How Do I Clean A DE Filter?

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There are three different types of filters for your swimming pool. Are you familiar with what type of filter your swimming pool uses? The three different types of filters are diatomaceous earth (DE), sand and cartridge. As for types of filters and swimming pool products, we always recommend Jandy! In this blog post, we are going to highlight the pros and cons of a DE Filter, the benefits of them and how to clean them. In regards to residential and commercial swimming pools, sand filters seem to be the most common filter you will find in a backyard due to ease of use. However, DE Filters are pretty close second. If you talk to people in the industry, most people seem to think that DE Filters are more challenging to use but if you get used to them, they work the best for most swimming pools. This is because they filter down to the smallest micron and have the ability to keep pools extremely clear and clean.

Pros of DE Filters –

  • Filters down to 3 microns which are the smallest amount of the filters
  • Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the cleanest out of all of them
  • Best for pools with lots of vegetation/plant life in the backyard. If you have lots of trees, bushes, and plants that blow leaves into the pool this filter is the only choice for you.
  • Will clear up a green pool the fastest (some pool companies will even wheel these filters out to your pool to help clear it up faster)

Cons

  • Requires the most amount of maintenance especially after backwashing
  • Must always be aware of pressures as backwashing should occur at set limit to prevent pool from getting cloudy

For the most part, DE Filters are extremely self-sufficient but do require some work when it is time to backwash. Backwashing can be described as cleaning your filter after it’s collected debris and dirt from your swimming pool. It works by sending pool water in the opposite direction through your filter and out the waste or drains port. It is pretty easy to do and we explain that next……

How To Backwash Your DE Filter

  1. Turn off your filter and turn your valve to the backwash position. If you have a top mounted handle, place it in the backwash position.
  2. Turn your filter system back on and let it run for approximately two minutes or until the water is clear and free of debris
  3. Turn the system back off and place backwash valve back in normal filter position
  4. Run the filter for a minute or so and repeat steps 1-3 for about 30-60 seconds or again until the water is clear
  5. Turn your system back on and make sure to add DE powder to the skimmer as soon as possible as filter grids must be coated to prevent other issues.

How Much DE To Add After Backwashing

First and foremost, you will need to determine the square footage of your filter which you can typically find on the label located on the filter. The following is a breakdown of how much DE to add to the skimmer after backwashing:

36 sq ft. —–> 4.5 pounds (roughly 4.5 scoops)

48 sq ft. —–> 6 pounds (roughly 6 scoops)

60 sq ft. —–> 7.5 pounds (roughly 7.5 scoops)

The gauge on the top of the filter will make you aware of when you need to backwash. Typically, you can also check the manual to let you know at what PSI they should be back washed. Please keep in mind you will monitor this regularly as backwashing should occur as soon as possible when the pressure reaches its maximum. Also, if you own a DE Filter please plan on taking the filter apart at least once a year to completely hose down the filter grids and clean the inside of the filter to keep it functioning properly. If you should have any questions on how to operate a DE Filter or if you’re in the need of a filter clean, contact us today and if you are looking to make a switch in filters, Weber Pools can help you with that as well.

Unique Pool Builds In Texas

How do you feel about your current swimming pool? Are you looking to make an addition this winter or have you even thought about a complete remodel? If so, let us help you! Whether you are looking to refinish your pool, or do a complete remodel or addition, Weber Pools can help. We can put together and implement a plan from start to finish no matter what the scope and size of the project is.

  • Outdoor Kitchen/Barbecue – no problem
  • Hot Tub – no problem
  • Water Features – no problem
  • New Tile – no problem
  • New Deck – no problem

Because of our sister companies and affiliations we can cover all of the trades and keep it under one roof, with one payee and one supervisor. We are uniquely situated to complete your entire outdoor living project in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Recently, we had the pleasure of working on a pool remodel that we would like to highlight in this blog post to give you an idea of what we are capable of doing. This was a unique project because we don’t get asked it very often but they wanted to make their dive pool into a play pool. Basically, this required us to take out the 8′ deep end and make it 5′ instead. To make this happen we had to shallow it out along with a complete remodel. We also had the opportunity to set all new Jandy equipment too. The swimming pool industry is seeing more and more play pools because it gives families the opportunity to play games like basketball or volleyball in the swimming pool.

In addition we also set all new Jandy equipment which included a filter, pump and motor along with a heater. We also did a full new plumbing job with the equipment and pool. Check out one of our earlier blog posts on why we recommend Jandy products over all others.

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All new equipment set using Jandy products

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Removing the tile

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Preparing to remove deep end

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Notice all the seating areas around pool and large “beach” style entry

 

 

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Completed pool with water feature and raised spa

If you’re interested in learning more about this project or how we can handle any of your backyard changes, give us a call. 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 even hang your holiday lights for you. Yes, Jingle Jim’s, one of our sister companies has been hanging Christmas lights since 1995. Simply put, we want to build a lasting relationship with our customers and make you proud to show off your backyard paradise!

 

What Type Of Filter Is Best For My Swimming Pool?

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 liner
  • 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:

Jandy Cartridge Filter

Jandy Cartridge Filter

Cartridge Filter:

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • Most expensive out of all the filters to purchase
  • The cartridge filters can be pretty expensive
Jandy Sand Filter

Jandy Sand Filter

Sand Filter:

Pros

  • 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 guage

Cons

  • Requires replacements of sand every 5-8 years or when a lateral breaks (this can be a lengthy process as it takes awhile 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
Jandy DE Filter

Jandy DE Filter

D.E. Filter

Pros

  • Filters down to the lowest of microns which is 3
  • Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the most clean
  • Best for pools in backyards with lots of vegetation

Cons:

  • 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 a part 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

Calcium Hardness and Salt Systems

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When calcium builds up on the cell it will no longer generate chlorine!

