How To Remove Calcium From Your Swimming Pool

Puripool in Texas

Lowering Calcium Hardness, TDS, and CYA from your swimming pool

With summer here and swimming pools at the forefront of everyone’s minds, have you checked your Calcium Hardness levels lately? Calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals are in our fill water in Texas and it can cause challenges if it isn’t managed. When it comes to water chemistry you need a certain amount of calcium, but unfortunately, in our area, we have too much! If you are concerned about your investment then this blog post is definitely for you because as calcium levels rise in your swimming pool so do the number of issues and challenges. Most pool professionals in the industry will say that the optimal amount of calcium in a swimming pool is between 200 and 400 parts per million (ppm). In some parts of the country, this is possible but with calcium coming out of our tap at a minimum of 300 ppm it’s literally impossible here. That’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every 1 – 2 years.

As water evaporates, calcium and other hardness minerals will remain in solution and gradually rise in concentration. Over time, this will become an issue for the following reasons:

  • Scaling of your decorative tile
  • Scaling of your interior finish
  • Scaling on your filtration equipment causing problems with operation.
  • Calcium scaling on your water features and spillways.
  • Potential increase in chemical demand

When any of the above happens it can be an expensive proposition to remove it, not to mention, being an eyesore to look at. At Weber Pools, we are committed to providing you with a variety of services to make your residential and commercial swimming pool experience is more enjoyable, that’s why we offer you The Puripool Process. This is an alternative to draining a swimming pool and we want to educate you on why it will be your best decision. As calcium levels rise in a swimming pool you can either drain and refill your swimming pool or choose to recycle the water instead. If you choose a drain and refill, please note that this process can take 2-3 days, you will be filling your swimming pool up with moderately hard water again and causing structural damage to your liner is always a possibility. Whereas, if you choose to have us recycle your swimming pool water instead, we can lower all of the following without draining the pool:

  • Calcium Hardness (CH)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Nitrates
  • Borates
  • Salt
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Algaecides
  • Phosphates
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

 

The benefits of using the Puripool Process are numerous. Since the water level never changes in the swimming pool, the potential for structural damage is non-existent, we can conserve up to 85% of the water in the pool, we guarantee calcium levels lower than tap water and since you can swim in the pool while the pool is being filtered, there’s no downtime! We can achieve this by bringing our mobile filtration trailer to your home or commercial property. The trailer is equipped with Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes that have the ability to give you the best quality of water to swim in. It also helps with itchy eyes, dry skin and overall it is a much more fun swim experience because the water is softer.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Weber Pools can help you with water chemistry issues, call us today at 817-481-7665. We proudly offer the Puripool Process to swimming pool owners in the Dallas area, Austin, San Antonio and parts of Oklahoma!

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!

 

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!

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.

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!

Why is Swimming Pool Water Chemistry So Important?

Weekly pool service Dallas

One of the biggest challenges for most swimming pool owners is to manage their swimming pools in the off-season. Let’s face it whether you hire a weekly pool service company in the Dallas area or if you take care of it yourself managing the water chemistry in the summertime can be challenging with how warm the water is and the number of storms we have. That’s why swimming pool owners get a little lazier in the winter or what we consider the non-swim season. This is normally when the swimming pool is an afterthought or when dropping a chlorine tab in the floater is all most want to do. But, trust us when we say, there’s more to be done and we hope this blog post helps you to understand why water chemistry is just as important during the winter time too!

Whether you have plaster, Pebble Tec, Fiberglass, or vinyl taking care of the water in the pool should always be important because you still need to manage chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) even when you aren’t swimming. Not to mention emptying out the skimmer and pump basket and brushing the steps, benches and interior finish to prevent staining. We totally understand that the swimming pool can be an afterthought at this point but please keep in mind if you want your pool to last, for the interior finish to keep looking great and to keep scaling off of the tile and filtration equipment we highly recommend following these simple tests.

Instead of testing your water weekly it should be okay to do it every other week but make sure your levels are within the following:

Chlorine 1-3ppm

pH – 7.4-7.8

TA – 80-120ppm

Calcium Hardness – less than 600ppm

CYA – 30-50ppm (unless you have a salt chlorinator)

When necessary we highly recommend adding acid to your swimming pool to keep the pH within normal levels to prevent potential cloudiness and scaling from occurring and please keep in mind because it will rise in the winter time too. Adding chlorine to prevent algae from growing in your swimming pool and if your Calcium Hardness is above 600ppm contacting us to lower the following without draining the swimming pool:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • TDS
  • CYA
  • Waterborne diseases
  • So much more

At Weber Pools, we are committed to you and your swimming pool. Our goal is to always give you the best water quality possible. We specialize in working with commercial and residential swimming pools. To learn more about our service, contact us today!