Treating Algae In Your Swimming Pool

Phosphates In Pools Dallas

 

 

 

 

 

Balancing Your Water Chemistry To Keep Your Pool Looking Great

Now that we are well into summertime, green pools become more and more common every day. You can find them in vacant homes, residential swimming pools or in any pool that doesn’t have balanced water chemistry or not properly maintained. This is an important issue to tackle so we hope this blog post gives you a better understanding of why green pools happen and all the different factors that go into turning that green pool blue again! Typically, you will see a direct correlation to algae in pools due to a 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, it will grow rapidly! The same goes for filtration if you’re not filtering your swimming pool long enough your chances for algae growth increases. The following are other factors that could cause a

  • High levels of Calcium Hardness
  • High levels of phosphates and nitrates
  • High levels of Cyanuric Acid (CYA)

When it comes to dealing with water chemistry, checking your Calcium Hardness levels should be done regularly because high levels of calcium 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. Please note, if you use a phosphate remover, only use what is recommended as using more isn’t necessarily good. 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 (black, yellow, or green)
  • Check chlorine, pH and phosphate levels
  • Check all pool equipment for leaks
  • Check Calcium Hardness levels
  • Check run times for your filter equipment. You should be filtering for a minimum of 10 hours during the summertime.
  • Brush, brush, and when you think you’re done brushing… BRUSH MORE!

If any of the above is the issue, the addition of more chlorine or increasing your filter run times should help. Remember you will need to shock your pool to increase your Free Chlorine (FC) levels and filter your pool until it clears up. Utilizing the Pool Calculator can also be beneficial when trying to balance your water chemistry.  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 (TDS), salts, phosphates, nitrates, and CYA without draining the swimming pool.

If you have any questions about our service or how we can help, please contact us today.

Pool Maintenance in Dallas, Texas

Weekly Pool Service in Dallas

Weekly Pool Service and Maintenance in Dallas, Texas

Weber Pools is a premier Dallas pool service administered by a staff with decades of experience in the industry. We are a Certified Pool Operator that serves the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area. We are literally a one-stop shop for all your pool needs — whether that consists of pool cleaning, repair or general pool maintenance. Weber Pools has been operating in the DFW area and offering excellent pool service in Dallas TX for over 15 years. Our experienced staff has over 75 years of combined experience in delivering quality innovative services for our customers. We are a family-owned and operated member of the Performance Pool Group, a group of sister companies that allows us to take care of your pool needs from A-Z.

Now that it is summer, your pool water will warm up, it will have increased use and this makes finding a great weekly pool service company harder for you. Let’s be honest, we know that it can be challenging finding the time necessary to keep your pool water chemically-balanced and clean every week, and with our ever-changing weather, your pool water chemistry can be challenging to manage. That’s why caring for swimming pools and taking care of them is our business. Let us help you reclaim the joy and relaxation that comes with pool ownership. We also specialize in working with commercial properties. We work well with numerous management companies of some of the largest luxury developments in the DFW area. Weber Pools is familiar with the property management process, and we carry the current pool service licenses and insurances required by most commercial facilities. In addition, we also are aware of all the current and ever-changing health department swimming pool requirements and processes.

One of the primary reasons people switch their pool service needs to Weber Pools is that we are always available when you need us. When problems inevitably arise, the Weber Difference is that we are always easy to reach and ready to respond when you need us. When it comes to a DFW residential and commercial pool service, we take that pool service to a higher level! This way you’re guaranteed to always be able to swim in a nice/clean pool. So, why would you want to hassle doing this on your own when a reputable weekly swimming pool company in Dallas is just a phone call away?

Ultimately, we are here for you and we would love to talk to you about your pool needs, offer you real solutions to meet those needs, while also saving you money. As pools become more advanced and technology-driven, the days of the old pool guy who showed up in flip flops and muscle shirts will be over. We believe we are a cut above most pool companies because we stay informed and educated about our industry. This is an important part of the Weber difference. Contact us today to learn more and let us who you the Weber Pools Difference!

