The Calcium In My Swimming Pool Is High, Now What?

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Our mobile filtration trailer

Calcium hardness and swimming pools pretty much go hand in hand. Whether you are in the Southwest United States, The South or in the Texas area, dealing with calcium and other hardness minerals in our fill/tap water is something you’re going to need to deal with. Most swimming pool owners are aware that the pool needs some calcium hardness to keep the liner intact but with the hardness where it is in the Texas area, it isn’t uncommon to see calcium 5 times or more harder than what is recommended. So, the question becomes when this happens what should you do? This blog post will focus on those questions and it will explain what you can do about it without draining the swimming pool.

About every two years, Weber Pools highly recommends changing out the water in your swimming pool. Even though your water is clear and blue, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t loaded with contaminants and should be changed. The reason why this happens is as water evaporates in your swimming pool, calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually increase. Along with calcium hardness you will also notice that total dissolved solids (TDS), cyanuric acid (CYA), salts and phosphates will increase too. At any given time, pool professionals when these levels get too high, will recommend a drain and refill. As much as we would agree that the water needs to be changed, how you do it is what we would like to educate you on. We offer a mobile filtration trailer that comes to your residence or commercial property and we recycle the existing water in the swimming pool. We use Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower calcium hardness, TDS, CYA, phosphates, waterborne diseases and so much more without draining the swimming pool. The mobile trailer is completely self-contained, which means we run on our own power, it consists of 6 RO membranes to filter the water and two hoses which take water from the swimming pool into the trailer and the other returns the filtered (drinkable) water back to the pool. The following are some of the benefits of using our service:

  • We conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool
  • The liner of the swimming pool is never exposed
  • You can swim in the pool while the process is being performed
  • We can finish most residential jobs in less than a day
  • We give you a better end product than tap water

We’ve been offering this service for about 3 years in the Dallas area. We also travel in Oklahoma as well. So we ask that the next time someone recommends changing out the water in your swimming pool, that you call us instead. You will be much happier with the end product and the environment will thank you too!

How To Extend Your Swim Season

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It is always that dreaded time of year when swim season is coming to an end. Depending on where you are, fall can be an exciting time for football season, cooler temps, holidays and so much more but if you’re a fan of summer and your swimming pool those days are pretty much numbered. It doesn’t take that much of a decrease in night temperatures to make a drastic change in how cool the water is to your comfort level. So with the upcoming fall season if you love to swim laps in your pool, have friends and family over for barbecues, or just enjoy relaxing in your pool we want to share a couple of ideas with you on how you can extend your swim season!

First and foremost, you can install a pool/spa heater or pool/spa heat pump. There are some distinct differences between each, which we will highlight for you. When it comes to pool heaters, they are the most popular option when it comes to heating your pool. They typically use natural gas or propane that heats the water that returns to the pool. The upfront cost is normally less but they will require the cost of propane or natural gas, which varies depending on where you live.

Pool/Spa Heater Pros and Cons

Pros 

  • Lower upfront cost
  • Heats the water quickly
  • Can work in any water temperature

Cons 

  • Higher run cost

Whereas with pool heat pumps, they deliver maximum energy efficiency and reliability. Heat pumps absorb free heat from the air and transfer it to the water, making the heating process ecological and cost-effective. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular with pool owners. This process doesn’t require natural gas or propane which lowers run cost drastically.

Pool/Spa Heat Pump Pros and Cons

Pros 

  • Lower run cost
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Higher upfront cost

Another option for you would be to purchase a solar pool cover. To keep your swimming pool warm without using gas, electricity or spending a lot of money this might be the best option for you. Please keep in mind that they must be used while the air temperature is still warm because they can keep the water warm longer but they will not raise the temperature. So, if the water is already cold and the temperatures are too, this will not be an option. During the day when the sun is hot and air is warm, this allows the pool water to get warmer. But, at night when the temperatures drop, so does the heat of the water. By having a solar pool cover this stops the heat from escaping your pool.

