Floating Chlorine Dispensers

clock February 14, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you using chlorine tablets (1” or 3”) or chlorine sticks in your pool? If you are what are you using to get this chlorine into your pool? You may be using a Floating Chlorine Dispenser or Chlorine Floater.

The Floater, as the word states, floats around your pool and tablets slowly dissolve. You do not have water passing thru it very fast to dissolve the tablets or sticks rapidly. This system may work perfectly well for many small pools, spas, or swim spas. However, once you start getting to mid to large size pools (and occasionally some smaller pools with heavy bather loads), your pool water could become cloudy, algae could grow and the liner could become very slick due to the chlorine being released too slowly. The warmer it gets, the more chlorine demand your pool needs and that demand will be hard to satisfy with a Floater.

If you are having problems maintaining your Chlorine residual with a floater and you want to continue using tablets then take a look at an automatic chlorinator. This unit can be plumbed into your return line which has water flowing through it going back into your pool. You can use either 1” or 3” tablets or chlorine sticks in the Chlorinator. The Chlorinator has a control value on it that can be adjusted. You can regulate the amount of chlorine getting into the pool.



Chlorine vs. Salt

clock February 2, 2017 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase a swimming pool, which sanitizer will you use? In addition to Chlorine or Salt, you have other choices but we will discuss those two here. Please remember that when using salt there is still Chlorine in your water, you are just generating it in a different manner. If you are allergic to Chlorine you cannot use a salt system.

If you decide to use Chlorine, you could use granular chlorine or chlorine tablets. Granular chlorine should go in the pool each day. Chlorine tablets are available in 3” and 1” sizes and you should put them into an automatic chlorinator. Chlorine tablets will tend to lower the pH level of your pool water and granular will tend to raise it.

With a salt system, you would use eight 40 lb. bags of salt per 10,000 gallons of pool water as an initial startup dosage when you first install it. You would add the salt directly into the pool and brushing off any that lays on the pool floor. If you do install a Chlorine Generator (salt system) you should also install a Zinc Anode. This will help prevent and/or lessen the impact of any galvanic reactions.

For those of you that have a spa, either of these sanitizers could also be used. They both are effective and your local Medallion pool dealer can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.



Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool Part 2

clock January 12, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Inground pool with wood deck

Previously in Part 1 of “Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool” we discussed how the pool was going to be used. Now that you have determined how the pool will be used, you need to determine a budget.

A vinyl liner swimming pool is the most popular and most affordable swimming pool. Your average vinyl liner inground pool will start around $12,000 for a 16’x32’. This price will vary with size and shape, but general speaking this is the starting price. Vinyl liner pools can be manufactured to almost any shape and size you would like. Most customers like this feature and enjoy designing their own pool. Installation generally takes about 4-5 days.

A fiberglass swimming pool will generally start around $25,000. Fiberglass pools are limited in shape and size because of the manufacturing process and transportation reasons. Most fiberglass pools are smaller than your average inground pool. Installation generally takes about 1-2 weeks.

Gunite/concrete pools are your most expensive inground pools. Prices for an average concrete pool generally start around $50,000. These pools can be made any shape or size because they are formed on the jobsite. Installation for these pools generally takes about 10- 15 weeks. There is a lot of labor involved in this construction as well as a lot of down time waiting for concrete to cure.

As you can see there are inground pools to fit every budget. Make sure you find the right one for you. Your pool professional can assist you in this choice and can offer assistance and answer questions you may have.



Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool Part 1

clock January 11, 2017 09:00 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with 4ft radius corners

So you are considering an inground pool? There are many things to keep in mind during this process. This will be a several part article with the first part focusing on how will the pool be used.

First, how is the pool going to be used? Exercise, family gatherings, etc., are ways that your new pool may be used. If you are going to be using the pool for exercise you may choose a more traditional shape and size versus a kidney, oval, etc. More than likely you will be swimming laps so the length of the pool is important. Most customers who want a “lap pool” usual go with a width of 8’ or 10’ and a length of 40’. This gives the homeowner plenty of space to swim laps.

If you are looking to entertain family and friends your options will be broader. You can go with a custom freeform shape or your traditional rectangle. Both of these will work for you. If diving is what you are looking for make sure you get the appropriate deep end to accommodate this. When entertaining family, keep in mind young children may be using the pool. If this is the case you may not want a deep end. Many homeowners these days are electing to have the entire pool one depth, for example 3 ½’ or 4’ the entire length of the pool. Also, custom areas can be designed to have only a few inches of water for the very young children to play in.

Whether it’s exercise, entertaining, or just relaxing, there are many options available. By doing your research and seeing what’s out there, you can have the swimming pool of your dreams!



Shopping For Your First Pool

clock December 15, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to purchase a pool, will that pool be the Above Ground Pool or the Inground Pool? If you want a pool with a deep end for diving, the pool will need to be an Inground Pool. If you want a pool to play games in like volleyball, the pool could be either Above Ground or Inground.

Your first step should be to visit your local swimming pool dealer’s showroom to see the pool options available for you. You will find that a pool will be available to fit your budget and yard conditions. Some dealer’s will be able to offer you a pool that can be installed above ground or inground. If you have a slope to your yard, this type of pool can even be installed part way inground.

So many options are now available. Do not ever think you can’t afford a pool. Times have changed and pool manufacturers are now offering pool products to meet their potential customers’ budgets. Go see, feel, touch all the pool choices you have available. If your preference is the Above Ground Pool, you will find many quality pools to fit your needs.

If your choice is the inground pool, these type of pools can be designed any shape or size to fit your budget. The most affordable inground pool will be the Vinyl Liner Pool. Dollar for dollar, you can get a much larger pool and/or more features in a vinyl pool than you can in fiberglass or concrete with the same budget. Call your local pool dealer. He will be glad to meet with you to learn more about your needs and make some recommendations. Take that first step and make that call or go see a swimming pool showroom.