Reverse Osmosis For Commercial Swimming Pools

Reverse Osmosis for Commercial Swimming Pools

Using Reverse Osmosis to Purify Commercial Swimming Pools

Over the last couple of years, we’ve recycled numerous different commercial swimming pools with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer for a variety of reasons. We’ve noticed an increase in these types of requests because, in Texas, commercial swimming pools are highly regulated due to the number of bathers. Not to mention, the cities have a lot more strict regulations when it comes to water chemistry in their swimming pools. Typically the following are reasons why a commercial swimming pool would be out of compliance:

  • High Cyanuric Acid (CYA) levels
  • High Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels
  • High Calcium Hardness levels
  • Presence of waterborne diseases

If any of the above issues are present, commercial swimming pools could be shut down until they are handled. Unfortunately, if it is in the middle of swim season it could mean downtime for the swimming pool, which is never great for the establishment or for those that want to swim in the pool!

Just because the water is blue and clear and is reading adequate levels of chlorine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to swim in. So, how do commercial swimming pools deal with increases in calcium hardness, TDS, and CYA? What happens when there is a waterborne disease present? Our fill water in Texas is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. As the water in the swimming pool evaporates, these hardness levels will increase in the swimming pool fairly rapidly because they don’t dissolve and they do remain in solution. For commercial swimming pools, the most common delivery of chlorine is by liquid injection. This liquid is loaded with salt, which causes the TDS levels to rise as well in the swimming pool. At this point, the commercial property will need to change out the water in their swimming pool. When this time comes around (could be once per year) Weber Pools can come with our RO mobile filtration trailer to recycle the existing water in the swimming pool. This is extremely beneficial to your commercial property because of the following factors:

  • No downtime – swimmers can swim in the pool while it is being purified.
  • The interior finish is never exposed
  • The water after purification is much better than tap. It’s actually drinking quality water!
  • Water Conservation – we can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool.
  • Lowers the chances of calcium scaling on the swimming pool if the process is performed regularly.
  • Removes waterborne diseases
  • Water quality is the best
  • Keeps your water within city and state regulations

About Weber Pools

Weber Pools is a Greater Dallas/Fort Worth pool service company that specializes in working with commercial properties. We work well with numerous management companies of some of the largest luxury developments in the DFW area. Weber Pools is familiar with the property management process, and we carry the current pool service licenses and insurances required by most commercial facilities. In addition, we also are aware of all the current and ever-changing health department swimming pool requirements and processes.

For a short video on how this process works, CLICK HERE!

If you should have any questions or if you’re looking to schedule an appointment to have the best quality of water in your swimming pool, call us now! 1-817-481-7665

 

Pool Service In Dallas Texas

Weekly Pool Service Dallas Texas

Residential and Commercial Pool Service In Dallas Texas

If you own a swimming pool most people prefer to swim in it, relax in it, host barbecues, and show it off rather than clean it. Properly balancing the chemicals regularly along with cleaning it is definitely a weekly need and sometimes even more but due to our busy schedules most people just don’t have the time. We completely understand this and are writing this blog post to help you in what you need to do to research, find and hire the right company for you. Ultimately, when it’s time for you to jump in your pool you want it ready and properly sanitized. At Weber Pools, we offer many different services and want to inform you on why we will be the best hire for you.

Taking care of a swimming pool goes far beyond just brushing the steps and removing the debris from the top of the swimming pool. Determining proper amounts of chlorine and acid are just some of the other things that you need to worry about but what happens when the cleaner stops working or when the plumbing starts leaking? Any of these things can cause issues with your swimming pool that you will want to fix quickly. When hiring a weekly service company here are some of the questions you will want to ask them:

  1. Will I have the same person cleaning my pool each week?
  2. Do they come on the same day each week?
  3. How long has this person been servicing swimming pools?
  4. Are there any hidden costs associated with my service?
  5. What should I expect each week?
  6. What is the cost per month?
  7. Do you have any reviews we can see?

