Cryptosporidium and Swimming Pool Water

Cryptosporidium in pool water

Swimming is fun, it’s relaxing, it’s a way to cool off, and it’s great for exercise but did you know it can also be risky? According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), “493 recreational waterborne disease outbreaks were reported from 2000 to 2014 — causing at least 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths. A third of those outbreaks were traced to hotel swimming pools or hot tubs and this number is on the rise.” When it comes to waterborne diseases the number one most popular disease is Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), It is a parasite tough enough to survive even in properly maintained pools.

To further this point,

“Crypto causes 58 percent of outbreaks where a germ was identified linked to pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds and 89 percent of the illnesses. Crypto spreads in pools when someone sick with the parasite has diarrhea in the water and other swimmers swallow that contaminated water. Swimmers and parents of young swimmers play an essential role in preventing Crypto outbreaks. Swallowing just a mouthful of water with Crypto in it can make otherwise healthy kids and adults sick for weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting.”

If you frequent commercial swimming pools where this is most common the following are ways that you can help prevent it.

  • Don’t swim in the pool if anyone is sick or has diarrhea
  • Ask about water quality issues and the last time the water was checked
  • Don’t swallow the water
  • Shower before entering the pool
  • Take children on frequent bathroom breaks

How To Remove Cryptosporidium From Pool Water?

In the industry, one of the most popular ways to treat cryptosporidium is by Hyperchlorination. The following are the steps necessary to do this:

  1. Close the public pool
  2. Raise the free chlorine to at least 20 parts per million (ppm) for 24-30 hours
  3. Keep the filtration working during hyperchlorination
  4. Backwash the filter after completion of hyperchlorination
  5. Allow swimmers to return to the water after time has been reached and water chemistry returns to normal levels

Even though this is the most popular method, Weber Pools offers The Puripool Process which is a mobile filtration system that uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration. RO has the ability to remove crypto and prevents the need to hyperchlorinate. RO filtration will also lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and so much more. We feel that using our mobile filtration system not only removes crypto but also gives your bathers the best water quality to swim in. If you are curious to know more about how we can help or how we can keep your water chemistry with industry standards, contact us today!

 

Phosphates In Pool Water Can Be Challenging!

Phosphates Pool Water Dallas

What Are The Challenges With Phosphates In Your Pool?

Phosphates are a challenge and can be a nightmare in your swimming pool especially if you don’t what they are and how to deal with them. You can’t physically see them, but as their levels increase in the swimming pool the water could turn green! This is where the problem is because even though you have adequate to high 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. However, there are several debates (and confusion) regarding phosphates in pool water. Simply put, phosphates are food for algae and when levels increase maintaining a blue and clear pool is tough. Now that we are well into summer and have had many storms with wind…. chances are phosphate levels have increased in your swimming pool.

Do you have a lot of trees in your backyard or struggle with lots of debris in your pool? If so, this is probably your best sign that phosphates might be an issue!

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 and potentially in other pool chemicals as well that you use. With that said, phosphates can enter into your swimming pool in the following ways:

  • When water is added to the pool by either you or the automatic leveler
  • 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

How Do You Remove Phosphates From The Pool?

First off, is your chlorine levels high? Is your pool turning green or are you developing algae blooms? 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 phosphate test kit or take a water sample into a pool store. 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 can be extremely effective if used following the directions based on the size of your pool. Many people think more is better but this is definitely not the case with phosphate removers.

Finally, phosphates can also be removed using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration Trailer (Puripool). This type of filtration will lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), CYA, phosphates, waterborne diseases, salts, and so much more from your swimming pool without draining the swimming pool. It will conserve up to 85% of the water in your swimming pool which means this service can be performed 365 days a year. This service will not only remove the phosphates but give you the best water quality to swim in. In conclusion, we recommend testing regularly for phosphates especially if you’re in an area with heavy vegetation and being mindful to lower the levels as soon as possible to prevent algae growth. If you have any other questions about phosphates or how we can help you, contact us today!

