How Swimming Pools Improve Health

clock March 8, 2018 14:04 by author medallionpools |

The fast-paced, active lifestyle that most of us lead today will eventually run us down if we aren’t careful. What’s the solution to slowing down and relieving stress? Swimming! Yes, you heard correctly, one of the most relaxing, enjoyable activities is good for your mind and body, too!

Those of you who aren’t familiar with pool ownership may think it requires too much time to be worth it especially if you question how much use you’ll get out of it. Medallion Pools will prove to you that owning an inground swimming pool isn’t a chore rather a glistening jewel in your backyard that provides years of activity. The health benefits alone may add years to your life!

Exercising in a Swimming Pool
When you are swimming, every muscle in your body at work. Fortunately, swimming is an effective, gentle, low impact aerobic exercise. Easy on bones and joints, swimming is one of the first activities doctors recommend if you’re experiencing pain.

Health Benefits of Swimming
Swimming has so many health benefits, it is impossible to name them all. Swimming improves your cardiovascular health which helps reduce the risk of hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, along with many other chronic health conditions.

Look beyond the investment involved in owning a swimming pool and see the many physical and mental benefits it has on you and your family’s health.

To find out more about the health benefits and advantages of exercising in a swimming pool, contact Medallion Pools or your local pool dealer today.

Why Add a Heat Pump to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 2, 2018 14:32 by author medallionpools |

The heat pump is a great way to heat your swimming pool or swim spa water for longer swimming seasons. With today’s energy costs, this is a great time to invest in a heat pump. Compared to gas, oil or electric heaters, heat pumps use just a small amount of energy to generate the same amount of heat.

There are a variety of heat pumps on the market. Some have an LCD control board and displays a menu-driven readout with easy to follow full work messages, so you don’t have to worry about codes to memorize. Most have an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents freezing. Others also have an automatic feature that monitors water temperature and turns the pump on and off as needed. There are many features of swimming pool heat pumps!

Heaters can be installed with new construction or added later. The units are connected to the pool filter and pool pump with simple plumbing. See all instructions for proper connection.

Related: Not ready to close your swimming pool?

How to choose swimming pool heat pump size?  

 - How many gallons of water are in your pool?

 - What temperature are you trying to maintain for your swimming comfort?

 - What is the climate like in your part of the country?

Heaters for swimming pools are sized based on the BTU rating of the heater. The correct BTU rated heater depends on your swimming pool shape, size in gallons of water as well as your climate. Once you determine the right BTU rating, you can choose to go a little larger so that you can heat the pool faster, and save more on energy costs.

Advantages of adding a heat pump to your pool

If extending your swimming season isn’t enough of a reason to add a heat pump, you’ll be pleased to know there are many other advantages to making the investment in a swimming pool heat pump.

 - No worry of natural gas or propane gas

 - Easy to install with pool installation or as an add on later

 - Very low maintenance

Choosing the best heat pump for your pool starts with a little bit of knowledge and education on the options available. Contact Medallion Pools, or your local Medallion dealer, to find out what is the best heat pump for your swimming pool.

Winterizing Your Pool – Part 2

clock September 14, 2017 16:29 by author medallionpools |


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We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner inground swimming pool. Please note that this is generic information, not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow specific instructions in your owner’s manual. If you have any questions pertaining to how to winterize your swimming pool, or other equipment, the company you purchased from should be more than happy to help.

Pool winterizing resources are available in several parts. This second installment deals mainly with the area around the pump and filter.

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1. Remove all drain plugs from the pool equipment. Do not reinstall your drain plugs until spring. This includes your pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, and any other equipment within the plumbing system. Consult your owner’s manuals for their locations. Lubricate all plugs and o-rings with o-ring lubrican

 2. Open the strainer basket cover. Clean the basket and replace. Put your drain plugs and o-rings in the basket. Lubricate the o-ring on your strainer housing with o-ring lubricant and replace the lid.

 3. Once all of your equipment has been properly winterized according to the manufacturer’s specifications, make sure all plumbing lines are appropriately winterized based on the requirements of your geographic location.