There are many service companies out there today and we want you to be comfortable with who you hire. We offer the following services to residential customers:

  • Residential Pool Cleaning Services
  • Janitorial & Porter Services
  • Equipment Repair & Retrofit
  • Custom Pools and Spas
  • Plaster, Coping and Tile work
  • Code compliance work
  • UV Water Treatment
  • Stain Removal
  • Deck repair & Decoseal
  • Chemical Automation
  • Control Systems
  • Salt Systems
  • Chemical and Equipment Sales
  • Energy Efficient Upgrades
  • Leak detection & Crack repair
  • Clear plumbing blockages
  • and much more……

Pool Maintenace Services in Dallas Texas

Weber Pools Cleaning Service has many years of experience in servicing pools in and around the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. We offer everything from chemical servicing to filter cleaning, and we offer a combined full-service pool cleaning package.

We work with our clients directly in maintaining and servicing their pool and filters throughout the year. A well-maintained pool is the envy of your neighbors and offers the opportunity for relaxation, entertaining and/or exercise. Let Weber Pools help you make the most of your pool with proper care, cleaning, and maintenance.

Contact us today to learn more, we also offer commercial pool service and so much more. We look forward to working with you and showing you the Weber Pool difference!

 

Weekly Pool Service in Dallas Texas

Weekly Pool Service Dallas Texas

Weekly Pool Service and Maintenance Company in Dallas

At Weber Pools, our number one priority is making sure your swimming pool is clean and ready for you to swim in at any time. We are focused solely on you and your satisfaction of us is what makes us continue to perform at the highest level possible when you hire us. We know there are many choices you have when hiring a weekly pool cleaning service and we want to assure you that when you hire us you can rest assured that your pool will always be maintained at the highest level possible. The keys to our service are the following:

One of the biggest keys to our services is through the Performance Pool Group and our other partnership agreements, Weber Pools has the resources to tackle any Dallas pool maintenance project in either a residential or commercial setting, as well as turn-key outdoor environments for our customers from start to finish: one bid; one foreman; and most importantly, one company standing behind the job. We hold all the required licenses, workman’s compensation and general liability insurance for your protection.

Pool Service and Maintenance

Wouldn’t it be great to know that when you hire us to take care of your swimming pool if repairs or upgrades are necessary, we can do it in-house? Our job is to show up on the same day each week, perform all cleaning necessary to make sure your swimming pool is spotless and adjust chlorine, pH as well as all other chemistry needs when we perform a weekly water analysis for you. That’s why we’ve created a variety of service plans so when you sign up, you know exactly what you are paying for and receiving each week. We do this because everyone has different budgets and expectations and we want to meet everyone’s needs and expectations because again if you are happy so are we! Taking care of a swimming pool can be a tedious task but we want our communication to always be on target to prevent issues down the line. That’s why we promise you the following:

  • We work with you directly in maintaining and service your pool and filters throughout the year. A well-maintained pool is the envy of your neighbors and offers the opportunity for relaxation, entertaining and/or exercise. Let Weber Pools help you make the most of your pool with proper care, cleaning, and maintenance.

Give us a call today at 817-481-7665 to schedule your complimentary pool evaluation to determine the right, most affordable maintenance program for you.

We proudly service Dallas, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Grapevine, Plano, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Hurst, Bedford, Trophy Club, Euless, Frisco, Coppell, Valley Ranch, Irving, North Richland Hills, Argyle, and Castle Hills!

The Best Filter For Your Swimming Pool

Jandy DE Filter

Choosing the Best Filter For Your 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 interior finish
  • 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:

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

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 the gauge

Cons

  • Requires replacements of sand every 5-8 years or when a lateral break (this can be a lengthy process as it takes a while 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

D.E. Filter

Pros

  • Filters down to the lowest of microns which is 3
  • Filters the largest surface area and keeps the pool the cleanest
  • 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 apart 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

There Are Many Risks When Draining A Swimming Pool

Pool Floating

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

Zodiac Energy Efficient Pumps

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?

Hot Tub Service Dallas Texas

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.

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!