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.

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!

 

Phosphate Removal From Your Swimming Pool

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Removing Phosphates From Your Swimming Pool

Phosphates can be challenging and a source of stress in your swimming pool especially if you don’t know what they are, how they affect your swimming pool chemistry, and how to treat them. Since you can’t see them it causes major problems if you don’t keep track of the levels, 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 source for algae and when their levels increase maintaining a swimming pool is extremely challenging. In Dallas, we deal with wind, vegetation, and other factors that equate to the possibility of phosphates in your swimming pool.

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 area!
  • Sprinkler fun off from your lawn or landscaping/dirt gets into your pool.
  • Certain chemicals that contain phosphorous to help clean your pool
  • Not removing debris in a timely manner

How Do You Remove Phosphates From The Pool?

First off, are you reading adequate levels of chlorine? Is your pool turning green or are you developing algae blooms on the interior finish, steps, or benches? This is your number one sign that phosphates might be present. Next, have you tested your levels? You can either do this at home with a dedicated phosphate test kit or take a water sample into a pool store.  Personally, since the test is easy we recommend testing them at home and if you have lots of vegetation in your backyard you should definitely have a phosphate test kit on hand to check from time to time. 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. That will definitely help in the future but to remove them you can purchase a phosphate remover. This is a more expensive chemical but it is extremely effective if used following the directions based on the size of your pool. Please only use what is recommended. This isn’t a product where using more is better.

All 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. Another way to lower phosphate levels in your swimming pool is by using our Mobile Filtration Reverse Osmosis (RO) Filtration system. The Puripool Process is an alternative to a drain and refill that will lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, Phosphates, and so much more. 

If you should have any questions, please contact us today!

Commercial Swimming Pool Regulations in Dallas, Texas

Commercial Swimming Pool Regulations Dallas

Commercial Swimming Pool Service Dallas, Texas

Weber Pools is a Greater Dallas/Fort Worth pool service company that specializes in working with commercial properties. We work with numerous management companies in 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 commercial pool service, we take that pool service to a higher level!

Our staff has an abundance of knowledge, and most of our staff have been with us for ten years or longer. A lot of pool companies have a revolving door of employees and have no experience base. We, however, train our technicians well and pay our technicians at the top of the industry scale, which in turn provides our customers with superior service. If you give us a try, you will notice the Weber difference.

This is why if you own a commercial swimming pool in the Dallas area, you should hire Weber Pools. We make it a point to keep up on the pending and proposed regulations and laws going through our legislature to make sure we have the solutions to take care of any problems or concerns our customers may have. 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 customer’s dollars and can make their pools safer and more cost-efficient.

As a commercial swimming pool owner in the Dallas area, your pool will be regulated by the city. The city is constantly checking on water chemistry and water quality due to the number of bathers. That’s why we feel so strongly about having the knowledge to stay on top of regulations so your swimming pool stays in compliance and your bathers happy with how the pool looks.

If you have any questions on how this mobile trailer can help you, contact us today to learn more!

Water Quality In Dallas Swimming Pools

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Commercial Swimming Pool Service Dallas Texas

Swimming in quality water is always critical but just because the water is blue and doesn’t mean it’s always safe to swim in. Do you swim in commercial swimming pools? If so, this thinking should always be more of a concern of yours. Weber Pools, Dallas, Texas, is a premier weekly pool service administered by a staff with decades of experience in the industry. We service the Dallas and Dallas Ft. 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. We specialize in residential and commercial swimming pools and we want to educate all swimmers on the importance of water quality. We hope this blog post gives you some insight if you enjoy swimming in hotel pools, apartment pools, water parks or parks, and recreations pools.

When it comes to quality, that word can go far beyond just the work that is performed. Everyone who hires a weekly pool service company always wants quality but this also pertains to the water as well. We are committed to our service and to make sure your steps, benches, and walls of your swimming pool are brushed and free of debris. Emptying the skimmer basket and pump basket along with skimming the surface of the pool to make it look clean always happens. If the pool needs vacuuming we get it done. Making sure there are adequate amounts of sanitizer is always a priority. We also make sure the pH is balanced too. But even when all of these are done, it doesn’t mean that the water is safe to swim in. This is where things can get confusing because even when the pool looks great and the chemistry is correct, there still can be issues and they might not be detectable with standard water tests.

Tap/fill water has been and still is an issue in the Dallas area. The possibility of people urinating and defecating in the swimming pool is always a possibility. With that said, here are some precautions you should always take when you are ready to swim:

  • Rinse off before and after you swim
  • Never drink the water
  • If you see someone urinating or defecating in the pool, let someone know and exit the pool immediately
  • If you feel sick after swimming call your doctor and get tested for waterborne diseases
  • Never swim in a pool if you are sick or getting over being sick

Another way you can make sure you are swimming in the best quality of water is by having Weber Pools recycle your swimming pool water using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration system. The Puripool Process lowers Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and removes waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. The type of filtration provides your swimming pool with drinking quality water for swimming in. If you’re interested in knowing more or having us test your water, contact us today!

One other note, it isn’t uncommon to see cloudy water in most commercial swimming pools. The water also might be salty. This can be prevented with RO filtration. We know large pools can be fun to swim in but poorly maintained water is definitely a risk and something that can be avoided by hiring Weber Pools!

