Drought Conditions in Dallas, Texas!

it was only a couple years ago when Dallas, Texas was experiencing severe drought conditions. For many of us, it was a challenging time because it was new, we’ve never really experienced anything like it before and many of us had to change our lifestyle. We were concerned about water, we were concerned about all the different ways we could conserve and to be honest, the drought conditions in Dallas, Texas was something we had no choice but to be concerned about. Then, we had a tremendous amount of rain and with it, the drought was officially over. Well, that was the case for quite awhile and everyone quickly went back to their old habits but in the midst of Hurricane Harvey, Texas is enduring a huge drought again! As a company that has always been concerned about water, we feel that conserving water should always be occurring. That’s why we hope this blog post will give you some insight on one of the biggest ways swimming pool owners can conserve water.

Whether you have a residential or commercial swimming pool, we are going to have to deal with Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid (CYA). When these levels increase in a swimming pool they can cause all sorts of problems…. Just like owning a commercial swimming pool they also have to deal with the possibility of waterborne diseases due to the number of bathers in the swimming pool. Either way, owning a swimming pool can be somewhat challenging and depending on who you talk to, most pool professionals will recommend a water change every two to three years! They will recommend a drain and refill when CH, TDS, and CYA levels are high. They will also definitely tell you to change out the water if your swimming pool ever deals with a waterborne disease. When this happens we want you to think of Weber Pools. Weber Pools proudly offers The Puripool Process which is an alternative to a drain and refill and can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool. We use Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, CYA and so much more without draining the swimming pool. This service is mobile which means it comes to you. We can process most residential swimming pools in less than a day, you can swim in the pool during filtration, and we guarantee better water than what is coming out of the tap. Since we don’t drain the swimming pool, there is no concern about damaging the interior finish and since we use RO filtration, the water going back to your swimming pool is drinkable.

We conserve up to 85% of the existing water, the water will look better and feel better and this will give you and your family the ability to swim in the best water possible. If you should have any questions about how the service works, please contact us today!

When Is It Time To Clean My Pool Filter?

When it comes to keeping your pool clean and looking great, many people will ask us, “When is it time to clean my pool filter?” First, let’s discuss what type of filters there are and how to recognize when it might be time to clean your pool filter. When it comes to commercial and residential swimming pools, there are three types of filters:

  • Sand
  • Cartridge
  • Dematiaceous Earth (DE)

Each of them has their benefits but they are also unique when they should be cleaned or changed (sand). Your biggest factor is always going to be how your pool looks. If it looks clean, your pool cleaner is performing well and circulation is occurring, chances are the filter is working well too. But, if your pool is dirty or if your pool cleaner isn’t working, this could be a sign your filter might need some work. Your pressure gauge on top of the filter will always be your best determining factor but it needs to be discussed in further depth to fully grasp because there are different factors depending on your filter. Typically, each type of filter has a set number when it should be backwashed (sand and DE only). When you reach that number and perform a backwash if the number doesn’t lower, chances are something else could be going on. The following could be reasons why:

  • Dirty filter grids
  • Old sand

Please keep in mind, sand usually lasts 4-8 years and this is a fairly easy filter to take care of. As for DE, we recommend taking apart the filter and cleaning the grids at least once a year. Depending on the level of use this could be done twice but again the pressure gauge will always let you know. A good rule of thumb is to backwash once the pressure displayed on your pressure gauge is 8-10 psi over the starting level. It’s when it doesn’t lower significantly that something else could be going on.

As for cartridge filters, it’s relatively the same in that when the pressure gauge reads 10psi above the starting value it’s time for a cleaning. The biggest difference, of course, is the fact that you can’t backwash this filter rather take it apart and wash off the cartridges. Keep in mind filters can still clean well when they are dirty but the gauge is going to be your best friend. If you use your pool a lot, have a lot of vegetation in the area or just had a storm this could cause the pressure to increase faster. Keep an eye on it regularly as you want to prevent other issues with your swimming pool. If you should have any questions are topics you would like us to write about int he future, please let us know!

Weekly Pool Service Options In Dallas

If you have a swimming pool in the Dallas, having weekly pool service options is a great thing. At Weber Pools, we know you have numerous choices when it comes to taking care of your swimming pool but we want to earn your confidence and your business. One way we feel we can do that is by offering a variety of weekly service options for your swimming pool. In the end, everyone has a different swimming pool, a varied budget, different amounts of swimmers, different levels of cleanliness so we have decided to offer you a variety of different options so you not only know exactly what you are paying for but also what type of service you will receive! Weber Pools is a certified pool operator and holds all required licenses. We work with HOA boards, property managers, city inspectors and individual homeowners on a daily basis. Because we have such a broad base of experience and have affiliated relationships around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, we can do just about everything to keep your pool safe, clean and ready for fun.