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  1. Place the multi-port valve in a neutral position for the winter. This is either between any two grooves, or the “winterize” position if one is indicated on your multi-port valve.

  2. If you have a Nature2 Express, remove the cartridge.

  3. If you have an automatic chlorinator, drain it, remove the tablets (be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe chemical handling), thoroughly rinse with fresh water and replace the lid, but leave it loose enough to allow any gases to escape.

  4. If you have a salt water pool, disconnect the cell part of the salt system, unplug it from the power center and bring it indoors for the winter. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on cleaning it for the winter.

  5. If you have an automatic cleaner that uses hoses to attach to your skimmer (such as a Baracuda), take all of the hoses apart and store them straight. Do not coil hoses or they will not work next spring.

Related: Swimming pool equipment maintenance tips


  • Filters, pumps and heaters can take up to 30 days to completely drain. Do not wait until freezing weather is predicted to drain your filter, pump and heater. If you wait, it will be too late.

  • Winterizing procedures on pumps, filters and heaters vary. Always refer to owner’s manual for your particular make and model.

  • Some pumps, filters and heaters may have more plugs and drain valves. See your owner’s manual for complete details.

Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions. Please contact us or check with your local pool store for location-specific winterizing tips.

Vinyl Liner Maintenance

clock August 11, 2017 13:23 by author medallionpools |


The vinyl liner in your pool very durable, designed to give you many years of enjoyment. Proper water chemistry is critical to the life of your liner. While the title of this article is Vinyl Liner Maintenance, the bad maintenance practices outlined here will also cause problems for concrete and fiberglass pools.

Related: Vinyl pools vs. Fiberglass pools

When using granular chlorine, if you pour a cup in one location, it could fall to the bottom and bleach the liner. That bleach area will start to become very thin and develop holes. Your liner will then start to lose water. Broadcast it slowly around your pool and brush off any that falls to the bottom. Be sure to follow all safety instructions found on the label.

If you use chlorine tablets and do not use a chlorine feeder and put them in your skimmer basket, your liner might bleach just below the skimmer and become very thin, then start to leak. You should use a chlorine feeder for these tablets. Tablets will tend to lower the pH and Alkalinity levels of your pool water. Your liner will lose its elasticity if levels remain low. The liner may also become brittle and could split.

You should have your local pool dealer check your swimming pool water on a regular basis so you can maintain proper levels. Test strips are also available for you to use if you are not close to a pool store. We have stories of customers who still have their original liner from over 25 years ago. You may also be able to do this with proper care and water chemistry.

Contact us, or reach out to your local Medallion pool dealer for more information.

Zinc Anode

clock June 15, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The in-line zinc anode is attached to the bonding wire, thereby protecting all metal parts (heaters, lights, rails, etc.) from galvanic corrosion. Zinc anodes will sacrifice themselves and corrode before all other metals in the pool. Zinc anodes need to be replaced approximately every 4-5 years on average.  Many factors can affect how quickly it will need to be replaced.  We have encountered some pools where the zinc anode had to be replaced every year.

Any time you have different metals (copper, stainless steel, etc.) in a salt water pool, you create a battery. Some amount of current flows between the metals. The electrons that make up the current are supplied by one of the metals, giving up bits of itself in the form of metal ions to the pool water. This is called galvanic corrosion. Galvanic corrosion causes plaster discoloration and metal erosion. The best way to inhibit the effect of galvanic corrosion is to use a zinc anode. Zinc is a metal that gives up its metal ions faster than other metals in the pool. In other words, the zinc anode will erode instead of other metals (pool light, rails, heater, light niche, ladder, etc.). The zinc ions will not discolor the pool plaster. The zinc anode should be replaced after half of it has eroded.

Galvanic corrosion can also occur pools that do not use salt water. Any stray electrical current around the pool area can cause it. Also, many localities are now requiring that the pool water be bonded. The inline zinc anode also performs this function.

This article is courtesy of the Pool Tool Company ( Here is a link to their zinc anode brochure ( )