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!

Top Quality Weekly Pool Service in Dallas

High Quality Pool Service in Dallas

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. We also believe in hiring top of the line pool technicians to provide you with a variety of services that will make sure your swimming pool is operating at all times. Whether this is weekly service, maintenance, repair work, pool water recycling or something else, 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, 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 Pools difference.

The goal of this blog post is to let you know we are committed to you, our client and whom we consider being family. We want to earn your trust with all your backyard needs. This includes weekly pool service and maintenance for both residential and commercial pools, hot tub sales and service, new pool construction, pool upgrades, puripool, and inline RO filtration.

What truly sets us apart from other companies is the ability to provide you with excellent water quality. We do this with a revolutionary service that is more convenient, less wasteful, and puts cleaner, safer recycled pool water in your pool without exposing your plaster or pool shell to air. The Puripool Process pulls water from your pool and uses Reverse Osmosis (RO), ultraviolet light and ozone to scrub your water clean and returns pure bottled quality water to your pool. Our Puripool Process removes chemicals and impurities like cyanuric acid, phosphates, TDS, viruses, bacteria, allergens, calcium and other hard water minerals without the use of harsh chemicals that could be dangerous to pets and children and hard on pool components. Our process is so safe, that you can swim while we purify your water and it saves about 85% of the existing water in your pool.

Weber Pools Cleaning Service has many years of experience in servicing pools in and around the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Give us a call today at 817-481-7665 to schedule your pool evaluation to determine the right, most affordable maintenance program for you.

Thankful For All Our Swimming Pool Trusted Customers

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Quality Pool Service in Dallas, Texas!

Did you know, 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.

This is what Weber Pools prides itself on. Being there for all of your swimming pool needs. With this type of experience, we have been able to help both residential and commercial swimming pool owners with all of their weekly service and maintenance needs. During this time we have also been able to build a variety of swimming pools along with offering a revolutionary Puripool Process the prevents residential and commercial swimming pool owners from needing to drain their swimming pools. During the last 5 years of us offering this service, we were able to conserve millions of gallons of water and support commercial swimming pools by keeping their water chemistry in compliance.

Just this past year we also started offering Inline Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Fill Line Filtration services as well. 

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.

Unlike other companies that just build something and leave, we want you to be a customer for life. The next time you have a backyard or pool need give us a try and experience the difference we offer for quality and reliable Dallas pool service. There are no jobs too big or too small. Give Weber Pools a call at 817-481-7665.

So, from our family to yours we just wanted you to know how thankful we are that you are a part of our team and put your trust in us. If there is anything we can do for you, your family, or friends with, please let us know!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Zodiac Pool Systems Equipment is The Best

Jandy Filter Installation

At Weber Pools, we strongly believe in providing you with the best possible service which means keeping your pool clean and providing the best equipment to operate your swimming pool. As an official Jandy / Zodiac Pool Systems warranty and service provider, we feel that its longevity, name brand, durability, warranty, 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 about the history of Jandy…

“Jandy 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 include 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.”

So, we want to share a little about a recent installation and why our customer chose Jandy. First, we asked them to do a little bit of research on their own. As much as we can educate our customers on why we love Jandy we feel strongly that their reputation speaks for itself. “After learning about Jandy from Weber Pools, I was impressed but I knew I had to go to their website and look up as many reviews as I could. First, the information I found on their website backed up what I was told and then the reviews really sealed the deal. Not to mention I knew if I had Weber Pools install the equipment if something were to go wrong I was in good hands with the combination of both companies. Trust me, this went a long way in our decision. So, I chose a variable speed motor and a cartridge filter. I wanted to save money on electricity and since I have a fair amount of vegetation in my backyard I wanted a filter that could handle it. All I can so far is I’m impressed and the pump is already saving me money. Thank you, Jandy, and thank you Weber Pools. Both the equipment and installation went perfectly.”

Trust us when we say their product line and customer service goes a long way. At Weber Pools, we love working with Jandy and will always recommend their products. To learn more about them or if you have any questions, please contact us today!

