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

 

Lowering Cyanuric Acid In Your Swimming Pool

Lowering CYA Swimming Pools Dalls

Removing CYA In Your Pool Without Draining

When it comes to keeping your pool sanitized, clear and blue, chlorine is the most important chemical that you will use in your swimming pool. Whereas, cyanuric acid (CYA) is the conditioner and/or stabilizer that helps prevent chlorine loss in swimming pools. As much as this chemical is vital in your swimming pool, it can also be a nightmare when the levels get too high! During the long, hot and muggy summer months the sun’s ultraviolet rays destroy free chlorine but having the proper amount of CYA in the swimming pool can prevent that and we hope that this post helps explain why CYA is necessary for your swimming pool and how to get rid of it when the levels get higher than what is considered normal.

Typically, the ideal amount of CYA in your pool is between 30 and 50 parts per million (ppm). If your swimming pool gets more direct sunlight, that number could be a little higher. Again, this is ideal but what happens when the number gets much higher? Why does this happen? When CYA levels rise above 100ppm, it can cause a fair amount of problems. It can actually “bind” up the chlorine and reduce its effectiveness thus making it harder to kill algae and other bacteria in your swimming pool. The most common reason why CYA increases is that stabilizer is one of the main ingredients in chlorine tabs. Tabs are typically way overused and cause CYA to increase. When this happens you can do numerous backwashes in your swimming pool if you have a sand filter or DE filter but that can be extremely time consuming and also a huge waste of water. Another option, which we highly recommend is using mobile filtration to recycle your swimming pool water instead of draining it.

Our mobile filtration trailer will lower the following issues:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • And so much more

Draining a swimming pool is extremely dangerous and when you fill it back up, the tap water is already moderately hard. With our mobile filtration trailer, we provide you with drinking quality water in your swimming pool and guarantee that our end product is lower in hardness minerals than tap water. We can filter the water in most cases in less than a day, you can swim in the pool while the process is being done, we conserve approximately 85% of the water in your pool and we promise to lower the CYA levels too!

If you maintain proper CYA levels, it can reduce the cost of operating your pool because it prevents chlorine loss and reduces the amount of chlorine needed to properly sanitize your swimming pool. Remember to always check the water chemistry in your swimming pool for adequate levels of chlorine, pH, CYA and calcium hardness. It is vital that all of these levels are within normal ranges to prevent algae growth in your swimming pool.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our mobile filtration trailer can help you, call us today!

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!

 

Commercial Swimming Pool Regulations for Dallas Swimming Pools

Puripool Swimming Pools in Dallas

Recycling Commercial Swimming Pool Water in Dallas

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.

There are very few pool service companies that offer the professional service that Weber Pools provides and that all commercial properties demand. We have office staff and highly qualified pool service technicians and repair technicians that cover the Great Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are committed to providing and being available for not only regular everyday needs but for crisis situations as well. Commercial swimming pools are highly regulated and there can be many different reasons why they could be shut down. Nobody wants swimming pools to be shut down especially during the summer time but we can be available to help out when needed! We want to highlight a recent situation that many commercial swimming pool owners face and that is high cyanuric acid (CYA) levels. Just last week we got called out to a job on a 25,000-gallon commercial swimming pool that had levels of 100 parts per million (ppm) CYA. They were having an inspection the next day and with levels that high, they would’ve been shut down.

Recycle swimming pool water in Dallas

 

So, we showed up with our 40,000 gallons per day mobile filtration Reverse Osmosis unit to help them. With mobile filtration we can help with the following issues without draining the swimming pool:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Cyanuric Acid
  • Borates
  • Salt
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Algaecides
  • Sequestering Agents
  • Phosphates
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • Total Dissolved Solids

Cyanuric acid helps reduce the 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.  The reason why in Dallas the regulations are set at 100ppm as a maximum is the effectiveness of the 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.  When this happens, a water change is recommended but they didn’t have enough time so we rolled up with our mobile filtration trailer instead to purify the water using the Puripool Process in less than a day. The end result was conserving 85% of the water in the swimming pool, increasing the effectiveness of the disinfecting agents and most importantly getting their CYA back into a normal range.

