Importance of Pool Fences and Safety Barriers Around the Pool

As a swimming pool owner, one of your biggest concerns should be safety around your swimming pool and installing a pool fence or safety barrier can make a huge difference. First and foremost, at Weber Pools, we feel strongly that nothing is better than constant supervision around the pool but lapses can happen so installing a fence or barrier can add an important second line of defense that can prevent tragedies around the pool.  In Texas, pool code is extremely stringent and plays an important role in protecting small children from accessing backyard swimming pool and spas and accidental drowning. With provisions requiring pools to have layers of protection, such as fences, self-latching gates, and door alarms, the pool code is a valuable tool to help keep children safe by preventing their ability to access bodies of water. Having a swimming pool is a luxury but can turn tragic if you don’t properly install a barrier and that is why we want to talk about some of the benefits of installing a fence/barrier as well as some alarming statistics about drownings.

The following are benefits of installing a pool fence/barrier

Reduces drownings – anytime to you have a fence that is of appropriate height that doesn’t give a child easy access to the pool this can drastically decrease the potential for drownings or accidental drownings.

Peace of mind – just knowing that a barrier is there can give residential pool owners peace of mind knowing their child couldn’t get near the pool even if they lose track of where they are.

A variety of options available – in today’s world you can purchase mesh fences, pool nets and even rod iron fences depending on what you like most. Please keep in mind that with pool nets it is possible to slip in the pool and they take a fair amount of time to take off and put back on after you’re done with swimming.

Mesh fences give you flexibility – mesh fences are probably the best option because they can be easily installed and removed at any time if you’re hosting guests or moving!

According to the CDC, “How Big Is The Problem?

  • From 2005-2014, there was an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S.
  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.

Please note that in Texas, fences must be at least 48 inches tall and may not be constructed of chain link materials. The pool fence laws also require that gates, like the fence itself, be at least 48 inches tall.

If you should have any questions in regards to pool fences, please contact us today!

How Does Cyanuric Acid Effect Chlorine Levels In Your Pool?

When you have a swimming pool the effects of Cyanuric Acid (CYA) on chlorine are great. In fact, the relationship between chlorine and CYA is one that should be understood as a residential or commercial swimming pool owner. Having adequate amounts of chlorine (1-3ppm in the summer and 3-5ppm in the winter) is extremely important to prevent algae growth and in maintaining a clear/blue swimming pool! Knowing that, what does CYA have to do with this? Well, CYA is the most common chemical used to prevent chlorine loss in swimming pools. With our relatively long, hot Dallas summer the sun’s ultraviolet rays will destroy free chlorine but by having adequate amounts of CYA in the swimming pool can prevent this from happening. That’s why we decided to tackle this topic in our latest blog post because certain types of chlorine, as well as chlorine tabs, contain CYA which causes levels to rise in the swimming pool. When this happens, it can be more challenging to take care of your pool and we want to help you with what you can do!

Simply put, CYA is known as a stabilizer for the chlorine in swimming pools exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight.  Its primary function is to reduce 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.

Many of you know, chlorine is extremely important to have in the swimming pool to prevent algae growth but maintaining proper pH levels, Total Alkalinity (TA) and Calcium Hardness (CH) levels are also important in maintaining crystal clear water for your swimming pool. The bottom line is, if CYA is used properly it can reduce the cost of maintaining a swimming pool because it prevents chlorine loss and reduces the amount of chlorine needed to properly sanitize a swimming pool. It can also prevent algae blooms which can also save you money as well.

How Do I Know If My CYA Levels Are Too High?

Typically, the ideal amount of CYA is between 30-50 parts per million (ppm) but depending on how much direct sunlight the swimming pool gets, that number might need to rise. That number might also need to rise if you have a salt system (refer to the manual as most systems will require a higher level of CYA). Whereas, when the CYA levels rise above 100ppm, that can cause a fair amount of other problems too. The biggest issue when CYA levels rise above 100ppm is the effectiveness of chlorine because the higher levels tend to bind up the chlorine making it harder to kill the algae and other bacteria. It can also cause your water to become cloudy.

If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool and your CYA levels are too high or if it becomes challenging to manage your chemistry, you will need to change out the water in your swimming pool.  Depending on the time of year it can be extremely dangerous to expose the interior finish of your swimming pool. At Weber Pools, we offer residential mobile filtration that uses Reverse Osmosis to lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA and so much more. This is by far the best quality of water you can swim in and it will leave you with the best water for you and your family to swim in.

