Spa Maintenance

clock February 16, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |


Spa maintenance is in most cases simple and straightforward. Keep the water balanced, sanitized, and filtered. In most spas it is also recommended to change the water every 4-6 months. Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete spa care guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your spa’s manufacturer. Now that you have made the decision to purchase your first spa, you need to treat the water chemically to eliminate bacteria. Your local pool dealer will be able to help you. Bring the dealer a sample of the water in your spa so they can test it. Maintaining the chemicals in the proper range will give you many years of enjoyment with your spa.

Some of the tests they do are to determine the levels of:

Chlorine, Bromine, BaquaSpa, or Salt

pH

Total Alkalinity

Stabilizer (if needed)

Calcium Hardness

The Calcium Hardness level is important to maintain in the range your local dealer suggest. If it gets too high, as water passes through the heating element, it will cause scale to build up and very soon your heating element will fail due to a chemical problem. This would not be something the spa manufacturer would cover under warranty.

pH levels that are too low or too high can cause damage to your spa and to it’s equipment, especially the heating element. High pH levels can also lead to scale build up. Alkalinity acts as a buffer for the pH to help prevent rapid fluctuations. Stabilizer helps prevent sunlight from stripping chlorine or bromine out of your water.

Most spas also have a cartridge filter that needs to be kept clean and replaced on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. The one that is dirty, you can soak overnight in a filter solution and put the other filter in to keep the spa operating.





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.



What is Synergy?

clock August 23, 2016 09:30 by author medallionpools |

Synergy may be a new name for you in sanitizers. It has been around for several years and was previously known as Simplicity, but most people either go with the granular chlorine, tablet chlorine, or have switched to the salt system (an extremely easy to use system that you can read more about by clicking here). While all of those are good, the Synergy System is a 3 step process to start then it is a very simple 2 step process, once a week treatment. Almost all customers that have tried the Synergy System are highly satisfied. They like the ease of use, water clarity, cost effectiveness and the all in a box packaging.

There is a large reduction of problems with the Synergy System. Your water is less cloudy and it reduces algae. You also use very little PH and Alkalinity as compared to other sanitizing systems. This System means a lot less work for you.

When you start the season you will add Initiator directly to your skimmer. IMPORTANT: If you have been on Baquacil or any other chemical that does not have a chlorine base in it you must get all of that chemical out of your pool first. It takes one 12.5 lb bottle per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. This should last you for a typical swimming season of approximately 4 months. If you keep your pool open longer you may have to add it again. A large box of Synergy is made for pools of approximately 20,000 gallons and should last up to 10 weeks. After 2 weeks which gives the Initiator time to circulate in you pool, you should take a sample of water to your pool store to have it tested for the proper dosage of initiator. You need to have a 1.0-1.5 ppm sanitizer (free chlorine) level. If everything is correct then it’s time to start the Synergy System.

The large box contains 2 large containers of Synergy Tablets, 10 - 1 lb. bottles of Synergy Clear and test strips. You simply put the tablets in a floater or an automatic chlorinator once a week. Then you pour the clear into the pool at a rate of ½ a bottle per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. That’s it. It’s only once a week. The Synergy System is easier on your liner, clothes and hair. The Synergy System also helps to eliminate most of the irritating chloramines and other contaminants that bother the swimmer’s eyes and nose and the water feels very soft on your skin. Then relax and enjoy your pool with sparkling clear water, less maintenance and less maintenance chemicals.



Basic Swimming Pool Maintenance Information

clock August 4, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Pool maintenance relies on some basic steps that are simple, but effective. If you follow these steps, this will help your pool stay looking good and performing at its best.

CIRCULATION- The water in your pool must be circulated for the pool chemicals to work properly. This will make it harder for bacteria and algae to grow. The more pool water that passes through the filter, the cleaner that water will be. It is recommended your pool water be filtered for at least 12 hours or more at any given time, preferable during the day. This filtration time may vary based on what type of chemicals you use and where you live.

FILTRATION- The filter is used to keep your pool water clear and removes debris. To do this, it is recommended that the filter be backwashed (Sand Filter or DE) after you vacuum the pool or when your pressure gauge gets above the normal pressure range. Check the manufacturer’s handbook for the proper range. Every filter should also be cleaned with the proper chemicals to keep it working efficiently.

CLEANING- Most pool manufacturers recommend your pool should be cleaned at least once a week. This will also depend on what type of chemical program you are using. You can clean your pool by using a hand vacuum system, battery operated system or an automatic system.

TESTING- You need to test your pool water at least once a week. Your local pool store can also test it for you and tell you what chemicals you need and what amount of each. The primary test will be for- Sanitizer level- pH- Alkalinity- Calcium Hardness- Stabilizer. By maintaining these levels in the proper range, you and your family will have a more enjoyable swimming experience.



Vinyl Liner Maintenance

clock August 2, 2016 09:00 by author medallionpools |

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

When using granular chlorine, if you pour in 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, this could cause your liner to bleach just below the skimmer and become very thin and 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 these levels stay low and the liner will become brittle and could split.

You should have your local pool dealer check your 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 have their original liner in there pool from over 25 years ago. You may also be able to do this with proper care and water chemistry.