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

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

Calcium Will Destroy Your Swimming Pool

Recycling pool water in Dallas

Removing Calcium From Pools in Dallas

Taking care of a swimming pool can be a lot of work but there are a variety of different things one can do to make it simpler. Anytime you have a body of water especially when the water temperature rises it can be challenging to maintain it because algae love warm water. At a  minimum, you will need ample amounts of chlorine and the pH needs to be within normal limits (7.4 – 7.8) to maintain a swimming pool free of contaminants. But what happens when Calcium Hardness and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels rise in the swimming pool?

High calcium and TDS levels in a swimming pool can change the chemistry and make it more challenging to maintain a swimming pool. The simplest and easiest rule to remember is to change the water in the swimming pool every two to three years. When that time comes you can drain it and fill it up with our hard water from the tap or you can hire Weber Pools and utilize The Puripool Process. We have a mobile filtration system that not only conserves 85% of the water in the swimming pool but also gives you the best quality of water for your swimming pool. When the Puripool Process is complete it also makes taking care of a swimming pool much easier because it will be lower in Calcium Hardness, TDS, and Cyanuric Acid (CYA).

In the above-referenced pool, we conserved 30,000 gallons in roughly 20 hours. The following will show you before and after chemistry.

Initial Chemistry:

Calcium Hardness – 880 ppm

TDS – 3233 ppm

CYA – 150 ppm

After filtering this 22,000-gallon swimming pool for 15 hours we were able to lower the initial chemistry to the following:

Calcium Hardness – 140 ppm

TDS – 780 ppm

CYA – 30 ppm

Our guarantee for you is to provide you with better water than you would get out of the tap. In fact, you can drink the water that is returning to the pool! We also promise to lower your TDS and CYA levels which were high in this swimming pool and one of the main reasons why we were hired to perform the job. So, if your Calcium Hardness, TDS, or CYA levels are high please contact us today so we can recycle your pool water and make it easier to take care of it. Please note, Weber Pools recycles both commercial and residential swimming pools.

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.

 

Reverse Osmosis (RO) For Swimming Pools

Puripool in Dallas

The Best Filtration for Pools is Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a special type of filtration that uses a semi-permeable, thin membrane with pores small enough to pass pure water through while rejecting larger molecules such as dissolved salts (ions) and other impurities such as bacteria. RO is used to produce highly purified water for drinking water systems, industrial boilers, swimming pools, cosmetics, pharmaceutical production, seawater desalination, beer, and so much more. It has been a recognized technology for more than a century and commercialized since the early 1960s. At Weber Pools, we have adopted this system and are using it regularly on both residential and commercial swimming pools!

Specifically, we utilize both mobile and inline RO filtration for tackling swimming pools with high Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), waterborne diseases, salts, phosphates, nitrates, and so much more. This process conserves up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool and puts drinking quality water back in your pool which is much better than tap water. This then equates to you swimming in the best quality of water!

Recycling swimming pool water has been around for a while. In fact, we purchased our mobile filtration trailer from Pure Water Industries who started doing this 10 years ago!  It was invented with the sole belief that draining a swimming pool must be a thing of the past. Water conservation, less chemical demand and a swimming pool that is cleaner, safer and healthier for you and your family; ­all the benefits of maintaining your investment with Weber Pools!

Why hassle with pumping the water from your pool, paying for the refill and then trying to figure out the complicated chemicals needed to re­-balance your pool water, when Weber Pools can take care of it for you? In less than a day, we can filter your water and lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, phosphates, salt, bacteria, viruses, etc. and provide you with a clean, fresh pool! Not to mention, you can swim in the pool while filtration is occurring!

Would you like to swim in drinking quality water? If your answer is yes which we believe it should be, using Reverse Osmosis for your swimming pool is definitely the way to go. Trust us, your pool is going to love it and so are you! To learn more please contact us today and we promise to give you the best water quality to swim in!

How Do You Test For Calcium Hardness

Testing for Calcium Hardness Dallas

Testing for Calcium Hardness Is Important

Have you ever heard the term hard water before? Do you know that it is referring to Calcium Hardness? Have you taken the time to learn how it will affect your plumbing, filtration equipment, and your swimming pool? If you haven’t, you really should because in Dallas, our water is pretty hard! Basically, this is a fancy way of letting you know it’s loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other hardness minerals that can cause major damage to your swimming pool and filtration equipment! If you’re not sure if you have it, if you have a white ring around your tile or scaling on your water features trust us when we say, it’s there!

