, industrial boilers, swimming pools, cosmetics, pharmaceutical production, seawater desalination, beer, and so much more. It has been a recognized technology for more than a century and commercialized since the early 1960s. At Weber Pools, we have adopted this system and are using it regularly on both residential and commercial swimming pools!

Specifically, we utilize both mobile and inline RO filtration for tackling swimming pools with high Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), waterborne diseases, salts, phosphates, nitrates, and so much more. This process conserves up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool and puts drinking quality water back in your pool which is much better than tap water. This then equates to you swimming in the best quality of water!

Recycling swimming pool water has been around for a while. In fact, we purchased our mobile filtration trailer from Pure Water Industries who started doing this 10 years ago!  It was invented with the sole belief that draining a swimming pool must be a thing of the past. Water conservation, less chemical demand and a swimming pool that is cleaner, safer and healthier for you and your family; ­all the benefits of maintaining your investment with Weber Pools!

Why hassle with pumping the water from your pool, paying for the refill and then trying to figure out the complicated chemicals needed to re­-balance your pool water, when Weber Pools can take care of it for you? In less than a day, we can filter your water and lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, phosphates, salt, bacteria, viruses, etc. and provide you with a clean, fresh pool! Not to mention, you can swim in the pool while filtration is occurring!

Would you like to swim in drinking quality water? If your answer is yes which we believe it should be, using Reverse Osmosis for your swimming pool is definitely the way to go. Trust us, your pool is going to love it and so are you! To learn more please contact us today and we promise to give you the best water quality to swim in!

Removing Phosphates From Swimming Pool Water!

Phosphate Removal in Swimming Pools

Phosphate Removal From Swimming Pools Dallas Texas

With springtime in the air, Dallas has been known to get windy and with wind comes issues for your swimming pool. Specifically, phosphates which are a challenge and can be a nightmare in your swimming pool especially if you don’t what they are, how they affect your swimming pool’s water chemistry, and how to remove them because your everyday filter can’t do it without support. Since you can’t physically see them it can be challenging, but as their levels increase in the swimming pool the water could turn cloudy and green! This is where the problem is because even though you have adequate amounts of chlorine in the swimming pool algae can and will grow. Phosphates, “(also denoted as PO4) are known nutrients to help increase plant growth rates such as in algae.” Simply put, phosphates are food for algae and when their levels increase maintaining a blue and clear pool is extremely challenging.

Do you have a lot of trees in your backyard or struggle with lots of debris/soils in your pool? If you do, have adequate amounts of chlorine in the pool, and it’s still turning green chances are you have phosphates. That’s why at Weber Pools we recommend purchasing a phosphate test kit.

One of the biggest challenges with phosphates is in specific environments they are constantly being introduced into your swimming pool water. They can be found in vegetation, fill/tap water, lawn and garden fertilizers, soils and even in other pool chemicals that you use! With that said, phosphates can enter into your swimming pool in the following ways:

  • A constant wind that blows dirt and other vegetation into the pool, which does happen in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.
  • Sprinkler runs off from your lawn or landscaping/dirt gets into your pool.
  • Certain chemicals that contain phosphorous to help clean your pool

How Do You Remove Phosphates From The Pool?

At Weber Pools, we recommend testing them at home and if you have lots of vegetation in your backyard you should definitely have a phosphate test kit. If your levels are high, you will need to remove them and this can be done a couple of different ways. Please keep in mind, you can also be pro-active in removing dirt, debris, and vegetation from the pool as soon as possible instead of allowing it to sit on the surface or bottom of the pool. During the windy season skimming the pool on a regular basis is highly recommended. This will definitely help in the future but to remove them you must purchase a phosphate remover. This is a more expensive chemical but it is extremely effective if used following the directions based on the number of gallons in your pool. PLEASE ONLY USE WHAT IS NECESSARY, MORE ISN’T BETTER!

Please keep in mind phosphate removers will make your pool cloudy. It is best to run your filter continuously until the cloudiness is gone and your phosphate levels are lowered. This might take several treatments. If you should have any questions, please contact us today!

Please note, The Puripool Process will also lower phosphates. If you have any questions, please contact us today!