The Importance of Clean Commercial Swimming Pool Water

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Water Quality In Commercial Swimming Pools Is Important

We are well into summer, which means so is heavy public swim season in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. Swimming in water parks, hotels, resorts, apartment complexes and any other commercial swimming pool can be a lot of fun but the challenge will always be wondering whether or not it is clean? Anytime you have large bodies of water, numerous swimmers and especially children, you never know what you are swimming in! Keep in mind that just because the water is blue, it doesn’t always mean that it’s safe to swim in and at Weber Pools, we are concerned about your safety! We have been servicing swimming pools for twenty plus years and most of our staff has been with us for ten years or longer. The biggest key for us is to make sure you’re swimming in a pool that is sanitary and free of any contaminants. We do that by offering the following services:

  • Commercial Swimming Pool Maintenance and Repair
  • Puripool
  • Any many more

Commercial Swimming Pool Maintenance and Repair

Weber Pools Monthly Pool Service covers the Dallas/Fort Worth and Plano areas and includes the cost of service, as well as all of the additional costs that would normally occur as the result of standard pool upkeep (filter cleaning/backwash, chemicals, conditioning, etc). In addition, there are no hidden costs that will arise aside from unexpected repairs that are unfortunately out of our control. We have set up our bids this way so that budget projection will be less of a headache.

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.

We proudly offer the following Commercial Pool Services:

  • Commercial Pool Cleaning
  • Equipment Repair & Retrofit (Energy-Efficient Upgrades too)
  • Custom Pools and Spas
  • Plaster, Coping and Tile work
  • UV Water Treatment
  • Stain Removal
  • Deck repair
  • Control Systems
  • Salt Systems
  • And so much more

Puripool

The other service that we offer and what has truly taken the residential and commercial swimming pool industry by storm is the Puripool Process. It’s an alternative to draining a swimming pool by recycling the water instead! If you were swimming in a community pool, wouldn’t you want the water to perfect? If the answer to that question is yes, then we have the perfect solution for you!

Due to high use and sanitation requirements, total dissolved solids (TDS) and hardness minerals in commercial swimming increase at a much faster rate than residential swimming pools. The chances of people urinating in the swimming pool or even pooping do happen which can lead to waterborne diseases but with Puripool Mobile Filtration all of this can go away without draining the swimming pool or losing any swim time. Our mobile filtration system comes to you and lowers calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid, phosphates, salts and so much more including getting rid of waterborne diseases! So, instead of wasting all that water because someone pooped in the pool or the solid levels are too high, call us so we can help you get back on track without shutting down the swimming pool or wasting the water!

How Clean Is Your Commercial Swimming Pool Water

Cloudy Commercial Pool Water

Water Quality and Commercial Swimming Pools

If you frequent commercial swimming pools have you ever questioned the water you are swimming in? Have you ever thought about when the last time they changed it out, or if the water chemistry is balanced, or why the water is so cloudy? Depending on how busy the pool you are swimming in will always determine the water quality. Chances are, the larger number of bathers, the worse the water is. For example, chances are the water is worse at a high-end resort with numerous guests compared to an apartment pool but no matter the situation, water quality, and your safety should be yours and their number one concern.

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 are also aware of all the current and ever-changing health department swimming pool requirements and processes.

With this type of knowledge and experience, this has allowed us to not only take care of commercial swimming pools but also help them with their water quality. That’s why we want to highlight what happens at a high-end property with numerous bathers. If you are either at a water park or resort there are numerous factors that go into the clarity of the water. The following are a few of them:

  • Lotions
  • Suntan oils
  • Body Oils
  • Sweat
  • Hair Products
  • Makeup
  • Urine
  • Alcohol
  • Number of bathers
  • So much more

When this happens, it can cause the water to look extremely cloudy. The water might even look “old!” Typically, in water parks or high-end resorts, you are going to deal with the factor of urine because most people will not get out of the pool which can make your eyes burn. These factors, along with increasing levels of Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, and Cyanuric Acid demand a water change. But do you really want to shut down your swimming pool?

The Puripool Process

At Weber Pools draining a pool isn’t necessary. The Puripool Process allows us to recycle your pool water onsite with Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration. This process will remove all of the above issues and bring your pool water back to life. You can even swim in the pool during filtration!

If you are curious to know how this service will benefit you, contact us today because not only will you see the difference in your water, but you will feel it too!

 

 

Why Recycling Pool Water is Better Than Draining!

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What is the Puripool Process?