Weber Pools recommends routinely checking the water chemistry in your swimming pool for proper levels of chlorine, pH, CYA, TA, CH, TDS, and phosphates. If you want to maintain clear water that is ready to swim in, all of these levels must be maintained. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Why Should I Puripool My Swimming Pool?

Do you own a residential or commercial swimming pool in the Dallas area? Have you ever thought about why you should Puripool your swimming pool? As a swimming pool owner in our area, dealing with Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Cyanuric Acid (CYA) and waterborne diseases can make owning a swimming pool more challenging. Due to our tap water being loaded with calcium it can cause those levels to rise in your swimming each time you add more water to your pool. Not to mention, if you frequent commercial swimming pools waterborne diseases are on the rise! That’s why having knowledge about The Puripool Process and how it can make your swim experience much better is important to understand.

The water should be changed in your swimming pool every two to three years. It could be sooner if you own a saltwater chlorinator. Swimming is a fun activity that is enjoyed by many. It’s a way to cool off in the summertime, host parties with family and friends and even a source of exercise. Most people enjoy being in the water but what they complain about most is swelling like chlorine, having red/burning eyes that itch and it drying out their skin. If you spend a lot of money on your swimwear and hair, the water can also affect that too. So, how would you like to swim in drinking quality water? How would you like to swim in water that is softer and looks crystal clear? This can be done using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer to recycle your existing water. Since we use RO filtration, we actually put drinking quality water back in your swimming pool!

Last week, we processed a 22,000-gallon swimming pool because the homeowner was concerned about draining his swimming pool. Keep in mind anytime you empty out the existing water in your pool you take a risk of damaging the interior finish. By choosing to use the Puripool Process the water level never changes, you can swim in the pool during the process and you are left with the best quality of water for you and your family to swim in. If you decide to use this process every two to three years, you can also prevent calcium scaling on the water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, decorative water features, and spillways. In fact, it will also prolong the lifespan of your investment because when calcium scaling occurs it slowly destroys your swimming pool. If you’re curious to know more about how this service works and why it’s the best option when it’s time to change out the water in your swimming pool, contact us today!

Why is There Sand in My Swimming Pool?

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If you are noticing sand on the bottom of your swimming pool you definitely have a problem. First and foremost, if there’s sand in your swimming pool you know it came from your sand filter unless you took a recent trip to the beach! But how does this happen? Inside your sand filter, there is a pipe that runs down the center of the sand. At the bottom of that pipe, are laterals which look like fingers. Chances are if you are noticing sand, it’s one or more of the laterals located at the bottom of the standpipe which might have broke. This array of 6 – 8 perforated tubes is the last line of defense in keeping sand from pouring into your pool. Inside of your sand filter, water pours into the sand from the top where it filters its way down through the sand to the bottom of your filter. This is where the laterals come into play. The now filtered water is collected by the laterals and is rushed through the center pipe and back to the pool. The perforated holes are just big enough to allow water but prevent sand from seeping through. But if one of them is cracked, the sand will definitely be able to seep through and into your pool. Since the standpipe is pretty thick, it’s much harder to crack and all it takes is one of the laterals to crack in order for you to have sand in your swimming pool.

If a lateral is cracked, we have several suggestions on how to fix. The following is our step by step guide to help you on what you will need to do!

  1. Open up the sand filter and remove all the sand. A wet-dry vac can assist you because you will want to remove it all to expose the laterals.
  2. Replace all the laterals even the ones that aren’t cracked. Chances are this can happen again if they are old so we recommend changing them all out because each time this happens you will need to remove the sand in order to do it. Removing sand from the filter takes a fair amount of work so we suggest buying all the laterals and replacing them.
  3. Inspect the standpipe for cracks. (Remember, it’s thick and It’s up to you if you want to replace it)
  4. Add new sand to your filter

After you have added sand to your filter, set it to filter and turn it on. Allow the filter to fill up with water and check for leaks again. We recommend putting lube on the top to help with leaks. After the filter is full of water we suggest backwashing too and inspecting the pool to make sure there isn’t an increase in the sand. Finally, you will need to manually vacuum the swimming pool to remove the sand. Over the next few days, continue to inspect the pool for sand.

Changing the sand in your filter isn’t a hard job but it is time-consuming. If you should have any questions about how to do this or need us to help you, please contact us today!

How Do I Remove Calcium From My Swimming Pool?

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If you live in the Dallas area and you own a pool, you are going to have to familiarize yourself with how to remove calcium from your swimming pool. In the Dallas Ft. Worth area, our tap water is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals. Typically, tap water is measured around 300 parts per million (ppm) which is moderately high when it comes to calcium levels in water. This causes problems with swimming pools because as pool water evaporates which increases during the summer time the hardness minerals remain in solution and build up in concentration. When calcium levels climb to 600ppm and higher you will need to remove calcium from your swimming pool!