Prepping Your Swimming Pool For Cooler Weather

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Taking Care Of Your Pool In Cooler Weather

In the Dallas area, fall is in the air which means you need to start prepping your swimming pool for cooler weather. We feel this is important information because with cooler temperatures gives you the opportunity to save the greenbacks also! When it comes to taking care of your swimming pool we want to enforce the fact that how you take care of your pool should matter whether you are doing it yourself or have hired a weekly service company. For many, when fall and winter time comes around dropping a chlorine tab in the floater is about all they do but if you want to prolong the lifespan of your investment we want to share a few tips on how you can prep your swimming pool for cooler temperatures.

The biggest difference is going to be in chlorine usage and how long you run your filtration equipment for. When the temperatures cool down you can get away with 1-2 parts per million (ppm) chlorine compared to 3-5ppm during the summer and you can definitely decrease your filter run times by a couple of hours. Due to the fact that the temperatures in the water are cooler and algae don’t like cold water, you won’t need as much sanitation to keep your pool looking blue and clear. During the coldest times of the winter season, you can definitely lower your chlorine levels to 1ppm because algae prefer warm water.

As for the remainder of weekly tasks for your swimming pool, those shouldn’t change. The following are a list of tasks that should occur on a weekly basis:

  • Brush the steps, benches and interior finish of the swimming pool to prevent staining and scaling at least once a week and after storms.
  • Remove all debris from the swimming pool to prevent staining and chemistry changes weekly and after storms
  • Monitor pH to prevent scaling or the water becoming too acidic which can destroy equipment
  • Remove debris from skimmer basket and pump basket to maintain adequate water flow into your filtration equipment.
  • Vacuum the pool as necessary
  • Monitor Calcium Hardness (CH) levels
  • Check your water chemistry weekly and adjust as necessary.

In the Dallas area, our tap water is moderately hard and loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals. As pool water evaporates these hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. As calcium levels rise it will scale the tile, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways, salt chlorinators, and your plumbing. As a general rule of thumb when CH levels are above 600ppm you will want to change out the water in your swimming pool. At Weber Pools, we recommend using Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases.

In the end, keeping your calcium low, your water chemistry within normal limits and your pool clean will go a long way in keeping your costs down. If you should have any questions in regards to Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration or scheduling an appointment, please contact us today!

How To Deal With Algae In Your Swimming Pool

Algae in Pool Texas

Three Types of Algae Found In Swimming Pools and How to Treat It

As an owner of a residential or commercial swimming pool dealing with algae especially when the water is warm is not uncommon. As summer drags on and the warm water remains in a swimming pool there are a variety of reasons why algae might grow in your swimming pool. Some of the most common reasons why are the following:

  • Not enough chlorine or whatever sanitation you use
  • High levels of phosphates
  • Unbalanced water chemistry
  • Not filtering your pool water long enough
  • High Cyanuric Acid (CYA) levels

Types of Algae in Swimming Pools

Before you can start removing the algae it is going to be extremely important to determine what type of algae you are dealing with. In swimming pool water, you will either find green, black, or mustard algae. Green is the most common and black is the most challenging to remove.

  • Green Algae – This is the most common algae found in pool water, green algae will typically show up on the walls of your pool or along the surface of the water in large, floating clumps
  • Black Algae – This is the most difficult type of algae to remove. Black algae like to form on the interior finish of your pool and deeply root itself in the cracks and crevices. If you have a Pebble Tec swimming pool, black algae love those even more.
  • Mustard Algae – mustard algae is a form of green algae that is highly resistant to chlorine and has a brownish-yellow color. This type of algae is slick and slimy, which can help you distinguish it from dirt, which will have more of a coarse feeling. This form of algae collects on pool stairs, ladders, and near lights.

How To Remove Algae

If you have identified that algae are in your swimming pool you will need to make sure you balance your water chemistry. This means making sure your pH is between 7.2 and 7.6, that you raise your chlorine levels, and you keep it clean. If you don’t already have one you will need to purchase steel algae brush to help break up the algae. Remember, black algae are extremely difficult, so you will need to typically brush 3-4 times a day or more. We recommend tripling up on your normal amount of shock levels and run your pump longer to help filter. In the end, when you finish brushing chances are you will need to brush more. In some cases, you will need to also check your phosphate levels because if they are high no matter how much chlorine you have in the pool algae will grow.