Maintaining the proper Calcium Hardness level in your pool is essential to you maintaining proper water quality and reducing the chances of your water corroding the plumbing in your pool or causing the scale to build up on the interior finish of your pool. In Dallas, our water is loaded with it which is why it’s important to know what it is and how to test for it.

What is Calcium Hardness

Calcium Hardness (CH) is the measure of how hard or soft your pool water is, and how much calcium is dissolved in your pool water. Ideally, you should strive to have your CH levels between 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) with your ultimate goal being to try to keep it right in the middle of that figure. If you stray too high which is extremely common, your water will become too hard which could lead to problems down the road like scaling of your water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways, decorative water features, and salt chlorinators if you have one.

How Often Should You Test Your Pool Water For Calcium Hardness?

Honestly, this test doesn’t need to occur nearly as much as checking for chlorine, pH, and Total Alkalinity but since we live in an area with high levels of calcium in the water we do recommend checking it at least once a month.

How To Test For Calcium Hardness

At Weber Pools, we recommend using The Taylor Test Kit for Calcium Hardness to achieve the most accurate results. After you obtain the water sample you must add the buffer solution to the sample. Next, you will need to add 5 drops of the Calcium Hardness reagent which will cause the water to turn pink. You will want to make sure you agitate it enough to cause this solution to completely dissolve. Next is titration which you must do drop-by-drop by counting the number of drops until the test sample begins to turn blue. Please keep in mind for every one drop it is 10 parts per million (ppm) so if you need 55 drops, your reading will be 550 ppm.

How Do You Lower Levels of Calcium Hardness?

When it comes to hard water in your swimming pool you have two options. You can either drain your pool and refill it but keep in mind our water is already hard (around 350 ppm) or you can choose to recycle it using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Puripool mobile filtration which will leave you with much better water than tap and with water that will not only look better but feel better too.

At Weber Pools, we recommend purchasing a good Taylor Technologies drop test for the most accurate results. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us today!

Spring Time Swimming Pool Preparation

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Preparing Your Swimming Pool For Swim Season

Well, we’ve made it, we have officially made it through another winter and are heading into the time period when we can start to think about swimming again. If you own a swimming pool that means changes and prepping your swimming pool for swim season is extremely important. That is why we wrote this blog post and we hope it helps to answer any questions you might have on changes you need to make when the water starts to warm up.

With springtime temperatures just around the corner, Weber Pools would like to make sure your swimming pool is ready for the upcoming season. We understand that when you spend a lot of your hard earned money on a swimming pool, it’s extremely important to keep it clean and clear. Ultimately, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company (like us) should be at the forefront of your mind but we know that some people might not have the budget and would prefer to do it on their own. First and foremost, chemistry is extremely important and we recommend using the reliable Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), Calcium Hardness and phosphates. Now that spring is around the corner, checking chlorine, pH, CYA and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the tile line, the interior finish, steps, and benches. Skimming out all debris with a net as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is also extremely important to prevent chlorine loss in the pool. Please note, any dirt and debris effects water chemistry that is why it’s such a priority. You will also want to make sure to empty out the skimmer and pump baskets to allow for proper filtration in and out of the filter.

The following are appropriate values to remember when it comes to  water chemistry in the spring/summer time:

Chlorine – 3 – 5 ppm

pH – 7.4 – 7.8

TA – 80 – 120 ppm

CYA – 30 – 50 ppm

When levels of chlorine fall below recommendations or filtration is compromised algae will begin to grow. Please note, the warmer the water the faster it will grow! If the pH climbs above 7.8 the water can become cloudy and scaling can occur on the tile.  To prevent possible algae growth now is the time to increase your chlorine levels along with your filtration run times. Typically, depending on the size of your swimming pool your filter run times will be between 8 – 12 hours a day.

In conclusion, now is the time to get your water tested and to make sure you start making changes to the way you take care of your swimming pool. This is also a good time to have your filter checked as well for the increased amount of swimming that will occur. If you should have any questions or are looking to hire a company that can take the stress away from you, please contact us today!