At Weber Pools, we are very familiar with calcium and how it affects your swimming pool. As calcium builds up in concentration, it will scale the water tile line, the interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. This scaling causes damage to your swimming pool and filtration equipment and can be extremely expensive to remove. As a rule of thumb, we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years to prevent scaling and prevent large expenses to keep your pool looking great. This can be done by using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration trailer to lower the following issues:

  • Calcium Hardness (CH)
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Phosphates
  • Salts
  • Waterborne Diseases

Our filtration equipment is mobile which means it comes to your residential or commercial property and recycles the swimming pool water onsite. This process can typically be done in less than a day on residential swimming pools. Our service can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool which makes it great for commercial properties as there is no downtime. Since the interior finish of the swimming pool is never exposed our process can be performed 365 days a year.

By choosing RO filtration we can provide you with the following:

  • Better water than the tap! In fact, it is drinkable!
  • Water quality that is safe for you and your family to swim in
  • An alternative that is great for water conservation
  • Water that is softer

As a swimming pool owner, swimming in the best quality of water should be your main concern. We have been offering this service for 3 plus years now and we know you will notice a difference in the water both visually and by feel. If you’re interested in learning how we can remove calcium from your swimming pool the safest way possible, contact us today!

Proper Pool Maintenance For Your Swimming Pool

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What does it take to have proper pool maintenance for your swimming pool? As a residential or commercial swimming pool owner taking care of your swimming pool can be difficult and finding the time necessary to keep your pool water chemically-balanced can be challenging. Not to mention, keeping it clean every week! Caring for swimming pools is our business and if you’re tired of spending time that you could be doing other things, consider hiring us today!

What is considered proper pool maintenance for your swimming pool?

To accurately take care of your swimming pool, proper pool maintenance includes several different steps…..

Circulation

Circulation is the center of pool maintenance or what is considered the hub! Its main function is to move water from the pool and send it through the filter for removal of any dust, dirt, and debris prior to sending it back to the pool. As a general rule of thumb, your pump should run one hour for every 10 degrees of temperature to prevent the water from becoming cloudy or from algae blooms.

Testing Your Pool Water

Testing your pool 1-2 times a week during the summer and once a week during the winter is important to maintain adequate water balance and sanitizer levels plus to ensure swimmer comfort. Using Taylor Test Kits to test the pool for adequate sanitizer levels as well as pH and total alkalinity is a great start. Living in Dallas, you will also want to test for Calcium Hardness (CH) because those levels are high coming out of the tap. These tests can be completed by you or your pool professional. In order to prevent scaling or corrosive action and to achieve maximum swimmer comfort, the pool water should be balanced to the following levels:

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

Please be sure to check the manual if you own a salt water chlorinator as some levels of water chemistry will be different from the above!

Cleaning

The next and final step in proper pool maintenance is cleaning. Cleaning should occur at least once a week and after any storms. Cleaning includes the following:

  • Brushing the tile, steps, and benches
  • Brushing the interior finish
  • Skimming out all the debris
  • Emptying the skimmer and pump basket
  • Backwashing as needed
  • Vacuuming the pool (installing a pool cleaner highly recommended)

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.

We would love to talk to you about your pool needs, offer you real solutions to meet those needs, while also saving you money. 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. If you’re curious to know more or to learn how we can help you, CONTACT US TODAY!

The Challenges With High Phosphate Levels In Your Swimming Pool

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As a homeowner with a swimming pool, there are many challenges with high phosphate levels in your pool. For most, they’ve never even heard of phosphates let alone know what to do when the levels get high…. That’s why we feel it’s important to discuss what they are, how they get into your pool, the challenges with high phosphate levels and how to remove them. According to Wikipedia, phosphates are, “an inorganic chemical and a salt of phosphoric acid. In organic chemistry, a phosphate, or organophosphate, is an ester of phosphoric acid. Of the various phosphoric acids and phosphates, organic phosphates are important in biochemistry and biogeochemistry (ecology), and inorganic phosphates are mined to obtain phosphorus for use in agriculture and industry. At elevated temperatures in the solid state, phosphates can condense to form pyrophosphates.”