Do you own a salt system or have you thought about purchasing a salt system for your swimming pool? If you’ve said yes to either one of these questions and own a swimming pool in the Southwest U.S., Texas or Oklahoma you might want to think twice before you purchase it. Salt systems are typically sold because they claim they are easy to use and make your swimming experience much more fun. There’s no doubt that you can feel a difference in the water but they aren’t always easy to maintain. Depending on the salt system you buy, it is essential that you maintain adequate salt levels, a baseline of a certain amount of CYA (conditioner) and most importantly your calcium hardness must be within a specific range or the system won’t function properly. Unfortunately, these are not always discussed when you buy the system!

Calcium hardness is by far one of the biggest issues we deal with in Oklahoma and Texas. Most salt systems can only handle 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) calcium hardness and the minimum we see in our areas coming out of the tap is already at 300 ppm or higher! The challenges that occur when calcium levels get higher than 400ppm is the calcium starts scaling the electrode plates, causing the cells to no longer work, which means no chlorine in the swimming pool. This isn’t something that most people are aware of when they purchase the salt systems but is something that you should know about because at Weber Pools we have a few suggestions for you:

Since our water is harder, these two things will help you the most if you want your salt water system to function properly. Our mobile filtration system can come to your home or commercial property and recycle the swimming pool water instead of draining it. The system lowers the following:

  • Calcium hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Salts
  • Phosphates
  • CYA
  • Waterborne diseases
  • So much more

The reason why this is essential if you own a salt water system is we can bring down the calcium hardness in the swimming pool much lower than tap water, which means the system will function longer and more effectively. Using this service every two years will also increase the lifespan of your liner, pumps and filters too! So, if you’re looking to have a salt system in your swimming pool, call us today so we can help make sure it works properly!

Weber Pools Chooses Jandy Products First!

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At Weber Pools we strongly believe in providing you with the best possible equipment to operate your swimming pool. As an official Jandy warranty and service provider we feel that its longevity, name brand, durability and product performance or just some of the reasons why we choose Jandy first when installing equipment to make your swimming pool function at its peak performance.

The following is a little bit of the history of Jandy…

“Jandy was was established in 1958 by respected industry veteran Andrew L. Pansini, and has since grown into one of the most well known pool product manufacturers in the country. In 2007 Jandy merged with Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. and continues to stand for the innovation and quality values on which it was founded. Today, Jandy’s premium, professional-­grade pool and spa equipment includes a full line of pumps, filters, lights, valves, chlorinators, and the award-winning automation solutions to control it all. With everything its team designs and manufactures, Jandy’s focus is on enabling the perfect pool environment so pool owners can spend time enjoying their pool and spa, rather than maintaining it.”

There is more to maintaining a pool than just cleaning it. Our Dallas area swimming pool service company makes sure everything is accounted for. From cleaning and replacing filters to adjusting water levels, our team can ensure everything is running smoothly with your pool.

You will be happy that you have a relationship with Weber Pools when you end up needing pool repair in Dallas TX. Problems can emerge without warning. Many pool owners know how paralyzing a broken pump or heater can be. We can repair everything from your pump, to filters, or other equipment because of our excellent relationship with Jandy!

We love the fact that Jandy has many different options to help every swimming pool owner including their energy efficient line. At Weber Pools we want you to be extremely satisfied with the equipment we install but we also want to make sure that you get the maximum life out of it. That’s why we chose Jandy and it’s the #1 reason why we know you will be extremely satisfied with anything from their energy efficient pumps, to their LED Lighting, to their filters, automation, pool heaters, valves and other amazing accessories. If you’re in the need of residential or commercial swimming pool cleaning services, we can help you with it all. Give us a call today, to experience first hand the Weber Pools difference!

Why LED Lighting for Your Swimming Pool Makes Sense!

Are you tired of your swimming pool looking “normal” when you turn on your pool light at night? Are you tired of hiring a professional to come out and change your light after only 300 hours of use? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to install an LED light in your swimming pool? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, then installing a Jandy LED Pool Light is the way to go. As an official Jandy warranty service provider we have been and will continue to recommend their products because of quality, great customer service and overall satisfaction.

LED lights can be fun, they can add colorful water displays to your pool and can ultimately save you time and money. Not to mention, they cost you pretty much nothing to operate! When comparing them to a standard incandescent light in a swimming pool there isn’t much of a comparison. Most incandescent bulbs last 300 hours, cost roughly $400.00 to $450.00 to replace, they use more electricity and you should hire a professional to install it because of the electricity/water factor. Whereas, with an LED light you can get up to 50,000 hours of lighting and they reduce your energy expense by up to 90%. The biggest difference is in price where LED lights cost roughly $1000.00 to install.

When it comes to energy-efficiency and lighting, Jandy Pro Series WaterColors LED pool and spa lights are the way to go. Here are some of their best features:

  • “Unique wide angle lens design saturates your water with a wide variety of primary colors and blended water colors”
  • “Choose from five color shows or let Jandy Pro Series WaterColors transition through continuously changing colors”
  • “Reduces your energy expenses by up to 90%”
  • “Conveniently operated by a light switch, any iAqualink, Aqualink RS, PDA system, or Aqualink Touch”
  • “Plastic and stainless steel niches available”

When it comes to your backyard, why be normal when you can stand out with an endless display of brilliant, gorgeous color? If you are interested in learning more about how the Jandy Pro Series LED Lights would be a fit for you, call us today at 817-481-7665.

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