If you should have any questions about algae and how to remove it, we highly recommend calling us before you start buying all sorts of other chemicals that the industry recommends.

 

 

 

Benefits of A DE Filter and How To Backwash Them

Adding DE To A Pool

How To Add DE To A Pool

As a swimming pool owner do you know what type of filter you have? The most common filter found in swimming pools is sand because it is relatively easy to maintain but Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or cartridge can also be found too. In the industry, if you talk to most people they will say DE Filters are the hardest to deal with but at Weber Pools, we feel strongly about them and want to teach you how to backwash them, give you a step by step process on what to do, the benefits of using them, and what pools they are best used on. First and foremost, backwashing is the act of cleaning your filter after it’s collected dirt and debris from your pool. It works by sending pool water backward through your filter and out the waste or drain.

Benefits of Owning A DE Filter

  1. Great for pools with lots of vegetation
  2. Cleans the largest surface area
  3. Filters down to the smallest micron when compared to sand and cartridge

5 Steps To Backwashing Your DE Filter

  1. First and most importantly, turn off your filtration system and put your filter in the proper backwash position
  2. Turn on your filtration system and run it for approximately 2 minutes through a backwash hose or PVC pipe that directs the water away from the pool and into a designated area. Ideally, you will want to run the backwash until the water becomes clear.
  3. Put backwash valve back into normal filtration mode for roughly 30 seconds and then repeat step #2 again for about a minute or until the water is clear.
  4. Turn the system off and then turn backwash valve back to regular filtration mode
  5. Turn your system back on and add DE Powder through the skimmer as quickly as possible. It is extremely important for the filter grids to be coated with DE so you must have enough DE on hand. Please note, if you don’t add enough DE to the grids, dirt will attach itself to the grids and not backwash off. This can cause your filter to short cycle or ruin the grids.

How Much DE To Add To your Filter

First, you will need to determine the size of your DE Filter which you can usually locate on the side of the filter. Next, we highly recommend buying a DE Scoop to help measure the amount. If you don’t have a DE Scoop a metal coffee can would be a possible option. Since DE is measured in pounds we ultimately recommend buying a one pound DE Scoop for accuracy.

  • 36 sq ft. filter – 4.5 pounds (4.5 scoops)
  • 48 sq ft. filter – 6 pounds (6 scoops)
  • 60 sq ft. filter – 7.5 pounds (7.5 scoops)

Please note, typically all new filters will have gauges that recommend when it is time to backwash the filter. Typically when you start you will want to manually change the gauge to remind you to clean when it is approximately 10psi above starting the starting point.

 If you happen to own a DE Filter and aren’t sure when it’s time to backwash or take it apart and clean it, please contact the best pool service in Dallas!

The Steps To Clean A Cartridge Filter

 

Dirty cartridge filters

Are you the owner of a swimming pool? Do you happen to have a cartridge filter? Is the pressure reaching the cleaning stage (otherwise known as dirty)? Have you ever cleaned them yourself? At Weber Pools, we know cartridge filters are popular but it’s important to know that when the gauge reaches “dirty” that you properly clean them!

How To Clean A Cartridge Filter

We know that as a swimming pool owner, you have a choice when it comes to purchasing a filter for your swimming pool. In the end, you can either choose sand, cartridge, or DE. There are numerous benefits to each but in the end, they are all unique and offer differences that should come into your decision. One advantage of having a cartridge filter is the lack of continuous maintenance it requires. Unlike a sand filter that needs to be backwashed regularly, a cartridge filter only needs to be cleaned a few times per year. When a cartridge filter needs to be cleaned, it can, however, be a tedious process but we want to help. So, if your pressure gauge is 8-12PSI above the starting pressure it’s now time to begin the process. At Weber Pools, we not only offer weekly service but this service also and wanted to give you the step by step process for those that want to do it at home. Please keep in mind, cartridge filters are great for those that are water conscious but to keep it functioning properly you must keep it clean when that pressure gauge rises!