All of these options can help extend your swim season but it is ultimately up to you to look at costs associated with each. If you end up choosing a heater or heat pump we highly recommend going with Jandy Pro Series for reliability, price point, great customer service and warranty. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!!

 

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!

How To Get Rid of Your Green Pool

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In the summertime, green pools become more and more common everyday. You can find them in vacant homes, residential swimming pools or in any pool that isn’t properly maintained. We think it is extremely important to tackle this issue in a variety of different ways so we hope this blog post gives you a better understanding of why this happens and all the different factors that go into turning that green pool blue again! Typically, you will see a direct correlation to green algae filled pools with lack of sanitizer or poor filtration/circulation. Whenever you have warm water, algae loves to grow and if you don’t have the proper amount of chlorine in the water, algae will grow rapidly! The same goes for filtration, if you’re not filtering your swimming pool long enough your chances for algae growth increase. With that said, we also want to focus on other reasons why your swimming pool can be taken over by algae.

  • High calcium hardness
  • High phosphates
  • High cyanuric acid (CYA/stabilizer) levels

When it comes to water chemistry, checking your calcium hardness levels should be done regularly because high levels of calcium hardness can impede the normal function of chlorine thus making it more challenging to take care of your swimming pool. Phosphates come from vegetation, soils and fertilizers which is a food for algae. When phosphate levels increase in the swimming pool they must be removed because no matter how much chlorine you use, algae will still spread. Typically, with high phosphates you will need to purchase a phosphate remover if all your other chemistry levels are within normal ranges. Other factors could be high CYA levels. CYA helps reduce chlorine loss by protecting the free chlorine in the pool from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, reducing the amount of chlorine needed to maintain proper sanitizer levels. When these levels get too high, it lessens the effectiveness of chlorine to act as a disinfectant.  Higher levels will bind with the chlorine, making it slower acting to kill bacteria and micro-organisms, and prevent algae from growing! This typically occurs because chlorine tabs have stabilizer in them.

How To Treat Algae

When you’ve determined where the growth is coming from, Weber Pools recommends the following steps to help remove the algae:

  • Identify the type of algae
  • Check chlorine, pH and phosphate levels
  • Check all pool equipment for leaks
  • Check filtration equipment for tears in the filter grids or old sand
  • Check calcium hardness levels
  • Check run times for your filter equipment

If any of the above are the issue, the addition of more chlorine or increasing your filter run times should help. If you’re dealing with high CYA levels or calcium levels then a water change is necessary. Weber Pools has the ability to make your green pool blue quickly. We can help with all filter equipment repairs or pool maintenance. We can also help you with high calcium and CYA levels too! We have a mobile filtration trailer that recycles swimming pool water instead of draining it. The Puripool Process uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, salts, phosphates and cyanuric acid without draining the swimming pool. This past week we took care of a swimming pool that was loaded with algae. If you notice in the picture above, the water in the swimming pool was foaming because the algae was dying and we used our mobile filtration trailer to filter out all the contaminants. Notice the difference in water clarity in the spa compared to the swimming pool? This is how we can make sure your swimming pool is functioning at all times wth also the best water quality!!

Remember If you keep your pool in good shape, you will not only avoid the hassle of having to use various additional chemicals in the swimming pool but also dealing with the unnecessary algae bloom in your swimming pool!

Can You Use Reverse Osmosis Filtration On Swimming Pools?

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Our 40K Mobile Filtration Trailer

Simply put, yes you can use Reverse Osmosis filtration on your swimming pool water and we want this blog post to explain to you how it works and why it’s the best solution for your swimming pool. Weber Pools Mobile Filtration Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment systems combine pretreatment vessels and RO systems in a single, self-contained insulated trailer.