We offer weekly pool service for both residential and commercial swimming pools. As for residential swimming pools, we offer the following services:

Basic Service

  • Test pool water and add necessary chemicals
  • Empty pool skimmer and pump basket
  • Backwash filter as necessary
  • Verify pool cleaner is working
  • Monitor pool equipment
  • Monitor pool operations and make you aware of anything repairs needed
  • Vacuum Pool
  • Net pool
  • Maintain water level
  • Brush interior finish, steps, and benches

Gold Service

  • Includes basic service
  • Clean salt cell and filter every 6 months

Platinum Service

  • Includes gold service
  • No algae guarantee
  • Weekly vacuuming

We’ve chosen three different levels of service to give you options. This way as a pool owner you know each week exactly what your pool technician will be doing! With that being said, we want to be your first choice when it comes to weekly pool service and maintenance in Dallas! 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.

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

Please note, we also offer commercial swimming pool service as well. Please contact us today to learn more!w

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving Week!

Just this past weekend we heard so many people saying Happy Thanksgiving and it’s so hard to believe that it is this week. With temperatures still in the 70’s that could be one reason why but this year has just flown by. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a step back and reflect on the year and give thanks to all of you. As Dallas’s premier 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. With this philosophy, it has allowed us to serve a lot of residential and commercial swimming pools over the years and we are truly thankful for each and every one of you!

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our customers is something for which we are especially grateful. Without you and your confidence in us, we couldn’t be where we are right now and we wouldn’t have the opportunity to offer all the services we do.

As always, please keep us in mind for all your swimming pool needs and referrals are always appreciated. Please contact us with any questions!

On behalf of all of us at Weber Pools, we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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.

 

Importance of Pool Water Chemistry In Colder Weather

With the temperatures cooling down we want to highlight the importance of pool water chemistry in colder weather. Too many residential swimming pool owners feel that when the weather cools down they don’t need to attend to their swimming pool anymore. For the most part, this statement is somewhat true as for time but there is still a huge importance of pool water chemistry in colder weather. That’s why we want to highlight in this blog post all the things you must still attend to even in colder weather.

First, we want to highlight that you can save money because the amount of chlorine that you need is less and you can run your filter at night for less time. During the cooler months, since algae don’t tend to bloom in colder water you can lower your chlorine levels to 1 part per million (ppm) compared to 3-5ppm during the summer. This can also be true in regards to running your filter. Typically, you can run your filter for 1-2 hours less each night as well. the combination of these two factors can help you save money but you still must clean your swimming pool on a weekly basis and monitor all chemistry.

Even though you aren’t swimming, you must still brush the water tile line, steps, and benches along with the interior finish of the swimming pool. This will help with calcium buildup and potential staining from dirt and debris. You should also skim the pool regularly to prevent phosphate levels from rising and potential staining on your interior finish from vegetation sitting too long. The same can be said about regularly emptying your skimmer and pump basket! If you allow debris to accumulate this can prevent proper flow in and out of your filter or the potential for your motor to burn out due to lack of water in the system.

Each week, you should also monitor all your water chemistry levels and backwash your filter as necessary. When it comes to keeping your pool clean and backwashing it will be easier because there are no bathers in the swimming pool with sunblock and oil to worry about but keeping the following water chemistry levels will help you keep your pool clean and looking great:

  • Chlorine: 1-2ppm
  • pH: 7.4-7.8
  • Cyanuric Acid: 30-50ppm
  • Total Alkalinity: 80-120ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 200-400ppm

Calcium Hardness isn’t discussed a lot because it is often forgotten about when it comes to your swimming pool but please keep in mind, high levels of Calcium Hardness in your swimming pool will destroy it! If left untreated it will scale your water tile line, filtration equipment, interior finish, spillways, salt chlorinator and decorative water features. Changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years can prevent scaling from occurring which is expensive to remove. If you should have any questions on how to take care of your swimming pool during colder weather or the importance of water chemistry, please contact us today!

ABOUT WEBER POOLS

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.

The Best Way To Remove Calcium From Your Swimming Pool

If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool in the Dallas area, you’re going to need to remove calcium from your swimming pool. When dealing with Calcium Hardness (CH), total dissolved solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) there are regulations that must be followed or there could be the threat of shutting down the swimming pool. With Waterborne diseases like Cryptosporidium and others in the news, the water quality you swim in should be your number one concern. That’s why at Weber Pools, we not only have the best way to remove calcium from your swimming pool but also the best option for you to keep your commercial swimming pool in compliance with the City of Dallas.