The following are the steps to clean the filter:

  1. Completely turn off the filtration system and make sure the pool timer is not set to automatically turn on during your cleaning process.
  2. Slowly bleed the air from the filter by turning the air relief valve. You can typically find this valve on the top of your filter.
  3. Remove the tension clamp that holds the filter together. Each brand may have their own release mechanism, so make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and have the proper tools to do it.
  4. There may be some part holding these cartridges in place. If this mechanism is present, it needs to be removed before taking your cartridge filters out and stored in a safe and dry place.
  5. Carefully and slowly remove all the cartridge filters and set them aside. It is important to inspect each cartridge for cracks, tears or other any other visual damage. If damage has occurred you will need to replace it as soon as possible.
  6. Use a garden hose to rinse debris from between the pleats. Make sure to run the water and clean the inside of the filter, as well.
  7. After they have been rinsed out you will need a large bucket or trash can for the next step. This step will help to remove lotions, oils, and sunscreen. You will need to soak them in a filter cleaner or detergent. This process should take about 8-10 hours. If you use a detergent only use 1 cup for every 5 gallons of water. Do not use more than what is recommended. This is one of those instances where more isn’t better!
  8. After the soak has been completed make sure to hose them off again extremely well to remove the cleaning agent.
  9. Place cartridges back in the filter, replace the lid and clamp
  10. Turn on the system and open up air relief valve to remove all excess air.
  11. Take note of new filter pressure and set clean and dirty numbers to help remind you when it’s time to do this process again.

As a weekly service and maintenance company this is a service that we proudly offer but wanted to provide you with all the steps necessary if you care to do it yourself. If you should have any questions about your filter, please contact us today!

Weekly Pool Service, The Best Investment For Your Pool!

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An Investment In Your Swimming Pool

As a residential or commercial swimming pool owner, how do you take care and manage your swimming pool? Are you willing to check the water chemistry regularly, skim the debris out daily if necessary and do all the other things necessary to make your swimming pool look great? We recently had conversations with a variety of swimming pool owners who state, “The vacuum won’t stay on for more than 20 minutes, the motor clogs up, so I go in with a screwdriver to make it turn again…. and the dirt/ just won’t clear up all the way. I’m having to backwash it every day for about 2 minutes. I truly regret getting a pool! I feel so bad because my 7-year old boy really wants to swim and I just can’t get the pool right!” After this conversation, we found out he does have a pool service and quickly fired them!

Dallas Pool Company

Let’s be honest, taking care of a swimming pool isn’t as easy as it looks. Anytime you have a large body of water, extremely hot temperatures (the pool water is over 90 degrees) it becomes more and more of a challenge. Not to mention, dirt, debris, and everything else add up to making a swimming pool a nightmare for most people. But at Weber Pools, we want to make owning a swimming pool much easier on you and that’s why our weekly pool service and maintenance program is the best! The bottom line is, no matter how proud you are, if you have no clue how to take care of a swimming pool, you shouldn’t. To be honest, it’s not easy especially when things go wrong and the water temperature is above 90 degrees.

So, let us ask you a few questions….

  1. Do you know how much chlorine to add to a 20,000-gallon swimming pool to raise it from 1ppm to 5ppm?
  2. Do you know how much acid to add to a swimming pool with a pH of 8.2 and you need to lower it to 7.6?
  3. Do you know how to check for phosphates in your swimming pool?
  4. Do you know what to do when your Cyanuric Acid levels are above 100ppm?
  5. Are you willing to skim your pool regularly?
  6. Are you willing to vacuum it from time to time?
  7. Are you willing to brush the water tile line and interior finish of the swimming pool to prevent buildup?
  8. Do you know what to do when calcium starts to scale your tile and water features?
  9. Do you know how to backwash and when to do it?
  10. Do you know what to do when your plumbing is leaking?

If any of the above overwhelms you, then you need to hire a reputable weekly service and maintenance company that can help make owning a swimming pool easy. At Weber Pools, we offer weekly pool service and maintenance for both residential and commercial swimming pools. We also offer The Puripool Process which can help with calcium scaling too. 

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.