 

How Do You Test For Calcium Hardness

Testing for Calcium Hardness Dallas

Testing for Calcium Hardness Is Important

Have you ever heard the term hard water before? Do you know that it is referring to Calcium Hardness? Have you taken the time to learn how it will affect your plumbing, filtration equipment, and your swimming pool? If you haven’t, you really should because in Dallas, our water is pretty hard! Basically, this is a fancy way of letting you know it’s loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals that can cause major damage to your swimming pool and filtration equipment! If you’re not sure if you have it, if you have a white ring around your tile or scaling on your water features trust us when we say, it’s there!

Maintaining the proper Calcium Hardness level in your pool is essential to you maintaining proper water quality and reducing the chances of your water corroding the plumbing in your pool or causing the scale to build up on the interior finish of your pool. In Dallas, our water is loaded with it which is why it’s important to know what it is and how to test for it.

What is Calcium Hardness

Calcium Hardness (CH) is the measure of how hard or soft your pool water is, and how much calcium is dissolved in your pool water. Ideally, you should strive to have your CH levels between 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) with your ultimate goal being to try to keep it right in the middle of that figure. If you stray too high which is extremely common, your water will become too hard which could lead to problems down the road like scaling of your water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways, decorative water features, and salt chlorinators if you have one.

How Often Should You Test Your Pool Water For Calcium Hardness?

Honestly, this test doesn’t need to occur nearly as much as checking for chlorine, pH, and Total Alkalinity but since we live in an area with high levels of calcium in the water we do recommend checking it at least once a month.

How To Test For Calcium Hardness

At Weber Pools, we recommend using The Taylor Test Kit for Calcium Hardness to achieve the most accurate results. After you obtain the water sample you must add the buffer solution to the sample. Next, you will need to add 5 drops of the Calcium Hardness reagent which will cause the water to turn pink. You will want to make sure you agitate it enough to cause this solution to completely dissolve. Next is titration which you must do drop-by-drop by counting the number of drops until the test sample begins to turn blue. Please keep in mind for every one drop it is 10 parts per million (ppm) so if you need 55 drops, your reading will be 550 ppm.

How Do You Lower Levels of Calcium Hardness?

When it comes to hard water in your swimming pool you have two options. You can either drain your pool and refill it but keep in mind our water is already hard (around 350 ppm) or you can choose to recycle it using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Puripool mobile filtration which will leave you with much better water than tap and with water that will not only look better but feel better too.

At Weber Pools, we recommend purchasing a good Taylor Technologies drop test for the most accurate results. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us today!

Spring Time Swimming Pool Preparation

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Preparing Your Swimming Pool For Swim Season

Well, we’ve made it, we have officially made it through another winter and are heading into the time period when we can start to think about swimming again. If you own a swimming pool that means changes and prepping your swimming pool for swim season is extremely important. That is why we wrote this blog post and we hope it helps to answer any questions you might have on changes you need to make when the water starts to warm up.

With springtime temperatures just around the corner, Weber Pools would like to make sure your swimming pool is ready for the upcoming season. We understand that when you spend a lot of your hard earned money on a swimming pool, it’s extremely important to keep it clean and clear. Ultimately, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company (like us) should be at the forefront of your mind but we know that some people might not have the budget and would prefer to do it on their own. First and foremost, chemistry is extremely important and we recommend using the reliable Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), Calcium Hardness and phosphates. Now that spring is around the corner, checking chlorine, pH, CYA and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the tile line, the interior finish, steps, and benches. Skimming out all debris with a net as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is also extremely important to prevent chlorine loss in the pool. Please note, any dirt and debris effects water chemistry that is why it’s such a priority. You will also want to make sure to empty out the skimmer and pump baskets to allow for proper filtration in and out of the filter.

The following are appropriate values to remember when it comes to  water chemistry in the spring/summer time:

Chlorine – 3 – 5 ppm

pH – 7.4 – 7.8

TA – 80 – 120 ppm

CYA – 30 – 50 ppm

When levels of chlorine fall below recommendations or filtration is compromised algae will begin to grow. Please note, the warmer the water the faster it will grow! If the pH climbs above 7.8 the water can become cloudy and scaling can occur on the tile.  To prevent possible algae growth now is the time to increase your chlorine levels along with your filtration run times. Typically, depending on the size of your swimming pool your filter run times will be between 8 – 12 hours a day.

