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.

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.

Swimming Pool Christmas Gift Ideas

clock December 6, 2016 10:30 by author medallionpools |

When it is cold outside and you are unable to use your swimming pool, you just never think about giving a swimming pool gift to your husband, wife or friend. That would be a great time to give them that gift at Christmas. You have many options to consider.

Does your husband or wife take care of the pool? Do they manually vacuum the pool? A great gift would be an automatic pool cleaner. Many options are available with very affordable prices. Take a visit to your local swimming pool store to learn more about these cleaner options.

Do you or a good friend have a spa? A great gift would be a mini salt system to save them time and money and make their spa experience more enjoyable. No odors or burning eyes. Spend less time on maintenance and more time relaxing.

Do you or your friend have a pool that does not have a light? A great gift would be battery operated lights. No need for an electrician and very affordable. No installation required. Just install the battery and place in the pool. These are just a few examples of gifts you might want to consider for your family member or friend.

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.

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.