The Puripool Process is an innovative method of recycling pool water through reverse osmosis filtration, UV filtration, and Ozonation. Puripool will remove Cyanuric acid, Calcium and other hard water minerals, excess TDS, Salt, Viruses, Bacteria, and Allergens. The processed water when returned to your pool is bottled water quality, safer, cleaner and healthier than your pool water has ever been.

Why should I use the PuriPool process?

  • Puripool is Eco-friendly, conserving a precious resource – WATER.
  • Puripool makes your water better than tap water.
  • Puripool is economical, the cost is similar to having your pool drained and re-filled.
  • Puripool removes harmful contaminants.
  • Puripool keeps your pool full of water guarding it against floating our exposing plaster to air.
  • Puripool usually takes less than 24 hours and you can swim while it is cleaning.

From the day your pool is first filled, it is often above the standards for pool water chemistry in Calcium Hardness (200 to 400 parts per million, or ppm) and continues to increase as you remove water by getting out of the pool, splashing or evaporation. To replenish this lost water, new water is added and additional hard water is introduced; raising the concentration levels of this hard water (predominantly Calcium and Magnesium) and creating a higher level of these minerals. This level increases, creating such hard water that your chemicals can no longer do their job, dictating the need for higher chemical levels to keep the pool safe. Additionally, scale builds on your interior finish, tile, pool plumbing, and equipment, which can lead to failure and expensive repairs!

In the past, the water was dumped down the drain and since the average pool has 20,000 gallons of water in it this is a huge waste of water. Whereas, ‘The Puripool™ Process” allows us to provide the solution to remove Calcium Hardness and Total Dissolved Solids from all swimming pools, residential or commercial without draining it. As pool water evaporates and time passes, your relaxing, inviting swimming pool becomes more work to maintain and the water becomes less sanitary.

In less than a day, our mobile filtration unit will lower or remove the Total Dissolved Solids, Calcium, excess Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid), Phosphates, Nitrates, Viruses, etc. We will give you back a clean, healthy pool; all while conserving nearly 85% of your existing water. Your pool will be as pure as if you had filled it with bottled drinking water!

So, why not take the step today to swim in the best water quality possible? Contact us today for a quote and we promise you will not only love the way the water looks but how it feels too!

How To Lower Calcium Hardness and TDS Without Draining The Pool

 

Puripool in Dallas

The Benefits of The Puripool Process

Reverse osmosis was first observed in the mid-1700’s and has been used successfully since the 1970’s to treat water. When it comes to swimming pools, pool covers can help with evaporation, but if you live in areas where the water is hard, you will need to change out your water every couple of years. Our technology can conserve up to 85% of the water in the swimming pool, which makes it an effective solution to a typical drain and refill.  Draining pools waste an average of 20,000 gallons of water and use another 20,000 gallons of water to refill-there is a better way!

At Weber Pools, our mobile filtration trailer utilizes Reverse Osmosis to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), salts, phosphates, Cyanuric Acid (CYA) and other contaminants from the swimming pool. The trailers are completely self-contained and run on their own power. Two hoses come from the trailer and one is attached to a pump that takes water from the swimming pool into the trailer. The water is pre-treated before it contacts the RO membranes and then pure water is returned to the swimming pool. Depending on the initial TDS reading, we can predict how long the process will take to lower the TDS and calcium levels to below what can be obtained from the tap. There is no downtime during the process and the surface of the swimming pool is never exposed.

Just last week we processed a 10,000-gallon above ground swimming pool and want to share the results with you.

Initial Chemistry

Calcium Hardness – 750 parts per million (ppm)

Total Dissolved Solids – 3750ppm

CYA – 80ppm

After filtering this swimming pool for 8 hours we were able to leave them with the following ending chemistry that is better than Dallas tap water.

Ending Chemistry

Calcium Hardness – 150ppm

Total Dissolved Solids – 800ppm

CYA – 0ppm

This service allows us to provide the best solution to remove Calcium Hardness and Total Dissolved Solids from all swimming pools, residential or commercial. As pool water evaporates and time passes, your relaxing, inviting swimming pool becomes more work to maintain and the water becomes less sanitary.

In less than a day (residential pools), our mobile filtration unit will lower or remove the Total Dissolved Solids, Calcium, excess Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid), Phosphates, Nitrates, Viruses, etc. We will give you back a clean, healthy pool; all while conserving nearly 85% of your existing water. Your pool will be as pure as if you had filled it with bottled drinking water!

