Common Questions & Answers About Pools In East Texas

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Welcome to Duran Pools, your premier destination for all things pool-related. Whether you’re envisioning the perfect oasis in your backyard or seeking expert guidance on maintaining crystal-clear waters, our team is here to transform your aquatic dreams into reality. With a commitment to excellence in pool construction, cleaning, and the safe and effective use of pool chemicals, we understand the importance of a well-maintained pool environment. Dive into our FAQ page to discover invaluable insights and solutions tailored to your every pool-related query.


Is my backyard big enough for a pool?
Duran Pools has built pools in all shapes and sizes. Our design and engineering teams can work with the most challenging properties. You would be surprised how your dreams can be turned into a backyard oasis! 

How long does it take to build a pool?
It is difficult to predict an exact time frame for pool construction due to many variables, such as weather, local building inspections, and the project complexity. Most new construction pool projects are completed in around 8 weeks once local permitting is approved.

Will a pool increase the value of my home?
Adding a swimming pool can increase value far beyond just the monetary value. Think of endless summer days spent in the backyard with friends and family! Whether it is a pool party with a few friends, or a little alone time, your swimming pool can provide that relaxing escape you always wanted. Swimming has been determined to be one of the best forms of exercise and stress reliever to promote a healthy body and mind. In terms of monetary value, The National Association of Realtors maintain that an in-ground pool can increase a home’s value from 8% to 15%. Of course, current market and property values will affect this value.

Can you remodel my pool?
Yes, we can remodel your pool! Duran Pools offers everything from a simple re-tile to making your pool look brand new with refreshed decking, added features or new accessories!

Do you build saltwater pools?
Yes, we build both saltwater and chlorine pools. There are benefits to both and we love walking you through the difference so you can choose the best pool for you and your family.

Is pricing better if you build in the winter?
Pricing doesn’t change with the seasons, but it does change with the demand on materials., which can fluctuate by season. One nice thing about building your pool during the off season is that generally, your lead time will be less and your pool will be ready to go when swim season arrives!

What type of equipment is used?
We use Hayward pool equipment. We also offer a 3-year warranty on parts and labor on the equipment.

Where can I pick out the materials for my custom pool?
We have two locations in Nacogdoches TX and Lufkin TX where we help you pick out all your customized materials for your pool construction project. We have so many options it’s great for you to see the look and feel of what your pool will look like. We also offer pool chemicals, cleaning tools and chemical testing for your pool or spa water. 

Does the shape of the pool impact the price?
Yes. Our pools are priced by perimeter footage. A free form pool with curves is generally less costly than a rectangle pool.

Do you sell standalone spas?
Yes, we sell Marquis Spas and keep options in stock at our stores!

Will we need to be home during construction of our Pool?
No, not for the whole time, but there are times that you will need to be present, including:

  • When Gas/Electric companies are present
  • Layout/Dig
  • Gunite Watering
  • Decking
  • Punch list Walkthrough
  • Filling the Pool
  • Pool School


How often do I need to clean my skimmer and pump baskets?
A dirty or clogged skimmer basket restricts water flow. If water can’t flow through your skimmer, your pool can’t circulate properly and that could cause problems down the road. The same is true of your pump basket. If water is restricted the pump can overheat. Clean skimmer baskets daily and inspect for cracks, replacing if needed.

How long should I run my pool equipment?
We suggest your filter system run 8 to 12 hours per day. When water temperatures start to climb above 80° run the system 8 to 12 hours per day.

How often do I need to backwash my filter?
For swimming pools equipped with a filter, we recommended the filter be backwashed when the pressure reaches 10PSI above starting pressure.

Do I still need to brush my pool?
Even though most pools are equipped with an automatic pool cleaner, most won’t scrub, especially not thoroughly. Brushing your pool can help remove algae or any other small particles from the pool’s surface. Pay special attention to spots where water circulation is a problem (behind ladders, and corners). Brush the walls, benches, floor, and all other pool surfaces once a week.


Does my saltwater pool require any chlorine?
The nature of a saltwater system is that it actually converts ordinary salt into chlorine. There may be an occasion that you might need to super chlorinate the pool or “shock” the water. Saltwater pools are a great option for those who are sensitive to chlorine. Chlorine generated pools, or “saltwater pools” have softer water and can be gentler on eyes, skin and hair.

How long should I wait to use my pool after a chemical shock treatment?
To stay on the safe side with chemical water treatments, we recommend using your pool eight to 12 hours after administering a treatment. The best time to shock a pool is during the evening, to let the system run over night. If you use a non-chlorine shock you can swim within 30 minutes of the pool treatment.

If I have pool chemicals left over from last season, can I still use them?
Pool chemicals typically last if kept in the proper conditions. Dry chemicals have a 7 year shelf life before expiring. Liquid pool chemicals will last just as long, but if the chemicals freeze we recommend replacing them. Pool chemicals can separate if they freeze and thaw too many times, so make sure you keep your pool chemicals stored in a warmer place during the winter to ensure a safe and clean pool.

What is the proper pH and alkaline balance for my pool water?
The pH level should be between 7.4 and 7.6 and the total alkalinity should be between 100 -150 ppm. For gunite pools, the calcium hardness should be between 200-250 ppm.

Why is it important for my pool chemical and water levels to be correct?
Keeping the right levels in your pool allows for a safe and healthy swimming environment. Not enough chlorine or chemicals can create a haven for bacteria and create unsanitary conditions. Too many chemicals can cause a harmful environment and dryness of skin, hair and eyes.

My pool water is cloudy. What should I do?
There could be a few contributing factors that can lead to cloudy water. The most common causes are, inorganic contaminants, poor filtration, or possibly high pH and/or Alkalinity. Inorganic contaminants can be anything from swimmers leaving behind sweat, shampoo and sunscreen to birds and debris. Take a water sample to your local pool professional and have your water tested to determine whether your pool needs to be shocked. Poor filtration is often caused by a dirty filter. 

You may need to backwash and replace the filter media, or remove and clean your cartridges. It is very beneficial to remove the grids or cartridges from the filter and degrease them with a cartridge/filter cleaner at least once mid-season. Just spray on the cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes before hosing it off. The cleaner acts as a degreaser, helping break down the coating of oils from sunscreen, shampoo and swimmer oils that can coat the grids/cartridges. The filter system may also need to run longer to make sure the pool water is completely turning over. The system should run between 8 and 12 hours at a time, depending on the time of year and water temperature.

When pool water becomes out of balance it is necessary to make the proper adjustments. High pH and Alkalinity can lead to cloudy water. Take a water sample to your local pool professional at Anthony & Sylvan to have your levels checked and make the proper adjustments.