We know that is the complicated version so for purposes of how phosphates effect swimming pools, they are food for algae. The challenge with phosphates is that they are constantly being introduced into your swimming pool water. They are found in lawn and garden fertilizers, vegetation, city water, and even in other pool chemicals. That means they can enter the pool water when any of the following occur:

  • The wind blows dirt or soil into your pool
  • Sprinkler run off from your lawn or landscaping enters your pool
  • You add fresh water into your pool
  • Leaves or other vegetation in your backyard enter the pool
  • You use pool chemicals containing phosphoric or other phosphorous based ingredients to clean your pool
  • Makeup, lotions, and hair products

What are the warning signs that you have high phosphate levels in your pool?

  • Algae on the walls or a green pool with adequate chlorine levels
  • Testing for them with an approved phosphate test kit

Do I need to remove phosphates?

The simple answer to this question is probably not! Most phosphate removers are sold as a preventative. As long as you keep a good level of chlorine (or whatever sanitizer you use), you need not concern yourself with removing phosphates. Save your money! Along with adequate chlorine levels, you need to make sure your pH, Total Alkalinity (TA) are balanced as well.

That said, If you’re still struggling with high levels of phosphates we would only check your phosphate level if your high levels of chlorine fail to get rid of the algae. If the phosphates levels exceed 1,000 parts per billion (ppb), then go ahead and lower your phosphate levels with a phosphate remover or using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer that lowers phosphates and the following:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Salts
  • Waterborne Diseases

Our filtration system conserves 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool, you can swim during filtration and it works for both residential and commercial swimming pools. If you want to ensure the best water possible free of phosphates, contact us today!

Commercial Swimming Pool Water Quality

IMG_7878-1When you have a commercial swimming pool you are going to be subject to water quality issues. Due to the number of bathers, body oils, urine, sun tan oils and the possibility of feces in a swimming pool it makes the quality of water diminish pretty quickly. That’s why most commercial swimming pools are monitored for their calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid levels. With the threat of Cryptosporidium and other waterborne diseases, swimming in the best quality of water should be your biggest concern. Waterborne diseases in large bodies of water are becoming more and more common and there is always a threat of them when swimming in a public/commercial swimming pool. Unfortunately, they aren’t visible so that can make it somewhat challenging. That’s why just because the water is blue and clear doesn’t mean it’s safe to swim in and why changing out your water on a regular basis is extremely important. With that said, we hope this blog post gives you a better idea of what cryptosporidium is, what the symptoms are and how to treat it in your pool water.

According to the CDC, “Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as “Crypto.” There are many species of Cryptosporidium that infect animals, some of which also infect humans. The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection. While this parasite can be spread in several different ways, water (drinking water and recreational water) is the most common way to spread the parasite. Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of waterborne disease among humans in the United States.”

The common signs and symptoms of Crypto are

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

To ensure the pool you are swimming in is safe, Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration is the way to go. If Crypto is present, RO can remove it. In fact, not only will it remove Crypto but it will also lower the following too:

  • Calcium hardness
  • TDS
  • CYA
  • Phosphates
  • Salts

Just last week we recycled a 50,000-gallon commercial swimming pool with our mobile filtration trailer using The Puripool Process.

Initial Chemistry

  • Calcium Hardness – 1000ppm
  • TDS – 2460ppm
  • CYA – 30ppm

There major problem at this point was calcium hardness, With calcium that high it would scale the water tile line, interior finish, and filtration equipment.

Ending Chemistry

  • Calcium hardness – 220ppm
  • TDS – 792ppm
  • CYA – 0ppm

This commercial swimming pool now has the best water quality and is free of any potential waterborne diseases. Swimmers could swim during filtration and they were able to conserve 85% of the existing water in the pool. If you should have any questions on how this service can help your residential or commercial swimming pool, please contact us today!

The Pool Pump Won’t Prime, What Should I Do?

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If your pump won’t prime, you are going to need to fix it as soon as possible! When it comes to your swimming pool, the pump/motor is the hub and by far the most important piece of equipment. This is what gets everything moving; the water, the chemicals, and the filtration. Without a functioning pump, your swimming pool will not work. That’s why if you’re having issues with getting your pump to prime, you will need to go through a variety of steps to get it to work.

First and foremost, if your pump won’t prime, it means there isn’t enough water running through the system to allow filtration to occur. When this happens it could be a variety of different things that we are going to make you aware of in this blog post. Whether you are a pool professional or a pool owner, walking into your backyard and seeing that your pump isn’t primed can be very frustrating. This could be a simple fix (lack of water) or a more complicated fix (internal damage to the pump). In the end, it is vital that troubleshooting occurs immediately to prevent the pool from turning green or burning out the motor.