If you are interested in swimming in the best water quality today, contact us now to schedule an appointment!

 

Got High Calcium Levels In Your Swimming Pool, You’ve Got Problems

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Don’t Drain Your Swimming Pool, Recycle Instead With Puripool

When it comes to owning a residential or commercial swimming pool, there are many dangers of having high levels of Calcium Hardness (CH) levels in your swimming pool! When it comes to calcium in tap water there are certain places in the country that have much more than others. Dallas and San Antonio are definitely some of them. In those places, the calcium coming out of the tap water is on the higher end of what is recommended for a swimming pool but it’s important to note that swimming pools need a certain amount of calcium to keep the interior finish intact. It is when those levels get too high that challenges occur. For swimming pools, the standard and recommended amount of Calcium Hardness (CH) in the swimming pool industry are between 200 – 400 parts per million (ppm) but in our area, the calcium levels coming out of the tap is 300ppm and higher! The challenges for residential and commercial swimming pool owners is when calcium levels get too high in their swimming pool. When these levels continue to climb scaling occurs on the water tile line, the interior finish, filtration equipment, decorative water features, spillways, and salt chlorinators (if you have one). It can also be challenging to manage the water chemistry too! If you happen to have a saltwater chlorinator, high levels of calcium hardness will prevent it from functioning properly and if any of this occurs it can not only be tough to look out but also expensive to remove. So, swimming pool owners should think about changing out the water in their swimming pools every couple of years!

So what happens when calcium levels get too high? The simple answer is it must be lowered from the swimming pool water. At this point you can choose to drain and refill your swimming pool which takes 2-3 days, it can damage your interior finish and you will be filling it back up with Dallas’s hard water or you can recycle it using The Puripool Process.  At Weber Pools, we offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases without draining the swimming pool. This service puts drinking quality water back in your swimming pool and you can swim in the pool while it is being filtered. Not to mention, we conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool which is great for water conservation.

As a residential or commercial swimming pool owner, if you want to swim in the best water quality this summer the answer is simple…. Weber Pools is committed to providing you with not only excellent water quality but also water that is more fun to swim in. If you should have any questions about how our service works, please contact us today!

Your Swimming Pool Water Quality Is Important

Swimming Pool Water Quality

Let’s face it, swimming pools are a luxury, and if you own a swimming pool there are numerous benefits that can be enjoyed. Simply put, whether you are exercising, hosting a barbecue with friends and family or lounging in the pool, it is extremely important you know how to keep it clean and sanitized. Typically, most people think that by brushing the water tile line and interior finish, skimming and keeping proper chemistry is enough but it goes far beyond that. Swimming pools should be maintained at least once a week to keep them clean but depending on weather conditions sometimes maintenance will need to occur more than that. An example of this is if you live in an area with lots of trees and other vegetation you might need to maintain it more to keep leaves and other debris out of the pool. Honestly, on windy days we aren’t afraid to let you know we skim out leaves every day. We do this to prevent issues and phosphate buildup. But, on a weekly basis, the water tile line and the interior finish of the swimming pool should be brushed to prevent buildup and dirt. Debris should also be skimmed out of the swimming pool as soon as possible as it can change the chemistry in the swimming pool and could cause excess chlorine usage or an increase in phosphates.

One major benefit to having in your swimming pool is an automatic swimming pool cleaner. This will help remove debris from the bottom of the swimming pool and drastically reduce the amount of work that you need to do. Regularly check all equipment for leaks because this can not only waste water but it can also cause poor filtration which can lead to inadequate movement of water and the possibility of algae growth.

On top of all this, keeping adequate amounts of chlorine in the swimming pool, monitoring your pH, Total Alkalinity and keeping your CYA levels within a normal range is also essential for keeping your swimming pool clean and the water clear and free of contaminants. Depending on where you live, you are also going to need to consider Calcium Hardness (CH) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) as well.

On the other hand, due to bather load, if you own a commercial swimming pool or like to swim in them, proper maintenance is extremely important along with adequate filtration. Water quality especially when it comes to commercial swimming pools has been in the news a lot. Weber Pools works with a variety of commercial swimming pool to keep them clean and ready to swim in. We also offer The Puripool Process which uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Cyanuric Acid, and waterborne diseases.