Reverse Osmosis might seem like a complicated system, but it’s really quite a simple water filtration process. Reverse Osmosis has been used for years to desalinate water and convert it to drinking water. Most commonly, people are familiar with the under the sink RO systems. They are extremely common but are also extremely inefficient. The reason for this is due to water pressure. Simply put, the more water pressure, the less water loss.

Reverse Osmosis is a process in which dissolved inorganic solids (such as salts) are removed from a solution (such as water). This is accomplished by water pressure pushing the water through a semi-permeable membrane. The membrane only allows the water to pass through, not the impurities or contaminates (like calcium, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid, waterborne diseases and salts). These contaminates are removed from the water as both of them are channeled into two separate systems. Ultimately, these contaminates go out a separate waste stream.

Our mobile trailers are completely insulated, they run day or night because they are no louder than an A/C unit.  They are equipped with a 3-Phase, 480V diesel generator, and we guarantee that the quality of water returning to your pool is better than tap. You can actually drink the water!! Due to the fact that we have booster pumps in our trailer, the water pressure as it hits the membranes is around 200psi which equates to conserving 85% of the water in the swimming pool.

The need for this service has never been greater than now. The concept of mobile filtration has been around for decades, and using it to purify swimming pool water is relatively new. When temperatures warm up, the risks of draining a swimming pool are high.  With our mobile filtration trailer we can lower these common contaminates in your swimming pool without exposing the liner.

So, why hassle with pumping the water from your pool, paying for the refill and then trying to figure out the complicated chemicals needed to re­balance 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, total dissolved solids (TDS), cyanuric acid (CYA), phosphates, salt, bacteria, viruses, etc. and provide you with a clean, fresh pool!

Got questions on how Reverse Osmosis can work for your swimming pool? Please let us know!

Pool Building in Dallas

Is your swimming pool in need of a remodel? Are you looking to build a new pool? Does the finish of your swimming pool need repair? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Weber Pools can help you! We want to take your vision and turn it into a reality. Whether you need a residential or commercial swimming pool, we can put together and implement a plan from start to finish no matter what the scope or size of the project is.

  • New pool – consider it done
  • Remodel of your existing pool – consider it done
  • Hot tub – consider it done
  • New fountain – consider it done
  • New finish – consider it done
  • New deck or deck repair – yeah we can do that too and so much more!

Because of our sister companies and different affiliations, we can cover all of the trades and keep it under one roof, with one payee and one supervisor. This is key because our job is to make this an easy process for you with one person to talk to that will be handling the project no matter the size. Weber Pools is also extremely environmentally conscious and primarily works with Jandy Pool Products for motors and pumps, lighting, heating and so much more. We chose Jandy because of price, customer service and overall reliability. Here is a sampling of some of our work…..

New construction of a swimming pool built by sister company Pool Visions

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New plaster on a commercial swimming pool

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Pressure washed and sealed flagstone deck

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New spray deck with decorative lines

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New equipment set installed with Waterway DE Filter and variable speed pump including new Jandy valves and plumbing from the ground up.

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At Weber Pools we also know that equipment can break which is definitely something we can help you with too. Our goal is to become your one stop pool company for all your needs. Our staff has an abundance of knowledge, and most of our staff have been with us for ten years or longer! We believe that by having technicians for that long along with paying them at the top of the industry scale, it in turn provides you with superior service. We also keep an eye on new technologies and beta test them when possible before offering them to our customers. There are many technologies out there now that are worthy of our customers dollars and can make their pools safer and more cost efficient.

We would love to talk to you about your pool needs, offer you real solutions to meet those needs, while also saving you money. You will be pleasantly surprised as we have a different philosophy than most; we want you as a longtime customer, and we want to maintain, repair and take care of all of your swimming pool needs!

Energy Efficiency Pumps For Your Swimming Pool

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.

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.

