Misconceptions About Swimming Pool Maintenance

clock June 21, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Many homeowners who have expressed an interest in installing a swimming pool may have been told by a friend or neighbor, that pool will work you to death. “You will never have time to enjoy your pool. My neighbor installed a swimming pool about 20 years ago and I see him at the pool every day either cleaning it or putting chemicals in it.”

These are all misconceptions that relate back to the time when most people used granular chlorine as their chemical of choice. This chemical had to go into the pool every day, approximately 1 pound per 10,000 gallons of pool water. This chemical will leave a lot of residue on the pool floor that will require vacuuming quite often. As you vacuum, this residue will turn cloudy and you will need another chemical to clear the pool.

With chemical technology today along with the many automatic pool cleaners available, your weekly maintenance time on your pool will be very short and in most cases, less than one hour. If you use for example, a chlorine generator (salt system) you will add the salt directly to the pool when the unit lets you know the salt level is getting low. This may be as little as two to three bags per season.

This type of system will not have the residue that the granular chlorine system will produce. Very little vacuuming will be required. Chlorine generators are just one example of a sanitizer system you could use. Our message is, if you have an interest in installing a swimming pool; meet with your local pool dealer to learn more about all the different types of sanitizers and cleaners that are available. A swimming pool now can be a lot of fun with very little maintenance.



WHAT DOES THE pH READING MEAN IN A SWIMMING POOL

clock June 6, 2017 03:00 by author medallionpools |

PH is a term that is used to measure whether something is acidic (low pH) or basic (high pH). This reading is expressed in a scale in a range from 0-14. Swimming pool water should be maintained at a neutral pH of between 7.2-7.6. Maintaining the proper pH level helps maintain your pool equipment, allows the chemicals to be more effective and makes the water comfortable for swimming.

A low pH reading can cause skin and eye irritation, damage the liner, damage the surface of concrete pools, and corrode your pool’s equipment. A high pH reading could cause cloudy water, scale to form, and sanitizer to be less effective. Some of the common causes of pH changes are:

• Chemicals- Chlorine tablets or sticks lower pH. Granular chlorine raises pH.

• Adding fresh water to your pool will change the pH levels.

• Dust and rain will change the pH levels.

• Swimmers and swimmers waste will tend to lower the pH.

• Algae growth usually raises the pH level.

It is very important that you have a good test kit for testing pH and also take a sample of your pool water on a regular basis to your pool store so they can test the readings for you and tell you how to adjust the pH level.



What Is Calcium Hardness And How Does It Affect A Pool Or Spa?

clock May 30, 2017 10:00 by author medallionpools |

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Calcium Hardness is the measure of how much Calcium is dissolved in the pool water. You do not want your Calcium Hardness to be to high or to low, that is why we suggest that your Calcium Hardness needs to be between 150 and 250 ppm (Parts per million). The ideal range is not always ideal for everyone it could change on the type of pool you have, or the type of chemicals that you are using in your system please consult a pool professional. If your Calcium Hardness is too high or to low you may experience some problems with your pool. You may see some corrosion or some pitting of some areas.

When your Calcium Hardness is to low your water becomes corrosive. When your water is corrosive it can very easily stain the floor and the sides of your pool. Not to mention the damage it can do to the metal parts of your pool, corrode plumbing fittings, do damage to the pump and heater. This can cause pitting on your pool decking surfaces and on the pool concrete. It may also etch your pools plaster and destroy grout if these were used in the making and installing of your pool.

When your Calcium Hardness is too high you could very easily clog your pools filter and it may also clog your pools heater elements. This will also cause scale build up on all of the pools surfaces. The water will become cloudy and the higher the Calcium Hardness is then more irritation will be cause to the swimmers skin and eyes. So this is something you defiantly want to keep in between the correct range because having high or low Calcium Hardness can both affect your pool in the incorrect way.



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.