In conclusion, now is the time to get your water tested and to make sure you start making changes to the way you take care of your swimming pool. This is also a good time to have your filter checked as well for the increased amount of swimming that will occur. If you should have any questions or are looking to hire a company that can take the stress away from you, please contact us today!

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Filtration For Swimming Pools

Puripool Mobile TrailerReverse Osmosis Filtration For Swimming Pools

Reverse osmosis (RO) is high-quality filtration that uses a semi-permeable, thin membrane with pores small enough to pass pure water through while rejecting larger molecules such as dissolved salts (ions) and other impurities such as bacteria. RO is used to produce highly purified water for drinking water systems, industrial boilers, swimming pools, cosmetics, pharmaceutical production, seawater desalination, beer, disaster relief, and so much more. It has been a recognized technology for more than a century and commercialized since the early 1960s.

At Weber Pools, we utilize both mobile and inline RO filtration for use in the swimming pool industry. With high Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA) and waterborne diseases pools have to change out their water from time to time. In areas where water is hard, mobile filtration can come to your residential or commercial swimming pool and recycle the swimming pool water onsite. Whereas, inline provides a more permanent solution to help keep commercial pools in compliance and excellent water quality for their bathers. Since the Dallas Ft. Worth area highly regulates commercial swimming pools this is a great option. This process conserves up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool and puts drinking quality water back in your pool which is much better than tap water.

“The Puripool™ Process” was invented in 2009 by Pure Water Industries with the sole belief that draining a swimming pool must be a thing of the past. Water conservation, less chemical demand and a swimming pool that is cleaner, safer and healthier for you and your family; ­all the benefits of maintaining your investment with Pure Water Industries. The current drought conditions and emphasis on water conservation have served to solidify the need for systems that conserve large quantities of water, and “The Puripool™ Process” has been leading the way since 2009.” We purchased two of their trailers to offer this service in the Dallas Ft. Worth area to both residential and commercial swimming pool owners.

Why hassle with pumping the water from your pool, paying for the refill and then trying to figure out the complicated chemicals needed to re­-balance your pool water, when Weber Pools can take care of it all for you? In less than a day, we can filter your residential pool and lower Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salt, bacteria, viruses, etc. and provide you with a clean, fresh pool!

So our question to you is, wouldn’t you love to swim in drinking quality water this upcoming season? If your answer is yes, using Reverse Osmosis for your swimming pool is definitely the best way to go. Trust us, your pool is going to love it and you are going to swim in the most amazing water ever! To learn more please contact us today!

How To Lower Cyanuric Acid In Your Swimming Pool

Lowering CYA in Swimming Pools Dallas

The Best Way To Lower CYA In Your Swimming Pool

When it comes to keeping your pool sanitized, clear and blue, chlorine is one of the most important chemicals that you will use in your swimming pool. Whereas, Cyanuric Acid (CYA), also known as conditioner/stabilizer, helps prevent chlorine loss in swimming pools. Think of it as a “sunblock” for your pool that prevents rapid chlorine loss. As much as this chemical is vital in your swimming pool, it can also be extremely challenging when the levels get too high! During the hot 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 lower it when the levels get higher than normal recommended amounts.

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 might need to be a little higher. If you own a salt chlorinator Weber Pools recommends referring to the owner’s manual as each system has different CYA requirements. But, what happens when the number gets much higher than 100 ppm and why does this happen? When CYA levels rise above 100 ppm, it can cause a fair amount of problems. It can actually “bind or lock” 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 frequently overused and cause CYA to rapidly rise. When this happens it can be much more challenging to keep free chlorine working optimally in your swimming pool because the factor to establish the level of free chlorine needed to combat algae is the level of CYA x .075. So, if you had 100 ppm it would take approximately 7.5 ppm (free chlorine) to keep your pool algae free and that can be challenging especially when the water is warm. That’s why the recommended levels of CYA in a chlorine pool are between 30 – 50 ppm.  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. A better option is to use our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration System to recycle your swimming pool water instead of draining it.

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

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