Things You Need To Do With Your Pool During The Winter

clock December 13, 2016 02:00 by author medallionpools |


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Your pool is probably closed for the season. There are still a few things you need to do during the winter to help ensure your pool opening goes smoothly. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

• Check your water level regularly and add as needed

• If you have a solid cover, keep most of the water pumped off. A small layer of water will help keep it in place. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.

• If you have a mesh cover, periodically add some winter algaecide to the pool to help prevent algae growth. Some covers you can do this through the cover, some must be pulled back. Check with your cover manufacturer for their recommendations.

• If you get ice on your cover, don’t break it. Sharp edges may cut it.

• To help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft, turn it on about once a month for no more then 3 seconds.

• Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization. Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these items from happening.



Safety Covers - Solid vs. Mesh

clock October 6, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Safety Cover

 

It’s time to figure out what kind of cover you want to protect your pool from the harsh winter ahead. Whether you have a new pool or an old pool, aboveground pool or in ground pool, a safety cover could work for you. There is a variety of covers to choose from in different types and colors.

Now let’s talk about the differences between mesh and solid safety covers.

One advantage of a mesh cover is that it generally requires little to no work during the offseason because the fine holes in the cover allow water from rain and snow to pass through while keeping debris out of the pool. There is also no need for a submersible water pump. Also a plus, the cover is easy to install and remove because it is lighter.

Solid covers generally require a little more work during the offseason when it comes to pumping water off the cover. The cover is also heavier than a mesh cover, requiring more assistance to put it on and take it off.

The solid cover general has the advantage when it comes to opening the pool. You will probably spend less time to get the water clear again. Since no sunlight can pass through, there is a less chance for algae to grow.

Mesh covers sometimes may require a little more work once the cover comes off. There is a chance that when you go to open the pool in the spring you may have to spend extra time brushing and vacuuming the pool since there is a chance that algae can grow as some sunlight will pass through the cover.

See your local pool professional for more information and to help you decide which cover is right for you.



The Gizzmo

clock September 29, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The Gizzmo

The Gizzmo is designed to absorb the expansion of water freezing in the skimmer of your swimming pool. It is an American made product. There are currently three types of Gizzmo: Regular, Super, and Super Duper Ultra.

The Regular Gizzmo is 9 inches long and installs in short skimmers. These skimmers are found on most above ground pools and some inground pools. It has 1-1/2 inch threads and a bar to grip on top for easy installation and removal.

The Super Gizzmo is 16 inches long and is designed for deep skimmers. These skimmers are found on most inground pools and some above ground pools. It has both 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch threads. This allows one product to fit multiple types of skimmers. It also has the same bar grip as the Regular Gizzmo.

The Super Duper Ultra Gizzmo is the same size and has all the same features as the Super Gizzmo but with an added feature. It contains an integrated blowout tube. This allows you to use compressed air to blow the water out of your skimmer lines should that be necessary for your pool.

For all models, use Teflon tape on the threads for a professional seal. Teflon tape is a very thin white tape used to wrap threads on pipe and fittings to improve the seal. Gizzmo’s are designed for single season use and are recyclable.



Types Of Winter Covers

clock September 22, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

automatic swimming pool cover

If you have an inground pool, you have quite a few choices on a winter covers. One type of cover is an automatic cover that is operated by pushing a button. This is the most expensive option. This type of cover has a track system that attaches along the edge of the pool and the cover is attached with a roller system. In most cases this cover is built into the pool during the initial installation process so that the motor and roller assembly can be installed below the deck. Some manufacturers also offer this type of cover with a manual system that is on rollers. Anchored Covers (also known as safety covers) are manually installed and removed. They are offered in Mesh and Solid. This is the type of cover that anchors are placed in the decking around the pool and the cover is attached to them. Anchors are available for concrete, wood, and pavers. In the winter time, these anchors are raised to hold the cover in place and in the summer they are lowered so they are flush with the deck.

swimming pool safety cover

The Mesh Safety Cover is offered in different grades of Mesh material. The lower grades of Mesh allow more sunlight in the pool during the winter and the higher grades reduce the effect of sunlight. The more sunlight your pool gets the more potential for algae to grow. The Mesh cover is available in different colors from some manufactures and only available in Green from others. The advantages of a mesh cover are lower cost and they are lighter, thus easier to put on and take off.

The Solid Safety Cover will not allow any sunlight or water to enter your pool. When you remove this cover after the winter, the pool water is more likely to look like it did when you covered it. Different colors are also available from certain manufacturers. The Solid Safety Cover can come with a pump you leave on the cover all winter to pump off rain or melted snow or a mesh panel in the center to allow water to drain into the pool. This cover offers more protection for the pool but is heavier than the mesh.

swimming pool with water tube cover

The Water Tube type cover is also available. This cover will overlap your pool approximately two feet all around. On this two foot area, you can get water tubes that you fill half with water to hold the cover down. Do not fill completely because they will freeze and break. This type of cover is the least expensive. Your swimming pool dealer will help you with these options.



Winterizing Your Pool – Part 3

clock September 20, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with safety cover

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner swimming pool. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

This article is being done in several parts. The third part deals mainly with what to do during the winter.

  • It is normal to add water to your pool throughout the winter months due to evaporation. Lift your cover often, check your water level and add as necessary.
  • If your cover is waterproof, water will accumulate on the top from the winter rains. When the water level reaches 1 to 2 inches in depth, then it is time to pump most of it off. It is recommended to leave a film of water on water tube type covers to keep them from whipping about in the wind. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.
  • Do not try to break the ice on your cover. The sharp edges might cut the cover.
  • Start the motor at least once each month for no more than 3 seconds. This will help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft.
  • Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization. Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these items from happening.