It’s called Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration and we offer this service to both residential and commercial swimming pool owners. This mobile filtration trailer is equipped with a large industrial sized RO unit that allows us to go to both residential and commercial swimming pools and recycle the water onsite. This is a premium service that will give you, your family and your guests the best water to swim in. It allows us to conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool and leave all bathers with drinking quality water to swim in. The Puripool Process has the following benefits:

  • Lowers Calcium Hardness
  • Lowers Total Dissolved Solids
  • Lowers Cyanuric Acid
  • Lowers Phosphates
  • Lowers Salts
  • Removes Waterborne Diseases

Please note, our water in the Dallas area is moderately hard. Due to this moderately hard water, it can cause scaling and other issues to your swimming pool. Due to the fact that our water is hard, as it evaporates in the swimming pool, the calcium and other hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. As calcium builds up in concentration it will eventually begin to scale your water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways, decorative water features and saltwater chlorinators. This can cause expensive damage if you don’t treat it quickly. That’s why at Weber Pools we offer the best way to remove calcium from your swimming pool.

Using RO filtration will not only conserve the water in your swimming pool but also give you much better water than tap. By choosing to use us you will help with water conservation, prevent the chances of cracking your interior finish if you choose to drain, you can swim in the pool during filtration and if you choose to use our service every two years you will prolong the lifespan of your investment. If you’re curious to know more, please contact us today!

Benefits of Using An Auto-Fill For Your Pool

An auto-fill for your pool can provide all sorts of benefits and make it much easier managing water levels in your pool. Most new swimming pool construction will come with an auto-fill but what happens with the older pools? Well, thankfully you can install auto-fills at any time but first, we want to discuss all the benefits of owning one can provide. One of the key factors with any swimming pool is making sure you have enough water in the swimming pool so it can filter each day. Typically, you will want to make sure the water is level with the middle of the skimmer but what happens if you forget about the hose in the pool or go out of town and nobody ads any water? These are scenarios that occur and this is why installing an auto-fill today is a smart decision.

What are the benefits of an auto-fill?

  • Peace of mind
  • Allows the water to be properly maintained at all times
  • Maximizes water usage
  • Works on its own with sensors
  • Prevents water from going too low in the pool
  • Prevents pools from overflowing if you forget about it
  • Prevents potential damage to filtration equipment due to lack of water in pool
  • Saves time

As a pool owner, we’ve probably all had to add water to the pool with a hose. Isn’t that frustrating when you have to wait around the house until the water reaches a certain level? Well, if you’ve ever left the water running by accident and overflowed a swimming pool, installing an auto-fill today would be a smart decision. In the end, they are relatively inexpensive to install and can save you time and money.

First, you need to decide the best place to install one. You can begin by saw cutting a hole. Then, you will need to jackhammer out the hole. Next, you will need to attach to a water source with plumbing. Typically, you will need to tunnel the plumbing underneath the deck. Finally, you will need to patch the deck around the auto-fill.

If you have any other questions in regards to auto-fills or are considering installing one, please contact us today!

How Do I Prolong The Lifespan On My Swimming Pool

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Your swimming pool is probably extremely important to you so the biggest question on your mind should be how do I prolong the lifespan of it? Taking care of a swimming pool whether you hire a weekly service company like Weber Pools or do it yourself should be done at a minimum of once a week. With fall in the air and swim season coming to a close many people think that they don’t need to care for their swimming pool and that is anything but the case. The only major changes should be in chlorine usage and filter run times. As a general rule of thumb, you can get away with 1-3 parts per million (ppm) chlorine in the winter and 6-8 hours a night of filter run times but everything else should be the same. We are choosing to discuss this subject now because during the off-season many swimming pool owners put a chlorine tab in their floater and walk away. Trust us when we say this isn’t uncommon but we want to make you aware of what you should continue to do to not only keep your pool looking great but also prolong the lifespan of it.

The bottom line is, your swimming pool still has water in it and even though you aren’t swimming and algae doesn’t like cold water shouldn’t change the fact that removing debris and brushing the pool should stop. Dirt, dust and other debris will still enter the pool so it is extremely important to brush the steps, benches and interior finish of the swimming pool. Using a net to remove leaves and other debris is also important to prevent staining from occurring. You might still need to vacuum from time to time if you don’t have a pool cleaner. Emptying out the skimmer and pump basket is also key to keep adequate flow into the motor and filter to keep the water clear.

Next, even though water chemistry won’t fluctuate as much as it will when the water is warm, you still need to monitor pH, Total Alkalinity (TA) and your Calcium Hardness (CH). The pH levels in your swimming pool will naturally rise in your swimming pool and should be monitored because higher levels of pH will cause scaling whereas, a lower pH can ruin heaters and other filtration equipment.

Finally, if your calcium levels rise above 600ppm it can cause scaling to your water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways, decorative water features and your salt chlorinator. Calcium will literally destroy your swimming pool if you don’t monitor it regularly. At Weber Pools, we offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration for both residential and commercial swimming pool owners. This is a service that comes to you and recycles the water in your pool. We have the ability to lower your CH levels far below tap water and if you use our service every two years we can prevent a lot of the scaling from occurring. Using this service and keeping your pool clean are definitely ways that you can prolong the lifespan of your investment.

If you should have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!

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!