When you turn on a system, you will want to make sure water fills up the pump basket all the way up to the lid. When this happens you might see a small air bubble at the top but most importantly the water should be pushing all the way up against the lid. Many people will confuse this with water close to the top. If the water isn’t fully hitting the top of the lid, then the pump isn’t fully primed and there is an issue with your filtration system. Other issues you might see is that the pump is half primed or not primed at all because of lack of water. As stated before, this should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent expensive fixes or your pool turning green.

The following are reasons why your pump isn’t priming and how you can fix it:

  • Pool water level is too low– if the water in the pool is below the skimmer the system will suck in air and the pump will not prime. Be sure to add water to the pool as soon as possible.
  • No water in the pump basket– sometimes just adding water from a hose or bucket directly into the pump can cause it to prime right away.
  • Clogged skimmer/pump basket– you are going to want to make sure the skimmer basket is empty and free of debris to allow water to pass through. Even if you have a weekly pool service make sure to check this from time to time or after a storm.
  • Pump cover is leaking– if you have a crack in the cover or an o-ring that is cracked this can let air into the system which won’t allow it to prime. You might need to buy a new lid or o-ring. Try applying pool lube to the o-ring to see if that helps. If you’re still having issues you might need to buy a new one. Remember to always apply pool lube to the o-ring.
  • Leaks anywhere in the plumbing– this will allow air into the system. Be sure to check all fittings and the ground around the filtration equipment for leaks. If you see any, this could be allowing air in the system which will prevent the pump from priming.
  • The impeller is clogged– If the pump’s impeller is clogged with any debris, water from the pool will not be able to flow out the side slots and generate a vacuum. Without a vacuum, the pump will not be able to suck water into the pump and it will not prime. Remove the impeller and clean out the debris. Please note, just because you have a skimmer and pump basket doesn’t mean that this can’t happen. Heavy storms or clogged baskets might allow debris to pass through.
  • Burnt out motor – if your motor isn’t working properly, this can cause your pump to not prime. Make sure the motor isn’t making any strange noises which can be a sign that it might be broken or failing.

The points listed above are the most common reasons why a pump won’t prime. Again, you will want to troubleshoot this as soon as possible to prevent filtration issues with your swimming pool. If you have any questions or are having challenges with your pump not priming, please contact us today for help!

 

Troubleshooting Green Pools, What’s the Problem

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My pool is green and I don’t know what the problem is! This isn’t an uncommon problem especially as summer continues but troubleshooting green pools is another key element to figure out why it’s green and how to prevent it from happening again. Has your pool been green before? Do you have a lot of vegetation around your pool? Has there been a lot of storms lately? Has there been a lot of swimming in the pool? These are some of the basic questions that can be asked to at least give us a starting point but chances are your problem isn’t as simple as lack of chlorine…..

When it comes to green pools the following is a simple equation that can be followed…. Green pools are typically a direct result of lack of chlorine or poor filtration. If you currently have 3 – 5 parts per million (ppm) chlorine and are filtering long enough (10 hours on average) your pool shouldn’t be green but again it might not be that simple. You could have other issues as well and we want to highlight those as well to help you troubleshoot your green pool.

After dealing with chlorine and filtration we highly recommend checking the following:

  • Condition of your filtration equipment
    • Does it have any leaks?
      • Leaks anywhere in your equipment can allow air into the system and prevent adequate flow.
    • Is your sand old?
    • Have you cleaned out your DE filter recently?
    • Are your cartridges dirty?
    • Does your filter need to be back washed?
  • Are your phosphate levels high?
    • Be sure to check your phosphate levels. They can increase after storms or by adding certain pool chemicals that contain phosphorous. If your phosphate levels are high, even with enough sanitizer in your swimming pool…. you can still grow algae because phosphates are a food for algae.

Your swimming pool equipment must be in good operating condition at all times. Pools must be maintained at least once a week during the summer time and potentially even more when there is high usage or storms. Cleaning the steps, benches and removing debris from the pool as soon as possible can help prevent issues and phosphates from increasing. Balancing your water chemistry (chlorine, pH and CYA) levels is also extremely important as well. As long as you have the proper levels of sanitizer in your swimming pool, your filtration equipment is functioning properly and the water chemistry is balanced you shouldn’t ever have to deal with a green pool.

In conclusion, has caring for your pool become an unwanted chore, taking away from the FUN that pool ownership should be? We know that it can be difficult finding the time necessary to keep your pool water chemically-balanced and clean every week, and with our ever changing weather, your pool chemistry can sometimes take on a life of its own. Caring for swimming pools is our business. Let us help you reclaim the joy and relaxation that comes with pool ownership. Contact us today at 817-481-7665 to inquire about our different maintenance plans. Weber Pools is sure to have the perfect plan for you!