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Maintain and Drain Your Pool Wisely in Dallas

Indications of Hard Water in Dallas

Are you tired of dealing with hard water? Washing clothes in hard water can look dingy and feel scratchy. Dishes and glasses end up spotty when they dry. Hard water can cause a layer of film on glass shower doors, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, the water tile line in your swimming pool, water features and your hair could look dull and feel sticky. Not to mention water flow can be severely reduced by calcium deposits in pipes. This is a nuisance to deal with and can cost thousands of dollars to replace water features, faucets and removing it from the tile in your swimming pool. Unfortunately, when people buy these things they don’t think of the hard water that we deal with in Dallas. Calcium deposits can start to form when the water is above 250 parts per million (ppm). In Dallas, the water coming out of our tap averages 300ppm.

How Does Hard Water Affect Your Swimming Pool?

If you think dealing with hard water in your house is an issue, it’s a completely different situation in your swimming pool. In Dallas, our summers are long and hot. Water evaporates rapidly but the hardness minerals remain in solution. Overtime, calcium hardness levels continue to rise and cause the following issues….

  • Stains the water tile line
  • Stains the surface of the swimming pool
  • Deposits in the plumbing
  • Ruins pool equipment
  • Stains decorative fountains and water features
  • Prevents salt systems from working correctly
  • Increases chemical usage

It’s recommended that the calcium hardness levels in your swimming pool be between 200-400ppm. In some areas of Dallas, you will be above 400ppm as soon as you fill up your swimming pool. When this happens you can either drain your swimming pool or recycle the water. In Dallas, they have regulations about draining swimming pools…..

  • Pools that are highly chorinated are toxic to fish and wildlife
  • Algecides in pool water can hinder normal plant growth
  • If the pH is below 6 or above 9 it can be detrimental to freshwater aquatic life

Draining a swimming pool can be a pain staking task. It can take 2-3 days to do, you can potentially crack the foundation of the swimming pool and you end up filling the pool with hard water again. Instead, Weber Pools offers the “Puripool Process” which lowers calcium and other hardness minerals without draining the swimming pool. We use Reverse Osmosis filtration in our mobile trailers which allows us to come to your house and recycle your swimming pool water without draining the pool. We will leave you with much better water than what comes out of the tap, you never have to worry about exposing the surface of the swimming pool or contaminating local water via storm drains because we only lose a minimal amount of water.

Alternatives to Draining A Swimming Pool

If you own a swimming pool in today’s world at some point you’re going to hear that you’re going to need to drain it. The most common reasons as to why one would need to drain a swimming pool would be for excess calcium hardness, high total dissolved solids and high cyanuric acid levels. Not to mention, you might be high in salts for your salt system or because of a waterborne disease. Water quality when it comes to homeowners swimming pools or commercial swimming pools is a huge issue and should be a major concern to everyone involved. One of the main reasons why calcium and total dissolved solids levels increase in a swimming pool is as water evaporates calcium and other hardness minerals stay behind and gradually increase. When this happens it can cause all sorts of issues with your swimming pool from increased chlorine levels to calcium plating on the tile line, finish of the swimming pool and even the equipment. This can and will be a nightmare for anyone who is taking care of the swimming pool or for repair work in the future.

When any of the above happens the following issues can occur:

  • Increase chemical usage
  • Increase repair work to the swimming pool and equipment
  • Decrease in pool usage due to water quality and needing to potentially drain the swimming pool.

The bottom line is increase in money spent and decrease in the amount of time swimming in the pool. At Weber Pools we came up with a way to lower calcium hardness, lower total dissolved solids, lower cyanuric acid as well as deal with waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. Not only does this save time and money but it also prevents the needless waste of water. We’ve adopted the “Puripool Process” which uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid without needing to drain the pool. The RO machine is mobile and can be taken to any location needed to purify pool water. The end result is drinking quality water in your swimming pool, lowered chemical usage  and an overall better swim experience. If in the case you are dealing with a waterborne disease, the mobile filtration process will remove it as well with no downtime in the swimming pool.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning how the “Puripool Process” can help your swimming pool, please give us a call.