This service is available for both residential and commercial swimming pool owners. If you have any other questions about the importance of swimming pool water quality or The Puripool Process, please contact us today!

 

Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh With Puripool!

Dallas Puripool Commercial Swimming Pool

In Dallas, commercial swimming pool water is highly regulated. It’s regulated for your safety and to keep Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) from getting too high and to make sure you are swimming in the best water quality. Trust us when we say, these regulations are for your safety especially with the number of bathers and high risk for waterborne diseases like crypto! So at Weber Pools, we would like to introduce you to Commercial Swimming Pool Water Refresh! It literally is exactly what it sounds like, we come to your commercial swimming pool and refresh the water!

How Do We Do This?

Well, we use a service we have already been providing in a slightly different way. We will come to your commercial swimming pool with our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer and we recycle the pool water for 12 hours. During this time we will lower Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases to keep your pool looking great. The price of this service is $250.00 and we will lower all those levels as much as they will come down in a total of 12 hours.

Why Do You Need This Service?

As a commercial swimming pool owner, you will need this service because it will help you stay in compliance, it will keep your calcium levels down. It will also help prevent your TDS and CYA levels getting to a point where the city would shut you down. It will also keep better quality water in your swimming pool at all times.

Dallas Weber Pools Puripool

About Weber Pools Puripool Service

The Puripool Process is more convenient, less wasteful, and puts cleaner, safer recycled pool water in your pool without exposing your plaster or pool shell to air and potential damage and this process is normally complete in less than 24 hours. The Puripool purification process pulls water from your pool and uses reverse osmosis, 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 you can swim while we clean and polish your water and it saves about 85% of the water.

If you should have any questions about the commercial swimming pool water refresh, contact us today!

My Pool Water Feels Gross!

I don’t like the way I feel when I get out of the pool. Frankly, my pool water feels gross, why is that?

Now that spring is here, many people are looking for ways to get their swimming pool ready for the season! While you were swimming last year, if you noticed that your water felt old or disgusting it is now time to do something about it! First, we want you to think about everything that happens in a swimming pool….. Keep in mind, just because your pool water is clear and blue doesn’t mean it’s going to be great to swim in. Honestly, if you haven’t changed out the water in your pool for a while, you’re going to deal with any of the following in excess in your water….

  • Body Oils
  • Soap
  • Suntan oils
  • Suntan lotions
  • Dirt
  • Soils
  • Salt
  • Urine
  • Sweat
  • So much more

So, even though swimming can be a great form of relaxation, exercise, cooling off or entertaining friends and family you must realize your water will age! This means it isn’t going to feel great if you don’t change it out at least every two years. This is one of the main reasons why you might smell like chlorine when you get out, your skin will be dry, itchiness occurs and the dreaded red/stinging eyes occur. With that said, we want to examine why eyes turn red and it has nothing to do with high amounts of chlorine which most people think!

This might not be as common in residential swimming pools but If you choose to swim in a public (commercial) pool and you notice you have bloodshot eyes, it’s not because of the chlorine, rather URINE is what is causing them to sting and turn red!

The nitrogen in the urine combines with chlorine and it forms what’s known as chloramines and it’s the chloramine that causes your eyes to turn red! With this being said, an important tip would be not to swim in a pool with if you can smell high levels of chlorine because chances are it’s filled with high levels of urine! Bottom line, if you can smell the chlorine, stay out of it!

Chlorines main purpose is to clean out and prevent bacteria, E-coli, and algae from forming in the pool. It’s not meant to deal with urine.

That’s why with as many bathers as swimming pools have, it’s vital to change out the water in your swimming every two years (sooner for commercial pools). At Weber Pools, we highly recommend using our Puripool Mobile Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system to combat this issue. It will lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid.  Using RO filtration will also give you and your family the best quality of water to swim in which is much better than our tap. If your pool water feels old or disgusting we promise it will feel much better or even softer using our service! Remember, just because your pool water is clear and blue doesn’t mean it’s always the best to swim in. Remember, your best sign to change out the water is If you are always getting out of the of water feeling dry or itchy, IT IS TIME!

If you have questions about water quality or our service, let us know!