How Calcium Destroys Your Swimming Pool

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High levels of Calcium Hardness will damage your pool

If you live in the Dallas area dealing with Calcium Hardness in your fill water can literally destroy your swimming pool’s interior finish, tile, and equipment. Calcium is naked to the human eye when you look at the water (unless it’s at night with your pool light on) but it can definitely be seen along the water tile line, on decorative fixtures, waterfall spillways and on your swimming pool equipment. If you have a salt chlorinator you will also see it scale the electrode plates as well. Unfortunately, when building a swimming pool or buying a house that has a pool this is the one subject that isn’t talked about very much but it should be. If you live in Texas and Oklahoma where there are high levels of calcium in the water, unless you change out your water every two to three years you will begin to run into issues controlling the water chemistry in the pool or it will start scaling in areas that suddenly turn your backyard paradise into a nightmare.

When this happens you might have to spend a lot of money on removing the calcium from the tile, spillways etc. but it is imperative that you change out the water as well. If you don’t, it will just come back! You can either drain and refill with our moderately hard water from the tap or you can recycle your swimming pool water with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration system (The Puripool Process). The benefits of recycling your swimming pool water are not only saving our precious water but also providing the lowest level of calcium in the water that is safe but also swimming in drinking quality water. Not to mention… if you recycle the water every two years it will make some of the above issues harder to achieve.

Recently, we recycled a 20,000-gallon swimming pool with the following initial chemistry:

Calcium – 760 ppm

Total Dissolved Solids – 5504 ppm

CYA – 300 ppm << this is extremely high and if you want to learn more about CYA and its harmful effects, CLICK HERE!

After recycling this swimming pool for 16 hours and saving 85% of the water we achieved the following results…..

Ending Water Chemistry

Calcium – 140 ppm

Total Dissolved Solids – 760 ppm

CYA – 20 ppm

So remember when it’s time to change the water in your swimming pool, don’t drain when you can Puripool!! Contact Weber Pools today to learn more

Your Pool, Your Time, Your Money

When it comes to owning a swimming pool if you want to keep it looking great, clean, and extend the lifespan of it, you will need to work on it. We can’t tell you how many times we hear, it’s winter time, we don’t need to do anything to our pool! If you want to compare it to summer when the water is warm that might be correct but you still need to monitor your pool and make sure everything is running efficiently. That’s why we hope this blog post helps to explain what you can do on a regular basis to make sure your pool is looking great.

First, let’s chat about water chemistry. Do you understand it? Do you know if you own a 20,000-gallon swimming pool how much chlorine or acid you need to keep the levels where they need to be? Do you know what those levels are? In the swimming pool industry the following is what is considered to be normal levels:

  • Chlorine – 1 – 3ppm (winter) and 3 – 5ppm (summer)
  • pH – 7.4 – 7.8
  • Total Alkalinity – 80 – 120ppm
  • Calcium Hardness – 200 – 400ppm
  • Cyanuric Acid – 30 – 50ppm

When it comes to keeping your pool blue, clear and free of any contaminents balancing your water chemistry is where it begins. You will want to make sure all the levels are within normal ranges to prevent cloudiness, algae, scaling, and other issues from occurring. If you are unsure on how to balance your water chemistry we highly recommend hiring a professional.

The next step in pool maintenance is your weekly maintenance. This means that even in the winter time you should still be brushing the steps, benches, and interior finish of the pool to prevent staining. All debris should be removed as soon as possible and the pump and filter basket should be emptied to maintain adequate flow of water in and out of the filter.

Please note, that leaks can occur at any time. You must regularly check all plumbing and your filtration equipment to make sure water is flowing correctly to prevent the motor from burning out and other issues. You should also be checking your filters pressure as well to guide you on backwashing and filter cleaning. If you should have any questions about this topic or how Weber Pools can help, please contact us today!

Balancing pH and Total Alkalinity Is Vital For Your Swimming Pool

Owning a swimming pool can be a lot of funespecially when you can jump into beautiful blue and clear water! The keyfactor in this though is making sure you have a balanced water chemistry. Inthe past, we’ve talked about chlorine, Calcium Hardness, Cyanuric Acid (CYA)but today we want to focus on pH and Total Alkalinity (TA). These two valuesare vital to your water chemistry and making sure your water remains blue andclear. They are also often misunderstood in regard to their important and wewant to make sure you understand why they are key factors in keeping your poollooking great!

pH

pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the pool water is. pH is measured on a scale from 0-14, with 7.0 being neutral. Below 7.0 is defined as being acidic, while levels above 7.0 are said to bebasic or alkaline. To have pH in balance we must adjust the water withadditions of pH decreasers (acid) or pH increases (bases) to help youobtain an optimal range of 7.4 – 7.8 which is standard optimal level in theswimming pool industry. If your testing shows a pH value below 7.0; the wateris in a corrosive (acidic) condition and you will need to add a base to bringthe pH up. (This is only common if you add too much acid to your pool) Pleasenote, a low pH will weaken vinyl, strip heat exchangers and erode theinterior finish. Whereas, if the pH is above 7.8, the water is considered basicand you must add acid to bring down the pH to prevent the formationof scale or calcium deposits on your tile, the filter, and the possibilityof cloudy water. Another issue with a high pH is chlorine becomes lesseffective. This is much more common of the two!

Total Alkalinity

Alkalinity is a pH buffer, meaning it helps to keep the pH from drastically moving up and down the pH scale by absorbing major changes to the waters before affecting the pH. Total Alkalinity (TA) is a close relative to pH and is a measure of how much of the alkaline substances that are in the water. In the swimming pool water, we are concerned with bicarbonatealkalinity, which should be between 80 parts per million (ppm) and120ppm. When the TA is within this range, it prevents rapid pH changes andultimately stabilizes the pH level.

When you want to achieve a swimming pool with balanced water chemistry, adjusting your pH levels is critical. Please note if your salt levels are high that will cause your pH to increase more rapidly. If you should have any questions about pH or TA, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!